The Iranian Times

Friday, April 21, 2000 / Ordibehesht 2, 1379, No. 965

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Flight 603
A different perspective on exile

By Siamak Kiarostami
April 21, 2000
The Iranian

"Ay, Tony, how I anticipate the day I can drive you around and show you your homeland. These Americans call Florida their paradise, and their old come here to spend their last days. But Tony, it's different here. Not like Cuba, m'ijo. Let me tell you, in Cuba we have the whitest sand, the bluest water, and all four winds kiss you as you walk. Every where you go, music is in the air, and the laughter of women is around you, in my paradise."

After a while, Papí would get excited, caught in the mystic powers of his memories. His passion was contagious! He knew how to keep my attention for hours. It was with my grandfather, in those early days, that I knew I wanted more than the stories, I wanted to have it for myself. I would ask him when we were going back, back home to Cuba and smiling, he would start to speak in a rhythmic tone, clutching his glass of rum and rattling the ice in it for effect when he was talking. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Sixty-Six >>> GO TO FEATURE


Berlin conference reports

Iran's pro-conservative state television service (IRIB) showed late Tuesday what it described as "anti-Islamic" scenes of a recent Berlin conference attended by supporters of President Mohammad Khatami. The reformists who took part in the conference have been summoned to the Islamic Revolutionary court. Provocative portions of the conference have been posted online at the IRIB site >>> WATCH HERE

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Sadeq Saba of the BBC Persian Service presents the first of three reports on the Iran after the Election Conference, held in Berlin, Germany on April 7-9, 2000 >>> LISTEN HERE


Christian schools

Please advise if there is a list of private Christian schools functioning in Iran, particularly in Tehran area? Have any Christian schools been closed by the government during the past year? Does the government confiscate private school property for its own usage or to develop Islamic schools? Thanks!

Joann Mallick

More Letters

* Bitter, angry woman

Ramin Adlparvar writes: This is a reference to a letter sent by one of your readers ... in regard to a letter titled "Khodeti"... I had the opportunity to meet this girl in person. We both live in the same city. When I saw her, she made a very nice impression and we both became good friends.

She told me about her past and how she has survived a harsh life. Unfortunately, this harsh life has made her a bitter, angry woman who becomes hostile toward any kindness. She has experienced everything you could imagine about a lonely single girl in a city...

I found out she had been on Prozac. She had abused controlled substances when she was younger, and she was an alcoholic. She had been with many different abusing men. I could not believe the things I was finding out... >>> FULL TEXT

* Anything but pure

Nargess Shahmenesh writes: I will leave this short and simple. I will not waste the readers' time arguing against Mr Raafat's chauvinism; such arguments are just too basic ["Real Iranian girls?"]. But, the extremely naive Mr. Raafat should be aware of a simple little fact: many of those pure Iranian girls back home are anything but pure! The only difference is that they are trained from birth to hide the truth well and fool the likes of poor Mr Raafat who for a variety of reasons needs to believe that there is some "purity" left in the world.

I don't condemn them at all. Unfortunately in the present structure of Iran, lies have become commonplace. Girls in Iran, as young and 13-14 are so much shrewder than their Western counterparts. This is definitely not meant in a negative way, but they have had to deal with a lot and have become pretty tough indeed.

Good luck Mr. Raafat.

* Great resource

Lesley B. Foss writes: I would just like to thank you for a great website with incredible resources. I am a Georgetown University student who is doing a class project on the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and your site provides some great resources ["Revolution: 1979-1999 "]. Thanks again!

