The Iranian Times

Thursday September 16, 1999 / Shahrivar 25, 1378, No. 808

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Iranian homosexuals are excluded, even abroad

By Yek Irani
September 16, 1999
The Iranian

The irony is that the world is gazing on the struggle of Iranians for democracy, human rights and freedom. But this struggle excludes the rights of homosexuals as they are not seen as part of the human race.

It is often pointed out by experts in the field of Iranian studies that various regimes have suppressed minorities. One can hardly disagree with that. But between these lines there hides a bitter reality that must be mentioned.

The Iranian community of Montreal is homophobic not because of any tyrannical regime but on its own free will ... GO TO FEATURE


Iranian academic delegatin in U.S.

National Academy of Sciences

Meeting Summary: On September 8, 1999, the leadership of the U.S. National Academies received several prominent members of the scientific community of Iran.

Dr. Bruce Alberts, President of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. William Wulf, President of the National Academy of Engineering, and Dr. Kenneth Shine, President of the Institute of Medicine, met with Professor Reza Davari Ardakani, President of the Academy of Sciences of Iran, Professor Reza Malekzadeh, Secretary of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Iran, and other leading Iranian scientists ... FULL TEXT


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More Letters

* Enough Rumi already

S Jalili writes: I enjoy reading The IranianTimes every day but those Rumi poems are starting toget on my nerves! Is it possible to get a poem from different poets , even modern ones, like Sepehri or Farokhzad, once in a while?

And anyway, what is this new craze among Iranians out-side of Iran, about Rumi? I know he was a great poet, but why do we elevate him to a kind of prophet-like status? Can't we live without these mythical beings? Thanks for your great work.

* Go to Afghanistan

Massi Behbahani writes: In response to the letter "Allah knows best", if Iran is such a "modern theocracy" where Allah knows best, may I ask what you are doing in the moral decay known as the United States which you described as "borderline anarchy"?

I suggest you relocate to Afghanistan where you may be one with the Taleban and there, you may continue on your way of being an ignorant and hypocritical individual who shames all Iranians with your backward beliefs and uneducated commentary.

And for the sake of all Iranian women, we really have no need of you telling us how to protect our dignity when you obviously have none yourself.

* Art: Ghajar art show in Washington, DC

The Artists1 Museum in Washington DC welcomes the public to view selected paintings by artists Rose Ghajar and Santana from the series "Persian Dreams: Recreating Ghajar Art". This unique series, characterized by fine craftsmanship and a dedication to traditional painting, brings alive Persian history and makes it possible for the public to experience the past for themselves. The show will be held from October 1 until the end of the month... DETAILS HERE

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* Khaaneh-yeh edrisi-haa (1998) (Sample page)
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... Iranian culture displays an extreme form of schizophrenia where on one hand it ennobles the earth and the heavens, shades and shapes, colors and tones, and yet it is disgusted with the most beautiful creation of all - the human body.

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