The Iranian Times

Monday December 11, 2000 / Azar 21, 1379, No. 1123


Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Cover story

Third eye
People & pistachios

Written and photographed by Ulla Kimmig
December 11, 2000
The Iranian

It was the first time I went to an Islamic country. Naturally I was interested in topics related to women. I also knew that as a woman, I had more of an advantage compared to male photographers. I could go placed they could not >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

The next step >>> GO TO FEATURE


Prominent lawyer arrested

BBC Persian Service

The authorities in Iran have arrested a prominent lawyer in the case of the killing and abduction of several Iranian intellectuals and dissidents two years ago. The arrest of the lawyer, Nasser Zarafshan, comes two weeks ahead of the start of the trial of what has come to be known as the serial murders case. Sadeq Saba reports >>> LISTEN

Young Iranians ready to risk their lives for "Gharb"

By Kianouche Dorranie

TEHRAN, Dec 9 (AFP) - "It was a long and painful experience. I nearly died of cold and hunger." Hamid's story nearly came to a tragic end as he attempted to flee Iran, just like thousands of young Iranians who prefer illegal immigration to unemployment.

The young majority of Iran's 60 million inhabitants is increasingly obsessed with fleeing recession at home and seeking a better life in Europe or North America. >>> FULL TEXT

Splendor of Persian city seen in drawings, photos

By Joanna Shaw-Eagle
The Washington Times
December 09, 2000

The Freer Gallery of Art and adjacent Arthur M. Sackler Gallery appear to hold almost endless treasures. The latest riches to be displayed from this trove are the 25 photographs, drawings, sketchbooks and paper casts of inscriptions in "Persepolis: Documenting an Ancient Iranian Capital, 1923-1935."

Exhibit curator Ann C. Gunter chose the objects from the Ernst Herzfeld Papers housed in the galleries' archives. Herzfeld (1879-1948), a German explorer of the Near East and a specialist in the archaeology, history and languages of Iran, was the chief archaeologist of the Persepolis project >>> FULL TEXT

    Thanks to B. Guerami

    Boxing ring

Rah-e kaargar: Condemning arrest of rights lawyer >>> FULL TEXT

Kayhan: Khatami advisor attacks so-called anti-reform forces >>> FULL TEXT


Sad. Very sad

TEHRAN, Dec 10 (AFP) - An Iranian father chopped up his 23-year-old son with an axe after finding out that he was infected with the deadly HIV-virus which causes AIDS, newspapers reported Sunday >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Wish it was a different topic

Sadaf Kiani's response to Shahriar Zahedi's "Daastaan-e anbeh" >>> FULL TEXT

    * Read Freud

    Emad writes: I read some of this gentleman's other writings ["Daastaan-e anbeh"], and, they are all concerned with similar issues. I wish he would read some of Freud's work. He might find the answers to his problems in the pages that deal with sexual pleasures caused by bowel movements.

* He's a fan

Sepideh Banihashemi writes: "Daastaan-e anbeh" was so funny. I first thought Sadaf Kiani wrote it herself! I also read Sadaf's reaction. She's right: he must have read many of her works! He's so affected by her style! I think he is a fan of her works too.

* Made me very happy

Mohsen Karrabi, writes: I am a guy from Iran who lives in Sweden and I do not have much contact with other Iranians because I live in a small community and I am the only one from Iran here.

The other day when I was online I saw your article ["Khob... digeh chetori?"] and it made me very happy. It is great to be able to read your articles in Farsi.

* Enjoyed it, but...

Ali Parsa writes: I enjoyed your poem but what did A to Z have to do with your poem? I may be illiterate about modern poetry and I need to be educated. Remember that we are all ignorant except along different lines. Apparently you don't like traditional Persian poetry like the one I sent you. That is my guess unless you tell me otherwise.

Music: Googoosh "special concert"

On December 25, 2000 Googoosh will perform her last concert in the United States. This concert will be totally different from all other concerts and will be presented as a SPECIAL concert. For the first time Googoosh will autograph CDs, Cassettes and T-shirts from 3 pm to 5 pm at the main entrance of MGM Grand Arena where she will perform her last concert at 8 pm on the same day >>> DETAILS




The Broken Crescent
The "Threat" of Militant Islamic Fundamentalism
By Fereydoun Hoveyda



Mard-e sevom
By Graham Greene

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Look again, and see how much I need you;

    Watch the long nights that I lie here awake.

    No, I am wrong: the distance between us

    Will not let me live to see you again.

