Iranian of the year
April 5, 2000
The fourth highest number of votes (11 percent) in the Iranian of
the year survey went to journalist Akbar Ganji. >>>
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Cries in the dark
Paintings by Bijan N. Sharif
April 5, 2000
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 >>>
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Conspiracy at Desert One
By Bernace Charles
Chapter Fifty-Two >>>
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Israeli minister urges shift on Iran
By Danna Harman
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 >>>
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Comments on April
* 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?
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:
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 >>>
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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 >>>
Iran considers legal action against the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
(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
(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"
(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 >>>
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
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"If all this suffering does not help us to broaden
our horizon, to attain a greater humanity ... then it will have been for
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Due to the positive changes evidenced in Iran, there is a need to change
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-- -- Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin
April 5, 1999
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