The Iranian Times

Monday September 20, 1999 / Shahrivar 29, 1378, No. 810

Ketab Farsi bilingual books

Sehaty Foreign Exchange


Cover story

Gharib-e aashenaa
Letters to Googoosh

The deep love and affection expressed in these letters to Googoosh is truly amazing. And they come not just from Iranians. There are letters from American, Malaysian, Indian, Arab, Turkish and Hungarian fans too. And the near unanimous wish is: please, please sing again. As one of her famous songs goes, "Gharib-e aashenaa, duset daaram biyaa..." ("Come back intimate stranger, I love you...").

There are more than one hundred letters here which were registered at Googoosh.Com. Like the previous ones, they will be forwarded to Googoosh herself ... GO TO FEATURE


Fresh paint, plaster greets Iran's angry students

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Students at Tehran University, the epicentre of pro-democracy unrest in July, trickle back to campus this week where fresh paint on the bloodied hostel walls may not be enough to erase their anger or defuse reform demands ... FULL TEXT

* Report says student unrest began spontaneously

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Iran's Intelligence Ministry said on Monday a pro-democracy student protest which escalated into major unrest in June had started as a largely spontaneous event, state radio reported ... FULL TEXT


Googoosh calling

Reza from Shahr-e Rey writes:

Dear Googoosh,

Hello. I love you too much. Please send me your telephone number.

More Letters

* New Dark Ages

H. Tavakoli writes: This is a letter in response to YekIrani's recent article "Acceptance". Same-sex relationships are currently outlawed in 26 Islamic countries... Of the Islamic states that ban lesbian and gay sex, Iran is the most zealously homophobic. Since 1980, when the fundamentalists came to power under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini, over 4,000 lesbians and gay men have been executed, according to estimates by the exiled Iranian homosexual rights group, Homan.... FULL TEXT

* Music: Mehregan party, Washington DC

Dr. Reza Maleknia and Dr. Rasool Nafisi will play music (daf, setar and singing) during the Mehregan festival near Washington DC, sponsored by the Iranian American Cultural Association (IACA). It will be held at at the McLean Hilton (7920 Jones Branch Drive, Mclean, VA, Tel: 703-847-5000). For reservations call the IACA at: (301) 656-IACA ... 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
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Khatami seeks pardon for Iranians sentenced to die

TEHRAN, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami hoped that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would pardon four people sentenced to death over pro-democracy unrest, an official was quoted as saying on Sunday ... FULL TEXT

Reformist Iranian daily answers anti-Islam charges

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Iran's leading pro-reform newspaper, already under suspension, went on trial on Monday on charges of insulting Islamic values and spreading propaganda against the state ... FULL TEXT

Report says student unrest began spontaneously

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Iran's Intelligence Ministry said on Monday a pro-democracy student protest which escalated into major unrest in June had started as a largely spontaneous event, state radio reported ... FULL TEXT

Official says 13 Jews are innocent before law

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Some of the 13 Iranian Jews held in Iran on espionage charges have confessed but all are considered innocent until found guilty by a court of law, a top judiciary official was quoted on Monday as saying ... FULL TEXT

Austria's Klestil calls for improved EU-Iran ties

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Visiting Austrian President Thomas Klestil expressed hope on Monday that a dialogue between the EU and Iran would lead to better ties and lend support to moderate Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's reform ... FULL TEXT

Revolutionary Guards build new missile

TEHRAN, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards have developed a new surface-to-surface missile which they will display at a military parade in Tehran this week, a senior official of the elite force was quoted on Sunday as saying ... FULL TEXT

Khatami reappoints liberal Iran central bank head

TEHRAN, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's decision to reappoint Mohsen Nourbakhsh, a liberal economist, as central bank governor signals his commitment to gradual market reforms, analysts said on Monday. ... FULL TEXT

Iran says won't back down in OPEC sec-gen race

DUBAI, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it would not support any candidate but its own in the race for OPEC secretary-general ... FULL TEXT

Davoud-Nejad: Interview

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- An interview with Alireza Davoud-Nejad who has been getting a lot of attention for his award-winning film "Masaeb-e Shirin" ("Sweet Agony") ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Private distributors

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Private Iranian film distributors have begun entering top films at international film festivals. This role was previous reserved for the state Farabi Foundation ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran v. Denmark

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Denmark has invited the Iranian national soccer team to a friendly match in Copenhagen on October 10. Here's an analysis ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Navabi ties with Chinese

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Shirin Navabi, the national women's champion (under 20) has reached a tie in her first match against a Chinese master in the world championships being held in Armenia ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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