The Iranian Times

Friday November 5, 1999 / Aban 14, 1378, No. 842

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Cyrus meets Lincoln
Iranian-American runs for U.S. Senate

By S. Rob Sobhani
November 5, 1999
The Iranian

Twelve years ago on a crisp fall morning I entered the campaign offices of Connie Morella to volunteer my services. Connie, as she was called by everyone, was a Republican running for the U.S. Congress from heavily Democratic Montgomery County, Maryland ... Here I was, a descendant of Cyrus the Great in the land of Washington and Lincoln, making a difference. This experience got me interested in politics and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today I am campaigning to become the first U.S. Senator of Iranian descent (I was born in Kansas) because I truly believe that we, the descendants of Cyrus the Great, must join the children of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, to make a more perfect union. A union in which we care of those left behind, educate the uneducated, end prejudice and racism and protect our natural beauties ... GO TO FEATURE


Iranian teens just wanna have their fun

Miamai Herald

TEHRAN, Iran -- Increasingly, even young Iranians who care little about politics are rebelling against a society whose architect, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, once proclaimed, ``There is no fun in Islam.''

Instead, many Iranian youth are intent these days on having fun, and their increasing defiance may represent the most potent challenge to one of the world's strictest Islamic societies ... FULL TEXT

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"An Illustration to Sohrab" is a painting by Thomas Stothard (1755-1834). Would love to know who THIS Sohrab was ... SEE PAINTING

More Letters

* Haaloo

Maryam Kazemi writes: Vaghti in haaloo-haaye iraani ["Halloween 1999"] baraay-e jashn-e haaloohaa intor khod-baakhteh dar moghaabel-e doorbin-e to zhest gereftand, aayaa delet nagereft beh khaater-e iraan va farhang-e iraani?

* Frustration

Moftaki Majjani writes: This is in response to Isa Tanha. I am wondering where and in which era does Mr. Tanha thinks he is living. Young people in America have traditionally used Halloween ["Halloween 1999"] to make fun of older generations. Most masks and costumes depict politicians and figures who have gained prominance in the preceding year ...

Look my dear friend, I really do share your frustration with the speed our cultural values are being diluted in this day and age. But you can not blame Iranian youth. I would rather criticize The Iranian for glorifying it by posting the pictures in its site ... FULL TEXT

* Literature: Iranian authors in DC

Iranian authors Mahmoud Dowlatabadi, Shahriyar Mandanipour, Shahla Lahijie and Mohammad Ali Sepanlou will be on a panel on Iranian literature. TIME: Saturday November 6, 3:00 p.m. PLACE: Alice Deal, Jr. High School, 3815 Fort Drive N.W, Washington D.C 20016 (between Connecticut and Wisconsin avenues off Nebraska).


Books of the Week

* Ruzegaran (1999)
History of Iran up to the Pahlavi dynasty
By Abdol-Hossein Zarrinkoub

* Zanaan haramsaraa-ye Nasserdin Shah (1998)
Pictorial history
By Khosro Motazed and Abolghasem Tafazoli

* Baagh (1998)
Short stories
By Parviz Davaie

* Qand va namak (1998)
Tehrani proverbs
By Jafar Shahri

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Iranian television shows coffins of slain drug-fighting policemen

TEHRAN, Nov 5 (AFP) - Iranian state television showed the coffins Friday of about 30 policemen slain in a clash with drug smugglers near the border with Pakistan. The television showed the images, filmed in the southeastern city of Zahedan near where the fighting occurred, without saying how many coffins there were ... FULL TEXT

In Iran, "Great Satan" means great pizza

TEHRAN, Nov 3 (AFP) - The United States may officially remain the "Great Satan," but there's no denying that a breezy US lifestyle -- fast food, baseball hats -- has captured the imagination of Iranians. With more than half the population under 30, Iran finds itself faced with a kind of "cultural invasion" from the United States despite a 20-year freeze in diplomatic relations ... FULL TEXT

Iranian hunger striker in Pakistan gets heard

November 3, (CHAIR) -- Ali Bordbar (Case I. 16264), a 54 year old Iranian refugee claimant who had been on hunger strike for 50 days in protest to the UNHCR's outright indifference to his fate was granted an interview two days after IFIR's press release and urgent action on his fate. Fore more information, contact IFIR, GPO, POB 7051, NYC 10116. Tel: 212-747-1046. Fax: 212-425-7260. E-mail:

NYMEX crude up on Norway, eases on OPEC compliance

NEW YORK, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Crude oil futures and products moved sharply up early Friday, helped by news that Norway may consider extending supply cuts beyond March next year but then moved lower mid-morning as profit-takers took down the front month from its high perch, traders said. Traders said the trek downwards followed news of a Reuters survey showing that compliance to output cuts by 10 OPEC members slipped to 80 percent in October from 86 percent in September ... FULL TEXT\

Jungle book sells 88,000 copies!

Tehran (Iran-e Javan) - Fahimeh Rahimi's "Banu-ye jangal" (Lady of the Jungle) has sold 88,000 copies since last March, making it Iran's top selling book ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Books: Old and new generation

Tehran (Iran-e Javan) - New briefs about Mahmoud Dowlatabadi's new book (third volume), Ali Salehi's 137th book and short stories by a newcomer, Hojat Bedaghi ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran v. U.S.

Tehran (Iran Sports) - The American soccer federation has asked that Ali Daei, Mehdi Mahdavi-Kia and other key Iranian players be among the Iranian squad when they meet for a historic match in Los Angeles in January ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

130,000 fans?

Tehran (Iran Sports) - The Iranian national team will play four matches in the U.S. in January. One of them will be against Mexico in Los Angeles. It is expected that 100,000 Mexicans and 30,000 Iranian fans will be packed inside the stadium ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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