The Iranian Times

Friday October 8, 1999 / Mehr 16, 1378, No. 824

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I love hate you
America's success has resulted in admiration, jealousy, and resentment

By Yahya R. Kamalipour
October 8, 1999
The Iranian

Today, America's global images are largely based on the very cultural products (TV programs, recorded music, books, magazines, and movies) that are produced here and exported to the rest of the world. Although, in terms of dollars, culture is the second leading American export topped only by aerospace technology, the impact of culture goes far beyond money in influencing global life.

On the eve of the dawn of the third millennium, the United States not only dominates practically all aspects of global communication and entertainment, but continues to fascinate the rest of the world. In fact, America's cultural influence, coupled with its political and economic power, has inevitably resulted in admiration, jealousy, and resentment. A popular resentment throughout the world, even in such traditional friends of America, as France and Canada, is that the U.S., through its media conglomerates and cultural products, is threatening traditional or indigenous cultures ... GO TO FEATURE


Islam's pioneer

Iran's revolution, 20 years ago, set off a cycle of Islamist radicalism. Now its struggle to reform itself is being watched and, perhaps, may even be copied

The Economist
October 8, 1999

Iran's own maturing process is at a crucial stage. By appointing liberals to key jobs and by allowing a number of finicky rules to go unobserved, Mr Khatami has, in his two years as president, turned Iran into a more agreeable (though, alas, no more prosperous) place for an independent-minded person to live in. But he is still far from the "civil society" he has promised, and the hardline establishment is fighting him, with skill, cunning and authority, every trudging step of the way ... FULL TEXT


Tunisian Sohrab

Dear sirs,

I am a Tunisian guy. When I was born, there is now 27 years, mother who was reading a book with hero called Sohrab, liked so much this name, and called me like him. I am Sohrab then.

Unfortunatly, I did never knew its meaning. Please is it possible that you help and inform me about its signification.

Thanks a lot in advance and best regards.


More Letters

* Love Iran with its warts

Laleh Khalili writes: Regarding your letter, "Baseh digeh", I just want to write you a few words to clarify a couple of things. I don't much care to respond to your personal attacks. They say nothing about me; they say volumes about you ...

I don't have an inferiority complex about Iran. I don't have to sweep its realities under the carpet, hide its dirty laundry to love its people. I don't sentimentalize the country, I love it with all its warts. Can you say the same thing? I am proud enough of my heritage, of my memories, of my extended 66 million-strong family there that I don't feel insulted or diminished when a farangi asks me whether Iranians burp after their meal to show it is good. That shows their ignorance about Iran; it says nothing about Iran. Nor do I have some warped notion of nationalism, which considers sitting silently and singing Iran's praises, ignoring the destruction, the death, the constant degradation there, just because it is or was "my vatan." Finally, Mr. Fathi-Rad, if I wanted to do "khod-shirni in front of the foreigner at the expense of our culture", I would have found another forum to do it in. I wouldn't have written in a place called "The Iranian." ... FULL TEXT

* The truth gives us strength

Saghie Zarinkalk writes: In reference to the letter "Baseh digeh", I feel compelled to state a few words. Let me start by saying that I received a lot of feedback supporting my article ["Khodeti"]. While it may be a trivial matter to some, stigmatizing Iranian single girls is a problem that exists in our communities abroad...

I am sorry if some of us feel that CNN and others have ruined what's left of our damaged reputation. That's a different story all by itself. I believe in revealing the truth no matter how unpleasant it may seem. In the U.S., it is not forbidden to state the truth; I see it on the news every day: The truth about political games, violence in the cities, family issues, drug abuse and much more. The truth does not weaken a nation, but covering it up will! ... FULL TEXT

* Film: Iranian films in northern California

The Mill Valley Film Festival in San Francisco's Bay Area is scheduled for Oct 7 - 17. Three Iranian movies will be show:

Two Women (Tahmineh Milani)
The color of Paradise (Majid Majidi)
Paper Airplanes (Farhad Mehranfar)
For complete schedule and ticketing information ... GO TO


Books of the Week

* Nastaran-haaye surati (1998)
By Reza Julaie

* Sharq-e banafsheh (1998)
By Shahriar Mandani-pour

* Del daadeh-gi (1998)
Novel in two volumes
By Shahriar Mandani-pour

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Iran holds six new suspects for dissidents' murders

TEHRAN, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Iranian authorities arrested six new suspects in connection with a series of dissidents' murders last year blamed on rogue secret police agents, Iranian state television reported on Thursday. It quoted a statement from the military courts as saying an investigation had been launched into the role of the six in the murders of veteran opposition leader Dariush Forouhar, his wife Parvaneh, and two outspoken dissident intellectuals ... FULL TEXT

Top Iran cleric accuses US of spreading lies to harm Saudi ties

TEHRAN, Oct 8 (AFP) - US accusations about a possible Iranian involvement in the 1996 bombing of a US military facility in Saudi Arabia are "baseless lies" intended to harm Tehran's ties with its Gulf neighbours, a top Iranian cleric charged Friday ... FULL TEXT

MKO protests Khatami plan to visit France

PARIS, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Iranian exiles said they demonstrated outside French embassies in 24 cities around the world on Thursday to protest against a French government invitation to Iran's President Mohammad Khatami. In Paris, a protest took place outside the headquarters of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, where Khatami is expected to attend the agency's general assembly at the end of this month ... FULL TEXT

Shell Seems Near Pact to Spend About $1 Billion on Iranian Fields

GENEVA, Oct 8, (Wall Street Journal) -- Royal Dutch/Shell Group, one of the world's largest privately held oil companies, appears to be close to agreeing to invest about $1 billion (935.2 million euros) to develop two oil fields in Iran, which is still subject to U.S. sanctions. A Shell spokeswoman in London said Thursday that the company was in detailed discussions in Iran to develop the Soroush and Nowruz oil fields. "We are hopeful of an agreement soon," she said ... FULL TEXT

Caspian Sea at centre of Iran, Kazakhstan call for closer ties

TEHRAN, Oct 6 (AFP) - Ties between Iran and Kazakhstan are set to become much closer after Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev wound up a two-day visit to Tehran Wedesday with calls from both sides for greater cooperation on oil affairs and regional security ... FULL TEXT

Theater awards

Tehran (Hamshahri) - The winners of the Mehr theater festival have been announced. If anyone is interested in invting Iranian theater groups for performances abroad, maybe this is where to look ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Dawn of modern education

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Eqbal Qasemi Puya has researched the history of schools in the Qajar era and the beginnings of modern education, replacing the traditional maktabkhaaneh. ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Today: world wrestling championship results

Oct 8, (Iran Sports Press) - The first day of the 34th World Wrestling Championships kicked off today in Ankara's Ataturk Hall. A total of 302 wrestlers from 54 countries are taking part in the Championships ... FULL TEXT

Esteghlal defeats Irsooter

Oct 8, (Iran Sports Press) - Arastoo Mohammadi played for first time with Esteghlal today. He joined Esteghlal from Abomoslem. Mahabadi may seem like a new player on this team, however he has always been an Esteghlali player ... FULL TEXT


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The truth

In the U.S., it is not forbidden to state the truth; I see it on the news every day: The truth about political games, violence in the cities, family issues, drug abuse and much more. The truth does not weaken a nation, but covering it up will!

-- Saghie Zarinkalk
Letter to The Iranian
October 8, 1999

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