The Iranian Times

Monday, April 17, 2000 / Farvardin 29, 1379, No. 961

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Present in the past
Shadafarin Ghadirian's photographs

April 17, 2000
The Iranian

We live in the 21st century. But in some ways, Iranian society has not progressed for centuries. Many of our habits and beliefs have not caught up with the times. This is the immediate impression from Shadafarin Ghadirian photographs, which have were recently exhibited in London and featured in the February 2000 issue of Index for Censorship. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Sixty-One >>> GO TO FEATURE


1953 coup official history

Introduction: Historian's overview
Summary: Overthrow of Mossadegh
Appendix A: Initial Operational Plan
Appendix B: "London" draft
Appendix C: UK Foreign Office memorandum

Revolutionary Guards: Warning

The elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards have warned pro-reform leaders and writers that any attempt to undermine the country's Islamic ideology would be met with "Islamic violence." >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi


Iranian wolf

The Iranian wolf (Canis lupus pallipes), prominently featured in popular literature such as Richard Kipling's The Jungle Book, once ranged from the Middle East across Asia. This beautiful and unique animal is also referred to as the Indian or Asiatic wolf. >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Absolutely fascinating

Nima Faghihi writes: Fereydoun Hoveyda's rendition of the events leading to the invasion of Iran in World War II was absolutely fascinating ["Mystery Report"]. In fact, it inspired me to look more into the matter.

From what I've learned the day of the invasion was one of the darkest in Iranian history. Aside from the bloodshed, Iran's national sovereignty was completely overlooked by the superpowers of the time.

It was probably the second ugliest ordeal concerning Iran and foreign powers in the twentieth century, the first being the 1953 CIA-led coup.

* Pathetic, miserable...

Issa Hajjizadeh writes: My heart-felt congrats to Khaanoom-e Shadafarin Ghadirian for her excellent taste in photography ["Present in the past"].

But, in responce to the article about those photos, you are such a pathetic, miserable, narrow-minded person that no matter how hard an artist tris, you still have this negative thing to say. Shame on you.

I have been living in the U.S. for the past 28 years. The last 14 here in Las Vegas. And I have seen "it" all. So, I don't want to hear crap from you bad-mouthing our Iranian way of living.

* Take out Googoosh

Abbas Soltani writes: Would you like it if someone was to take your personal photo and post it on a Web site for the world to see?

You must take this picture of Googoosh off of your site because it was taken to be in a personal photo album and the person who distributed it should be ashamed of this.

If Googoosh had wanted her current picture to be posted, I am certain she would have come to the U.S. and done the whole celebrity profile in Los Angeles.

I hope you do the right thing!

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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Fifty young protesters arrested in violent clashes with police

TEHRAN, April 17 (AFP) - Fifty young people were arrested in the northern city of Rasht during three days of violent clashes with the Islamic militia and the police, the police said Monday. Uneasy calm was restored to the city by Monday as police officials and representatives of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, began investigating the cause of the incidents >>> FULL TEXT

Iran approves new measures to rein in press

TEHRAN, April 17 (Reuters) - Iran's conservative outgoing parliament passed new measures on Monday to rein in the liberal press, whose influence is increasing in the Islamic country >>> FULL TEXT

Revolutionary guards threaten reformers

TEHRAN, Iran ­­ An elite military wing in Iran warned pro-reform leaders and writers Sunday that any attempt to undermine the country's Islamic ideology would be met with "Islamic violence." >>> FULL TEXT

Recount ordered in Tehran

April 17, (BBC) -- Another recount has been ordered on some of the returns from the Tehran constituency following the general elections in Iran two months ago >>> FULL TEXT

Hardline revolutionary courts chief replaced

TEHRAN, April 17 (Reuters) - Iran's judiciary chief Mahmoud Hashemi-Shahroudi has removed a renowned hardliner from the head of the country's feared Revolutionary Courts, the official IRNA news agency said on Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Hajjarian speaks for the first time since being shot

TEHRAN, April 16 (Reuters) - Iran's junior fencing team pulled out of the world championships in the United States and were on their way home after immigration officials sought to fingerprint all team members, the official IRNA news agency said on Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran fencers leave U.S. in fingerprint row

TEHRAN, April 16 (Reuters) - Iran's junior fencing team pulled out of the world championships in the United States and were on their way home after immigration officials sought to fingerprint all team members, the official IRNA news agency said on Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Ericsson wins GSM expansion order in Iran

STOCKHOLM, April 17 (Reuters) - Sweden's Ericsson , the world's largest maker of mobile phone networks, has been chosen by the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) to expand the country's nationwide GSM mobile network.>>> FULL TEXT

Iranian cavemen

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Niasar's man-made caves near Kashan are between 40,000 and 250,000 years old, according to Iranian archaeologists >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Sepehri: Green poet

Tehran (Hamshahri) - An environmentalist look at the Sohrab Sepehri's work on the anniversary of his death >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Door burns at historic mosque

Tehran (Hamshahri) - One of the main wooden gates at Isfahan's historic Jame' Mosque has been destroyed in a fire >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran wins Taekwondo World Cup

Iran Sports Press - Iran won the 9th Taekwondo World Cup in Lyon France on Sunday after winning two gold and two silver medals >>> FULL TEXT

Persepolis players discuss upcoming games

Iran Sports Press - In interviews with 'Jonge-e-varzesh' prior to their departure to Riyadh on Saturday for the Asian Club Championships, some members of the Persepolis team discussed the upcoming games in the Championships and their readiness for the difficult games ahead >>> FULL TEXT

Azizi sent off as Wizards beat the Quakes 2-0

Iran Sports Press - The San Jose Earthquakes was defeated by Kansas City Wizards tonight in a match that will put the Quakes public relation people hard at work... In minute 74, Khodadad Azizi was shown the yellow card, however Azizi was not done yet >>> FULL TEXT


Revolutionary Guards statement

Behrouz Parsa talks to Ahmad Zaidabadi, Iranian jouranlist, about the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' strong statement warning those whom they consider as Western influenced anti-revolutionary elements within the Iranian media, to stop undermining the values of the revolution or face the consequences

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ageh mohaafezehkaar-haa meetoonestan dolat-e Khatami ro sarnegoon konan taa haalaa kardeh boodan. eenaa nemitoonan digeh aashi ro keh mardom pokhtan bereezan. tanhaa kaari keh meetoonan bekonan eeneh keh toosh beshaashan.

(If the conservatives were able to get rid of Khatami's government, they would have done so by now. They can't spill the stew that has been cooked by the people. All they can do is pee in it.)

-- Anonymous journalist reacting to the Revolutionary Guards's warning against reformists
April 16, 2000

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