The Iranian Times

Monday September 13, 1999 / Shahrivar 22, 1378, No. 805

Seven Valleys

Sehaty Foreign Exchange


Cover story

The art of Aylene Fallah

September 13, 1999
The Iranian

Aylene Fallah's mix media sculptures have been exhibited in shows and galleries in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Boston as well as in California and Canada ... GO TO FEATURE


    Amnesty's urgent appeal on death sentences

    13 September 1999
    Amnesty International

    Four men arrested in the wake of student demonstrations in July 1999 are reported to have been sentenced to death.

    On 12 September 1999, Gholamhossein Rahbarpur, the President of Tehran Revolutionary Court, announced the death sentences in an interview to Jomhuri-ye Eslami newspaper, stating that two of the death sentences have already been approved by the Supreme Court. He did not give the names of those sentenced or any details of the charges or trial proceedings against them... Please send telegrams/express/airmail letters in English or your own language: ... FULL TEXT


I know that jerk

Fifty-five percent of people polled by Iran newspaper say that they "always" get annoying phone calls. But, get this: 43% of these jerks are friends or relatives ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

More Letters

* Subservient and self-depricating

Arash Salardini writes: My intention is by no means to insult Mr Alemi ["I was once an Iranian"]. I am sure he is an intelligent man who will appreciate honest criticism albeit criticism in a rather robust tone. Mr Alemi has written a self-indulgent piece in the worst tradition of orientalism. He reminds me of the line " Goftaa ze cheh naaleem keh az maast keh bar maast!"

He wants to be American. What is that exactly? Sure, there are flowery slogans like "the American Dream" and "the American Way of Life", but these are merely verbose masks for a migrant country's inability to define herself. Unless you are a WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) , preferably one whose ancestors arrived on the Mayflower, you can not be "American" only. You are an Italian American, a Jewish American, a Black American, an Irish American.... So why does one's Iranian ethnicity in conflict with being American?...

Mr Alemi reminds me of the Indians and Pakistanis who go to GPS schools in Sydney. They try so hard to be more British than the British. They are all obsessed with cricket, they are staunch monarchists (Last night I was nauseated when one toasted "Gentlemen, the Queen!"), they glorify the Westminster system and all the while they speak of how their respective countries were better off under British rule. The only time they acknowledge their Indian heritage is to impress someone who is fashionably into eastern mysticism or the like. Yet they are rediculed by all. Afforded no more than the vilest contempt. I hate to think that our most educated will similarly end up subservient and self-depricating ... FULL TEXT

* Who needs Einstein?

Nader Pakdaman writes: Could you please expand further on your research [Halloween is Persian]? Particularly on the "tunneling technique" used to link Anglo-Saxon traditions through the satanic/pagan undertones of Halloween to Kadoo Halvaee? Could the candle in the pumpkin be attributed to the Zoroastrian tradition of reverence for fire?...

Perhaps Cultural Tunneling can be classified as a subcategory to the "Certainty Principle", the counterpart to "uncertainty principle" - the cornerstone of modern physics explaining the tunneling of particles through insurmountable barriers! The Certainty Principle proves that most (if not all) scientific, cultural and folk traditions "tunnel back to" Iran. Honar Nazdeh Iranian Hasto Bass!! Who needs Einstein? ... FULL TEXT

* Event: Arts and cultural event, N. California

I am writing to invite you and your friends and families to attend our third annual cultural festival in October. This two-day festival will take place on October 9 at the Civic Center Auditorium in San Jose CA, and on October 10, 1999 at the Cupertino Quinlan Community Center. in Cupertino CA. The festival will include a wide variety of community activities, including dance, music, poetry, Arts & crafts, Book signing, Art Gallery, face painting, and food. More information about the program is attached ... DETAILS HERE

Books of the Week

* Khaab-e zemstaani (1998) (Sample page)
From the author of the hugely successful Khaateraat-e paraakandeh
By Goli Taraghi

