The Iranian Times

Thursday September 23, 1999 / Mehr 1, 1378, No. 813

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    Goodbye Rumi, hello Nezami. From today the featured poems will be from Nezami Ganjehie's "Khosro & Shirin".


Who are you calling "kharaab"?

By Saghie Zarinkalk
September 23, 1999
The Iranian

If you are an Iranian girl, independent, single and without a family living in Europe or the U.S. or anywhere else outside Iran, you will relate to this .

It is very frustrating to see Iranian men and women label single Iranian girls abroad as "kharaab" (promiscuous, to put it mildly). What is even more disappointing is that these kinds of comments usually come from mothers! They expect unmarried women to at least lie about their social life ... GO TO FEATURE


International campaign in defence of Iranian students

The International campaign in defence of Iranian students was initiated by the Co-ordinating Committee of Workers' Left Unity and the editorial board of iran bulletin. It has had the support over 450 academics, journalists, professionals,members of parliament, trade unionists, students, individuals, and over 50 organisations from across the world. Signatories to the campaigns include ... FULL TEXT

IHRWG protests death sentences for detained students

PRESS RELEASE, September 22, 1999
Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG)

It is with deep regret to hear that the Islamic Republic's head of The Revolutionary Courts has announced the issuance of death sentences for four students arrested in the July unrest in Tehran University... We are calling for the immediate commutation of the death sentences that have apparently been issued and approved by the Supreme Court, and the urgent release of the names of the four sentenced and the rest who have been arrested in relation to the July unrest ... FULL TEXT


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* To have fallen in love with and married a beautiful young woman before 2015
* To have become a billionaire with a net worth of over $1B U.S. before 2040 ... CHECK HIM OUT

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* Derrida wannabe

Ramin Tabbib writes: We have another Derrida wannabe [Sohrab Mahdavi in "Lamentations of Laleh Khalili"] who has decided to write by way of aphorisms ... And he is arrogant enough to construct every sentence as if it were truth as opposed to mere conjectures on his parts...

It is ... the habit of every new generation to call the fight against or for modernity its own (Gandhi seems ancient history now, doesn't he?). Let's have a little more respect for history and not force it down every little intellectual canal we find lying around ... FULL TEXT

* Mortifying

Soma writes: The article "Lamentations of Laleh Khalili" is mortifying because it strives to be so. It perpetuates itself through gyrations from "Messianic" time to Modern, from identity to an identity-in-absence. It is very much emblematic of the writer's desire to conquer both worlds in a single sweep, to go beyond "both" and "with" at once. In fact, Mahdavi thinks himself post-everything, nationalism, modernism, tradition, capitalism, Print, King ...

There is no need for high-flown language whose sole aim is to expose foundations, only to surpass itself in the act of doing so. This is a small community. Even if there are those who appreciate the tone and language, the majority doesn't get beyond so much as the first few lines of Mahdavi's verbiage. Lets forget who we are or who we have been, as Mahdavi would have us, but let us not forget how little we are. Man has left the realm of gods to gods, but he still finds himself subject to a predicament that can, and all-too-often-does, inspire him with awe ... FULL TEXT

* Film: Iranian film fest, Chicago

The Film Center of Chicago celebrates the tenth anniversary of its Festival of Films from Iran with an exciting lineup which will screen on Saturdays and Sundays between October 2 and 31. The Festival includes seven new fiction features, the U.S. premiere of Dariush Mehrjui's long-banned THE LADY (BANU), a program of archival treasures by Kamran Shirdel, and a slate of fascinating new documentaries. Additional programs include the documentary FRIENDLY PERSUASION which contextualizes the phenomenon of post-Revolutionary Iranian cinema, and a special panel discussion on film criticism ... DETAILS HERE

Books of the Week

* Khaab-e zemstaani (1998) (Sample page)
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* 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 OKs peaceful reform

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - In another apparent nod of encouragement for peaceful reforms, Iran's president opened a vast military parade Wednesday by declaring the armed forces would never be used to suppress restrained domestic dissent. ``Day by day our military is getting stronger, but they are not going to be used to crack down on the people and they will only be deployed against the enemies of the country,'' President Mohammed Khatami said before an annual display of Iran's military power, including the public unveiling of the mobile Zelzal missile that some experts believe is capable of reaching most points in the Middle East ... FULL TEXT

U.S. sanctions on Iran energy deals to stay-official

WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - A top State Department official said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions against large foreign investments in Iran's oil and natural gas sector will remain in place for the foreseeable future. ``I do not foresee a fundamental change in the (U.S.) sanctions policy,'' said Ambassador Elizabeth Jones, principal deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, in a speech at a Middle East Economic Digest conference ... FULL TEXT

Jordan defends Hamas detentions

Sept 23, (BBC) - Jordan has defended the arrests on Wednesday of three senior Hamas officials who had been out of the country since a government crackdown on the movement last month. The trio - politbureau chief Khalid Mishal, official spokesman Ibrahim Ghosheh and politbureau member Musa Abu Marzuq - were detained at Amman airport after their plane from Iran landed on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Airport exile reluctant to leave

Sept 23, (BBC) - The man who spent 11 years waiting at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris for his travel documents now appears reluctant to face the outside world once more. But after more than a decade on a plastic bench next to a pizza outlet, the dream of freedom seems to have lost its allure for Mr Nasseri ... FULL TEXT

Reagan bio mixes fiction, history

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ronald Reagan's authorized biography, 14 years in the making, doesn't know what to make of his role in the Iran-Contra scandal that soiled his remarkable imprint on the nation. But it is more surefooted in saying that Reagan, in his final years as president, was practicing ``conservation of mental resources'' and struggling as if by sheer will to stay focused on the things he really cared about ... FULL TEXT

Sting in the tail for OPEC success story

VIENNA, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Riding high on oil's wheel of fortune OPEC finds itself master again of the global energy market. How long can it last? Just a year ago the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was on its knees. Internal disputes over how to deal with a glut had sent prices crashing below $10 a barrel. Now oil ministers, who on Wednesday endorsed tight export limits, are savouring the prospect of a winter windfall to restore revenues while the West frets that rising energy costs will reignite inflation ... FULL TEXT

Reacrtions to Samad article

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Letters regarding an article on the life of Samad Behrangi. One says he did not drown in a river but was "martyred" by agents of th Shah. Samad's brother also has something to say about that ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

New books

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Kourosh Zaim (with Ali Ardalan) have published the history of the National Front from its birth up to the 1953 coup. Plus news on three other books ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Red v. Blue

Tehran -- Persepolis and Esteqlal battle it out at Azadi stadium on Friday ... REVIEW ... PLAYERS ... GOAL SCORERS

Chess: Win, loss

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Shirin Navabi has defeated a Yugoslav chess master in the world youth chess championships in Armenia. Her team-mate Amir Malahi was defeated by a German ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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