Academic: Outstanding graduates of Iranian heritage

On Saturday April 22, the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage will be holding its third annual event at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles recognizing academic achievements by students of Iranian heritage >>> 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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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

All the waters of life are a drop in your pool
And the heavens' moon a mere trace of the light of your face.
Through the long night, I long for the light,
For the moon of your face in the night, the dark night of your hair. -- Rumi

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Rallies in Iran following call by Guards, but turnout low

TEHRAN, April 21 (AFP) - Thousands of Iranians demonstrated here Friday to denounce reformist politicians, including allies of President Mohammad Khatami, following a call from the regime's elite Revolutionary Guards corps. Similar rallies were held nationwide, notably in the holy city of Mashhad, but turnout was relatively low for the demonstrations, called by the Guards as a show of support for supreme leader, or Guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian demonstrators, police clash

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Demonstrators clashed with police Friday and at least 150 people were arrested in the third day of protests after hard-liners annulled a reformist's election victory, a local journalist said. ``The protesters hurled stones at anti-riot police and set one of the police cars on fire,'' said the journalist from the town of Sarvestan in southern Fars Province >>> FULL TEXT

Mohajerani summons newspaper chiefs for meeting

TEHRAN, April 21 (AFP) - Iran's culture minister called for a Saturday meeting of Iranian newspaper chiefs amid mounting pressure on the pro-reform press, the official IRNA news agency said. Ataollah Mohajerani, a close ally of President Mohammad Khatami, called for the meeting following strong criticisms of the reformist press by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran rejects US remarks about freedom of the press

TEHRAN, April 21 (AFP) - Iran rejects remarks made by the US State Department expressing "concern" about attacks on the press by the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official IRNA news agency reported Friday. Iran rejects the comments by the State Department, and regards them as "flagrant interference in Iran's internal affairs," said foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi, quoted by IRNA >>> FULL TEXT

Air base remembers men killed on failed Iran hostage rescue mission

April 21, 2000, HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AP) - A rose bush has been planted for each of eight servicemen, including five Hurlburt-based airmen, who died in a failed attempt to rescue American hostages from the U.S. embassy in Iran 20 years ago next week. The bushes were ceremoniously placed Thursday in the ground outside the chapel at this Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle as mission veterans and family members of their lost comrades looked on. A commemorative coin, each with the name of one the deceased engraved on it, was buried with each rose bush >>> FULL TEXT

Richardson still sees stable oil prices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite a recent rise in crude oil prices, U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said Thursday he thinks prices will stabilize as additional OPEC oil supplies hit the market While oil prices are now $8 a barrel lower than a month ago, this week they were at their highest level since OPEC agreed to ramp up its production by 1.7 million barrels per day (bpd) on April 1 >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian studies & the West

Tehran (Hamshahri) - For decades Western scholars have written extensively about Iranian history. Now their work is being critiqued and reviewed by Iranian scholars. In an interview, Dr. Mahmoud Ebadian explains >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

"Persia" published in Russia

Tehran (Mosharekat) - The first issue of "Persia" has been published in Moscow. The magazine is the joint effort of Iran's cultural office in Moscow, the Russian Academy of Sciences and "Asia-Africa" magazine >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

"Men of God" sing in Europe

Tehran (Mosharekat) - Performances by "Mardaan-e khodaa" (Men of God) -- an Iranian spiritual musical group led by vocalist Mohammadian -- has been widely received in Austria and Hungary >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Persepolis defeated in Asian cup match

Iran Sports Press - With video clip: Persepolis failed to reach the final of the Asian Club Championships on Thursday after suffering a 2-0 loss at the hands of Jubilo Iwata. Ali Parvin, the head coach of Persepolis, had decided to leave the goal scoring to Payam Rafat, with support from Ali Karimi and Alireza Emamifar >>> FULL TEXT

Iran defeats Ghana in Italy

Iran Sports Press - The Iranian Under 17 national soccer team defeated Ghana's Under 17 Team in San Marino Tournament in Italy on Thursday. Ghana have won the World Championships at the Under 17 level in years 1991 and 1997 >>> FULL TEXT

Mahdavikia's Hamburg defeated by Frankfurt

Iran Sports Press - Eintracht Frankfurt stunned third-placed Hamburg with a sensational 3-0 win that boosts their battle against relegation. Frankfurt now have 35 points but are threatened with the deduction of two points because of alleged financial irregularities >>> FULL TEXT


Berlin conference

Sadeq Saba presents the first of three reports on the Iran after the Election Conference, held in Berlin, Germany on April 7-9, 2000 >>> LISTEN HERE

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Bad luck for the enemy if the Guide orders us into jihad.

-- Slogan during anti-reform demonstrations
April 21, 2000

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