The Iranian Times

Friday October 22, 1999 / Mehr 30, 1378, No. 832

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



American? Yeah right
Being born in America is not enough

By Mariam Hosseini
October 22, 1999
The Iranian

A couple of days ago, I was talking to a friend about Iran, and he asked me how old I was when I had moved to the United States. I explained to him that I was born and raised in California. He looked surprised and confused. "Then you're not Iranian," he told me. "You're American." He then began to lecture me on how I should be a proud American; after all, I was betraying my patriotic duty to my country by supporting Iran. "Ay baba," I thought, "Give me a break already." Once again, I found myself immersed in an argument about nationality ... GO TO FEATURE


Red orange black blue
The colors of Ecuador

October 22, 1999
The Iranian

Bahieh Amelia Khamsi, who has just recently entered a university in Switzerland, spent a year in Ecuador working as a volunteer teaching at an elementary school. During her stay, she traveled extensively and took pictures of the people and landscape ... GO TO FEATURE


Not normal that we don't have a dialogue

October 21, 1999
Excerpt: State Department Briefing State Department
Deputy Spokesman James Foley briefed.

FOLEY: On the contrary, we think Iran is a very important country and we have some very serious concern about a number of Iranian policies. We think it's not normal that we don't have a dialogue ... FULL TEXT


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* Intolerance

Maziar Shirazi writes: In respose to the letter, "Muslims first": You, as one who knows so much about Islam and Persia, should know that, first of all, pre-Islamic Iran had a plethora of religions and was much more tolerant of them than what is shown today... I certainly do not consider the indiscriminate persecution of Bahais in Iran "religious freedom", nor the forced exile of some one million able and smart Iranians from their country because of their political beliefs ... FULL TEXT

* Worst weakness

Majid Ghoddusi writes: I love your Nostalgia section. But I also love this Omar Sharif line from one his movies: "The exile's worst weakness is nostalgia for what is lost..."

* Miss kick ass

No name writes: I used to be [Miss Iran finalist, 1978] Fereshteh Shirzad's student back home. As far as I remember Fereshteh was a good Karate player. Once she kicked around a few pasdars in Haft-Hoz. That is all I can say about her.

* Academic: Teach Persian at Arizona U.

The Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona has an opening for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant Professor,to start in the academic year 2000/2001. Applicants must have a primary specialization in Persian language and literature ... DETAILS HERE


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Iran shuts down student paper over attack photos

TEHRAN, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have closed a student publication for carrying photos of a bloody police attack on student dormitories, which sparked widespread unrest in July, a newspaper reported on Thursday. It was the second recent closure of a student magazine in Iran, where several moderate dailies have been banned this year ... FULL TEXT

MKO start six-day sit-in to protest Khatami's Paris trip

PARIS, Oct 21 (AFP) - About one hundred opponents of the Islamic regime in Iran gathered here on Thursday at the start of a six-day sit-in protest against the planned visit of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami next week ... FULL TEXT

Swiss parliamentary delegation to visit Tehran next week

TEHRAN, Oct 22 (AFP) - A Swiss parliamentary delegation is due here next week on the first such visit since the 1979 Islamic revolution, diplomatic sources said Friday ... FULL TEXT

Senior Iranian cleric lashes out at US over Jewish spy case

TEHRAN, Oct 22 (AFP) - A senior Iranian cleric on Friday lashed out at US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for "interfering" in the trial of 13 Iranian Jews charged with spying for Israel ... FULL TEXT

Deal close on financing Baku-Ceyhan pipeline

October 19, 1999 (Financial Times) -- Talks on building a $ 2.4bn-$ 3bn pipeline to transport oil from Azerbaijan to western markets via Turkey are "very close" to agreeing the basis for financing the project. Suleyman Demirel, the Turkish president, flew to the Azerbaijan capital Baku yesterday for a meeting with Heidar Aliyev, the Azeri president ... FULL TEXT

I kinda don't like acting, but I do

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Pegah Ahangari, the star of Rasoul Sadr-Ameli's "Dokhtari baa kafsh-haaye kataani" (The girl with the sneakers), says she doesn't like films. But when her parents expressed reservations about her acting, she insisted. So, she kinda likes films. But not really ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Novel by a blind

Tehran (Hamshahri) - New books including "Aarezoo-haaye pedarbozorg", the first novel by a Farnoud Farivar, who is blind. ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Persepolis topple al-Ansar 3-0

Oct 22, (Iran Sports Press) - The match started with Perspolis putting pressure on Al-Ansar. The pitch at Azadi wasn't at its best condition so it effected the flow of the match, especially for Perspolis. However, Perspolis displayed a fairly decent football ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Martial arts

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Iran's Shotokan (??) Karate team has won third place in international competitions in the Republic of Azerbaijan ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Deep inside

I don't feel any "Americaness". Sure, I love hip-hop, I wear my Tommy Hilfiger, but deep inside, none of that is very important to me.

-- Mariam Hosseini
"American? Yeah right"
The Iranian
October 22, 1999

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