The Iranian Times

Tuesday December 12, 2000 / Azar 22, 1379, No. 1124

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Never to repeat
Hopefully. Art inspired by prejudice

By Zara Houshmand
December 12, 2000
The Iranian

This is all that remains of the Manzanar internment camp, where thousands of Japanese-American families were forcibly "relocated" during World War II-- the drab outlines of an archeological site that isn't even old, odd chunks of concrete slab, rusting bits of steel rod. The rows of barracks that housed the prisonners are long gone, dismantled for scrap at the end of the war >>> GO TO FEATURE


Drawing the line
.. in journalism. How far can you go?

By Termeh Rassi and Jahanshah Javid
December 12, 2000
The Iranian

There are three reasons I can think of why a picture of Maryam and Daryl would be featured in One is that Maryam, by virtue of her work and her lineage, would be considered a "public figure." The second is that the picture is simply of two friends (that is how the picture was taken). The last reason is that the staff at had a feeling that this issue would be controversial and needed to be raised >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Abdollah Nouri, revisionism and pluralism >>> GO TO FEATURE


Possibility of Khatami's impeachment denied

BBC Persian Service

In Tehran, Shoma, a conservative weekly has questioned President Khatami's competency, prompting Mohammad Salamati, the leader of the Islamic Revolution's Crusaders Organization to conclude that the conservatives are planning a concerted attempt to disqualify Mr. Khatami as president. Taghi Rahmani, a political analyst tells Behrouz Parsa why the conservatives gave rise to this seemingly untimely dispute >>> LISTEN

Mole reveals Saddam plots against Iran

By Marie Colvin
The Sunday Times
December 10, 2000

A RECENT defector from the Iraqi intelligence service has revealed that Saddam Hussein has stepped up operations against Iran, despite public diplomatic overtures.

The defector, who worked in the Iranian office of the mukhabarat (intelligence) headquarters in Baghdad, portrayed a Saddam unchastened by his 1991 defeat in the Gulf war, still plotting against his neighbours and able to import substantial weaponry despite an international embargo >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

Kayhan: Mohammad Salamati is the real incompetent politician >>> FULL TEXT

International Haftegi: Khatami says criticize but don't overthrow >>> FULL TEXT


Darwin was right

Man -- this one at least -- has evolved from monkeys >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Ali Kasai

More Letters

* Guess who's coming for dinner

Max R. writes: In response to a letter by Mrs. Ynaky,"Bunch of hypocrites". Back in the 60's there was a famous and controversial movie called "Guess who's coming to dinner?" In that movie a White girl from an upper class family falls in love and decides to marry a highly-educated Black surgeon from a hard working Black family.

Both the parents of the boy and the girl had concerns about their marriage. Their concern was not because the parents were racist but because the young couple had to face all the ignorance and hostility of the society they had to live in >>> FULL TEXT

* Homosexuality & Islam

Laith Al-Doory writes: I don't know where you get your concept with regard to Islam's position on homosexuality ["Adam & Eve, not Adam & Adam"].

Homosexuality is not mentioned in the Sharia as transcribed by Mohammed (there are many modified versions) and during the whole of period of the Khalifate Empire, when Arab Islamic culture was at its height, homosexuality was quite tolerated, and there is much great Arab literature describing love between men that is testament to this >>> FULL TEXT

* Iran-Iraq similarity irritating

Siyamak T. writes: The fact that Iran's name is very similar to that of Iraq is really irritating to me. As long as you live in Iran you may not have any problem with it but once you go abroad you will find out that we Iranians are considered Arab just like Iraqis...

I think it is high time Iran changed her name to Persia and let the world know that Persia is not a name of a country in myths. It is a second name for Iran and we Iranians are not Arabs and do not speak Arabic. This is a matter of natinal identity and it should be given due consideration >>> FULL TEXT

Events: Shab-e Yalda in Bay Area

No year is complete without a cultural gathering on the longest night of the year! Poetry and Dance, Ajeel, Anar, va Avaz Ingredients for: "Shaabeh Yalda" Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 pm at the Cubberly Community Center 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.For tickets or more info, please call (510)848-0264.




A Taste of Persia
An Introduction to Persian Cooking
By Najmieh K. Batmanglij



Shab-haaye she'r-e khoosheh
By Ahmad Shamloo

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    The messenger brings sad news,

    But words cannot obscure the truth:

    Write 'prison' on the garden gate;

    That word does not a prison make.

