The Iranian Times

Tuesday, April 11, 2000 / Farvardin 23, 1379, No. 957

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Flower delivery in Iran

Iranian books


Iranians of the year

People to remember
Other Iranians of the year

April 11, 2000
The Iranian

Here are all others who received votes in the Iranian of the year survey >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Fifty-Six >>> GO TO FEATURE


The Berlin conference

BBC Persian Service

The three-day "Iran after the Election Conference" took place in Berlin, Germany, this past weekend (April 7-9) and was organized by the Green Party, a junior partner in the German government. Sadeq Saba, who attended the conference, gives a recap of the main points and the disruption caused by protesters during the first two days >>> LISTEN HERE



I am a naturalized citizen of Sweden with original roots in Pakistan. For the last 30 years I have been settled in Sweden. By profession, I am a university professor. I am looking for a well educated Iranian lady upto 45 years of age. Could you please place this advertisment on a proper place in your magazine?

Thank you,

Imdad Hussain-Shahid

More Letters

    * Condemning here and there

Ramin Tabib writes: In 1991, I watched a play by Reza Abdoh in the Theatre Center of Los Angeles ["Passion player"]. I had been a fan of Abdoh without having seen any of his plays. I had been a fan because I had read about his plays and his stage acts filled with anger, violence and sarcasm: visions that assaulted viewers' senses like machine guns spraying card board boxes. To me he was the epitome of non-conformist Iranians, the very end of spectrum where none of us Iranians dare to trespass...

In my opinion, Abdoh was a man who was both immensely talented and exaggeratedly angry, and he was combining both into a condemnation of both the culture he was born in and the one he lived in. He would have been an immense influence on others, especially Iranians abroad, had he lived long enough to deliver his full potential into maturity. But with his life cut short, he remains a wonder and a lamented figure like Sadeq Hedayat was, and I think Abdoh was Hedayat re-incarnated >>> FULL TEXT

* Compensation, one way or another

Hamid Boroumand writes: I disagree with your article on the unconditional release of Iran's assets by the United States, by virtue of the simple fact that in many instances such an act would trample the only chance victims of misbehavior of Iran's government might have to be compensated for damages within a semi-civilized context ["Getting down to business"].

As an example, for no apparant reason and subject to an arbitrary ruling by a Revolutionary Court judge in Esfahan in 1979 (Omid Najafabadi, who was subsequently executed in 1988 for being "corrupt on earth" and a homosexual) my family had all of its assets -- composed mainly of improved land- our main occupation being initially farming and subsequently land development on a large scale about the suburbs of Esfahan -- confiscated and turned over to the Bonyad Mostazafan...

As the Iranian judicial system seems intent on perpetuating this injustice, I feel that it is well within my rights to seek redress against the Iranian government and nation in a venue where my rights will be respected and some form of justice exists. If that venue is the United States, and if Iran's frozen assets are available to compensate me and my family for those damages, then I and my family should be given access to that venue and to those assets >>> FULL TEXT

* Feminazi

Cyrus Raafat writes: This recent letter by Ms. Banfsheh Zand is just another view by some typically anti-this group or that group. And I am tirelessly perturbed by people like her who try desperately to make themselves feel self-righteous and justified in "being disgusted" by the freely-expressed opinions of others whom she so indignantly condemns and hypersensitively criticizes with such prejudicial generalization!...

And you better watch out if you disagree with her high-handed opinions for ye shall be ostracized and terrorized by name-calling and underhanded "generalizations"! The attempt to say that "there is something inherently negative" in a certain culture, is in and of it self inherently negative, prejudicial and childish! This simply is the wannabe-campus feminazi-political correctness which had imposed it's profundity on the U.S educational system since the 60's!>>> FULL TEXT

Panel: U.S.-Iran youth dialogue, DC

The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Columbia University are pleased to invite you to the United States and Iran Youth Dialogue, a panel session involving students and youth from Iran, SAIS, and Columbia on Thursday, April 20, 2000 from 5:30-6 pm in the SAIS Kenney Auditorium at 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC. The panel discussion will cover the nascent civil society in Iran and the forces behind its evolution >>> DETAILS HERE

