The Iranian Times

Tuesday, April 4, 2000 / Farvardin 16, 1379, No. 952

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Iranian of the year

Mohammad Khatami
Messenger of hope

April 4, 2000
The Iranian

Mohammad Khatami, who had been picked as the Iranian of the year in the previous two years, received the second highest number of votes in our latest survey. Nearly 20 percent of the readers of The Iranian who took part in the survey chose the president as the their favorite personality of the past year >>> GO TO FEATURE

Iranian of the year

Student movement
Point of no return

April 4, 2000
The Iranian

The students who took to the streets in July of last year to demand greater freedoms received the third highest number of votes in our survey. Nearly 13 percent of the readers of The Iranian who took part in the survey said they deserved to be recognized as Iranians of the year >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Fifty-One >>> GO TO FEATURE


Suspense in the Final Act as the Drama Nears Its End in Iran

By Stanley A. Weiss
International Herald Tribune
April 4, 2000

LONDON -- The curtain is about to come down on the Islamic Revolution in Iran. As with any good drama, the audience can only guess how the play will end. In fact, the final act is only now being written by the players themselves.

Act I ran from the 1979 return of the exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini until his death a decade later after his successful revolution to overthrow the Pahlavi dynasty and establish himself as the Supreme Spiritual Leader - God's representative on earth. It included summary trials and executions, the seizure of the U.S. Embassy and holding of 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, and an eight-year war with Iraq costing 500,000 Iranian lives >>> FULL TEXT

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Soheil Soheily writes:

Please join me in congratulating a fellow Iranian friend of mine, Sanaz Shahbazi, on winning the Silver medal at the recent 6th World University Tae Kwon Do Championships in China last weekend. Sanaz is also a U.S. national and collegiate champion. Congratulations Sanaz! You can email her at

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Comments on April Fools article

    * No respect

    Manouchehr Karimi writes: Please take me off from your list. I was wrong. I thought this is a serious site not a junky site filled with garbage, wasting people's time and money. I am referring to your Extra News "Albright in Tehran". It was as funny as the administrators of this site. That's why we have this kind of life, "no respect to others". Please no more email.

* Come on...

Liane Neshat writes: Good Heavens! What in the world is wrong with all those who found the Albright article offensive ["Albright in Tehran"]? The article was obviously a satirical piece regarding news articles on U.S. and Iranian relations. I am an American citizen born and raised here of American parents (descended from those who came not on the Mayflower, but the next ship out as paying passengers) and I am still laughing over this article.

I am lost as to why someone would say Americans are naive to deal with the "oppressive" regime in Iran (Leissner's words, not mine). What is oppressive about this government? ... Is Iran more oppressive than China whom the U.S. apparently adores and to whom Clinton wants to grant permanent "most favored nation" status? >>> FULL TEXT

* Priceless

Laleh writes: The Ahmadabad and Mosaddegh bit was a really nice touch ["Albright in Tehran"]. I laughed out loud! Also LOVED Madeleine with hijab!. And the Islamic Association of Women Skiers! Priceless! Also loved the geography bits as well as "Jafar is that you?"--- I guess you had to put those in or some idiot would have raised hell about "prfoessionalism" of a journalistic outlet like yours (like I remember they did last year!) Loved it. Very very funny!

* Funniest

H.N. writes: Oh my god. That's one of the funniest things I've seen in a while ["Albright in Tehran"]. Thank you so much -- I am having a piss poor day and needed a laugh.

Community: Iran-Air reunion in Los Angeles

EXIR, the group of Ex-IRAN AIR employees or "Homaiyan" will have their 3rd world reunion on April 8, 2000 in Los Angeles. At the forthcoming reunion Homaiyan will also pay tribute to and honor Gen. Ali M. Khademi, the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Iran Air (1962-1978), known as the father of modern aviation in Iran. For more information pleas call: Los Angeles (310) 470-7444 6-10 p.m. or email:


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Iran court seeks custody of shooting suspects

TEHRAN, April 3 (Reuters) - A top Iranian court official called on the secret police on Monday to hand over suspects held for the shooting of a top reformer, to prevent possible mistreatment during questioning, Iran's news agency IRNA said. ``To prevent any conceivable punishment, threats, pressure, or injury to the accused, it is necessary that they be turned over to the justice ministry's department in that interrogations are carried out under the supervision of a judge,'' IRNA quoted department head Abbasali Alizadeh as saying >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami to visit Japan

