The Iranian Times

Monday September 6, 1999 / Shahrivar 15, 1378, No. 800

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Cover story

I was once an Iranian
Now I must grasp what it means to be an American

By Massud Alemi
September 7, 1999
The Iranian

Many Iranian expatriates subscribe to the notion that their Iranianness is separate from their humanity. They form consciousness raising "cultural" groups to reach an understanding about what constitutes Iranianness. They hold meeting after meeting (with a stiff, almost un-Iranian regularity) to emphasize an affair that passed away many years before the revolution. It is worthy of note that it had been through a similar search for an original self, sans any foreign impurities, that the old country was pushed on the path of cultural suicide, cutting itself off from the wellspring of civilization. Therefore, despite all their posturing, I see the Iranian intellectuals still bound to the double tyrants of fundamentalism and inept nationalism. Meanwhile, waiting to be addressed, lurk the great questions, Who are we? What are we doing here? ... GO TO FEATURE


Islamic Iran re-examines role of violence

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN, Sept 6 (Reuters) - An unprecedented debate is sweeping Iran over the role of violence in upholding religious and revolutionary values in the aftermath of pro-democracy unrest and the use of shadowy pressure groups to suppress it.

Long an article of faith with the Islamic republic's conservative establishment, the notion that it is incumbent upon all Moslems to use force if necessary to defend the faith has come under increasing attack in the aftermath of the worst unrest since the consolidation of the 1979 revolution ... FULL TEXT


What the doctor ordered

Ayatollah Yazdi, raees-e saabegh-e qoveh-ye qazaaiyeh mariz misheh, meereh pish-e doctor. doctor behesh regime-e ghazaaie mideh, migeh keh: "roozhaaye zowj, goosht-o-protein nemikhori. roozhaaye fard, sabzijaat-o miveh nemikhori. jom'ehaa ham goh-e ziaadi nemikhori!"

Thanks to Ali Nikseresht

More Letters

* Very insulting

A. Abedin writes: I believe that this "work" of pseudo-Iranian Western cooking is very insulting ["Rice, Iranian style"].

It has been twenty years since the successful changing and reshaping of our society, and there are still reactionaries who believe that the British caused a revolution in which two million common people (not 10,000 college students) poured out into the streets demanding rights and liberties of man.

Being an Iranian of the non-LA community, I find it interesting how the Iranian and Western society has molded into this comical mess of customs and everyday living.

* Hold the mirror

Kambiz B writes: You are right on the money when you say Iranians do not like Jews ["I must be a Jew"]. But you should remember most of this nonesense has religious roots which is being fed by hard-core Hezbollahis and repeated by brainless stupid people who really don't mean it.

Iranians as a people have never been bigots or hate-mongers. But religious intolerance is basically driven by the mollas and their supporters who unfortunately these days rule Iran and carry on their self-declared religious war all around the world.

Keep up the good work and continue to hold the mirror in the face of all Iranian Jew-haters and let them see how ugly and criminal their thinking is.

* Conference: Energy conference in Tehran

The preliminary program for "The 4th IAA Annual Conference on OIL, PETROCHEMICALS, ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT, September 18-19, 1999" is now out and available ... HERE

Books of the Week

* Do gharib (1998)
Letters from two friends in Iran and abroad
By Farideh Golbou

* Yek ruz maandeh beh eid-e paak (1998)
By Zoya Pirzad

* Istgaah-e aabshaar (1999)
Back when we were just kids...
By Parviz Davaie

* Talkhaak (1998)
Love story, best selling novel
By Nasser Karami

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Banned Iran paper vows new daily

TEHRAN, Sept 6 (AFP) - The editors of a pro-reform Iranian daily closed by the conservative courts denounced the ban Monday as a political ploy to silence Iran's reform movement and vowed to start another paper immediately. Editors from Neshat said Sunday's "illegal" closure, the fourth time a leading pro-reform paper has been shut down this year, was purposely engineered by conservatives ahead of February's key parliamentary elections ... FULL TEXT

Iran says pullout of scholars is U.S. affair

TEHRAN, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister said on Monday the abrupt pullout of U.S. scholars from Tehran was an American affair that had nothing to do with official Iranian policy ... FULL TEXT

MKO elects new secretary-general

BAGHDAD, Sept 6 (Reuters) - The exiled Iranian opposition Mujahideen Khalq has elected a 33-year-old woman, Beheshteh Shadrou, as its secretary-general to replace Mhavash Sepehri, a spokesman said on Monday ... FULL TEXT

Khamenei blasts "disgustingly sick" Western youth

TEHRAN, Sept 5 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the "disgustingly sick" behaviour of Western youth reveals the West is ill-suited to control the destiny of the world, papers reported Sunday ... FULL TEXT

Iran says may not give Russia new nuclear deals

TEHRAN, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Tehran has threatened to withhold further nuclear contracts from Russia, accusing it of failing to fulfil commitments on building an atomic power plant in Iran, an Iranian newspaper reported on Monday ... FULL TEXT

Iran set to create first non-governmental bank

TEHRAN, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Iran plans to set up its first non-governmental bank since the 1979 Islamic revolution as part of moves to reduce the state's domination of the economy, a cabinet minister said on Saturday ... FULL TEXT

Kiarostami stuns Venice with Kurdish tale

Sept 6, VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - If you're after action-packed drama, Abbas Kiarostami's films may not be for you. If instead you're looking for beautiful photography and a simple story that lovingly explores the rituals of a local population, the acclaimed director's new film ``Le vent nous emportera'' (''The wind will take us'') may be just the ticket ... FULL TEXT

A really bad play

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Pari Saberi's direction of the play "Rostam & Sohrab" has been trashed. Talk about a bad review! ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Best films

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Awards will be handed out to the summer's best films ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran daily) -- Film director Alireza Davood-Nejad objects to how films are screened ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Weightlifting: Asian champions

Sept 6, (Iran Sports Press) - Iran has won the Asian weightlifting championship for the first time in 15 years ... FULL TEXT

National team arrives in Japan

Sept 6, (IRNA) - The Iranian National Soccer Team arrived in Yokohoma to play a friendly match with the national soccer team of Japan, slated for wednesday evening.

Tough match

Tehran (Iran daily) -- National soccer team head coach Mansour Pour-Heydari warns that Iran match against Japan will not be an easy one ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Freak of sorts

The world of a migrant is a mosaic of lost past, untold stories, untransplantable rituals and untranslatable jokes juxtaposed against the haphazard denigration in a land where he is a freak of sorts, defined by cultural jetlag and language barrier.

-- Massud Alemi
"I was once an Iranian"
The Iranian
September 6, 1999

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