The Iranian Times

Tuesday, April 25, 2000 / Ordibehesht 6, 1379, No. 967

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Thank you
We wanted to see Iran for ourselves - and we are glad we did

By Janetta Davies
April 25, 2000
The Iranian

I am writing this article mostly to say thank you to all the many individual Iranians who made our recent visit to Iran so interesting.

Everywhere we went as we toured round your country we were met with a warm welcome. Before we had left for Iran some of our English friends warned us against traveling to such a "dangerous place". Sadly, many English people still have the view of Iran as a country of fanatics and hostage takers, but this is changing. We wanted to see for ourselves - and we are glad we did >>> GO TO FEATURE




Protests mount at closure of pro-reform press

TEHRAN, April 25 (AFP) - Anger at a crackdown on the pro-reformist press spilled on to the streets of Tehran for the first time Tuesday as students staged demonstrations in favour of freedom of expression.

Meanwhile the conservative-dominated courts kept up their offensive against the allies of President Mohammad Khatami, levelling serious charges against a cleric who attended a controversial seminar in Berlin.

Nearly 1,000 students of Khajeh Nassir Tussi University in north Tehran burst out of the college buildings shouting in praise of freedom, saying they had quit their classes to protest the "coup against the reformist press." >>> FULL TEXT


I am Ehsan

I am Ehsan Moghaddasi (Reha).
I am come from the West Azarbaijan.
I study electronic engineer at Tabriz University.
I want to connect and talk you to understand.
I have a social personality and I have many firends in iran.
I want to have a friendlyship with you perhaps i will go there.
I am sorry becouse I can not speak Engilish very well.


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    * Too much politics

    Reza M. writes: I just thought I point out to you that your content is increasingly focused on politics ["Anger & despair"]. I along with my wife and many others were much more interested in the cultural notes and debates that you had going on.

    We're interested more in Iranians living here, and also Iranians who went to Iran and came back, amongst many other rhings. There are plenty of news sites, but so few sites that offer cultural insight and discussions.

* The real deal

John D. Stich writes: Professor Hamid, I hail you! You're an insightful satirist ["Loving an Iranian girl"]. I'm an American guy who fell in with an Iranian Bahai girl. Loved her to high heaven. It was a sincere and loving set up, probably because she was twelve years older than me.

Have to say, though, that no girl I've ever known since (this was fifteen years ago) has floored and moved me like her. Her name was Ranaa...

Basically I have to say that Ranaa was the real deal. She could have lofty sentiments, but she was not the usual how-much-are-you-worth-Jack kind of woman. She was a goddamn one woman slaughter house with a killer wit and a talent with a paint brush. In other words, she was no demure dummy bubble puppy like these chicks your're talking about >>> FULL TEXT

Film: Open forum with Kiarostami, Stanford

The Persian Student Association (PSA) and the Stanford Film Society (SFS) welcomes renowned Iranian film director, Abbas Kiarostami, to Stanford University for an open discussion with the Stanford community about his work and Iranian cinema in general. Thursday, May 4, 2000 - 7PM-9PM, Annenburg Auditorium, Stanford University >>> 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:

Today I'm going for a drunken stroll
To walk the town until I find
A sane man with a rational mind
Pour him a drink from the bowl of my skull
And turn him into a crazy brother fool. -- Rumi

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Hard-liners boost Khatami pressure

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Censors should use more common sense

Tehran (Mosharekat) - President Khatami and Guidance Minister Ataollah Mohajerani deserve praise for the wider of variety of books made available to the public during the past year. But there's one "small problem": The censors should be reasonable in their reviews >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran 3 - Australia 3

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Al-Nasr wants long-term contract with Karimi

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Khakpour on trading block

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Arrest warrant for Eshkevari

Today, April 25 2000, the Special Court for Clerics in Tehran served a subpoena on Hojatoleslam Hassan Mousavi Eshkevari accusing him of acting against state security and insulting Islam. Mr. Eshkevari was one of the participants on the three day Iran after the Election conference held in Berlin, Germany. Saeed Yekta finds out Mr. Eshkevari's reactions to the subpoena.>>> LISTEN HERE

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