    * Also see more Rumi translations

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Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
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Lawyer in chain murders case arrested after speech

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A lawyer for the families of two dissidents killed in 1998 was arrested after he gave a speech about the slayings, a fellow attorney said Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Hamshahri banned outside Tehran

TEHRAN, Dec 11 (AFP) - Iranian press court Monday banned top-selling Iranian daily Hamshahri, published by the municipality of Tehran, from being distributed outside the capital >>> FULL TEXT

Press court suspends another reform newspaper

TEHRAN, Dec 9 (AFP) - An Iranian press court suspended publication for three months of Ahrar, a reform newpaper in the northern city of Tabriz >>> FULL TEXT

Montazeri's son arrested

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A son of Iran's most prominent dissident cleric has been arrested for distributing his father's memoirs, his brother said Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

MPs push Khatami to run for a second term: Karubi

TEHRAN, Dec 10 (AFP) - The head of the reform-majority parliament on Sunday said the legislature was pushing moderate President Mohammad Khatami to seek a second term in office despite the head of state's "doubts," >>> FULL TEXT

Fundamentalists go on trial for attempted murder of judge

TEHRAN, Dec 9 (AFP) - Members of a "religious fundamentalist network" went on trial Saturday for the attempted murder of a senior judge in January 1999, state television said >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian army not a threat to other countries: Khatami

TEHRAN, Dec 11 (AFP) - Iran's armed forces pose no threat to the country's neighbors but still need to be upgraded, President Mohammad Khatami said Monday >>> FULL TEXT

MPs move to protect environment against alarming pollution rates

TEHRAN, Dec 10 (AFP) - Pro-reform Iranian MPs have created the first committee aimed at protecting the environment of Iran, said to be one of the world's most polluted countries >>> FULL TEXT

Iran allows organ transplant from dead, brain dead

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's constitutional oversight body, the Guardian Council, said it would allow organ transplants from dead and brain-dead people under certain conditions, newspapers reported on Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Two foreigners charged in plot to export jet parts to Iran

WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (AFP) - US customs officials have charged two foreign nationals in California with plotting to illegally export US aircraft parts to the Iranian air force >>> FULL TEXT

Alleged exporter pleads innocent

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A man suspected of exporting fighter jet parts to Iran pleaded innocent Friday in federal court to charges of exporting arms. Saeed Homayouni, a naturalized Canadian from Iran, was working for Multicore Ltd. >>> FULL TEXT

Drought-hit Iran imports 5.6 million tonnes of wheat

TEHRAN, Dec 11 (AFP) - Drought-hit Iran imported 5.6 million tonnes of wheat this year after its own production fell drastically >>> FULL TEXT

Mideast oil producers favor Bush-Cheney win

December 11, (ABC New) -- Middle East oil producers Iran and Libya, still under U.S. sanctions, and American oil companies prevented from working there by those sanctions hope fervently for a Bush-Cheney victory in the tortuous U.S. presidential election process >>> FULL TEXT

Why is the writers' guild inactive?

Tehran (Dowran No) -- More than two years have passed since the writers' guild handed its articles of association for approval. During this time many similar groups have become active -- ecept for the writers' guild. Why? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

A week of Bach

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- Music from Bach will be performed by Iranian and foreign musicians for a week at the Niavaran cultural center in north Tehran >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Sattari on mythology

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Interview with historian Jalal Sattari on the importance of mythology >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Corruption dents negotiations with Blazevic

Tehran - December 11: Corruption within the Iranian Football Federation (IFF) has dented negotiatons with Miroslav "Ciro" Blazevic, said a highly reliable source at the IFF >>> FULL TEXT

Persepolis Thrash Esteghlal Rasht

Rasht - December 8 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Persepolis thrashed Esteghlal Rasht 4-1 in a postponed match from week 9 on Friday to secure their first place position in the Azadegan League standings. The two sides on a field that was more suitable for mud wrestling then football, as both sides struggled with the muddy surface >>> FULL TEXT

Mahdavikia's Hamburg defeat Cottbus

Vienna - December 10 (Iran Sports Press) -- Coach Pagelsdorf sent a new team on the field, so Yilmaz, Ketelaer and Bester started as strikers, the lately signed Czech Tomas Ujfalusi played in the defensive midfield and Niko Kovac on the left wing. Iranian international Mehdi Mahdavikia has still problems with his knee, so he could not play >>> FULL TEXT


Khatami's allies send him confusing signals

President Khatami's political allies are divided over their expectations of him. Some favour 'active tranquillity' while others support 'active resistance'. A leading political analyst in Tehran, Reza Alijani, tells Behrouz Parsa why the division has occurred in the President's camp >>> LISTEN HERE

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