The Iranian Times

Tuesday, February 1, 2000 / Bahman 12, 1378, No. 907

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    Baba Taher

* Send your Valentine's Day message here: It will be published February 14.*


For getting without forgetting
Letting go, leaving behind, but retaining the memory

By Niloofar Kalaam
February 1, 2000
The Iranian

Loss and Possibility are both intrinsic to every uprooting. I also believe that as individuals and collectively, we can gain much more by admitting their co- existence, by working the tension of their co-existence, than we do by declaring ourselves on the side of one or the other.

But let me speak by personal example. And let me, for a moment at least, step outside of the notion of displacement and uprooting as exclusively geographic.

It is 1979 and the world as I knew it has ended. It's after the end of the world (as I knew it) - an afterworld. Almost all my friends and classmates have left the country. My father no longer has a job. My mother still has her job, but has sold her fancy clothes, and no longer buys antiques. My parents' circle of friends, with whom we spent all our weekends and holidays, has split apart, due largely to religious and political disagreements >>> GO TO FEATURE

Books from Iran

New books are here

Selected works of Nima Yushij; interpretations of Hedayat & Sepehri; selected works of Samad Behrangi; memoirs of the wife of a former head of SAVAK; memoirs of Manouchehr Farmanfarmaian Farmanfarmaian... >>> GO HERE


Normalization of U.S.-Iran ties may sprout from corn sales

By Michael Lelyveld
The Boston Herald
January 30, 2000 Sunday

Suddenly, the sixth-biggest buyer of American corn is a sworn enemy that has long been subject to a U.S. embargo: Iran.

Only months after President Clinton eased sanctions to allow sales of food and medicine, Iran has jumped into the top ranks of U.S. markets for corn, according to a Department of Agriculture report.

How it all happened is still something of a mystery. Tehran hasn't confirmed any U.S. purchases, and the Clinton administration has refused to grant government financing that is normally needed for grain deals >>> FULL TEXT


When it snows, it crashes

When there's a storm in Iran, it has to be the freakist kind >>> GO HERE

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

More Letters

* Frankly, I'm jealous!

Saghi Zarinkalk wrote this letter an Iranian Jew in reply to a topic called "Why do Iranians hate Jews?"

Dear Moshe,

I enjoyed reading about Isfahan and the brief history of the Iranian Jewish community. When it comes to discrimination against minorities (Jews in particular) in Iran, I agree with you 100%. Often the unkown or a mystery creates prejudice. And often the unknown is translated into hatred. As they say, not knowing is the greatest fear. I think in regards to the Jewish community there are many unkowns for some of us non-Jewish Iranians which can be translated into an "anti-semitic" outlook. I hope by writing this letter I can express our sense of confusion with the Jewish community. I also hope that in writing you this letter, you won't confuse my questioning or curiosity with "prejudice" or an "anti-Semitic" attitude.

The majority of Muslim Iranians don't like minorities. They are called "najes". In fact some consider them "smelly"! Sounds funny, but it's true. For instance, when my mother was growing up in the province of Azarbaijan, she was told not to go out alone cause the Jews will kidnap her! That was some 50 to 55 years ago >>> FULL TEXT

* Ahura Mazada has no equal

Feroz Dinshah writes: Please do not refer to Meher Yazad as God in any form, for the Yazads hold a very unique place in Zarthushtras religion, they cannot be called gods, for this word suggests the independent divine beings of a pagan pantheon, the origin of most of the yazatas as pagan divinities and their position still as being worthy of worship in their own right makes them more than the angels with which their monotheism's have bridged the gulf between man and divinity.

As for Meher Yazad, with whom the sun was linked, like the other Ahuras, was a lesser created being, according to th revelations. They are SERVANTS of the lord, like all the other Yazads, to whom veneration should be duly accorded >>> FULL TEXT

TV: Iran v. USA feature on TV

Futbol Mundial's piece on Iranian soccer team's recent tour of the United States is aired on Fox Sports World in the U.S. on Wednesday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m. EST or 1:00 p.m. PST. It was aired for the first time on Saturday and this is a repeat. It will also be aired for a third time on Thursday, February 3 at 4:30 a.m. PST or 1:30 a.m. PST.

