The Iranian Times

Tuesday December 19, 2000 / Azar 29, 1379, No. 1129


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The price of change
Can't there be change without violence?

By Najmeh Fakhraie
December 19, 2000
The Iranian

In some Arab tribes when a girl is born, she automatically belongs to her cousin (pesar amou). Now the problem occurs when the girl's family moves away to the city for some reason. She goes to school and maybe even to college, "expands her horizons", meets people she never could have DREAMED of meeting in the village and maybe even falls in love. Not good. Because then the cousin finds out and you find two dead bodies the next day. She's long gone and so is her "true love". Sometimes she agrees to marry the cousin to save her lover and burns herself on their wedding night >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Justice, cronyism and Mohsen Ejehie


Are reformists and conservatives reconciling?

BBC Persian Service

Following the resignation of culture minister, Mr Mohajerani, it seems a new round of rapprochment between reformists and conservatives is under way. Here is a report in which journalists Mehdi Khalaji and Hassan Alipour look into the new development >>> LISTEN

Iraq, Iran sanctions could ease in 2001

By Paul Taylor
Diplomatic Editor

LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - So long, "dual containment". Western policy towards Iraq and Iran - both still on the United States' blacklist - is set for a shake-up in 2001.

U.N. economic sanctions against Iraq and U.S. sanctions on Iran could both be eased or allowed to expire next year as new President George W. Bush looks for a way out of increasingly untenable policies, diplomats and analysts say >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

Kayhan: MPs protest against pro-U.S. speech >>> FULL TEXT

Rah-e Kargar: Let's make the country ungovernable >>> FULL TEXT



An Iranian-American is elected President of the United States. He calls his mother and says, "Mom, I have just been elected. Will you come to my inaguration?"

After a couple minutes of convincing her, she reluctantly accepts.

While the new president is being sworn in, his mother says to the secretary of defense,"You see my baby up there, his brother is a doctor."

By? Forwarded by Nazanin Hamidi

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* THE most racist people

Bardia Bakhshandeh writes: RACISM IS WRONG. Plain and simple. It's old news. We Iranians are THE most racist people on the planet. Please don't deny it ["Everyone has some prejudice"].

We even put each other down when we want to join families. As if the other family is below us. This has always been the case >>> FULL TEXT

* Showing a new reality

Poopak Ta'ati writes: In response to the judgments made about publishing a picture from Maryam and Daryl on ["Drawing the line"], and its follow up articles, I just wish to point out that we need to separate the two.

Publishing a picture of these two beautiful people, was an act of marvelous journalism. It was a silent way of shaking up people and making them see a new reality >>> FULL TEXT

* Get over it

Omeed Alaverdi writes: It was sad to read your editorial ["And the winner is..."]. Clearly, it is a partisan view of the recent U.S. election. I do not want to discuss any partisan politics here. Instead, I am writing this note to remind the writer about the fact that there is no absolute election >>> FULL TEXT

* Hairy Iranians not funny

Saied Delagah writes: You actually published this article by Siamack Baniameri ["Persian worrior"]? If this is supposed to funny, let me tell you it is not! If this is serious, well then there is much more to worry about than this article being published >>> FULL TEXT

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    If they all leave me, my love, don't go.

    Friend, who drinks my sadness up, don't go.

    Fill my cup with wine, and your sweet laugh.

    Please, good Saghi, who lights the world, don't go.

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Judiciary denies back-room deal over Mohajerani's resignation

TEHRAN, Dec 19 (AFP) - Iran's conservative-led judiciary on Tuesdaydenied it had cut a deal not to prosecute former culture minister AtaollahMohajerani on corruption charges in exchange for his resignation lastweek >>> FULL TEXT

Reformist tells parliament his son "dreams of living in US"

TEHRAN, Dec 19 (AFP) - A member of Iran's pro-reform majorityenraged hardliners Tuesday by disclosing that his son "dreams of living inthe United States." >>> FULL TEXT

Powell appointment sign of militarization of diplomacy: Iran daily

TEHRAN, Dec 19 (AFP) - An Iranian daily Tuesday attacked theappointment of ex-general Colin Powell as US president-elect George W.Bush's secretary of state, saying it signified a "militarization ofdiplomacy" >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran police close down fashion show "depravity": paper

TEHRAN, Dec 19 (AFP) - Tehran police stopped the "depravity" of awomen's fashion show scheduled to have begun last week in the middle ofthe holy Muslim month of Ramadan, the Kayhan newspaper reported onTuesday >>> FULL TEXT

No money, no babies, Tehran hospital tells mother of triplets

TEHRAN, Dec 19 (AFP) - A Tehran hospital is refusing to hand overnewborn triplets to their mother because she and her husband cannot paytheir medical bills, a newspaper said Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Enterprise Oil signs Iranian gas deal

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - UK exploration andproduction company Enterprise Oil Plc said onTuesday it had signed a deal with Iran's Petropars giving it an interest in the developmentof the giant South Pars offshore natural gas field >>> FULL TEXT

Dad: Not going anywhere

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Seyfollah Dad, deputy culture minister in charge of the film industry, has denied reports that he will be quitting >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Fajr: No big names

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- The Fajr film festival will have 17 foreign films and three Iranian films in the competition category. But the foreign films will not include famous names because most American producers refuse to submit their films >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Pressure on "Unfinished piece"

Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- Senior film officials have asked Maziar Miri not to enter his controversial film -- "Qet'eh naatamaam" (Unfinished piece) -- to the Fajr film festival, even though it has been widely praised by critics >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Majidimania in UAE

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Farhad Majidi has generated a lot of excitement since joining the UAE soccer league. He has scored nine goals in seven games >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Esteqlal: Shhhhhhh...

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal head coach Mansour Pour-Heydari has ordered his players not make any strong comments about the upcoming match against Persepolis >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Behzadi hospitalized

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Homayoun Behzadi, better known as the man with the Golden Head for his many headers during the 1970s, is in the hospital with a serious illness >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


New political equations & possibilities!

Recent meeting between reformist representatives with members of the Expediency Council , is seen by some observers as a new political equaiton in the making. Sadeq Saba looks into the possibilities >>> LISTEN HERE

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I have a 12-year-old boy who has been harassing me for a year or two to go live in the United States... My son thinks the United States is the home of all things good. ... At first I thought my son was joking but one day it dawned on me that my other children were saying the same thing.

-- Behrouz Afkhami, a movie director and liberal member of parliament
December 19, 2000

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