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Rumours of Khatami impeachment bring Iran politics to fever pitch

TEHRAN, Dec 12 (AFP) - The bitter political struggle in Iran took a surprising twist Tuesday as rumours emerged that conservatives had filed a motion to impeach embattled reformist President Mohammad Khatami. A top judicial official quickly denied the allegation and announced an investigation had been launched into the origin of the claim, which said conservatives were looking to oust Khatami because he was unfit for office >>> FULL TEXT

Journalists' guild lashes out against judiciary for press crackdown

TEHRAN, Dec 12 (AFP) - Iran's pro-reform journalists' guild has vehemently denounced the arrest of journalists and the conservative-led judiciary's crackdown on the country's press since April. In an open letter Sunday to judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahroudi, a copy of which was received by AFP, the guild criticised the way in which journalists and writers were being treated, saying the judiciary's arguments for the mass suspensions and the arrest of journalists lacked foundation >>> FULL TEXT

Iran's commitment to follow road of reform is irreversible: Khatami ally

TEHRAN, Dec 12 (AFP) - A reformist Iranian MP and ally of moderate President Mohammad Khatami said Tuesday the people's decision to follow the road of reforms in Iran was "irreversible," state radio reported. "Our people have chosen the road of reforms, which is, from now on, an irreversible path, and no one can stop it," said Ahmad Bourqani-Farahani, an MP from Tehran and a former employee of the state news agency IRNA >>> FULL TEXT

Missile plan won't halt Iran program

WASHINGTON (AP) - Iran, a major recipient of missile technology from North Korea and China, will be only marginally affected if Pyongyang and Beijing follow through on their stated intention to halt exports of missile materials, a top State Department official said Tuesday. Richard Roth, the No. 2 official in the department's Middle East bureau, said Iran has been relying mostly on Russian cooperation for its missile development >>> FULL TEXT

Government bans smoking on state carrier Iran Air

TEHRAN, Dec 12 (AFP) - Iran's health ministry announced Tuesday that, effective immediately, smoking is banned on all flights of state carrier Iran Air, the official IRNA news agency reported. Smoking had already been forbidden on domestic routes and was allowed only on international Iran Air flights lasting longer than four-and-a-half hours >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran to have a new airport in February

December 10, Teheran (dpa) - Teheran will have a new international airport in February next year, the daily Abrar reported Sunday. Iran's ministry of road and transportation announced that the International Imam Khomeini Airport, named after the late revolutionary leader, will be ready in February 2001 after more than 20 years and inaugurated by Iranian pilgrims going to Mecca, Saudi Arabia >>> FULL TEXT

ThyssenKrupp in shake-up

Financial Times, December 12, 2000 -- Several large shareholders of ThyssenKrupp seem close to achieving a sweeping management reshuffle, in an attempt to break the impasse created by the joint management structure of the merged German engineering and steel group. The two big shareholders controlling ThyssenKrupp are the Krupp Foundation, with 16.75 per cent, and Iran, with a 7.51 per cent stake >>> FULL TEXT

Films: Top to bottom

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- No one expected Farhad Mehran-Far's new film would be pulled so soon. It didn't even make 10 million tomans at the box office. By contrast, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's "Zir-e poost-e shahr" is still on top with more than 250 million tomans in ticket sales >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Novels by foreigners preferred

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Why do Iranians prefer to read traslation of foregin novels? Nargess Zohreh-Nasab explains >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Modernity debate

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Nameh-ye Farhang magazine has published a special issue on modernity >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Poll: Who will be the new head coach?

Tehran - December 11 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian Football Federation is currently negotiating or is in the process of negotiating with several foreign coaches for the Iranian National Team. Who do you think will be selected? Daum, Ivic or Blazevic? Take part in an online poll>>> FULL TEXT

Persepolis looking to postpone matches?

Tehran (Iran daily) -- There are rumors that the Persepolis management is trying to convince other teams to postpone Azadegan Leaguge matches. Why? Persepolis has many injured players and it may be in a weak position going into Asian Cup matches >>> FULL TEXT

Momen-Zadeh eyeing UAE

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal's Ahmad-Reza Momen-Zadeh was not able to get a contract to play in Germany. Now he may be looking to the UAE >>> FULL TEXT


Montazeri's memoirs published online

The full text of memoirs by dissident cleric, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, have been published on the internet. The 1,600-page book includes the Ayatollah's memories during his days in the leadership to the time he challenged Ayatollah Khomeini and turned into a major political dissident. Behrouz Parsa, spoke to the political analyst, Ahmad Salamatian in Paris and asks him about the book >>> LISTEN HERE

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Beyond Iran

Tesla - Master of Lightning

PBS explores the life and legacy of Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) in this detailed web backgrounder for a television biography premiering on December 12, 2000.

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Without condoning censorship, I think I can make the case that a community without some order will turn into a blur of insults - a room full of noise and little substance. By not offering a more substantive point of view, the responsibility of publishing that point of view is off of the shoulders of by publishing it, this magazine chose to play along with sensational journalism....and by choosing not to frame the discussion - it shirked its editorial responsibility.

-- Termeh Rassi
"Drawing the line"
The Iranian
December 12, 2000

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