The Iranian Times

Wednesday September 22, 1999 / Shahrivar 31, 1378, No. 812

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Lamentations of Laleh Khalili
A response to "New is good"

By Sohrab Mahdavi
September 22, 1999
The Iranian

Lamentations of Khalili sit well on many ears. They are the expression of many a diasporatic dreams and memories floating in hyperspace looking for a ground to land on. The sorrows of a generation unsure of its foundation in this gelatinous mass called reality. A generation used to staring at the hypertext, and who can only feel and express its affinities through the endless tapping of fingers on the keyboard. The stock in trade of many Iranians in Los Angeles and kindred other places around the globe where museums are rife and buildings are studded with placards and lengthy explanations about the significance of such landmarks, and where concert halls are duly packed with those ready to unleash their thunderous claps at the mention of the name of the old country ... GO TO FEATURE


Eleven-year airport wait ends

BBC Online News

An Iranian man who has spent the past 11 years waiting at a French airport has finally received the papers which will let him past the immigration desk.

Mehran Karimi Nasseri - who up to now has had no travel documents - is planning to travel to Belgium, the country which granted him refugee status in July this year.

This week the French authorities issued the papers authorising his entry into Europe ... FULL TEXT


Audio report from the BBC's Stephen Jessel... LISTEN HERE

Thanks to Shirin Bazleh



Ali Daei scored both goals for Hertha Berlin in the 2-1 victory over Chelsea Tuesday. Here's a report with photos from the English Sun newspaper... GO HERE

Thaks to Babak Jafarian

More Letters

* I am shocked!

Asghar Massombagi writes: I think Mr. Salaradini is a bit unkind to Mr. Alami ["I was once an Iranian"] ; I can't see Mr. Alami toasting the Queen anytime soon, nor do I see self-hatred as Mr. Alardini has implicitly suggested. I do agree that some of Alami's remarks are naïve and inaccurate...

Example of mishmash: To call into question literary exploration of the Iranian literary cannon as evidence of some kind of reactionary tendency. I am shocked! An educated person such as Mr. Alami is surly aware of mountains of work annually amassed on such medieval stalwarts as Chaucer, Boccacio, Marlow and so forth. Entire cultural industries are erected in Western universities around obscure literary figures in Twelfth century Wales. So what is then Mr. Alami that is wrong with study of Hafez? ... FULL TEXT

* Deep down: Neanderthals

Mehrdad Erfani writes: This is an old article ["Real Iranian girls?"]. I found it just as repulsive then as I find it now. It saddens me that it is being re-circulated again. It makes me wonder that no matter how sophisticated, or intellectual some of us pretend to be, deep down we are just the bigoted, sexiest, Neanderthals which our sick backward religious or otherwise beliefs have so well created ... FULL TEXT

* Film: Color of Heaven in New York

The New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Theater will run from September 24 - October 10, 1999. This year's entry from Iran is Majid Majidi's COLOR OF HEAVEN which will be shown on Friday, September 24, 1999 at 3 pm and Sunday, September 26, 1999 at 9:30 pm ... 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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Conservatives tighten proposed press law

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A conservative parliamentary committee has proposed new restrictions on Iran's press, a main battleground between reformers around President Mohammad Khatami and hard-line rivals, newspapers reported Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Iran parades new missile, tank on war anniversary

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards showed off their own surface-to-surface missile for the first time Wednesday as President Mohammad Khatami pledged that Iranian forces would help maintain regional security ... FULL TEXT

Students go back to school after bloody summer

TEHRAN, Sept 22 (AFP) - Some two million Iranian students return Thursday to universities which have been freshly refurbished after an outpouring of violence in July left dormitories trashed and at least three people dead. On the same day, 19 million schoolchildren return to class in this country where more 20 percent of the population are aged under 20 ... FULL TEXT

Britain to continue Rushdie protection despite renewed Iran ties

LONDON, Sept 22 (AFP) - Britain said Wednesday it would continue its protection of author Salman Rushdie -- condemnmed to death a decade ago in a fatwa from Iran's then spiritual leader -- despite improved diplomatic links with Tehran ... FULL TEXT

Rial reform seen as risky way to draw funds

DUBAI, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Floating Iran's rial could help attract badly needed foreign investment, but without sound management the move risks prompting capital flight and inflation which could scupper the reform, analysts said on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Iran says close to offshore deals with Shell

VIENNA, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Wednesday his country was close to agreeing oil deals with Shell. When asked if Iran was near signing oil contracts he said ``Yes, we are very close with Shell for offshore projects.'' ... FULL TEXT

Two armed robbers hanged

TEHRAN, Sept 22 (AFP) - Two convicted armed robbers were hanged in public Wednesday for a shock daylight heist in Iran's holy city of Qom which left seven people dead, state radio said ... FULL TEXT

Dull edge

Tehran (Akhbar-e Eghtesad) -- Hassan Solhjou believes Iranian cinema, unlike literature, has lost its edge -- its political edge at least ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Youth film fest

Tehran (Akhbar-e Eghtesad) -- Some 50 films from 37 countries will shown at Iran's international youth film festival next month ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Daei scores twice in Berlin win

BERLIN (Sports.Com) - Two lapses in concentration cost Chelsea dear as Hertha Berlin cruised to a 2-1 victory in their Champions League Group H clash in Germany. Ali Daei, who was part of the Bayern Munich squad that reached the final last year, netted a goal in each half, and Chelsea now face an uphill task if they are to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition... FULL TEXT

Women kayakers 2nd in Asia

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Iranian women's kayaking team took the silver medal in the Asian chamionships in China ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Daei shuffle

The Iranian with film-star looks delivered the knockout blows with a modern-day Ali shuffle.

-- Steven howard on Ali Daei's goals against the English soccer club, Chelsea
Sun newspaper
Sept 22, 1999

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