The Iranian Times

Wednesday, April 5, 2000 / Farvardin 17, 1379, No. 953

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Iranian of the year

Akbar Ganji

April 5, 2000
The Iranian

The fourth highest number of votes (11 percent) in the Iranian of the year survey went to journalist Akbar Ganji. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Cries in the dark
Paintings by Bijan N. Sharif

April 5, 2000
The Iranian

The tortured souls in Bijan Sharif's paintings are in sharp contrast to the happy faces on his puppets. Sharif has made 46 puppets for children's theater and TV programs in Iran. But what he has offered adults is anything but the sweet and innocent world of children. It's more terrifying than the opposite >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Fifty-Two >>> GO TO FEATURE


Israeli minister urges shift on Iran

By Danna Harman
Jerusalem Post

JERUSALEM (April 5) - Justice Minister Yossi Beilin yesterday became the first high-level government official to publicly advocate a change in attitude towards Iran.

Speaking at Haifa University, Beilin said that under President Mohammad Khatami, Iran has become "more nuanced" than in the past, and that Israel should take its cue from the US and Europe, which have both launched new initiatives aimed at moving closer to Teheran >>> FULL TEXT

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All the way from Chin

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Comments on April Fools article

* Jumping with joy

Amir Nouri writes: I had nothing better to do on April 1st so I decided to read The Iranian Times. I was jumping with joy when I saw your article about the U.S. Secretary of State arriving in Tehran ["Albright in Tehran"]. My son noticed right away that it was made up for April Fools Day! I was laughing so hard. We all needed a good laugh. But I hope it will become a reality one day.

* What is this, a joke?

Darius Parsian writes: What is this, a joke? I must admit, I didn't find "Albright in Tehran" funny or informative. Please refrain from sending any further comic articles unless clearly marked "Humor".

* U rock!

Babak Mohit writes: Gosh. "Albright in Tehran" was THE BEST April Fool (doroogh-e 13) I had gotten in all my life. As soon as I got the article, I was in pure confusion searching the net from CNN to BBC to IRNA to IRIB, and being "sar-e kaar" for a good hour, until I read the article to the end :) Great sense of humor :) JJ (Jahanshah) U ROCK!!! I hope I'm not breaking copyright laws by forwarding your email to friends ;)

* ... antar-e doroogh goo!

Ehsan M. writes: If you send someting like this again ["Albright in Tehran"] I`ll fuck you. Goh-e antar-e doroogh goo!

* Even a serious mag...

Simin Habibian writes: I knew that we Iranians are very reserved and do not laugh so easily. But I did not know that some of us have no sense of humor at all. This was one of the funniest thing I'd seen and read in a long time ["Albright in Tehran"]. I forwarded that to all my friends.

The timing was so perfect, specially that this year, April fools & 13 Bedar coincided. I think even a serious magazine needs something like that every once in a while. I still wonder how could someone be offended by this? Loosen up a little!

* Chill out

Lalleh Sahraie writes: Someone complained that "Albright in Tehran" was not funny. This person either is unfamiliar with the culture that promotes April fools day or, does not follow international news on a daily basis.

Keeping up with daily news would automatically tell us that Albright going to Iran would require lots of preparation and news discussions in the media. One who watches news on a regular basis would have never taken it seriously and would also find humor in that picture. Chill out guys.

Art: Iranian artists in Washington DC

For the first time in 20 years, since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, a collection of the most prominent contemporary artists from Iran has been brought to the United States. This collection was first introduced at the International Artexpo and CIMA art gallery in New York in March and April 2000, and will be opening in Washington DC at the International Trade Center on May 4, 2000 till May 31, 2000 >>> DETAILS


Books & Music from Iran

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Iran welcomes Albright's remarks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's foreign minister on Wednesday welcomed a recent overture by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to begin reversing decades of mistrust, but said words needed to be supported by actions >>> FULL TEXT

