The Iranian Times

Tuesday November 9, 1999 / Aban 18, 1378, No. 844

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

    Obayd Zakani


By the pale-green stone
I blinked at a portrait in a gold frame: a saluting monarch in white

By Cyrus Kadivar
November 9, 1999
The Iranian

It was my second day in Cairo and my taxi driver was eager to show me around. Domes and minarets rose above the streets. I asked him if he knew the Al Rafai Mosque. "Of course," he smiled. "You want to see the tombs of King Farouk and the Shah? No problem."

When he discovered my Iranian origin he really opened up reminding me of the old ties between Egypt and Iran. "We liked the Shah," he said turning a corner. "We felt sorry for him when the world closed its doors on him. Only Sadat, a brave man, stood by him. He forced open another door so that the Shah could die in peace here." It was midday when I reached the side entrance of the Al Rifai Mosque ... GO TO FEATURE


Journalism on trial
Former Neshat editor blasts judge

Mashallah Shamsolvaezin's defense in court (PDF file) ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Benaazam beh een qaazi

TEHRAN, Nov 9 (AFP) - Iran's press court judge jailed a defence lawyer of reformist newspaper editor Mashallah Shamsolvaezin Tuesday at the end of the second day of the journalist's trial here.

Judge Said Mortazavi ordered Mohammad Seyfzadeh to prison for five days for contempt of court as he adjourned the trial until Saturday.... FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Becoming stronger

Gelareh Asayesh writes: Termeh Rassi's piece ["The plaid sofa"] was lovely -- direct and moving. She writes about an experience that is defining for Iranians of this day and age -- the experience of diaspora.

Through more of such writing, we can try to understand and come to terms with our experience as Iranians; in the hopes of becoming a stronger, more rooted community wherever our journeys have taken us.

* Tired of chants

Alex Bettesworth writes in response to Mr. Beeler's letter: Take it easy. I too am an American who gets angry when I hear about the flag burning and the death chants going on in Iran, but you got to remember not all Iranians are like that, and many of them are getting tired of marching to the drum of certain mollas well.

You are right in that hatred has a tendency to breed further hatred but that is something we all have to work on. Thank goodness there exist forums such as The Iranian where frustrations and differences of opinion can be expressed. There are some discussion groups which won't allow anything like this and that is unfortunate.

I firmly believe that as long as people are allowed to have dialogue, openly and honestly, without fear of repercussions, a good majority will come to appreciate and learn to co-exist with those who differ. And that is what is needed most in this world right now.

* Taking credit

Ashkan Yekrangi , Webmaster of CyberIran writes: I am writing in regards to your Persian web link of the day. Apparently this "Payam" guy is taking credit for my hard work.

No, he did not put up 1,000 Persian songs in RealAudio format. I did. He simply linked to them. And by the way, it's not 1,000 songs, it's 800.

Editors note: The description for this web site has been corrected.

* Medicine: * Dr. Ghajar at Stanford, N. California

From Art to Science: The New Era of Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment, a lecture and presentation by distinguished Iranian neurosurgeon: Dr. Jamshid Ghajar , Monday, November 22, 1999, 7 PM Kresge Auditorium, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Admission: Free with Stanford ID, $5 general admission ... DETAILS HERE


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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Reformist and conservative students stage rival demonstrations

TEHRAN, Nov 9 (AFP) - Reformist and conservative students in Tehran staged separate demonstrations Tuesday for and against liberalisation of the press, against a background of judicial action against journalists ... FULL TEXT

Abdollah Nouri calls for end to silence over past leaders

TEHRAN, Nov 9 (AFP) - Reformist firebrand Abdollah Nuri broke new ground in his defiance of Iran's conservatives Tuesday by demanding rehabilitation of two historic nationalist leaders and "civic rights" for a disgraced cleric long under house arrest ... FULL TEXT

Shamsolvaezin's trial continues amid press protests

TEHRAN, Nov 9 (AFP) - Reformist newspaper editor Mashallah Shamsolvaezin appeared as defiant as ever on the second day of his trial here, as Iran's journalists protested against continuing crackdowns on the press ... FULL TEXT

Majlis backtracks in holiday dispute

TEHRAN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament on Tuesday backtracked on a decision taken three months ago to drop a national holiday, a move which had provoked a nationalist uproar across the country ... FULL TEXT

Cook regrets death of Iran's anti-drugs officers

TEHRAN, Nov 8 (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook sent a message of condolence to his Iranian counterpart on the death of 38 policemen killed by drug traffickers, state radio reported on Monday ... FULL TEXT

FOCUS-Huge Iran oilfield to be open to foreigners

TEHRAN, Nov 8 (Reuters) - A top Iranian official said on Monday foreign oil companies would be given the opportunity to participate in the development of a recently-discovered giant oilfield in Iran's southwest ... FULL TEXT

Iran urged to ease stiff energy investment rules

TEHRAN, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Iran risks losing out in a regional race for billions of dollars in foreign capital unless it eases stifling restrictions on investment in its vast energy industry, Western executives said on Monday ... FULL TEXT

Play makes 50 million

Tehran (Iran daily) - Davoud Mir-Bagheri's play "Dandoon talaa" has turned out to be a gold mine, breaking all boxoffice records. In 64 shows, the play has made more than 50 million tomans ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Italian archeologists to resume digging in Iran

ROME, Nov 9 (AFP) - Italian archeologists will be able to resume work in Iran after a 20-year lapse following the Islamic revolution, Iranian Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani announced in Rome ... FULL TEXT

Nassrdin Shah "palace"?

Tehran (Iran daily) - The abandoned "Nassrdin Shah Palace" in the Shahrestanak district of Karaj will undergo recontruction. It's not clear if the building was actually used by the Shah but it is from the Qajar era ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Bezan bezan in Shiraz

Tehran (Iran daily) - Bad refereeing and rough plays by Esteqlal exploded into crowd violence in Shiraz ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Barzegar gets top job

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Wrestling great Mansour Barzegar has been appointed headcoach of the national freestyle wrestling team to prepare for the 2000 Sydny Olympics ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Beh saayeh-ye khodetun ham etminaan nakonin chon vaqti havaa abri misheh un ham gheybesh mizaneh.

(You can't even trust your shadow, because he won't be around either when the weather gets cloudy)

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