The Iranian Times

Wednesday December 13, 2000 / Azar 23, 1379, No. 1125

Flower delivery in Iran


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


Hot air
Where are you from honey?

By Daniel Zangeneh
December 13, 2000
The Iranian

The flight attendant came by and asked what we would like for lunch. The woman next to me asked what was being served. "We have a choice of chicken, seafood or sandwiches," the attendant said. "Oh I love chicken! But I better get my pill," said the woman and started laughing. She grabbed her bag and took out a bottle of Gas-X. Then she turned to me >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

The enemy's argument >>> GO TO FEATURE


Masoud Behnoud on trial

BBC Persian Service

A prominent Iranian journalist, Massoud Behnoud has appeared in court in Tehran accused of disturbing public opinion, spreading lies and making propaganda against the Islamic system. Here is a report from BBC's Tehran correspondent, Jim Muir followed by an interview with Mr Behnoud's lawyer, Amir Hussein Abadi >>> LISTEN

DNA Helps Unravel Ancient Persian Riddle

By Michael Theodoulou
The Christian Science Monitor
December 8, 2000

A shiver of excitement rippled through the team of Egyptian oil prospectors when they chanced upon human bones, daggers, and arrowheads scattered across the shifting sand dunes. But it was nothing compared with what Egyptologists felt when they learned of the discovery >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Farzam

Poetic journey

By Michael Wilmington, Movie Critic
Chicago Tribune
December 8, 2000

Abbas Kiarostami's "The Wind Will Carry Us" is a film poem of sometimes humbling beauty: a movie that opens up a new world to us -- in the mountains of Iranian Kurdistan -- with an enchanting freshness and austerity of vision. It's about the collision of the sophisticated and the primitive, the misunderstandings that ensue when a modern city man is plunged into the ancient rhythms and rituals of an isolated mountain village >>> 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


Certain je ne sais quoi

If I sat down and made a list of the top ten worst films I've ever seen, Abbas Kiarostami's "The wind will carry us" would probably be on it. But the funny thing is I actually liked the film. Can't explain it.

More Letters

* Controversial opinions open eyes

Setareh Sabety writes: I read your squabble with Termeh Rassi ["Drawing the line"]. I agree with you that controversial opinions open our eyes to the wrongs that sprout in our community. Whether or not they are signed is irrelevant. You reminded us by publishing the letter that indeed there are Iranian racists that are alive and thriving in cyber space. That reminder, however hurtful to the people, involved is rendering a service >>> FULL TEXT

* Unfairly burnt

Keyvan Kazemi writes: I was very surprised to see the print that letter from iraani ["Married a Black man?!!"]. Although I completely agree with both T.R. and J.J.'s points of view ["Drawing the line"], I do hope that the letter was first brought to the attention of Maryam and Daryl before it was published >>> FULL TEXT

* Balmed for holding a mirror

Ramin Tabib writes: With enormous respect for Ms. Rassi, I think she has set a bad precedent by what is basically a manifesto condoning censorship ["Drawing the line"]. Why is Ms. Rassi punishing the messenger for the message?'s editor is being blamed for holding up a mirror in front of the Iranian community and exposing its racism ["Married a Black man?!!"] >>> FULL TEXT

* Pedestrian ignorance

Massud Alemi writes: Just finished reading your back and forth with Termeh Rassi about someone commenting on an Iranian woman's marrying a black man ["Drawing the line"]. Then I reread the comment ["Married a Black man?!!"] and my first thought was: how disgusting. The dry and vile sentiment stopped me but for a moment. What shocked me is that somewhere within I could understand where all that hatred was coming from >>> FULL TEXT

* Make something good out of it

Ali Sajjadi, publisher of Par Magazine writes: I enjoyed your comments about racism among us ["Drawing the line"]. I have no doubt that we Iranians are racist, not only against Blacks, but also against Arabs, Afghans, Indians, Turks, Usbeks, and.... JJ might have made a misjudgment in publishing that picture ["Maryam and Daryl"], but let's turn the table and make something good come of it >>> FULL TEXT

Event: Peyvand and Shapi Khorsandi's comedy hour

"How to be Iranian" -- Peyvand and Shapi Khorsandi's stand-up comedy show -- is back for one week only! At Camden People's Theatre in London. 12-17 December, , 8PM, with freshly grown organic gags >>> DETAILS




The Caspian Region at a Crossroad
hallenges of a New Frontier of Energy and Development
By Hooshang Amirahmadi (editor)



Rostam va Esfandiyaar
By Ferdosi

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    He who's never tasted wine sleeps soundly,

    But, tasted once, will never sleep again.

