The Iranian Times

Wednesday September 8, 1999 / Shahrivar 17, 1378, No. 802

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



    Ali Amoo, aka Afash ol Motekalemin?

    Ali Amoo
    Was he the true father of modern Persian literature?

    September 8, 1999
    The Iranian

    On July 8, 1999, the daily Neshat in Iran published an article by the late literary scholar Siroos Tahbaz. It turns out that this was one of the last articles Tahbaz wrote and its implications are quite important. He argued that based on a new research, the father of modern Persian literature may not be Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh, as is widely believed but, perhaps, Ali Amoo ... GO TO PAGE ONE


Katayone Adeli: A Designer Who Knows the Power of Elusiveness

The New York Times
September 7, 1999

At Katayone Adeli's new store, which opens Tuesday at 35 Bond Street, there will be no party, and certainly no invitation as adorable as jelly beans rolling around in a clear plastic box, which is how the owners of Kirna Zabete, a new store in SoHo, announced their party to be held on Thursday night. Nor will Ms. Adeli be having a runway show during the spring collections next week -- though if she suddenly chose to do so, probably every big-league editor and retailer would be there ... FULL TEXT


Aakh chesham

The infamous Friday prayer leader of Orumiyeh, Hojatoleslam Hasani, has delivered another love-packed sermon ... SEE PERSIAN TEXT

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

More Letters

* Can we contribute anything?

Varshasb Broumand writes: I very much enjoyed reading your article, on "I was once an Iranian". It's interesting to see that we all suffer from the same internal conflicts. It's funny though, life here in the U.S. brings me closer and closer to home, yet it distances some people like you.

What is a hybrid? Where does the problem begin? Is it from the West? Is it our own doing? How do we fix it? Do we contribute to the lack of progress in our country by turning our back on it, and adopting America's ideals? Can we contribute anything at all to the growth of Iran? Does "ghatreh ghatreh jam shavad, vaangahi daryaa shavad" hold true for our individual efforts?

I do not have the answers, and don't claim to be an expert. However, you raise real issues and questions, and that is both inspirational, and mind boggling. I haven't been able to grasp what the best of both worlds is, and I fear that my quest and yours may not provide answers in this life time ... FULL TEXT

* No melting pot in Germany, Sweden

Nargess Shahmanesh writes: Guive Mirfendereski, in his article "Cucumbers & tomatoes" raises interesting points about immigration and assimilation. As he rightly pointed out, the reason behind the move to exile is highly reflective in the assimilation process. But so is the geographical/cultural location of the host country.

For example, immigrants in Germany (using the example of Iranian refugees rather than the Turks) have not joined that salad bowl for a variety of reasons possibly outside their control. Germany has geographically (intentionally) located refugees in housing projects outside cities. The isolation has had an alienating influence on the second generation as well ... FULL TEXT


* Celebrate: Mehregan, Irvine

Mehregan (meh-re-gahn) is a celebration of nature, a festival of seasons, and the birthday of light. It commemorates the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Mehregan is a festival of Mehr, Goddess of Love, Knowledge, and Commitment. Date: October 16 & 17. Time: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm. Location: Lakeside Park (next to Irvine Meadows & Wild Rivers), 8800 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA ... DETAILS HERE

Books of the Week

* Do gharib (1998)
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* 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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Sept 7, (Iran News) - Yadollah Sahabi has been summoned to the court as the accused, in relation to the publication of his letter to the Leader in Neshat daily. Yadollah Sahabi, a co-founder of Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI) in early 1960's, in a letter to the Supreme Leader gave him recommendations on improving the current situation of the country. The letter was published by Neshat daily Sep. 1.

Academics speak out in defense of Kadivar

(New York, September 7, 1999, Human Rights Watch) -- In an open letter today to the new head of the Iranian judiciary, the Human Rights Watch Academic Freedom Committee called for immediate review of the arrest and conviction of Mohsen Kadivar. Noting the recent appointment of Seyyed M.H. Shahroudi, considered a reform-minded legal scholar, to head the judiciary, Mr. Saunders added: "Now is the time for the judiciary to assert its independence by re-opening the case and seeing to it that Kadivar gets a fair trial." ... FULL TEXT

Iran Jewish group urges justice for spying suspects

TEHRAN, Sept 7 (Reuters) - A Jewish community group in Iran has urged authorities to ensure a fair trial for 13 Iranian Jews arrested on charges of spying for Israel, the official news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Judiciary calls on moderate minister to tolerate criticism

TEHRAN, Sept 8 (AFP) - Iran's conservative judiciary on Wednesday called on moderate Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani to accept criticism, following the minister's complaint over a misrepresentation of his meeting with the new judiciary chief ... FULL TEXT

Students seek inquiry into Tabriz violence

TEHRAN, Sept 8 (Reuters) - A leading Iranian student group has demanded an investigation into violent attacks by hardliners on pro-democracy student protesters in northwestern Iran in July, newspapers reported on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Iraqi national to be hanged in Iran

TEHRAN, Sept 8 (Reuters) - An Iraqi national has been sentenced to be hanged in Iran, convicted of carrying out bombing attacks in Tehran 18 years ago, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Jomhuri-ye Eslami quoted Tehran Revolutionary Court chief Gholamhossein Rahbarpour as saying that the unnamed prisoner was a member of the Iraqi secret service ... FULL TEXT

Oman denies planning exercises with Iran

MUSCAT, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Oman said on Wednesday it was not planning to hold joint sea manoeuvres with Iran, the official Oman News Agency (ONA) reported. ONA said a defence ministry source denied as baseless press reports that Oman and Iran were planning joint exercises. "There is no agreement to hold any such joint exercises," the source said ... FULL TEXT

Oil rally hits $22, has more in the tank

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Oil importers on Wednesday were facing the prospect of a severe winter price spike as OPEC exporters prepared to turn the screw on stringent supply restrictions. Benchmark Brent crude in London was valued at $21.90 a barrel after jumping more than 60 cents on Tuesday to $22.04, the highest oil price since February 1997 ... FULL TEXT

Pop art

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Western pop art is on display at Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Arts ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Comedy in Shahr-e Kurd

Tehran (Iran daily) -- More than 80 films will be shown at an upcoming film festival in Shahr-e Kurd, including a number of comedies ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran 1 - Japan 1

Tehran (Iran daily IRNA) -- Ali Daei saved Iran from defeat when he scored the equalizer against Japan in the 66th minute ... Biref news ... Detailed report


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Buying: 880-892 tomans per dollar

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The future

I think she [Katayone Adeli] is the future. Her clothes are about pieces, sportswear and a little touch of femininity. They're the clothes I work in, can count on. And the price is right.

-- Polly Mellen, fashion editor who just ended a long career at Condé Nast.
The New York Times
September 7, 1999

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