The Iranian Times

Wednesday, April 26, 2000 / Ordibehesht 7, 1379, No. 968

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U.N. volunteer recalls learning Farsi

By Chris Linney
April 26, 2000
The Iranian

I first arrived in Tehran in early January 1971 and was surprised to find snow on the ground. In my small mind anywhere south and east of England was supposed to be warm and sunny. I was a 27 year-old United Nations volunteer, full of naïve idealism, but then, that is what being 27 is all about...

After a few days of formalities at the United Nations head office, we flew to Shiraz. Soon I was installed with twenty or so other volunteers in an out station of the University of Shiraz in a small village called Marvdasht. Here, for the next five weeks I was to learn Farsi! >>> GO TO FEATURE


Reformers Say Iran's Hard-Liners Plan Revolt

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's reformers say they have learned of a ``master plan'' by hard-liners in the security forces and their allies to crush the movement for change and even topple the government of moderate President Mohammad Khatami.

They say some elements of the elite Revolutionary Guards, the police and the state broadcast monopoly have formed a ''crisis committee'' to fan social, political and religious tensions and pave the way for a possible coup d'etat >>> FULL TEXT


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From a joke circulated on the Internet.

New York (AP) - As many analyst are puzzled by continued correction and drop in stock market, senior analyst of Goozman Partners, James Hassanberg, has made several remarks that might be beneficial to some investors.

For example, he noted, " if investors had paid close attention in the past few weeks, they would have realized that April 13th and April 14th coincided with Taasooaa and Aashooraa. This is the time when Imam Hossein was brutally killed by Yazid's army. As the spirit of Imam Hossein has survived for hundreds of years, so will the stock market." >>> FULL TEXT

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* Mehrjui: The director & and the man

Faramarz Kaviani writes: On Saturday April 22, Dariush Mehrjoui was at New York's Lincoln Center to have a talk. I thought, "What else could a middle-age Iranian guy living in the U.S. ask for on a Saturday afternoon?" I love Iran's blooming movie industry and Mehrjoui in particualr. But wait a minute. Don't get too excited! Always expect the unexpected!...

However, it seems like Mehrjoui the person is not as impressive as Mehrjoui the director ... Why doesn't Mr. Mehrjoui have that respect toward Iranian movie directors in general as well? Why exclude Kiarostami and attack other directors and even Fardin who died less than two weeks ago? >>> FULL TEXT

* Azizi still respected

Armin Khalili writes: I remember the times when Iran would get worldwide attention in sports: Takhti in wrestling, soccer players Ali Parvin, Hassan Roshan, Andranik Skandarian (who played for New York Cosmos in Major League Soccer), and many more great athletes.

Today here in San Francisco's Bay Area we have Khodadad Azizi who plays for the San Jose Earthquakes. Two weeks ago he received a red card and a three-week suspension. But yellow or red cards are part of the game. I don't know how to express myself but after all these years of playing soccer I can understand how a player could react in heated situations. It is just part of the game! >>> FULL TEXT

Conference: CIRA in Washington DC

Center for Iranian Research and Analysis (CIRA) will hold its next annual conference on April 28-29, 2000 in Washington DC area. It is a comprehensive two day conference on contemporary Iran. It is about current Iranian problems and opportunities. It includes paper presentations on economics, politics, religion, Persian literature with participants from Iran, etc >>> DETAILS HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

When your love drives me crazy, that day
I dare things, madly, that demons would not
Your eyelash alone does to my heart
What the brush of the greatest artist cannot. -- Rumi

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Khamenei proclaims full backing for Khatami

TEHRAN, April 26 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proclaimed Wednesday his full support for beleaguered reformist President Mohammad Khatami, state radio reported. "The president is a defender of Islam the revolution," the radio quoted Khamenei as saying in a speech to leading politicians >>> FULL TEXT

Students across Iran protest press bans

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Students at Tehran's technical university said on Wednesday they had suspended classes for the day, as peaceful protests spread against the banning of 13 pro-reform publications spread across the country >>> FULL TEXT

Date for second round of elections finally set

TEHRAN, April 26 (AFP) - The run-off second round of parliamentary elections in Iran will be held on May 5, state radio said Wednesday, quoting an official announcement by the interior ministry >>> FULL TEXT

Iran Pro-Democracy Newspaper Warned

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A court representing Iran's hard-line clergy has sent a warning to the president's brother to rein in his pro-democracy newspaper or face sanction, state radio reported today >>> FULL TEXT

Pro-reform cleric rejects charges against him

PARIS, April 26 (AFP) - Iranian pro-reform cleric Hassan Yussefi Eshkevari rejected Tuesday charges brought against him by hardline Tehran clerics and described the accusations as "strange and incredible" >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Jews trial to reopen May 1

TEHRAN, April 26 (AFP) - The trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel will re-open May 1 at the revolutionary court in Shiraz, an official from the southern Iranian city said Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Four Iranian immigrants charged with Sweden disco arson

STOCKHOLM, April 26 (Reuters) - Four young immigrants to Sweden from Iran were charged with arson on Wednesday in connection with a Gothenburg discotheque fire in which 63 youngsters died and 250 were injured, some seriously >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. critic pays tribute to ``overlooked'' films

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (Reuters) - Movie critic Roger Ebert, whose thumbs-up is coveted by Hollywood studios, championed films from Iran, India, and the silent era Wednesday at the opening of his second annual ``overlooked film festival.'' >>> FULL TEXT

New books and book fair

Tehran (Ham-Mihan) - Some 1,279 Iranian publishers are offering their latest at the Tehran international book fair. Here's some of the new books just entering the market >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Golestan's film withstands test of time

Tehran (Ham-Mihan) - The Arts College film club has been showing a series of films lately, including Ebrahim Golestan's "Khesht o Ayeneh" (Brick and Mirror), which was heavily criticized when it was made way before the 1979 revolution. But time is the best critic >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Berlin conference: The movie!

Tehran (Mosharekat) - With all the fuss over the Berlin conference, why not make a film about it? That's exactly what Hamid Bahmani wants to do >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Asia cup: Next round

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Iranian national soccer team will compete against Kazakhstan, Palestine and Syria in the next round of the Asian cup preliminaries. Here's the schedule of matches which will be held in Amman, Jordan >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Persepolis getting younger?

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - We've heard that Ali Parvin is thinking about replacing some of the older Persepolis players with younger ones >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Bagheri: The quiet man

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Karim Bagheri is a quiet, modest man. He left his German club without making a fuss and joined UAE's al Nasr without any hesitation. Now he may be considering joing an English club >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Berlin conference reaction

Following comments by a number of conservative Ayatollahs on the showing by state television of several scenes from the Berlin Conference in which a woman was seen dancing and a man stripping in order to disrupt the conference was today, April 26, 2000, branded controversial and against Islamic values. Ayatollah Hossein Mousavi Tabrizi, lecturer at Qom seminary and former state prosector talks to Daryoush Homai >>> LISTEN HERE

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Certain persons are interpreting the sincere remarks of some of the country's leaders as being directed against the president. This interpretation is false, and I, relying on fundamental principles, give my strong support to the president.

-- Ayatollah Khamenei
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