The Iranian Times

Friday, April 28, 2000 / Ordibehesht 9, 1379, No. 970

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April 28, 2000
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Gonou is a wam water bath near Bandar Abbas. Nader Davoodi was just passing by and took a few pictures for our pleasure. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Muzzling the reformers' voice

The Economist
April 19, 2000


A BOLD press has, for some time, disguised the powerlessness of Iran's reform movement. Liberal journalists have slammed into everything and everybody, from the intelligence service to a former president to senior ayatollahs. But this week the conservative establishment muzzled the flamboyant press, sucking out the breath of reform. By April 27th, no fewer than 16 newspapers and journals had been shut down by hardliners in the judiciary, leaving the news-stands bare of all such trouble-makers >>> FULL TEXT



As Iran is becoming more and more liberal and "Westernized" in goods ways as well as "bad" ways (losing its traditional culture), how is homosexuality perceived among these modern day changes?

Dean Bush

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* Insulting

Matt Fotouhi writes: I have lived in the U.S. since 1978. I consider myself an educated and open-minded individual respecting all other religions and personal beliefs. As a Moslem, I consider this piece of writing offensive and I respectfuly ask that you don't promote such writings in your paper ["Abolfazl insurance"].

* Cracked me up

Gelareh Abedi writes: Do me a favor: please tell Alireza Sadeghi that his poem titled Rostam and Afrasyab cracked me up. GREAT JOB.

Poetry: Rumi concert in New York

A musical celebration of rumi titled RUMI: FIRE OF LOVE will be held at St. Peter's Church 54th St. and Lexington Avenue in New York City on April 29, 8:00 pm. Featuring: Shahram Shiva, Michael Harrison & Ensemble with John Ragusa, John Funkhouser & RA Fish. Incantations of Rumi's poetry with original music. For tickets/info call 1-800-275-4809.

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

She's gone--no one has ever been so good a friend;
Gone before my heart was full, or ready for an end.
She's gone, and with her the cure for this pain.
The rose is gone and still the thorn remains -- Rumi

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Albright "very concerned" by Iran political tension and newspaper closures

WASHINGTON, April 27 (AFP) - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright expressed concern Thursday at ongoing political tension in Iran, where the judiciary has ordered the closure of numerous newspapers supporting reform >>> FULL TEXT

Student protests grow at press closures

TEHRAN, April 27 (AFP) - Students held their biggest protest yet late Wednesday at the closure of pro-reform newspapers by Iran's conservative press court, press reports said Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Judiciary shuts last two reformist papers

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's hard-line judiciary shut down the last two major national newspapers from the reformist camp Thursday, bringing to 16 the number of publications banned this week >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei endorses media crackdown

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday endorsed the recent crackdown on reformist newspapers, describing the publications as ``deviant'' and urging his supporters not to remain silent >>> FULL TEXT

New ban on papers fuels Iran crisis

TEHRAN, April 27 (AFP) - Iran's conservative judiciary stoked up tension again Thursday by ordering the closure of the two most important reformist newspapers, including that of President Mohammad Khatami's brother >>> FULL TEXT

Election campaign reopens in Iran as political confusion persists

TEHRAN, April 27 (AFP) - Campaigning opened for the second round of Iran's parliamentary elections Thursday amid continued political uncertainty >>> FULL TEXT

Iran frees eight accused of serial killings

TEHRAN, April 27 (AFP) - Iran Wednesday freed eight of the 22 people accused of serial killings of opponents of the regime and intellectuals in late 1998 on "clear proof" they were not guilty, the justice department said >>> FULL TEXT

Golshiri in hospital

Tehran (Iran daily) - Novelist Houshang Golshiri has been hospitalized in Tehran for an undisclosed lung ailment >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Western-style art re-emerges years after going underground

April 9, 2000, TEHRAN, Iran (The Dallas Morning News) - Of course, after two decades of cultural isolation, putting on display what was previously off-limits does raise certain questions for Iran's patrons of the arts. For example: Who is this Mick Jagger? >>> FULL TEXT

Two views on Afkhami's film

Tehran (Ham-Mihan) - Two views on Behrouz Afkhami's "Shoakaraan". The reviews have been generally positive but it has been attacked by the conservatives >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Asian Cup draw

Beirut (Football Asia) - The draw for the finals of the 12th Asian Cup has pitted together two of the region's superpowers, the defending champions Saudi Arabia and Japan, in the same group... Iran, winners of the Asian Cup in 1968, 1972 and 1976, were the nation with most to smile >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Al-Nasr does NOT want Karimi

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Ali Karimi had to two practice sessions with the UAE's al-Nasr but he was not able to impress the team's German coach >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Majidi scores

Tehran (Ham-Mihan) - Farhad Majidi scores a goal in his Austrian's team's 4-0 victory. Plus latest news about Mahdavi-Kia and Ali Daei >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Press ban

Dr. Ebrahim Yazdi leader of Nahzat Azadi and former foreign minister reacts to this latest ban on the reformist oress. Mehdi Sharif spoke to him. >>> LISTEN HERE

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We clearly are very concerned about what is happening there now, and would hope this is not the overwhelming trend... Those who have voted for President Khatami or for the Majlis reform members are younger generation. They are the future of Iran.

-- Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State
April 28, 2000

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