Valentine: Say "I love you" all over again

Valentine's Day is just a few days days away. We have created a special page for your messages to your loved one. All you have to do is email the message to us and we will publish it on February 14. You will make her, or him, very happy. Email your message here:


Books & Music from Iran

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Selected works of Nima Yushij; interpretations of Hedayat & Sepehri; selected works of Samad Behrangi; memoirs of the wife of a former head of SAVAK; memoirs of Manouchehr Farmanfarmaian Farmanfarmaian... >>> GO HERE

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* M.R. Shajarian: Shab-e sokout-e kavir * Sima Bina: Navaa-ye qari-ye * Shahram Nazeri: Aatash dar neyestaan * Banan: Shaakh-e gol 1 * A. Assar: Kooch * Koorosh Yaghmaie: Sib-e noqrehie... >>> GO HERE

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List of candidates

January 31, 2000 (Iran News) -- The leftist Majma-e Rouhaniyoun-e Mobarez (MRM) has published its preliminary list of candidates from Tehran for the 6th Majlis (parliament). The list has surprised a lot of political analysts because of the diametrically opposed ideologies and beliefs of several of the nominees. The list includes the names of MRM's own Mehdi Karrubi, Majid Ansari, and Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, as well as Islamic Iran Participation Front's (IIPF) Mohammad Reza Khatami and Abbas Abdi, Islamic Revolution Mojahedin >>> FULL TEXT

No certainties in Iranian election

Jan 31, (BBC) -- The Islamic Republic of Iran's sixth general elections, to be held on 18 February, provide the next battleground in the continuing contest between reformists and conservatives within Iran's clerical regime >>> FULL TEXT

Thousands gather to mark anniversary of Iranian revolution

TEHRAN, Feb 1 (AFP) - Thousands of people gathered Tuesday at the mausoleum of late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to launch 10 days of celebration of the 21st anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution >>> FULL TEXT

Two Israelis arrested for selling military equipment to Iran: TV

JERUSALEM, Feb 1 (AFP) - Two Israeli businessmen were arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling millions of dollars of military equipment to Iran, Israeli public television reported >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian embassy paid for illegal arms parts exports to Tehran

TOKYO, Feb 1 (AFP) - The Iranian embassy in Tokyo paid for parts of anti-tank rocket launchers illegally exported from Japan to Iran, according to a Jiji Press news agency report Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Possible deportation from Turkey

January 31, 2000 (International Federation of Iranian Refugees) -- On January 26, 2000, the Turkish police accused all Iranian refugees residing in the border town of Agri of entering Turkey legally and with passports though they have registered with the authorities and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as having entered without official documents >>> FULL TEXT

Oil swap plan not aimed to force OPEC output-US

LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said on Monday a plan to push millions of barrels of oil onto the market through swaps was not meant to pressure OPEC to raise output and lower buoyant prices >>> FULL TEXT

Bodo bodo

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - A REALLY fast look at the first day of the Fajr film festival which opened a day late -- and without a formal ceremony >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

First boot

Tehran (Iran daily) - Mohammad Ali Najafi's latest film "Eshq-e Taher" has been booted from the Fajr film festival. Why? Because of its "content" apparently >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Poet dies

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The Shirazi poet Bonyad Shapoor has died. He was 52 >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Zarrincheh in Kansas City

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Javad Zarrincheh did not return to Iran after the match with the USA. He is practicing with the major league soccer club in Kansas City, but hasn't been offered a contract yet >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Khodad Azizi has signed with a Turkish club for 150,000 marks >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Karim in UAE

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - And finally, Karim Baqeri's transfer to the UAE's Al Nasr seems final >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Quote Unquote


To depart, never to arrive, is how the writer Helene Cixous describes her own departure from Algeria. We too have left never to arrive. There are worlds of possibility in that space of non-arrival. Adventure, innovation, experiments with more fluid forms of being.

-- Niloofar Kalaam
"For getting without forgetting"

The Iranian
February 1, 2000

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