The Iranian Times

Tuesday September 21, 1999 / Shahrivar 30, 1378, No. 811

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



Stop or go?
Thoughts on identity and change

By Kayvan Alikhani
September 21, 1999
The Iranian

A couple of days ago I was talking to a friend and all of a sudden, a vivid memory of my grandfather flashed before my eyes...

As a man, he learned to survive, traveled the world, managed vineyards, became a tailor and taught the Koran to his neighbors and friends. In the middle of all that, he built a great home and raised seven children with my grandmother Khanoom-Jan (rest in peace) whom I so dearly loved.

And I? Will I ever hold my head up high and stop living like a guest in someone else's house? I'm facing constant dilemmas as to what tomorrow will bring. Small and insignificant issues mostly add to one -- and only one -- thing: Conformity ... GO TO FEATURE


Us and them

Akhbar-e Eghtesad
Sept 21, 1999

Akbar Ganji comapres Iran (indirectly) with corrupt South American regimes as well as former dictatorships in other parts of the world. Only a free civil society can rid itself of corruption, he argues ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Electrifying idea

Javid Afrasiabi in Santa Monica , California, writes:

In old Parsi we know kahrobaa means electricity and mail or post was called chaapaar. So we can use these words and call email as chaapak in Parsi.

More Letters

* Genuine debate

Mehran writes: I think that a genuine debate on this issue is needed especially since many Iranians think they are progressive and open-minded until they are faced with gay and lesbian issues.

I have many gay and lesbian friends, and they are great people who have done no harm to anyone. Most of them tell me that they did not choose their homosexuality. In the face of such hatred and cruelty, why would they? ... FULL TEXT

* Head spinner

Amir Sadri writes: My head is spinning. I just got done reading another one of Laleh Khalili's rambling reviews; her ostensible critique of fast paced modernization in her article "New is good". Wieuuuuh!

What is it about her writing? Reading it has the same effect as popping high-powered speed pills. No introduction. No main theme or body. No conclusion. Just an endless, rapid fired, breakneck speed stream of harsh, ideologically laced opinions and observations. Like a diesel locomotive raging ahead with no breaks.

And to what end this stringing together of multisylabic sixteen inch words? Hard to say! But then again, modern writing is often characterized by its schizophrenic qualities!

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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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Britain, Iran to exchange ministerial visits

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Britain and Iran agreed Tuesday to exchange ministerial visits for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution in a further warming of ties since Tehran pledged last year not to carry out a death edict against British author Salman Rushdie ... FULL TEXT

Leader says Iran seeks better ties with EU not U.S.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran prefers to strengthen ties with Europe rather than with a United States bent on dominating the world, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told the visiting Austrian president Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Iran needs nobody's permission to punish Jewish "spies": Khamenei

TEHRAN, Sept 21 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday told visiting Austrian President Thomas Klestil his country "asks nobody's permission to punish the spies" facing death for allegedly working for Israel ... FULL TEXT

Austrian president voices EU concern over human rights in Iran

TEHRAN, Sept 21 (AFP) - Austrian President Thomas Klestil expressed the EU's "dismay and preoccupation over the human rights situation" here Tuesday but said his country wanted to maintain ties, particularly economic ones, with Iran ... FULL TEXT

Conservative Iran body seen keeping grip on vote

TEHRAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Iran's conservative Council of Guardians has reasserted its right to bar election candidates from the ballot at will, a move seen as damaging to reformers' prospects in upcoming parliamentary contests ... FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani may run for parliament-aide

TEHRAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, still a powerful political figure in Iran, may decide to run in upcoming parliamentary elections, a close aide said on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Iran says starts mass producing new tank

TEHRAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Iran's army has begun mass production of a lighter and more manoeuvrable version of the locally made Zolfaqar battle tank, a senior military official said on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Khatami sends "oil message" to Saudi crown prince

TEHRAN, Sept 21 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami sent a message on "oil questions" to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz Tuesday, amidst rumours that the two countries had cut a deal over the appointment of the next head of OPEC ... FULL TEXT

Oil prices dip as OPEC ministers consult

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped on Tuesday in a bout of profit-taking but fundamentals were still seen positive as OPEC ministers gathered in Vienna for a meeting to review the impact of their output curbs on the market ... FULL TEXT

Long way to go

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Khosrow Khorshidi has had a long and distinguished career as a set designer and painter. He spoke with Hamshahri's arts reporter ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Not enough Persian

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Teachers complain that the time spent on teaching Persian literature in Iranian schools is insufficent ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran second in Asian kayaking

Sept 21, (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian kayaking team took second place at the 8th Asiank kayaking championships in China ... FULL TEXT

Jadidi injured

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Abbas Jadidi, one of Iran's top hopes in the world free-style wrestling championships, has been injured during practice ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Naughty, naughty

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The soccer disciplinary committee has banned Nasser Hejazi from accompanying his team in three matches ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Quote Unquote

We take long time

``We have today marked a further significant step forward in our relations,'' the British minister said, calling the visits ``milestones on a long road.'' But he added: ``A thaw can take a long time. This is not going to be a process of suddenly turning on the blowtorch.''

-- British Foreign Minister Robin Cook on agreeing to visit Iran
Sept 21, 1999

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