The Iranian Times

Monday, April 3, 2000 / Farvardin 15, 1379, No. 951

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Cover story

Iran's Galileo
Readers choose Iranians of the year

April 3, 2000
The Iranian

Abdollah Nouri received the most votes in the Iranian of the year survey. Nearly 21 percent of the readers of The Iranian who took part in the survey chose the former interior minister as the most significant Iranian personality of the past year. See comments from readers >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Forty-Nine & Fifty >>> GO TO FEATURE


Queen's pyramid discovered

BBC World Service

French archaeologists have discovered the 4,000-year-old remains of an ancient queen's pyramid near Cairo.

The pyramid of Queen Ankh-sn-Pepi, wife of King Pepi I, lies in Sakkara, an ancient royal cemetery just 32 kilometres (20 miles) south of Cairo.

Archaeologists, led by Jean Leclant, found a stone in the queen's burial chamber bearing special prayers to protect the dead and ensure sustenance in the afterlife. Until this discovery, such texts had only been found in pyramids of kings. Why they were placed in the Queen's chamber remains a mystery. >>> FULL TEXT


Payman Arabshahi's April Fools news
Iran Eases Import Restrictions in Overture to U.S.

By Jonathan Schwartz

TEHRAN, April 1, 2000 (DPA) - In a major overture to the U.S., the Iranian government offered on Saturday to let in a select category of U.S. foodstuff and household items, promised to work harder to settle financial claims and recognized grievances against Iran's U.S. policy since 1979...

The centerpiece of the initiative is ending 1981 import restrictions on U.S. products such as peanuts, peanut butter, portabello mushrooms, marshmellows, breakfast cereals, and waterbeds >>> FULL TEXT

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Comments on April Fools article

* 10-minute laugh

Abbas Abbaspur Tamijani writes: Excellent ["Albright in Tehran"]! It was really amazing, especially pictures of Maedeh wearing that scarf was very funny. I had really believed it in the beginning and could not understand how I had been so behind the news!! I had a lot of fun and was laughing at that story for 10 minuets.

* Disgusting

A. Leissner writes: Your April Fools day article is extremely silly and stupid ["Albright in Tehran"]! Although Americans are naive and confused enough to resume relations with the oppressive regime of Iran, anticipating such foolishness and elaborating it is the most disgusting thought one could have!

* MY girlfriend

M. Shariati writes: Jafar, the interviewer, is lying ["Albright in Tehran"]. Albright was MY girl friend in Shiraz!

* Tokhm-e jen

Aref Erfani writes: boro tokhm-e jen ["Albright in Tehran"]. bAz ham April 1 shod?!?!?!? :-)

* Stupid

Michael Mullins writes: Pretty Stupid! Nothing better to do? ["Albright in Tehran"]

* Enjoyable

Jamshid Bastani writes: Thoroughly enjoyable! Well-done! ["Albright in Tehran"]

Music: Sima Bina in Washington DC

SIMA BINA Saturday April 8, 2000 GW Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St. NW Washington, DC 20052

A captivating vocalist, Sima Bina is one of the leading exponents of the traditional music of Khorasan in Eastern Iran. For two decades she has done extensive research on Persian folk songs, collecting, recording, writing and re-interpreting popular regional music. By traveling to many remote areas, she has been able to gather and revive a collection of almost forgotten songs and melodies. In 1994, she became the first female Iranian vocalist to tour the West since the revolution.


Books & Music from Iran

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* Taherzadeh, Manochehr: Aakharin barg * Eyvazi, Mohammad Reza. : Rangin kamaan * Banan.: Shaakh-e gol (2) * Ta'rif, Sadiq: Maah baanoo * Lachini, Fariborz: Paaeez-e talaaee ... >>> GO HERE

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Press publish photos of Hajarian attack suspect

TEHRAN, April 3 (AFP) - The Iranian press published photos Monday of the man suspected of shooting reformist leader Said Hajarian on March 12, and of his six alleged accomplices >>> FULL TEXT