* Messel-e hame-ye asr-haa (1996) (Sample page)
By Zoya Pirzad

* Bichaareh esfandiyaar (2nd edition, 1998) (Sample page)
Late dissident's interpretations of the Shahnameh
By Saidi Sirjani

* Khaaneh-yeh edrisi-haa (1998) (Sample page)
By Ghazaleh Alizadeh

* Injaa tehraan ast (1998) (Sample page)
Documents about Tehran from the past century
By Mansureh Etehadiyeh
461 pages. $30.00

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Reformers decry secret death sentences

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Pro-reform newspapers in Iran voiced dismay on Monday that a Revolutionary Court had met in secret to sentence four people to death for their role in July's pro-democracy unrest. Several dailies accused the conservative court of mishandling the case for political ends ... FULL TEXT

Reformers lash out at surprise death sentences over July unrest

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (AFP) - Iranian reformers lashed out Monday at the head of Tehran's revolutionary court after his shock announcement in a newspaper interview Sunday of four death sentences handed down in connection with July's student riots ... FULL TEXT

Iran acknowledges U.S. message, says was routine

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Iran acknowledged on Monday receiving a message recently from the United States, after days of media speculation on secret contacts between the arch-foes and a letter believed to have come from President Bill Clinton ... FULL TEXT

Head of banned Iranian paper to stand trial next week

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (AFP) - The trial of the director of Iran's Neshat newspaper, banned for publishing "anti-Islamic" articles, will begin in the press court next week, justice officials said Monday. Latif Safari will appear next Monday to answer 73 charges in a public trial in the presence of a jury, Iran's justice department said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency ... FULL TEXT

Iran Jewish MP says community worried over arrests

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The arrest of 13 Iranian Jews on charges of spying for Israel has caused deep concern in Iran's Jewish community, the representative of the country's Jews in parliament said in remarks published on Monday. ``The arrest of a number of Jews has filled the Jewish community with unease and anxiety,'' the daily Resalat quoted MP Manouchehr Eliasi as telling a parliament session on Sunday ... FULL TEXT

Iran rejects U.S. report on religious intolerance

TEHRAN, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Iran has dismissed as biased a U.S. human rights report which criticised Iran for religious intolerance, a newspaper said on Sunday ... FULL TEXT

Iran says growth fell to 1.6 pct in yr to March 99

TEHRAN, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Iran's economic growth slowed to 1.6 percent in the year to March 1999 as oil prices slumped, Central Bank Governor Mohsen Nourbakhsh said in remarks published on Monday. The figure shows a further fall in GDP growth from the previous year's already diminished 2.5 percent ... FULL TEXT

Elf bids for Iran's South Pars gas phases 6-8 - MEES

NICOSIA, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Elf Aquitaine has bid on tenders to develop phases six, seven and eight of Iran's offshore South Pars gas field, the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) reported on Monday ... FULL TEXT

Iran hails cooperation with Saudis on oil

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami Saturday hailed cooperation between his country and Saudi Arabia which boosted oil prices to their highest level in 32 months and he called for more work to strengthen OPEC. Khatami's remarks came after he received a message from Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Abdullah delivered by a Saudi cabinet member, Tehran radio said ... FULL TEXT

Kiarostami wins "last" prize

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Abbas Kiarostami won the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival but also announced he has won all the prizes he ever wanted and will not compete at film festivals again ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

"Children of Heaven" a hit in Hong Kong

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Majid Majidi's "Children of Heaven" was among the top-10 summer films in Hong Kong, earning $1 million in boxoffice sales ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Germany loves Mahdavi-kia

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Mehdi Mahdavi-kia who has become the go-to man in Hamburg, talks about his German team and what must be done to keep the fans happy ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Tehranis stopped

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Tracktorsazi Tabriz and Sepahan Isfahan taught a few lessons to Tehran's Persepolis and Pass in the latest Azadegan League matches ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Quote Unquote


With regard to the unrest in July in Tehran, so far four people have been sentenced to death. The sentences of two of these people have been approved by the supreme court, and the dossiers on the two others are under review by that court.

Gholam-Hossein Rahbar-pour,
Revolutionary judge
Sept 12, 1999

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