    All night long, love speaks in both my ears:

    'Shame on him who sleeps alone without me.'

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High-profile reformist journalist denies all charges

TEHRAN, Dec 13 (AFP) - High-profile Iranian journalist Massud Behnud denied Wednesday a battery of serious charges levelled at him in Tehran's press court, including offending public morals and acting against national security. The 52-year-old Behnud, in jail since August, wrote for several of the pro-reform newspapers closed by the conservative courts since a press crackdown was launched in April >>> FULL TEXT

Kurdish students beaten, arrested in "peaceful" Tehran demonstration : MP

TEHRAN, Dec 13 (AFP) - A number of Kurdish students were beaten and arrested during a peaceful demonstration at the University of Tehran, a Kurdish MP said Wednesday. Bahaeddine Adab, who represents the principal Kurdish area of Sanandaj and is close to the conservatives, reported the incident in parliament, where he denounced the "secret police" for not respecting the right to demonstrate >>> FULL TEXT

Hard-liners move vs. Khatami

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -Iran's hard-liners on Wednesday demanded the supreme court take action against popular President Mohammad Khatami, saying he violated the constitution by easing social restrictions and allowing the economy to languish. The supreme court ``has the legal right to look into the president's constitutional violations,'' said Hamid Reza Taraqi, a leading member of the hard-line Islamic Coalition Society. Taraqi said the group sent a letter to the supreme court last week demanding action against the president >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami election decision key to reform programme in Iran in year ahead

TEHRAN, Dec 13 (AFP) - Six months ahead of presidential elections in Iran, observers here believe that embattled President Mohammad Khatami's decision on whether to seek a second term in office will help shed light on the future of reforms in the Islamic republic. Khatami, whose ardent efforts to develop freedom of speech and open-mindedness have suffered numerous major and minor setbacks during the past three years, still remains extremely popular among most Iranians >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran condemns constant drop in price of crude

TEHRAN, Dec 13 (AFP) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar-Zangeneh Tuesday condemned the continuing drop in the basket price for OPEC crude and hinted the 11-member organisation could decide to cut production. "The basket price dropped 7.5 dollars between November 15 and December 11," the minister said in a televised statement >>> FULL TEXT

Pop music gone astray

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Pop music cannot be ignored, but it has gone a bit astray, says Fereydoun Shahbazian, the head of the state TV's music division >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Tehran film fest: PR problems

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- The all important Tehran international film festival will begin in about two months. Here are some of the issues journalists are worried about >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Faridzadeh may leave his post

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Mohammad Javad Faridzadeh is the head of the Center for Dialogue of Civilizations. But perhaps not for long. He suffers from heart disease -- and he's unhappy about the lack of funds >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Daei among world's best

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- The FIFA has named Ali Daei as the 26th best player in the world >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

U-17 selected

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Twenty players invited to the U-17 national soccer team >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Esteqlal all cheers in Isfahan

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal head coach Mansour Pour-Heydari chears another fine win by his team -- this time in Isfahan >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


The conservatives and the impeachment of Khatami

A leading reformist MP, Mohsen Armin has asked the right wing parties to distance themselves from an article that appeared in Shoma weekly of Coalition of Islamic Association. The article allegedly suggested the idea of disqualifying President Khatami. Dariush Homai discusses the issue with Hossein Alipour, a journalist in Tehran >>> LISTEN HERE

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Beyond Iran

Hats off to James Lileks, humorist, writer, and quintessential Midwesterner, an unsung hero of excellent web diversions since 1994. Take a trip around the empire, give a quick click on the Daily Bleat, "where nothing happens, and happens often," or have a laugh at the Institute of Official Cheer, where pop culture is "re-ironized."

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Quote Unquote


A web magazine is by its very nature interactive. It is both a source of infromation and a public forum. Editing the way you propose would take away from the spontaneuos nature of the medium. It would be like trying to censor a college cafeteria discussion.

-- Setareh Sabety
Letter to The Iranian
December 13, 2000

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