New Year ends with freeing of fish

TEHRAN, April 1 (AFP) - Iranian children released goldfish into rivers and lakes around the country Saturday to mark the last day of new year's festivities in accordance with Zoroastrian tradition >>> FULL TEXT

Canada deports Iranian resistance woman

OTTAWA, April 3 (Reuters) - The Canadian government on Monday ordered the deportation, probably to the United States, of an Iranian woman who was a member of the armed opposition group Mujahideen Khalq >>> FULL TEXT

Iran state media sues president's brother

TEHRAN, April 2 (AFP) - Iran's conservative-run state media are among the plaintiffs who have filed suit againt Mohammad-Reza Khatami, the brother of the president and a top pro-reform politician, his lawyer said Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Theology student slain by attackers who asked about religion

TEHRAN, April 2 (AFP) - A theology student was slain in a Sunni Muslim majority city of predominantly Shiite Muslim Iran by assailants who first questioned him about his religious beliefs, the Asr-e Arzadegan newspaper reported Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Accused Iranian Jews get lawyers

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's judiciary has assigned lawyers to defend 13 Iranian Jews expected to go on trial this month on espionage charges, Iranian radio reported Monday>>> FULL TEXT

Iran's top court limits seizure of 'illicit' items

TEHRAN, April 3 (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Court has barred the security forces from seizing illicit materials from private homes, newspapers reported on Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran may hold another vote recount for Tehran parliament seats

TEHRAN, April 2 (AFP) - Iran may hold yet another recount of votes in February's legislative elections in which reformists behind President Mohammad Khatami ousted their conservative rivals, an election official said Sunday.

Judge suing journalist for book on slayings of intellectuals

TEHRAN, April 3 (AFP) - An Iranian religious court judge is suing a pro-reform author who wrote that the judge was involved in a series of murders of intellectuals and opposition figures in 1998, the Ham Mihan newspaper said Monday

Iran eases curbs on foreign currency exchanges

TEHRAN, April 2 (AFP) - Iran's central bank has authorised transactions in foreign currency by the country's banks of up to 5,000 dollars each at a special rate, easing restrictions set up five years ago, the government daily Iran reported Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Kharrazi says Tehran's "solid" relations with Russia key to Middle East

TEHRAN, April 1 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said his country's solid relations with Russia were crucial to the Middle East and central Asia, the official IRNA news agency reported Saturday >>> FULL TEXT

Authors invited to Germany

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Authors Mahmoud Dolatabadi, Mohammad Ali Sepanlou and Monirou Ravani-Pour invited to Germany >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Films on elections

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Elections are popular subjects for filmmakers >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Italian painter of Iranian desert scenes dies

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - An Italian painter and poet who drew many scenes from desert life in Iran has died at the age of 96 >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran 1, Syria 0

Iran Sports Press - With video clip: The Iranian National Football Team defeated Syria 1-0 in the Asian Cup qualifiers despite a lackluster performance. Iran's star striker Ali Daei kept his promise of scoring a goal against Syria, when in minute 57 he headed a pass from Hasheminasab past Syrian keeper Beiruti >>> FULL TEXT

Iran next opponent: Bahrain

Iran Sports Press - The Iranian National Team will meet Bahrain at 5:00pm Tehran local time on Tuesday. This is the last game in the first leg of the Asian Cup qualifiers. The Iranian National Team will return to Tehran on April 7 for the second leg of the qualifiers >>> FULL TEXT

Mansourian's club close to relegation

Iran Sports Press - Ali Reza Mansourian's Greek first division club, Apollon Athens, are on the verge of relegation to the Greek second division. During its past three games against Panahaiki Patras Club, Proodeftiki Club, and Eskodah Club, Apollon has managed to obtain only one point >>> FULL TEXT


Interview with fonder of "Bad Jens"

"Bad Jens" is a new feminist web site based in Iran. Here's an interview with Mahsa Shekarloo, one of its founders (go to 13 minutes and 13 seconds >>> LISTEN HERE

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You cannot enforce the 'hejab' with clubs and batons... You cannot claim religion is limited to your own particular understanding of it.

-- Abdollah Nouri, defense in court last November
November 10, 1999

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