TEHRAN, April 4 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami will visit Japan shortly, after receiving an official invitation brought by Japan's deputy foreign minister, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. The visit -- whose date has yet to be fixed -- was announced at the end of a meeting between Ryozo Kato and Hassan Rowhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council. >>> FULL TEXT

Iran denies "impeding" Middle East peace process

TEHRAN, April 4 (AFP) - Iran does not favour the Middle East peace process, but has done nothing to thwart it, a top conservative official said here Tuesday. "The Islamic Republic of Iran does not believe the so-called Middle East peace process to be effective, but so far has not taken any concrete steps to impede it," said Hassan Rowhani, Secretary of Iran's highest security body, the Supreme Security Council, quoted by the official IRNA news agency >>> FULL TEXT

Iran Jews want spy trial postponed

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's Jewish Society has called for a delay in the espionage trial of 13 Iranian Jews and has asked that they be freed on bail to attend religious ceremonies later this month. In a statement faxed to The Associated Press on Tuesday, the society also demanded the suspects - whose trial is to begin April 13 in Shiraz, 550 miles south of the capital, Tehran - be allowed to meet their families and choose their own lawyers >>> FULL TEXT

Head of Russian college suspended

MOSCOW (AP) - The head of a Russian engineering university has been suspended following allegations that the school helped Iran develop missiles by teaching Iranian students, a newspaper said Tuesday. Yuri Savelyev, the rector of Baltic State Technical University in St. Petersburg, was suspended by an Education Ministry decree in early March but was still receiving his pay, the daily Moscow Times reported, citing a ministry spokeswoman >>> FULL TEXT

Russia defends nuclear cooperation with Iran

MOSCOW, April 4 (AFP) - Russia insisted Tuesday its nuclear ties with Iran respected international agreements, and defended Tehran's right to develop its civilian atomic energy industry, Interfax reported >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says open for U.S. wheat at right price

CANBERRA, April 4 (Reuters) - Iranian Agriculture Minister Issa Kalantari said on Tuesday his country was open to buying U.S. wheat after Washington eased trade sanctions with Tehran >>> FULL TEXT

Iran's non-oil exports rise 6.1 percent

TEHRAN, April 4 (AFP) - Iran's non-oil exports for the year to the end of March rose 6.1 percent over the previous year to 3.1 billion dollars, according to a communique from the customs authority. Its non-oil imports were worth 13.2 billion dollars, customs said >>> FULL TEXT

Humor & the Persian language

Tehran (Hamshahri) - A socio-psychological look at the use of humor in the Persian language >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

History of Iranian classical music

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Officials have taken steps to prevent the destruction of a Qajar-era house - one that belonged to the grandfather of former Prime Minister Qavam >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Protection for Qavam family house

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

Soccer shocker: Iran loses to Bahrain

Iran Sports Press - With video clip: The Iranian National Team suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Asian minnows Bahrain in Group 2 Asian Cup qualifiers on Tuesday. The Iranian Team, now a shadow of the same side that performed well in the US friendlies, failed to defeat Bahrain in a game that football analysts had called a 'formality' for the superior Iranian football. >>> FULL TEXT

IFF: "This should wake them up"

Iran Sports Press - The Vice President of the Iranian Football Federation (IFF), Khosrow Khabiri, told IRIB following Iran's humiliating loss on Tuesday to underdogs Bahrain: "After the game against Syria I got worried. I told friends that our game against Bahrain would not be easy." >>> FULL TEXT

Azadegan League to resume April 28

Iran Sports Press - The Azadegan League will resume on April 28 following a 6 week recess due to the Iranian new years. One of the heighlights of the upcoming games is the match up between Naser Hejazi's Zobahan Esfahan and Mansour Pourhaydari's Esteghlal >>> FULL TEXT


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Loud & clear

Although [the student movement] did not destabilize the government itself, it drove home the message to ALL government leaders that the staus quo was not acceptable and change was inevitable. The successful election of a reformist Majlis demonstrates that the message was heard lound and clear by some of those leaders.

-- Kourosh Parham
Letter to The Iranian
"Point of no return"
April 3, 1999

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