Iran considers legal action against the United States

TEHRAN, April 5 (AFP) - Iran said Wednesday it was considering legal action against the United States for its support of the Shah and Iraq, saying it was not satisfied with the "confessions" of US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright >>> FULL TEXT

Iran frees up ownership of videos

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's Supreme Court has ruled it is no longer a crime to possess videos or music cassettes that ``corrupt public ethics'' if they are for personal use, a further sign of expanding social freedoms in the Islamic nation >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami's brother charged with libel

TEHRAN, April 5 (AFP) - Iranian reformist leader Mohammad-Reza Khatami, brother of President Mohammad Khatami, was formally charged with libel Wednesday in his capacity as head of the daily Mosharekat >>> FULL TEXT

Hajjarian attack suspects handed over to courts

TEHRAN, April 5 (AFP) - The man accused of accused of shooting Iranian reformist leader Said Hajarian and nine alleged accomplices have been handed over to the courts ahead of their trial later this month, state radio reported Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Hajjarian's party criticises rush trial of accused

TEHRAN, April 5 (AFP) - The party of shot Iranain reformist Said Hajarian claimed Wednesday that the trial of his alleged attackers was being rushed through to cover up those who were really guilty >>> FULL TEXT

Alleged Jewish spies in trial can choose own lawyers: judge

TEHRAN, April 5 (AFP) - The 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel will be able to have their own lawyers, the judge who will hear their case at the Shiraz revolutionary court said Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Senior Iranian rabbi meets spy case judge

TEHRAN, April 5 (Reuters) - The spiritual leader of Iran's Jews has met the judge in the case of 13 co-religionists charged with spying on behalf of Israel, Iranian state radio reported on Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami urges solidarity between Shiites and Sunnis

KORDE KUV, Iran, April 5 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called Wednesday for "more solidarity and understanding" between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, days after the murder of a Shiite theology student in a predominantly Sunni region >>> FULL TEXT

Czechs ban exports for Iran nuke plant

KORDE KUV, Iran, April 5 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called Wednesday for "more solidarity and understanding" between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, days after the murder of a Shiite theology student in a predominantly Sunni region >>> FULL TEXT

Iran discovers large new gas field

TEHRAN, April 5 (AFP) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar-Zangeneh announced Wednesday the discovery of the country's largest known gas field, with estimated reserves of more than 400 billion cubic metres, the official news agency IRNA reported >>> FULL TEXT

Which Iranian films going to Cannes?

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Many of the Iranian films being considered for the Cannes film festival have not yet been screened in Iran itself, such as Samira Makhmalbaf's "Takht-e siaah" >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Three shorts in Cannes

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Three Iranian short films will be shown during the "Critics Week" at the Cannes film festival >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Book: "Violence against women"

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - "Khoshoonat alay-he zanaan" ("Violence against women") written by lawyer and activist Mehrangiz Kar will be published soon >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran coach: Stuff happens

Iran Sports Press - In an interview with IRIB on Wednesday, the head coach of the Iranian National Football Team, Jalal Talebi, said Iran's 1-0 defeat against Bahrain on Tuesday was an "incident, which should not have happened." >>> FULL TEXT

You get'em boys!

Iran Sports Press - The Iranian National Under 17 Team defeated Russian Under 17 Team 7-0 on Wednesday at Sharayati Karaj Stadium >>> FULL TEXT

Mansourian to leave Greek league

Iran Sports Press - According to 'Athens Aspor' sports publication, Iranian Alireza Mansourian will bid farewell to the Greek league at the end of this season. The report adds Mansourian will not renew his contract with Apollon Athens >>> FULL TEXT


Zabihollah Safa: on poetry and politics

Exclusive discussion with the most outstanding historian of Persian literature. >>> LISTEN HERE

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Due to the positive changes evidenced in Iran, there is a need to change our approach towards them. ... An opportunity for a new opening is at hand.

-- -- Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin
Jerusalem Post
April 5, 1999

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