The Iranian Times

Friday October 29, 1999 / Aban 7, 1378, No. 837

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

    Parvin Etesami


70's in five minutes
Clips from Googoosh films

By Pedram Missaghi
October 28, 1999
The Iranian

Just listening to the trailer for "Hamsafar" says so much about Iran's Pop culture in the 1970s as well as relationships between lovers, husbands and wives, fathers and daughters, brothers and sisters, friends and foes ... GO TO FETAUTE


Khatami urges dialogue of cultures, hints at U.S.

By Tom Heneghan

PARIS, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Iran's reformist President Mohammad Khatami held out an olive branch to the United States on Friday, appealing for a dialogue between cultures to preserve peace rather than a blind clash of civilisations.

Khatami told the annual conference of UNESCO in Paris that globalisation meant all people were ``in the same boat'' and needed tolerance to make a better world in the next millennium ... FULL TEXT



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More Letters

* No Disney, no communication

Ramin Tabib writes: I am a fan of Dr. Naficy's work, and I have admired his writings and his observations esp. on Iranian cinema over the years, but his article ["Crossing boundaries"] made assertions that were too tempting to pass up, so here is my response:

1. The globalization of American pop culture is the globalization of consumer culture, and two persons communicating through American pop culture therefore cannot communicate unless it is by way of a capitalist communicative medium (a product of some sorts, namely a movie or a doll), and in this case a Disney animated product. No Disney product, no communication. This means we are mute and completely subject to a breakdown of any discourse without a infrastructure set-up by the American/capitalist culture industry. This is loss of freedom ... FULL TEXT

* Literature: Literary voices of Iran - New York

Some of Iran's most distinguished literary figures gather for the first time in the U.S. Authors include Simin Behbehani, Mahmoud Dolatabadi, Mohammad Ali Sepanlou, Javad Mojabi, and Shahriar Mandani will read and discuss their work at New York's Asia Society on November 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Cosponsored by PEN American Center, Columbia University's Department of Middle Eastern and Asian languages and Cultures and Center for Iranian Modern Arts. $7 members and PEN members; $10 nonmembers; limited number of free tickets to students with valid I.D Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) , New York, NY 10021 Call: 212 517-ASIA for tickets go to Asia Soceity online


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Khatami winds up Paris visit stressing warm ties

PARIS (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami wound up a trip to Paris Friday with a call for global tolerance, better ties with the West and a hope that a moderate message would win over investors' minds and money ... FULL TEXT

Khatami pledges "just and fair" trial for 13 Iranian Jews

PARIS, Oct 29 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami pledged Friday a "just and fair" trial for 13 Iranian Jews imprisoned on charges of spying for Israel and said their rights would be protected. "Be assured, the trial will be just and fair," Khatami told reporters at the end of his landmark three-day visit to France. "They can see their attorneys and families... and their rights will not be trampled over." ... FULL TEXT

Khatami urges "dialogue" but warns poor pose threat in next millennium

PARIS, Oct 29 (AFP) - Iran's moderate leader, President Mohammad Khatami, issued a plea for "dialogue between cultures and civilisations" in a rare address in the west before the UNESCO General Conference on Friday ... FULL TEXT

Khatami pledges no meddling in Mideast peace

PARIS (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, winding up a visit to Paris, said Friday Iran would not interfere in the Middle East peace process. ``We will not interfere in the Middle East peace process...We will not interfere with the efforts of others,'' Khatami told a news conference ... FULL TEXT

Khatami visit mobilises vociferous dissident group

PARIS, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Parisians, confronted with security patrols, closed Metro stations and screaming protesters, could be excused for thinking all of Iran's dissidents were visiting France rather than just its President Mohammad Khatami ... FULL TEXT

Khatami Paris trip shows failure of US bid to isolate Iran: senior cleric

TEHRAN, Oct 29 (AFP) - Reformist President Mohammad Khatami's landmark visit to France shows the bankruptcy of US efforts to isolate Iran, Ayatollah Ahmad Janati, a senior conservative cleric said here Friday ... FULL TEXT

Visiting South Korean minister explores trade opportunities in Iran

TEHRAN, Oct 28 (AFP) - Visiting South Korean Trade Minister Han Dak Su has expressed interest in Iran's planned privatization programme as well as its strategic role as a gateway to central Asia, newspapers reported here Thursday. ... FULL TEXT


Tehran (Hamshahri) - "When I read Rasoul Sadr Ameli's script for 'Dokhtari baa kafsh-haaye kataani' last year, I was amazed at his courage for picking such a subject and it seemed he had the foundations for making a great contemporayr film." ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - The tomb of Seyed Sadreddin, a minister in the court of Shah Esmail Safavi, has been restored in Simcheshmeh, West Azarbaijan ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Masoudi joins Futbol Mundial

OTTAWA - The Canadian Soccer Association today announced it's Communications Director, Mehrdad Masoudi, has resigned from his post effective November 12, 1999. He leaves the Association for "Futbol Mundial", the world's most watched soccer show ... FULL TEXT

Soccer championships

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Iran has submitted its nomination to host the 13th Asian soccer championships ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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While the 20th century was centered on the force of the sword, leaving winners and losers, the main axis of the next century must be that of dialogue, otherwise the sword will become a cutting blade, from which no one will be safe.

-- President Khatami's speech at UNESCO
October 29, 1999

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Clip 1: Audio from the trailer for "Hamsafar"

Clip 2: Video clip of rare Googoosh Persian dance

Clip 3: Video clip from "Hamoomak moorcheh daareh"

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