Books & Music from Iran

Check our fourteen new books from Iran including an authoritative history of the Achamenid empire, writings by leading reformists, Forough Farrokhzad's complete works, exquisite books of classical poetry with miniatures, Manichaean psalms and more! >>> GO HERE

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Parliament passes tough press measures

TEHRAN, April 11 (AFP) - Iran's outgoing conservative parliament on Tuesday approved parts of a tough new press law whose first reading last year helped spark student protests that erupted into six days of bloody riots. The parliament, which will step down in a few weeks to make way for a reform-dominated legislature that won in February's elections, is to debate the remaining points in the bill on Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran claims to have boarded ten more Iraqi oil tankers

TEHRAN, April 11 (AFP) - Iran has boarded ten oil tankers smuggling Iraqi oil through the Gulf in the past two days, the official news agency IRNA reported Tuesday, quoting a senior Revolutionary Guards naval officer. Issa Golverdi, head of the Guards naval base at Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran, said the ten tankers, flying various flags, had been seized Monday and Tuesday with a total of 45,000 tons of oil from Iraq >>> FULL TEXT

Trial of Iranian Jews may be held in camera: court official

TEHRAN, April 11 (AFP) - The trial of 13 Iranian Jews on charges of espionage and acting against Iranian security interests, scheduled to start later this week, may not be open to the public, a court official told AFP Tuesday. "Generally, everywhere in the world, trials dealing with security questions are not heard in public, and our country is no different," said Hossein Gholi Amir, chairman of the Fars province law courts >>> FULL TEXT

Parliament gives Tehran city hall only limited control over police

TEHRAN, April 11 (AFP) - Iran's conservative-dominated parliament Tuesday backed the army against the pro-reformist municipality in their dispute with the army over who should control the capital's police force. The parliament stripped a government bill which would have put the police under the authority of city mayor Morteza Alvira of most of its measures >>> FULL TEXT

Watch out for Iran Liquified Natural Gas, says Total

MUSCAT, April 11 (AFP) - Iran has plans to expand its exports of natural gas in a big way, a senior oil company official said Tuesday, urging its Arab neighbours and potential market rivals not to miss the boat. "You had better speed up before Iran starts up" with exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Patrick de Genevraye of TotalFina Elf told delegates at an energy conference in the Omani capital >>> FULL TEXT

Authors in New York

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Iranian authors discuss post-revolutionary literature at New York University >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Afkhami defends his film

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Nurses are upset about how they are portrayed in Behrouz Afkhami's latest film, "Shokaran". Afkhami says the film has nothing to do with the medical profession >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN \

Remembering Fardin

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - "People never forgot the artists who were set aside" >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran 1 - Syria 1

Iran Sports Press - With video clip: The Iranian National Team managed a 1-1 draw against Syria in their Asian Cup qualifier match in Azadi Stadium. The Iranian team began the game on an upbeat mode and dominated the first fifteen minutes of the first half. However, it was Syria that took the lead in minute 15 >>> FULL TEXT

Khodaa ro shokr!

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Thank God we didn't lose to Syria. Now we have to play the Maldives. But don't expect a lot of goals >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Parvin upbeat

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Parvin is thrilled that he will have all his top players in the upcoming match in Saudi Arabia >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Press law

The Iranian Parliament today, April 11 2000, began discussion on the controversial press law promoted by the conservatives and criticised by the reformists as a political move to restrict press freedom. Behrouz Parsa talks to Ahmad Zaidabadi, a Tehran journalist about the implications of this law >>> LISTEN HERE

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For his own good

Ayatollah Khamenei [is the Iranian of the year] because his curiousity, wise realization, and timely intervention against the excesses of the hardliners since last summer allowed for the reform movement to blossom. After all, the tree of freedom also casts a shadow of peace under which he too can rest. Were he had acted otherwise, blood would have replaced the ballot.

-- Guive Mirfendereski
"People to remember"
The Iranian
April 11, 2000

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