The Iranian Times

Friday December 22, 2000 / Dey 2, 1379, No. 1132


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


The time is now
A new beginning in Iran-U.S. relations

By Hooshang Amirahmadi
December 22, 2000
The Iranian

Two significant developments have increased Iran's stature in the world, both of which will directly and positively affect U.S.-Iran relations. One is the indigenous democratic movement; the other is the emergence of a proactive Iranian diplomacy. These new developments are rock solid as they are based on structural changes in the Iranian society and developments globally. While the ongoing contest over the pace and extent of domestic reforms is expected to dominate the national agenda in the immediate future, foreign policy will increasingly assert its significance for the Islamic Republic. No wonder that President Mohammad Khatami has made "dialogue among civilizations" and "detente" the cornerstones of his proactive foreign policy >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Saving his gray-robed highness


Serial murders court to open

BBC Persian Service

Head of Tehran's Department of Justice rejected allegations of factional tendencies in the Judiciary and among the judges. Abbas-Ali Alizadeh made the remarks in a letter to the Head of the Judiciary in response to a letter by the Association of Journalists in Tehran. In an interview with Reza Alijani, journalist in Tehran; Maria Sarsalari asks how far Mr. Alizadeh's remarks can convince the journalists >>> LISTEN

Iran's Supreme Leader Pushes Boundaries of Authority

By Geneive Abdo
International Herald Tribune
December 21, 2000

TEHRAN The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, is changing the nation's postrevolutionary history by expanding his divine mandate to include the daily affairs of governing.

Since being appointed the supreme leader on the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989, Ayatollah Khamenei has extended his reach to include the affairs of Parliament, the presidency and even the theological seminaries, which long took pride in independence from government control >>> FULL TEXT


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* Worst Muslims

Reza Shiraly writes: Let's admit it. Wwe Iranians aren't the most obliging Muslims. Out of all the one billion adherents of Islam, Iranians adhere to Islam the least. The majority of us don't pray even once a day let alone five, and most of us drink alcohol... The Islamic Republic didn't help our faith. It damaged it >>> FULL TEXT

* No monopoly on Iranianness

S. Mashadi writes: Mr. Racial Cleanser ["Iran has seen worse throughout history"],

You can certainly be gay and be Iranian. Certainly our history has had its share of gay and khaajeh personalities. You can also be a Jew or an Armenian and be Iranian. And guess what? You can be a woman and marry a Black man and still be Iranian >>> FULL TEXT

* Terrorize women if they date other races

Bahram writes: Most Iranian girls I've known when I lived in the States were not decent and many of them dated freely with Negros, and all the rest. The real concern I have is that Iranians need to understand that our women need to get terrorized the same way an Arab or a Paki would treat his sister or cousin for dating anyone outside their races >>> FULL TEXT

* Not exercising true journalism

Babak Aminian writes: This is related to Ali Parsa's letter "A lot of hypocrisy". I completely agree with him. He said it all so well. I am very glad that finally someone brought this issue up.

Jahanshah Javid, I do have a lot of respect for you as a person. However, your work as a true journalist, at times is very questionable >>> FULL TEXT

* First Iranian cowboy

Darius Kadivar writes: I liked your article ["Persia, Iowa"]. It's really a curious coincidence to see a town in U.S. called Persia. It's really a incredible to imagine that a compatriot immigrated to the U.S. in 1882. This is really incredible and heart-warming.

I must note that an area southwest of Paris is also called Persia >>> FULL TEXT

Wanted: Googoosh fans for TV interview

Channel 4 News in Britain is making a short film about the Iranian pop star Googoosh and her London concert at Wembley Arena on Jan 6th 2001.

The film-makers are interested in interviewing a small number of her most devoted fans who have special memories of Googoosh and her music. We are particularly interested to hear from UK-based Iranians >>> DETAILS




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    What is it that brings delight to a face

    And without it a face is sad and down?

    One moment it's hidden, not to be found,

    The next, out of nowhere, it's in your face.

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US court orders Iran to pay 311 million dollars for dissident's killing

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (AFP) - A US court has ordered Iran to pay 311 million dollars to the brother of a dissident murdered by Tehran agents in Paris 10 years ago. Cyrus Elahi, a US citizen who was born in Iran, was gunned down in Paris by Iranian secret agents in October 1990 as the Islamic Republic sought to eliminate opposition at home and abroad, according to court documents >>> FULL TEXT

Russia's defense minister to visit Iran December 26-28

MOSCOW, Dec 22 (AFP) - Russian Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev flies to Iran next week on a controversial visit extending military cooperation between the two states despite strong US objections, officials said here Friday. Leonid Ivashov, head of foreign affairs in the Russian defense ministry, said that Sergeyev's December 26-28 visit falls within all international commitments to non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction >>> FULL TEXT

Assad may visit Iran after Ramadan: Iranian diplomat

DAMASCUS, Dec 22 (AFP) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may pay a visit to Iran following the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends next week, an Iranian diplomat here said Friday. "We have the promise of a visit after Ramadan, but no date has yet been fixed," embassy counselor Massud Rahimi told AFP >>> FULL TEXT

Iran set to welcome more wounded Palestinians for medical care

TEHRAN, Dec 21 (AFP) - Iran was set Thursday to accept another dozen Palestinians coming to the Islamic republic for medical care after being wounded in the almost three-month-old uprising against Israel, aid officials said. They are due to arrive Thursday evening via Amman on the return flight of an aircraft bringing some 30 tonnes of medical supplies and other humanitarian aid for the Palestinians >>> FULL TEXT


Displaced Afghans flood into UN camps

The United Nations says thousands of Afghans, displaced by severe drought in Afghanistan, are arriving at UN camps in the western province of Herat in search of food and shelter. The UN says thousands more are expected to arrive in these camps as winter progresses. Meena Baktash looks into the current situation of Afghan refugees >>> LISTEN HERE

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Quote Unquote

New beginning

The key point to stress is that we cannot be complacent about recent positive changes in U.S.-Iran relations and cannot allow the past to determine the future. We need a leap of faith and the times call for a new beginning informed by a new vision.

-- Hooshang Amirahmadi, President of the American Iranian Council
"The time is now"
The Iranian
December 22, 2000

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