The Iranian Times

Thursday, August 10, 2000 / Mordad 20, 1379, No. 1040

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Darband lets you get away from it all

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August 10, 2000
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August 10, 2000
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by dAydi Hamid
August 10, 2000
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Dilemma after the crackdown

BBC Persian Service

The new crackdown on the press followed by the arrest of a number of the country's prominent journalists has been a major blow to the reforms in Iran. The BBC's Middle East analyst, Roger Hardy, looks into the ensuing dilemma for reformists >>> LISTEN HERE

Iran Assembly Pushes on Women's Rights

The News York Times

TEHRAN, Aug. 9 -- Iran's reformist Parliament, fresh from a slap by the country's supreme leader, who ordered it to drop a bill for press reform, showed its determination today to forge ahead with social change and grant women additional rights by raising the marriage age >>> FULL TEXT

Billionaire Boys Club Defendant Pleads Guilty

By Matthew B. Stannard
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 5, 2000

San Mateo -- One of the most notorious and expensive murder cases ever tried in San Mateo County quietly closed another chapter yesterday, as Arben Dosti pleaded guilty to manslaughter and kidnapping for his part in the 1984 Billionaire Boys Club murder case >>> FULL TEXT

Seeing is believing

By Philip French
The Observer, London
August 8, 2000

FROM OEDIPUS REX through King Lear to the present, blindness has been among the most potent of dramatic metaphors. From its early days, the cinema has featured blind characters, usually - though not always - presented as people of serene temperament and superior virtue...

This is all by way of preface to yet another remarkable film from Iran, the 40-year-old Majid Majidi's The Colour of Paradise , a major contribution to the cinema of blindness and one of the most moving experiences I've had in the cinema this past couple of years >>> FULL TEXT

Family stuff

Guadalajara, Mexico, July 28, 2000: First ever picture of all my mom's children together on her 70th birthday. >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Persians in China

Frank Wong writes: This is a wonderful website. I enjoyed reading it. There is no mention of Persian Zoroastrian immigrants to China. I am Chinese from China. My family lives in Xuajiulan county, about 28 miles west of Xian (formerly Chang'an) city. Chang'an was the capital of many Chinese dynasties in the past. Many foreigners once lived there, especially from Iran. Some came as merchants, entertainers and religious missionaries >>> FULL TEXT

* Your wisdom

Nasrin writes to Fereydoun Hoveyda: I rarely have the chance to read The Iranian Times due to my very busy schedule at work. This morning I got tempted! Your article ["Still an optimist"] was a joy to read.

I wish that you could inject a little of your wisdom and ability into the minds of others like my father and others who refuse to understand and adapt/adjust.

It would be wonderful if you could translate and publish your article in Farsi, especially in NY and LA Persian papers or even appear on TV or radio.

* Touched their lives

Bob Danielzadeh writes: I read the article by Ms. Termeh Rassi and must say that I truely agree with her ["Like Holding my pillow"]. I too went a long way to see Googoosh in Toronto from San Jose, California, and my friends and family were also in total astonishment of why I would do such a thing.

Surrounding me were people holding cellular phones for their friends and loved ones at home. Every song bringing back memories and every song causing someone to break down and cry. remembering, forgiving, forgeting, but mostly reliving a piece of their history that touched their lives >>> FULL TEXT

Film: "Dance of Dust" at California film fest

Iranian film at the 14th Wine Country Film Festival: "Dance of Dust" is an evocative study of the unbelievable harsh life of Llia - a boy living in a desolate rural backwater. Llia is haunted by mysterious whisperings calling him to other realms. His attraction to Limua, the daughter of a seasonal worker, becomes his reason to endure. A simple, poetic, deeply moving masterwork. Director/Screenwriter: Abolfazl Jalili. Sunday 8/13. 3:00 PM, The Roxy Stadium 14, 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA >>> DETAILS HERE




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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

This burning in my chest comes of following her sect.

From her I caught the fever, now I'm sick.

I'll follow doctor's orders, in all respects but this:

I won't forego my wine or her sweet lips.
-- Rumi
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Arafat asks Iran for Islamic Meeting on Jerusalem

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Iran releases Iraqi POWs and says Baghdad should settle prisoner question

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IRIB files court complaint against the Interior Ministry

TEHRAN, Aug 10 (AFP) - Iran's conservative-run state broadcast company has filed a court complaint against the interior ministry in the latest squabble here over the press, a newspaper reported Thursday. Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) lodged the complaint after the ministry criticised its coverage of what it called an "illegal" rally in support of curbs on the press, the Jam-e-Jam paper said >>> FULL TEXT

Jurists under fire worldwide, report says

Aug 10 2000, GENEVA (Reuters) - More than 400 judges and lawyers in nearly 50 countries suffered reprisals last year, including death, kidnappings and arrests, an international human rights monitoring group said Friday. Lawyers face ``persistent harassment, including through detention and unreasonable government regulation of their activities'' in Belarus, Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Azerbaijan and Iran, according to the report >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran home to 25,000 street children: MP

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Supreme leader blasts foreign media, praises the people

TEHRAN, Aug 10 (AFP) - The supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted the foreign media following his personal decree banning the new reformist parliament from debating a motion to ease curbs on the press. "Any moves aimed at satisfying Iran's enemies are faced with certain failure," Khamenei said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency late Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Venezuelan president arrives in Tehran

TEHRAN, Aug 10 (AFP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrived in Tehran late Wednesday on the fifth leg of a tour to prepare for a September OPEC summit in Caracas, the official IRNA news agency reported. He was welcomed at the airport by Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, the agency said >>> FULL TEXT

Experimental film wins award

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Farshad Fereshteh Hekmat's "Posht-e parchin-e aasemaan" has won the best film award at an experimental film fest in Italy >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Kimiaie: Not indifferent

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Masoud Kimiaie's latest film "Eteraaz" (Protest) is a reflection of Iran's current social issues, writes a viewer. "This is not a neutral or indifferent film." >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Jamalzadeh: New editions

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- When the father of modern Persian prose Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh died two years ago, the rights to all his books was handed over to Tehran University, according to his will. Under the supervision of Ali Dehbashi, new editions of Jamalzadeh's works are being published >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Esteqlal on a roll

TABRIZ, August 10 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Farhad Majidi's hat trick gave Esteghlal a 3-1 win over Traktorsazi Tabriz on Thursday in the second week of the 20th Azadegan League. Majidi, who rejoined Esteghlal this season, managed to equal teammate Ali Samereh as the League's top scorers to date, each with three goals >>> FULL TEXT

Karimi: Play and see

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Ali Karimi will play for Italy's Perugia FC for two weeks to see how well he does. The Italians like him >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

National team (slowly) getting ready

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The Asian championship matches will beging in two months but the Iranian national soccer team has not yet >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Assault on the press

The banning of more than twenty reformist publications and the jailing of a number of prominent journalists in Iran has stirred concern among international human right watchers and writers guilds. In this report Saeed Yekta has talked with their represenntatives >>> LISTEN HERE

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Tell-tale sign

In my village, they found a 9th century A.D. tombstone of the daughter of a Chinese general. She is a descendant of the noble Persian Garen family clan and her tombstone has bilingual inscriptions on it (presumably ancient Persian). The village next to ours is entitled "Xi Wang Chuan." This means "village of a western king." The villagers look Chinese, but many have pretty big noses.

-- Frank Wong
Letter to The Iranian
August 10, 2000

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