The Iranian Times

Wednesday October 20, 1999 / Mehr 28, 1378, No. 830

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



Moon kissed
Searching for the total eclipse

By Mansi Saboori
October 20, 1999
The Iranian

I was one of the lucky few. I don't know if I will be able to see another one in Iran during my lifetime, for the next total eclipse will happen 35 years from now, on March of 2034. I was also lucky to be in a country where the probability of seeing the eclipse was over 90%. I filmed this historical event with a group of Iranian filmmakers and friends. At that time in Tehran, people and the press were mostly engaged in the student demonstrations, unrest, and political ramifications of the events followed by the crackdown. However, I soon found out that so many others who were much too busy with their everyday life struggles, including dealing with the high prices of food, goods, and other necessities, and could not pay much attention to the political crisis ... GO TO FEATURE


Challenging the revolutionary court

Ayatollah Jalaledin Taheri, the Friday Prayers leader of Isfahan has severely attacked the revolutionary court for bringing charges against Abdollah Nuri, publisher of the moderate Khordad newspaper. Taheri, who is also Ayatollah Khamenei's representative in Isfahan, has offered to act as Nuri's lawyer ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


The f'ing moon

This is the funniest thing I have heard in a long time. It's from a tape called "Our Dumb Century" by the guys at (there are a lot of funny bits in the entire cassette, but this is the best piece). It makes fun of the first landing on the moon. If you're at work, keep the volume down! (WARNING: riddled with profanity)... LISTEN HERE

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More Letters

* Doesn't hold water

Reza Azarmi writes: In his recent article "Disillusioned", Moghadam sails through the uncharted waters of the Iranian social psychology. He has decided, though arbitrarily, that the Iranian work ethic lacks substance, and in need of serious evaluation. He, skillfully, has taken time to take a look at the historic aspects of the Iranian behavior, declaring that centuries of invasions, and living under different rulers has impacted the content of our character, and thus social normalcy...

Moghadam, to an extent is right for his critical views regarding our social behavior, but we need to stop bashing ourselves in the head. We need to embark on a new identity. As Americans, we are here to work hard, live,and enjoy life. Yes, as an Iranian American we will help our people to get to their highest human potential. We have no choice. I am sorounded by great numbers of diverse ethnicities. I see that they elevate their people to important jobs in their organization. Why not us? ... FULL TEXT

* Tasteless defense of Islam

Saeed Derhami writes: Your letter "Moslem first" is based on so many fallacies which I don't know how and why one wanted to bother to comment. All your thoughts regarding Arabic language and its distinguished miraculous features are just as nonsense, as is your bad reading of the Quran. The Quran has never mentioned any superiority of Arabic or any other languages to reveal the message of God. In fact the Quran says God could have revealed messages in any other language as good and effective as Arabic. The only reason the Quran was revealed and then written in Arabic was that Mohammad was an Arab...

Your tasteless defense of Islam is worse than Communists attacking religions as a source of all human misery. Islam or any other religion have been indispensable for the quality of life we have today. But they are not without their tradeoffs; mankind paid dearly for it. Again all humans paid a great price for religions -- no doubt about that; a point often keep being ignored or covered under the carpet by over zealous religious agents like you. How many people lost their rights, belongings and lives in the name of religion? ... FULL TEXT

* Politics: Persian Gulf conference - Tehran

The Center for Persian Gulf Studies of the Institute for Political & International Studies affiliated with the Iranian Foreign Ministry is convening its tenth international conference entitled "The Persian Gulf: Towards the 2lst Century" on January 24-25, 2000 in Tehran. Any scholar interested in participating in this conference, contact Mr. Mohsenin at the Secretariat at Shahid Bahonar Avenue, Shahid Aghai Street, Tehran, Iran P.O. Box: 19395/1793, Tehran, I.R. Iran Email: Fax: +98-21-2710964 Phone: +98-21-2571010 through 2571014


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* Mossadegh: Saal-haaye mobaarezeh va moqaavemat, Vol 1 & 2 (1997)
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By Gholamreza Nejati

* Daastaan-haaye masnavi (1995)
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Baizaie's latest

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Cinema is alive

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Spotlight: Rahbari-Fard

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