The Iranian Times

Monday November 1, 1999 / Aban 10, 1378, No. 838

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Halloween 1999
Iranian party in Washington DC

Photos by Jahanshah Javid
November 1, 1999
The Iranian

Last Friday Iranians gathered at the Red Tomato restaurant in downtown Washington DC to celebrate Halloween ... GO TO FEATURE


Young Iran dramatist lands in big political drama

By Mehrdad Balali

TEHRAN, Oct 31 (Reuters) - An Iranian student seeking to dramatise his deep religious idealism in a small campus play has found himself at the centre of a wider political drama and facing an uncertain future.

An Iranian court is due to issue verdict on Tuesday after a trial earlier this month of the author, Abbas Nemati, and three others held for allegedly insulting a Shi'ite Moslem saint in a satirical sketch published in an obscure university journal ... FULL TEXT


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More Letters

* Dubai ahead of us

Reza Mousoli writes: The nostalgia of 70's will always be with us. For the generation that grew up in Iran in the 70's, Googoosh was the crystallization of an epoch, a landmark which tells a lot about our society.

I have been living in Dubai for about three months now. I look round and I feel very sad to see that the we as nation did not realize and appreciate the country that we lived in 25 years ago.

There used to be very little in Dubai. But now it's a dynamic city, cosmopolitan and free, In a way it reminds of Tehran of the 70's. We dived into the unknown are are seeing the consequences.

Iran will find her place at the world stage once again. In the mean time life must go on.

* Politically informative

Haleh Akhlaghi writes: I wanted to thank you immensely for the most politically informative article you have contributed to The Iranian ["Democracy or Theocracy"]. It is always a source of immeasurable pride to know graduates of such prestigious schools such as yours, are working hard to keep bright the flame of our knowledge, from our very distant past.

I very much enjoyed reading your article on Ferdowsi's conclusion of the best form of rule, as compared to socrates.

* Politics: Iran prospects, N. California

World Affair Council of northern Califonia presents: "Prospects for Democratic change in Iran"

- Speaker:Dr.Abbas Milani, chairman of Department of History and Political Sience,College of Notre Dame,Belmont, Calidornia.
- Time: Thursday, 18 November, 7:30 p.m.
- Place: Stanford Law School
- Cosponsored with the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation


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Nouri opens defence in clerical court

TEHRAN, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Outspoken Iranian reformist Abdollah Nouri on Monday opened his defence against charges of political and religious dissent that are expected to derail his campaign to become speaker of parliament ... FULL TEXT

Clerics group backs reformist colleague

TEHRAN, Oct 30 (Reuters) - A group of Islamic scholars in Iran have voiced support for a maverick reformist cleric accused of political and religious dissent, and questioned the legality of the hardline court which began his trial on Saturday ... FULL TEXT

U.S. says efforts under way on behalf of Iran Jews

JERUSALEM, Nov 1 (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official said clandestine efforts were taking place on behalf of a group of Iranian Jews detained in Iran on charges of spying for Israel ... FULL TEXT

Iran says has 110 centers to fight spread of AIDS

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iran has set up 110 centers to raise awareness about AIDS and prevent the spread of the disease, the official news agency IRNA reported Saturday ... FULL TEXT

Khatami visit mobilises vociferous dissident group

PARIS, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Parisians, confronted with security patrols, closed Metro stations and screaming protesters, could be excused for thinking all of Iran's dissidents were visiting France rather than just its President Mohammad Khatami ... FULL TEXT

Up to 28 injured in force 5.0 earthquake in Iran

TEHRAN, Nov 1 (Reuters) - At least 28 people were injured when an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale jolted the southern Iranian city of Kazeroun on Sunday, Tehran Radio said on Monday ... FULL TEXT

Iran planning $300 million Eurobond issue

October 29, 1999 (Middle East Economic Digest) - Tehran is planning to return to international capital markets with an initial Eurobond of $300 million, according to Bank Markazi (central bank ... FULL TEXT

Dozens of films in production

Tehran (Iran daily) - Seventy-three Iranian films are in various stages of production. Here is a a report on who's doing what film ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Shoushtar's: Old vs. New

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Hundreds of historic buildings in Shoushtar are in danger of demolition, the cultural heritage authorities say. It seems the municipality is allowing the old buildings be torn down in order to make way for new ones ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

\Boxing blues

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Iran has won only five bronze medals at the Asian boxing championships. That means Iran will not be represented at the Sydny Olympics ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Karate world championships

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Iranian karate players took one gold and three bronze medals on the second day of the world championships ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

How much is Majidi worth?

Tehran (Iran daily) - An Austrian soccer club is interested in Esteqlal's Farhad Majidi. But there is a dispute over the transfer fee: $600,000 or $800,000 ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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What happened?

I ask myself, what has happened to us, to our revolution, to our faith, that it has come to this, that one group of clerics can make allegations against another like this?

-- Abdollah Nouri, publisher of Khordad
The New York Times
October 31, 1999

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