The Iranian Times

Friday August 25, 2000 / Shahrivar 4, 1379, No. 1051



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Man in the shadows
Rafsanjani eyeing the presidency

By Dariush Sajjadi
August 25, 2000
The Iranian

Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's letter to the Majlis to remove the press law amendment from its agenda pitted him against public opinion, as the amendment had huge popular support. He openly confronted the reformists for the first time since President Khatami's election and elicited the wrath of Iranians and world public opinion.

Given that all Majlis bills have to go through the conservative Council of Guardians and, on occasion, the Expediency Council, for final approval, Khamenei's direct intervention was not necessary. But the fact that he has could be interpreted as a measure tactfully orchestrated by the chairman of the Expediency Council, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is a master of covert diplomacy in Iranian politics >>> GO TO FEATURE


Nutty tariffs
Iranian pistachio blocked by high tariffs

By Mehrdad Valibeigi
August 25, 2000
The Iranian

When Madeleine Albright announced a partial lifting of U.S. sanctions on Iran in March, the State Department was not aware of the 300 percent tariff imposed on Iranian pistachios, according to official U.S. sources... September 7 is the U.S. Commerce Department deadline for filing comments about the tariffs. Those interested in the resumption of Iranian pistachio sales in the U.S., including Iranian exporters and American importers as well as American consumer advocates, should join forces and launch a coordinated public relations and legal campaign to end the Californian pistachio monopoly. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Yazdi slams government, women

BBC Persian Service

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, member of the powerful Council of Guardians, in the Friday Prayers sermon, reiterated that religion and politics are inseperable. Saeed Yekta talks to two political observers >>> LISTEN HERE

Cairo, Tehran plan to renew relations

By Daniel Sobelman
August 25, 2000

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammed Khatami, are expected to announce the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between their two countries next month following more than two decades without formal relations. In a report yesterday from Tehran, the Arabic language daily, Al-Hayat, which is published in London, said that the Egyptian and Iranian presidents would meet next month at the United Nations General Assembly >>> FULL TEXT

Post no bills

Chicago Reader
August 4, 2000

Azita Youssefi has a reputation as an exhibitionist. A couple years ago she posed at O'Hare for the Lumpen spin-off Easy Listener wearing nothing but a pair of angel wings, and as bassist and front woman for the theatrical no-wave band the Scissor Girls, she performed in everything from a Catholic school uniform to a two-piece made of bubble wrap. Offstage she could be seen loping around in heavy raccoon makeup or aviator goggles, and though her look is now more demure, she's fond of practicing classical piano in the game room at the Empty Bottle >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Mehran Azhar

Sounds like me

They say there was this hamshahri who was a choopoon. And he had a lot of sheep. Every day he had to make sure they were all there. So they ask him how do you count them all? He said, "I get down on the ground, count their feet, and divide by four."

Thanks to Maria S.

More Letters

* Finally!

S. writes: Congratulations! Just thought I would let you know that The Iranian is now among the many sites that cannot be accessed in Iran through Neda Rayaneh (and possibly other Internet service providers). I guess you too are officially censored now. When you try to access it, it says "You are not allowed to connect to the requested site."

* Vulgar

Morteza Loghmani writes: I am flabbergasted and ashamed, to find yet another feature story with no substance: "Zan gereftan". This parody, it maybe funny, but very offensive to not only to women but to all of us. The feature is vulgar and chauvinistic.

Some of the words the author used are not appropriate for the general audience. Is becoming a tabloid? This is not an attack on freedom of speech, it is merely to point out responsible journalism.

* Nothing wrong with a joke

Mehran Azhar writes: In response to "Racist jokes": I was born in Tabriz to Esfahani parents and was raised in Tehran. I have lived in both the U.S. Deep South and the Yankee North. Because of the number of years I have lived in the aforementioned venues, I imitate the local accents quite fluently and get a kick out of making facetious remarks about each drawl.

I personally don't think telling a Rashti joke or speaking with a Jewish accent makes one racist. Indeed, there are people who don't appreciate this sort of amusement, but they are in the clear minority. Stereotypes begin in the first place because they are all somewhat true.

I don't think an Azeri was ever denied entrance to a university or an Esfahani to a bank due to their ethnic heritage. If anything, Iran is one of the few countries in the world where the capital has moved from one corner to the next; most Tehranis today are, in fact, descendants of people from the other provinces.

About your comment with regard to the Shahanshah starting this "racism," if you mean the late Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, then I suggest you do more research on this matter. Moreover, if you find full of bigotry, then stop reading it. Why should the thousands of other readers of The Iranian be denied the most jocular Iranian site on the Web?

TV: Share in the Cultural & Financial Rewards of HOMA-TV

The Foundation for American Iranian Rapprochement, a Political action committee, also known as FAIRPAC, is pleased to announce its plan to launch the first non-profit, satellite-based, public TV network with a 100% annual profit sharing rebate program for its prime subscribers >>> DETAILS HERE




Unified Objects
Object-Oriented Programming Using C++
By Babak Sadr


Qomaar-e aasheqaaneh
On Rmui's meeting with Shams Tabrizi
By Abdolkarim Soroush

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Excuse me if my cries fill the sky.

Excuse me if I flood the plains with tears.

You're my life, and I'm running for my life.

Excuse me if my life drags in the rear.
-- Rumi
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Tehran moves to encourage more inward investment

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Kharrazi, Zimbabwe president meet

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Majidi: Oscar contender

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Remembering a great storyteller

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Expanding broadcast coverage

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Persepolis thrash Al-Wakreh 4-2

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Unrest in Shiraz during soccer match

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Chit chat with Hassan Rowshan

Tehran, (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Whatever happened to Hassan Rowshan? Whatever happened to one of the most technical and brilliant players in the history of Iranian football? >>> FULL TEXT



Roundtable discussion with experts: The President's role in Iran's political structure. Participants: Hatam Ghaderi, Habibollah Payman and Javad Salehi Esfahani >>> LISTEN HERE

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