The Iranian Times

Tuesday September 28, 1999 / Mehr 6, 1378, No. 816

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Heading where?
Four scenarios for Iran's future direction

By Majid Tehranian
September 28, 1999
The Iranian

One way to predict the future is by setting up different scenarios. Politics is not an exact science. But by examining each possible scenario, researchers can come to reasonable conclusions.

If we use this method to predict Iran's future, we will be faced with four possible scenarios (in Persian) ... GO TO PAGE ONE


Take a stand
Open letter to President Khatami

September 28, 1999
The Iranian

Hossein Baqer Zadeh's letter (in Persian) to President Khatami (17 September 1999) callling for a firm stand against anti-democratic forces. Baqer Zadeh is a founding member and chairperson of the Iranian Human Rights Working Group. His recent column in Iran's Neshat newspaper on the need to abolish the death penalty was partly responsible for a ban imposed on the newspaper ... GO TO PAGE ONE


A Spiritual Vision Imbues The Trials Of a Blind Boy

The New York Times
September 25, 1999

In one way or another, the cinema of every nationality addresses the tenuous relationship of man and nature (in the United States it tends to be through bloated disaster epics like "Twister"). But in Iran this grandest of themes is almost a national obsession. And in Majid Majidi's stunningly beautiful film, "The Color of Heaven," that relationship is evoked with an ecstatic sensuousness along with an awed awareness of nature's destructive power that are nothing less than extraordinary ... FULL TEXT



Sarah Shahi is a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader. She says her biggest mistake was "not learning... Farsi". She's the one standing in the middle of the second row. Click on her image and read about her ... GO HERE

Thanks to Mehran Azhar

More Letters

* Right to be homophopic

Sultan Mehrabi writes: This is in response to the article about Iranian attitudes towards homosexuals ["Acceptance"].

Just like those people made a decision to be homosexuals, the rest of us have the right to make our own decisions about our own opinions and actions. If we wish to dislike homosexuals it is our right. If we are homophobic it is our right to be. You can't tell us how to be.

I hold the opinion that homosexuals are destroying society with their actions and those who accept them and welcome them with open arms are helping them do that.

I don't believe homosexuality is right or should be accepted. However I don't believe cruelty is right either. So therefore I personally, don't ask, don't support and don't want to know if a person is homosexual.

Freedom of opinion seems to apply to everybody except those who wish to practice it these days.

* Chic?

Morteza Anvari writes: So, now I have seen everything! I mean every door in Abyaneh ["Doors wide shut"]. Chic? The beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

* Politics: IARC Semi-Annual National Convention

The Iranian American Republican Council's semi-annual convention will be held in Washington DC September 29th and 30th. The highlight of the event is a briefing session organized by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for the benefit of IARC members and guests ... DETAILS

Books of the Week

* Nastaran-haaye surati (1998)
By Reza Julaie

* Sharq-e banafsheh (1998)
By Shahriar Mandani-pour

* Del daadeh-gi (1998)
Novel in two volumes
By Shahriar Mandani-pour

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Massive $100 bln oil find

TEHRAN, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday announced its biggest oil find in 30 years, a giant 26-billion barrel field discovered as the country drives to revive exploration activities and foreign firms compete for big deals. Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said the oilfield in the prolific southwest Khuzestan province has the potential to produce up to 400,000 barrels a day ... FULL TEXT

Portuguese Men Kidnapped in Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Three Portuguese men, including two journalists, have been kidnapped in eastern Iran. Gunmen stopped vehicles carrying seven Portuguese men and women Monday and took three of the men hostage, leaving one man and three women free to go ... FULL TEXT

Rally demands death for Iran's student playwrights

TEHRAN, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Angry demonstrators rallied in central Tehran on Tuesday to demand death for two student playwrights whose lampoon of campus conservatives has been condemned as an unforgivable insult to Islam and touched off a national crisis ... FULL TEXT

U.S. seeks Iran's cooperation in inquiry

September 28 (USA Today) -- President Clinton has asked Iran's President Mohammed Khatami to cooperate in the investigation of the bombing in 1996 of a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia, former and current U.S. officials say... FULL TEXT

Iran celebrates birth anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini amid factional struggle

TEHRAN, Sept 27 (AFP) - Iran's Islamic regime on Monday marked the centenary of the birth of its founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini amid an increasingly bitter struggle between his successors over his legacy. "This year is the year of the Imam (Khomeini)," read slogans on countless giant portraits of Khomeini plastered along Tehran's roadsides, while some 500,000 pilgrims and 30,000 volunteer Islamic Basiji militia prepare to take part in official ceremonies at the Imam's mausoleum in south Tehran ... FULL TEXT

Kuwait to compete with Dubai for transit trade with Iran

KUWAIT CITY (AFP) - Kuwait is to open a free trade zone in October that it hopes will compete with Dubai for the transit trade with Iran, the official news agency KUNA said yesterday ... FULL TEXT

"Ay Iran" in Tabriz

Tehran (Iran daily) -- A music festival in Tabriaz ended the first night with a performance of "Ay Iran" -- a patriotic/nationalist song. If that's not surpring, get this: the festival commemorates Ayatollah Khomeini's birth 100 years ago ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Maleki's show

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Farzaneh Maleki's art work is on dispaly at Seyhoun Gallery. A review ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

First medal in eight years

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Behruz Jamshidi has won a bronze medal in the world greco-roman wrestling championships - the first medal for Iran in eight years ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Khodadad: no chance

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Khodadad Azizi's interview with the BBC in which he complained for not being selected for the national team, has worsened his relationship with the team managers. More soccer briefs ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Quote Unquote


[Majid Majidi's "Color of Heaven" is] a devastating movie and yet another gem to spring from one of the world's most vital national cinemas.

-- Stephen Holden
The New York Times
September 28, 1999

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