The Iranian Times

Tuesday September 14, 1999 / Shahrivar 23, 1378, No. 806

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



Eliminate violence
... in all its forms, including the death penalty

By Hossein Bagher Zadeh
September 14, 1999
The Iranian

The following is a translation of an article published in the Persian daily Nesaht in Tehran on Tuesday 24h August 1999. The article, along with another on the topic of execution by Emadedin Baqi, led to a huge outcry by certain politico-religious groups in Iran, culmination in a statement by Iran's Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on September 1, denouncing those 'who oppose the religious law of vengeance' and declaring them being liable to death sentence. Neshat was shut down three days later. Hossein Baqer Zader is a founding member and chairperson of the Iranian Human Rights Working Group ... GO TO FEATURE


False accusations
Reply to radicals

By Hossein Bagher Zadeh
September 14, 1999
The Iranian

Slanderous accusations against me are being repeated in parts of the Iranian press and now a bounty has been put on my head by the radical paper, Jebheh. Here is a resposnse I sent to the Tehran Times which printed some of these alleagtions on September 2. My response was published in its Septemer 7 issue ... GO TO FEATURE


Customs laws eased to boost exports

TEHRAN, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Iran is moving to ease customs barriers as part of attempts to increase non-oil exports and reduce reliance on petroleum-related earnings, a senior economy official said.

Boosting Iran's flagging non-oil exports has been a central goal of the economic recovery plan President Mohammad Khatami launched a year ago ... FULL TEXT


Pleasure Island

Qeshm is (fast?) becoming another Kish -- a place to have fun, far, far away from Tehran ... GO THERE

More Letters

* Obscure fluke

Cyrus Raafat writes: I would like to comment on this matter ["Modern khaastegaari"]... Cases of Iranian men inside Iran marrying girls from overseas are very rare proportionally to that of expatriate Iranian guys getting nice-girls from Iran. This is expected because the value is not in the mundane issues, but in the ability for the future spouse to truly satisfy the wishes of the future family.

So in all honesty, Halima's article, is of no credible value in whether it is "modern khaastegaari" or not, because it can never be considered a trend or norm. In my case, I have now added nine Iranian-American guy-friends who have since gone to Iran and gotten engaged or married girls. Her case is an obscure fluke! ... FULL TEXT

* Halloween NOT Persian

Banafsheh Zand writes: Just a line to explain: the word Halloween is a Gaelic derivation of the middle English expression "All Hallow's Eve", which conotes the night before November 1st which in itself is the druidic day of the dead or in other word, all saints day. Just so you know.

* TV: Rumi on PBS

Niloo Soleimani writes: On Sunday, September 26 at 11 p.m. on KQED (PBS station in San Francico) will be airing a program called "Rumi: Poet of the Heart". I just saw it and it's excellent. It will also air on Sunday October 10 at 6 p.m. I just saw this movie at the Rafael Film Center. Check local listings of PBS stations in other U.S. cities.

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Death sentences condemned

New York, September 14, 1999 (Human Rights Watch) -- The head of Tehran's revolutionary Court has announced that four as yet unnamed people have been sentenced to death in relation to student demonstrations there last month. Human Rights Watch today called for the retrial of the four in a public court and with full access to the procedural safeguards set out in international law. It said trials before the Revolutionary Courts do not conform with international standards for fair trial ... FULL TEXT

American family can't seize Iran property

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - A federal judge has blocked the family of a woman killed by terrorists in the Middle East from seizing property belonging to a foundation allegedly linked to Iran. Rosalyn and Stephen Flatow had sued the Iranian government for wrongful death in the killing of their daughter, Alisa, and in March 1998 won a judgment of $247.5 million. They were the first of several families to win judgments under a 1996 federal law allowing victims to seek punitive damages from nations that sponsor international terrorism ... FULL TEXT

US grain industry encouraged by first Iranian sale

WASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - After extended efforts to convince the government to relax sanctions on Iran, U.S. farmers were rewarded on Thursday with news of the first U.S. corn sale to that country in four years ... FULL TEXT

More US corn sales to Iran possible-industry aide

WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - A new sale of 100,000 tonnes of U.S. corn to Iran is just a fraction what the country could eventually buy, a U.S. grain industry official said Tuesday. ``There's more being negotiated,'' said the industry aide, who was not directly involved in the grain deal ... FULL TEXT

Iran rejects Arab League stance in island dispute

TEHRAN, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Iran has dismissed as unacceptable the Arab League's declaration that it backed the United Arab Emirates in its territorial dispute with Iran, the state-run IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi was quoted by IRNA as saying an Arab League communique released on Monday after the league's foreign ministers' meeting in Cairo was contrary to the ``realities, historical truth and the brotherly spirit of Islam.'' ... FULL TEXT

Yemen, Iran firm sign oil tanker facility deal

SANAA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Yemen on Tuesday signed a $5.7 million deal with an Iranian company to modernise an oil tanker handling facility in the port of Hodeidah, the oil ministry said ... FULL TEXT

Too feminist

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- This reviewer believes Tahmineh Milani's latest film -- "Do zan" (Two women) -- has gone too far in adopting Western feminism ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Young film makers

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Hooshang Mirzaie and Marjaneh Daneh-Kar are two young film makers. Here's their latest work ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran did well

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Although not terribly well-prepared for its match against Japan, Iran still performed well, says head coach Mansour Pour-Heydari ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

International fencing

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Iran holds international fencing tournament; results are not impressive, but the future seems bright ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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No solution

Th Iranian society should accept that killing solves nothing. Similarly, neither ideology nor state power can justify violence.

Hossein Baqer Zadeh
"Eliminate violence"
The Iranian
Sept 14, 1999

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