The Iranian Times

Wednesday December 6, 2000 / Azar 16, 1379, No. 1120


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


But still popular

By Mehdi Ardalan
December 6, 2000
The Iranian

It's no secret that Iran's Constitution is riddled with ambiguities. It's also no secret that often one of the two factions is tempted to solve these ambiguities to their own political benefit. Against this backdrop, President Khatami came out with the public announcement that certain articles of the constitution have been violated but that he does not have enough authority to stop the violations >>> GO TO FEATURE


A Palestinian tragedy

By Edna Yaghi
December 6, 2000
The Iranian

When 12-year-old Palestinian Mohammed spoke of how he wanted to be a soccer champion, his black eyes flashed and he would kick an imaginary ball off to a successful goal. His mother, busy with her six other children would nod her head and say, "Yes, perhaps one day when you are big and stronger, you will go off to the Olympics and win a gold medal." >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Raising the fortress of freedom


Khatami speaks to students

BBC Persian Service

Mohammad Khatami, has been addressing students at a college in Tehran. He told the students not to lose hope and to stand firm against those who advocated violence. A report by Jim Muir in Tehran is followed by Daryoush Homai's talk with Hoda Saberi, journalist >>> LISTEN HERE

Slam-Dunk Diplomacy

By John Ward Anderson
Washington Post
December 6, 2000

ISFAHAN, Iran ­­ After 21 years of rancor and distrust, Iran and the United States have found something they can agree on: Nobody plays basketball like the Americans.

That may not be much, but for Gary LeMoine, an American who is coaching Iran's national basketball team, it's a beginning >>> FULL TEXT

A glimpse into the world of Iranian cinema

By Noel Vera
December 5, 2000

Iranian cinema may be the newest old thing in the world at the moment - "old" in the sense that the country has been making cinema for almost as long as cinema has been around, "new" in the sense that only as recently as the '90s has it gained worldwide attention >>> FULL TEXT

Back in business

"SaVaK is named after the secret police that ran the hidden torture and killing of disident rebels during the Shah's reign of Iran in the 70s and early 80s. Influenced by this mysterious organization and it's happenings, Beebe has set out to convey his viewsand opinions of this regime through his music. " >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Bunch of hypocrites

Mrs Ynaky writes: Thank God we have people like Mr/Mrs Iranni ["Married a Black man?!!"] who still care!

All these people who wrote letters against her, are a bunch of hyporcrates! But then again that's the nature of liberal phonies. If their son, daughter, mother, father, or reletive dates a Black person or, much worse, decided to marry one, they would go nuts!

It is amazing how low some Iranians have sunk in the past twenty years. You have all my support Irani. I wish we had more people like you.

* Mixed bunch

Asghar Massombagi writes: Good point ["Unbelievable stupidity"]! Actually if I had seen the picutre out of this context [Maryam and Daryl], I would have thought that they were both African-American (It wouldn't have made a difference to me otherwise, but it shows the stupifity of the writer).

I think people forget that there is no such thing as "Iranian kind". A relatively recent sense of nationality and common history and language doesn't make a race. Iranians, come to think of it, are quite a mixed bunch and I think it is high time that they acknowledge their African and Indian connections along with the much-balyhooed Aryan roots.

* Shooting from the hip

HH writes: In response to the letter "Adam & Eve, not Adam & Adam", nobody is trying to infringe upon your "religious freedom." Nor are same-sex unions about the choice to be gay. You either are gay or you're not. That takes acceptance, not choice. Making a choice to be open about our sexual orientation is a separate, social and cultural matter.

But, same-sex unions are about gay people's freedom to enjoy the same economic and legal rights and benefits that are constitutionally given to every individual in this country >>> FULL TEXT

* Letter that was never sent

Shaya Golbabaei writes: I don't know if this is going to have a place in, but it has some meanings for me every time I look at it. It's a letter that was never sent to my parents >>> FULL TEXT

Politics: Write a letter to Khatami

Lawyer and freelance writer Anthony Dennis is serving as editor of a collection of letters to President Mohammad Khatami to be published in 2001 by Wyndham Hall Press. You are invited to submit their own letters to Pres. Khatami for consideration >>> DETAILS HERE




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Koli dar kenaar-e aatash
By Monirou Ravani-Pour

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I'm a slave to her, and fear of her delights me.

    My better half, who stands alone, delights me.

    They ask me, 'Do you enjoy her loyalty?'

    I don't know; even so, her cruelty delights me.

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Khatami tells kids: Keep hope

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Khatami says culture minister's resignation is "under review"

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U.S. officials grill Russia over arms sales plans

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Kazakhs in talks to develop oil pipeline to Iran

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Iran backs off free trade zones

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Iranian literature's limited international appeal

Tehran (Dowran Emrooz) -- Poet and author Massoud Ahmadi talks about why he thinks Iranian literature has not made an impact internationally >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Two decades of poetry

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- Iraj Ziaie will publish a collection of works by poets who have been active in the past 20 years >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Novel: Turning 40

Tehran (Dowran Emrooz) -- Nahid Tabatabaie has a new novel: "Chehel saalegi" (Turning 40) >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Persepolis shake-up?

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Samereh: Mr. Goal

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Provincial teams at disadvantage

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Judiciary denies parliament a newspaper

Tehran's Justice Department has rejected applications of 132 public figures for directorship of newspapers. Among them an application for a newspaper for the parliament. Daryoush Homai talks to Ebrahim Bai Salami, member of parliament >>> LISTEN HERE

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Van Gogh Light Exhibition

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have collaborated on this luminous bilingual look at the evolution of lighting during the Industrial Age, from 1750-1900.

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I really believe that the policy will change in the next 12 months ... I'm optimistic, regardless of whether it's a Bush administration or a Gore administration, that we're going to have a change in our unilateral sanctions policy.

-- Archie Dunham, Conoco CEO
December 5, 2000

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Khatami meets students
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Sanam in Toronto



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