The Iranian Times

Wednesday September 1, 1999 / Shahrivar 10, 1378, No. 797

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Magic with music
The Kamkars on tour in the United States

By Kamran Hooshmand
September 1, 1999
The Iranian

I just returned from a concert performance by the Kamkars in Houston, Texas. It was simply an amazing experience ... It was certainly great to see a family interact with each other both musically and on a personal level. There was a division of duties among the brothers and their one sister. Hooshang Kamkar for instance, didn't perform at all. He basically directed the group's activities and oversaw the sound mixing. He is a prolific composer and has arranged many of the group's songs ... GO TO FEATURE


Opposition figure calls on Khamenei to reject extremists

Neshat newspaper
September 1, 1999

Yadollah Sahabi, the 95-year-old opposition figure, who is a leading member of the Freedom Movement of Iran, has called on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to distance himself from radical groups who carry out attacks in his name ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

* News about Sahabi's letter in English


Amreekaaee-ye beesavaat

Letter to The Washington Times
September 1, 1999

In an exchange of letters between House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert and the Ambassador of Bahrain ("Bahrain by the Pound," Embassy Row, Aug. 17), the Persian Gulf's time-honored historical name has been distorted to "Arabian Gulf." Such a distortion adversely affects the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of Americans of Iranian descent, not to mention the Iranian people as a whole ... FULL TEXT

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* Like father like daughter

Mandana Kamangar writes: Personally, I would like to thank you for writing this article ["A bitter bite"]. I must admit that not unlike some friends you have mentioned, I have also become somewhat accustomed to, or numbed by, these breaches of ethical boundaries in Iranian cinema. But your article did remind me of the strong pangs of unease I felt during Salaam Cinema. This is a tall tale, and I find that ethical concerns are usually the most troublesome to convey ...

The technique of blurring the line between fiction and documentary which, if I am correct, Kiarostami first used in his films, and was then taken on by Mohsen Makhmalbaaf to newer, more creative heights, has managed to blur another parallel line - between what is ethical and un-ethical ...

Mohsen Makhmalbaaf has evolved in many ways during the years. But ethical evolution takes much more time than the ideological one. In Samira Makhmalbaf's Apple I sensed the strong presence of her father throughout the film. This influence can of course be both positive and negative in the work of the daughter. She is all too young for it to be otherwise. But it would seem that it takes if not a complete, but at least a serious break from the ways of the previous generation, to set one on an independent path of growth and discovery, and perhaps, more evolution ... FULL TEXT

* Farsi: wrong and ugly

Ali Mohseni writes: Please change all the words "Farsi"'s in your English text to "Persian". According to Encyclopaedia Iranica scholors and also those at University of Tehran, it is wrong to use "Farsi" in English. In my opinion it is also ugly since it is an Arabic word replacing the pretty word of Persian. Please promote this recommendation to all the media that unknowingly use Farsi instead of Persian.

* Web: CyberIran Radio has launched "CyberIran Radio". For now, CyberIran Radio plays Persian Music 24 hours a day. How to Play: 1) You will need the WinAmp Player (free from // 2) Once downloaded, type Control+L or File | Play Location. Then type CyberIran Radio should begin playing, if there are any problems please email for assistance. Thanks, and please spread the Word!! -- Ashkan Yekrangi, Webmaster of CyberIran

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* Istgaah-e aabshaar (1999)
Back when we were just kids...
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* Talkhaak (1998)
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Khamenei defends eye-for-eye laws

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Four Europeans held hostage by drug traffickers in Iran for more than two weeks were released unharmed Tuesday, Iranian state media reported. ``An informed source said here Tuesday evening that a group of five tourists comprising of one Iranian and four Europeans ... were released by their kidnappers at around 20:30 hours local time Tuesday,'' Iran's news agency IRNA said ... FULL TEXT

Court says probing police attack on campus

TEHRAN, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Iran's military said on Wednesday it was investigating complaints against police involved in a recent assault on students, which killed at least one person and injured 200 people. ... FULL TEXT

U.S. reviewing Iran farm credit ban

SEATTLE, Sept 1 (Reuters) - The United States is considering giving Iran credit to buy U.S. food despite the Clinton Administration's initial decision not to provide such aid, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said Wednesday. Glickman added that a $1 billion pilot programme of food aid to Russia was working well and may be extended into next year ... FULL TEXT

Iran troops kill seven armed Afghan drug smugglers

TEHRAN, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Army troops killed seven Afghan drug smugglers in clashes on Tuesday near Iran's eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan, the official news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Iraq to provide passports for Iraqi opponents in Iran: newspaper

BAGHDAD, Aug 31 (AFP) - Iraq will issue passports for Iraqi opposition figures living in Iran because the Iranian authorities are harassing them, the weekly Al-Ittihad newspaper said Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Iran to set up bank with Saudi Arabia, UAE-paper

TEHRAN, Sept 1 (Reuters) - An Iranian state-affiliated body has agreed with partners in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to set up the first foreign bank in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. ... FULL TEXT

Busy Baizaie

Tehran, (Neshat) - Bahram Baizaie is quite busy these days. He has settled a dispute over his short film "Goftegoo baa baad" and is planning to add more episodes to it. He was also planning on making to other films, but he has not reached agreement with producers ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

International cartoon exhibit in Tehran

Tehran, (Neshat) - Nearly 300 cartoons from 55 countries will be on exhibit in an international soccer cartoon show in Tehran, organized by Tamashagaran magazine ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Talebi fights back

Tehran, (Neshat) - National soccer team's technical assistant Jalal Talebi (who was the headcoach during World Cup 98) has rejected criticism that he has lived/studied in the U.S. "Is it against Islamic law to study in the U.S.?" he asked during a press conference in Tehran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Weightlifting: Three more medals

Tehran, (Neshat) - Javad Khoshdel has brought three more (bronze) medals for the Iranian team and the Asian weightlifting championships ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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You must once and for all clarify your position towards official and unofficial pressure groups that defend you and claim to be associated with you.

-- Yadollah Sahabi, opposition leader, in a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei
Neshat newspaper
The Iranian
September 1, 1999

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