The Iranian Times

Friday December 15, 2000 / Azar 25, 1379, No. 1127


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By Laleh Khalili
December 15, 2000
The Iranian

Forlorn backgammon in the heat
........and liverspots have
........brought you to your knees >>> GO TO FEATURE


Steel shell
Dedicated to our heroes behind bars

By Reza Razavi
December 15, 2000
The Iranian

Incarcerated by ignorance
Tortured by hate
Mother's lament is premature
Though I know what is held by my fate


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Contradictory statements, unjust actions


Mohajerani's policies as culture minister

BBC Persian Service

President Khatami has accepted the resignation of the Minister of Culture, Ataollah Mohajerani. Baqer Moin, head of BBC's Persian and Pashto service looks at Mr Mohajerani's policies as culture minister >>> LISTEN

Iran Dissidents Face New Risk

By Geneive Abdo
International Herald Tribune
December 15, 2000

TEHRAN In a new tactic, Iran's powerful conservatives appear to be turning to Islamic law to intimidate their reformist rivals, citing the death penalty crime of "fighting against God" to stifle political dissent >>> FULL TEXT vs. Ayatollahs wage war on Internet

PARIS, Dec 15 (AFP) - Dissident cleric Hossein Ali Montazeri, once in line to be Iran's supreme leader, this week dropped a political bombshell by publishing his memoirs on the Internet and provoking a cyber war with the leadership in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT

Iran's girl runaways

By Jim Muir in Tehran
BBC World Service

There is growing concern in Iran over the rising number of young girls who run away from home >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

Molla Hassani: The kind of government favored by reformists condones same-sex marriages >>> FULL TEXT

International Haftegi: Dueling over Khatami >>> FULL TEXT


That was quick

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered on Friday the release of a Palestinian university professor in Florida who has been jailed since 1997 on secret evidence alleging he is a terrorist >>> READ

Thanks to Ramin Tabib

More Letters

* That's not racism, bro

Nariman Neyshapouri writes: ... Now, any common sense, informal, non-scientific survey taken of Iranians on the subject of marriage to Blacks would reveal an overwhelming disapproval. There's no question about that -- it's not even something you can argue. You could do a completely randomized survey and you'd get the same results...

There's nothing wrong with wanting to preserve one's Iranian culture and Iranian racial characteristics in one's offspring. That is absolutely not racism. It is human nature and it is normal >>> FULL TEXT

* Everyone has some prejudice

MM writes: I have now been witnessing the arguements about this "controversial" picture ["Maryam & Daryl"] for the past I-don't-know-how-long and frankly, I am getting pretty tired of it...

... Everyone in this world has some prejudice towards something or someone. Some people are more bigoted than others. Yes, racism is alive and well, but all over the world. So let's just ignore these idiotic and ignorant folks that can't handle even a picture of a bi-racial couple, people, and move on.

Lastly I just want to say one thing that no one else has said, and that is CONGRATULATIONS! to the lovely newlyweds. I hope you have a wonderful life together and 'paayeh ham digar pir beshavid'. Keep your head up and good luck! >>> FULL TEXT

* Turn off your computer

Shokooh Miry writes: I am writing in regards to Mr. Yamini's letter to the editor.

Mr. Yamini writes: "What will come next in your photo gallery? The picture of an Iranian gay homosexual couple OR the picture of an Iranian gay homosexual couple who have adopted a Black little girl OR "

YES! I hope The Iranian DOES continue to challenge our views by presenting the beliefs and lives of all Iranians. And if you are offended or disturbed, then turn off your computer!

* Bee adab

Mehryar Tabib writes: My initial reaction to your pictorial comparison between President-Elect Bush (or anyone else whom you may have treated thus) and the chimpanzee was one of a deep sense of outrage, and disgust, which very quickly melted into a heap of sadness (to the brink of tears).

I had to ask myself the question "What would cause an Iranian - assuming you are one - turn the back on all the morals, 'adab', discretion, integrity, temperance, and depth that is such an integral part of our culture, and give way to such defilements of the soul as you have partaken of?" >>> FULL TEXT

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    The sweet words we once spoke together,

    The turning sky keeps secret in its heart

    But one day will rain upon the world's stage,

    Upon our heads, and pour our story out.

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Russia, Iran discuss global security, arms control

MOSCOW, Dec 15 (AFP) - A group of Russian diplomats were returning to Moscow from Tehran overnight after talks on global and regional security, Russia's foreign ministry said. The delegation, led by the head of Russian foreign ministry's security and disarmament department Yuri Kapralov, discussed topics such as setting up a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East and nuclear non-proliferation, foreign ministry officials said Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei: "cancerous tumour" of Israel must be removed

TEHRAN, Dec 15 (AFP) - Supreme leader reiterated Friday a call for the "cancerous tumour" of Israel to be eradicated, as fresh violence erupted that left five more Palestinians dead at the hands of Israeli troops. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivering a sermon at weekly prayers, said Israel's "crimes are even clearer than the sun at midday" and repeated his call for the Jewish state to be eliminated >>> FULL TEXT

Azerbaijan looking to export gas to Iran: Aliyev

BAKU, Dec 14 (AFP) - Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev said that his country would look to export natural gas south to Iran if a contract with Turkey is not forthcoming, official newspapers reported on Thursday. Meeting with Turkish Deputy Energy Minister Yurdakul Yigitguden, Aliyev said that the former Soviet state could send gas from its Shah Deniz offshore field to other markets if talks with Ankara continued to drag on >>> FULL TEXT

On Mohajerani's departure

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Poet Shams Langroudi quotes Brecht on heroes in countries where laws are not respected, and praises what former Culture Minister Mohajerani was able to do >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Hamlet, Qajar-style

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Atila Pesiyani's version of Hamlet takes place during the Qajar period >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Farrokh-Nejad's first film

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Hamid Farrokh-Nejad, who starred in Khosro Sinai's popular film "Aroos-e Aatash", is currently editing his first film, which is also about issues surrounding the Iran-Iraq war >>> 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

Coach: No chance

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- "For several reasons" Iran is not considering this German as the head coach of the national soccer team, according to a reliable source >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Lucky bastards

Tehran (Hayat-e No) -- Persepolis won against Barq Shiraz by a penalty shot in injury time. Detailed report >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


MPs' immunity under threat

Majlis speaker, Mehdi Karroubi has emphasised that MP's can not be prosecuted for expessing their opinions as people's representatives. This was in reaction to the Guardian Council's threat of taking an MP to court for his alleged accusations against the Council. Pooneh Afshar talks to Ghasem Shol-e Saadi, a former MP, on the matter >>> LISTEN HERE

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