The Iranian Times

Wednesday, February 2, 2000 / Bahman 13, 1378, No. 908

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Paper dreams

By Roshanak Keyghobadi
February 2, 2000
The Iranian

I am an art director and I work and live in New York. I also teach papermaking and bookmaking.

I studied graphic design at Tehran University. I also studied graphic design under the tutorship of Morteza Momayez, calligraphy and typography with Mohamad Ehsaie, and drawing and painting with Aydin Aghdashloo. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Calm once more
Two poems

By Shadi Assar
February 2, 2000
The Iranian

The Tear

Stick my finger in
Slowly bring out
Feel the drop
Pulled from tip
Back to mass
Slightly tense
But calm once more
Attempting another
Till boredom strikes >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran's reformists outline election platform

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Iran's leading reformist movement outlined a radical manifesto on Wednesday that it said would recapture the democratic promise of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Members of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, which is close to President Mohammad Khatami, met in closed session in Tehran to hammer out their programme ahead of February 18 parliamentary elections.

A preliminary draft promised voters to undo years of domination of political, social and economic life by special-interests often tied to the conservative clerical elite >>> FULL TEXT



TEHRAN, (AFP) - Three Iranian youngsters chose the wrong target when they threw snowballs at passers-by and vehicles in a posh suburb of Tehran, and ended up before the judge, the daily Entekhab reported >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Amazing

Shahin Shoar writes: I am surprised at all the fuss over this article ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]. Is it because it touches on the subject of prostitution? Is it because it involves some "fat, bald headed Iranian men?"Or is it because it was not scholarly?

I agree that as far as the subject or the "literary value" goes, it does not compare with many articles published in The Iranian. however, it was an amuzing piece. While not all Iranian men frequent brothels, many do; as men from all other cultures do. Iranian men also go to Dubai, and anywhere else that offers sex for sale, incluing locations within Iran. Have we forgotten, that there were times when women could not wait for taxi cabs in many respectable areas of Tehran without being harrassed?

I think Mr. Mahdi is being a bit of a "molla loghati". We all know that this article was written just for the fun of it. We all know that The Iranian is not a refereed journal, it is merely a forum. This article did not mean to and will not change anyone's view about prostitutes or prostitution; about women; about Iranian men; or about Mexico and Mexican people.

It is upsetting to ask for one's name to be removed from a list just because of one written piece -- it is denying oneself from a feast of good writings and information. Please get real, so to speak.

* Trashy

Iran Javid writes: You should seriously think twice about putting trashy articles in your magazine ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]. You are not the National Enquirer. If you enjoy these articles, maybe you should start another magazine specifically with this kind of material, but it just doesn't suite The Iranian.

* CIA dad

Dave Brown writes from Knoxville, Tennessee: I enjoyed your reading about your experiences in Iran. Very focused and I thought your writing was awesome. I was there in 1961 and was born there while my dad was in service for the army. I also returned in 76-78 to live there a second time while he worked for the CIA as engineer for our listening stations on the Caspian. I graduated from the American high school and we have reunions etc.

Seminar: U.S. senator to speak on Iran

The American Iranian Council (AIC) is pleased to announce that Senator Arlen Specter (Republican, Pennsylvania) has accepted an invitation from AIC Chairman Ambassador Robert Pelletreau to speak about Iran and the upcoming Iranian elections. Senator Specter will speak at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 4, 2000 in Room 2168 in the Rayburn House Office Building. Senator Specter's comments will be part of an event ("The Iranian Elections and the Future") from 8:00 a.m. until noon which AIC has co-organized with the Iranian Trade Association >>> DETAILS HERE

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:


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Iran frees Jews charged with spying

TEHRAN, Iran ­­ Three of 13 Iranian Jews jailed for the past year on accusations of spying for the United States and Israel were released on bail Wednesday, weeks before the high-profile case is expected to go to trial. The three were freed because the accusations against them were less serious than those against the 10 Jews still being held, judiciary spokesman Hossein Mir Mohammad Sadeqi told the official Islamic Republic News Agency. Bail amounts and specific allegations were not given >>> FULL TEXT

Conservatives concede possibility of poll defeat

February 2, 2000 (Financial Times) -- Prominent members of Iran's powerful conservative coalition have started to speak openly about the prospect of losing their parliamentary majority in elections this month, but reject predictions of a landslide victory by reformist allies of President Mohammad Khatami. Signals that the conservatives would accept defeat gracefully if the February 18 vote went against them are likely to raise the spirits of reformists, whose own coalition risks breaking apart over personality and economic issues >>> FULL TEXT

Hardliner: Iran enemies back reform

TEHRAN, Iran ­­ A leader of Iran's hard-line conservatives was quoted Wednesday as saying that Iran's enemies want reformists to win in crucial Feb. 18 parliamentary polls. "Western-intoxicated intellectuals penetrated the constitutional movement under the pretext of reforms and deviated it from it's path," outgoing Parliament Speaker Ali Akbar Nateq Nouri was quoted as saying by Mosharekat daily >>> FULL TEXT

Iran tapped Russia, China for weapons of mass destruction technology: CIA

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (AFP) - Iran actively sought technology and equipment for weapons of mass destruction programs last year from suppliers in Russia, China, North Korea and western Europe, the CIA said in a report made public Wednesday. "In doing so, Tehran is attempting to develop an indigeous capability to produce various types of weapons -- nuclear, chemical and biological -- and their delivery systems," said the report to Congress by the CIA's Non-Proliferation Center >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei says elections will be slap for US

TEHRAN, Feb 2 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayataollah Ali Khamenei called for a massive turnout in this month's general elections, predicting their result would be a slap in the face for the United States >>> FULL TEXT

Iran insists businessman in Japan arms export scandal blameless

TEHRAN, Feb 2 (AFP) - Iran insisted Wednesday that one of its nationals sought by Japanese police over an arms export scandal had done nothing wrong and was the victim of "baseless" slurs by the Islamic republic's enemies. Accusations that Iranian businessman Masoud Momtahan requested delivery of 33,000 dollars of targetting sights for anti-tank rocket launchers even though he knew special permission from the Japanese government was needed for their export are "baseless," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said >>> FULL TEXT

Israelis suspected of military equipment sales to Iran remanded in custody

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Feb 2 (AFP) - Two Israeli businessmen suspected of selling millions of dollars of military equipment to the Jewish state's arch-enemy Iran were remanded in custody on Wednesday, the Israeli news agency ITIM reported. Petah Tikva magistrates' court ordered Eli Cohen, 50, held for eight days and Avihai Weinstein, 32, for five days following their arrest Tuesday after a year-long investigation >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian official slams Caspian oil pipeline

TEHRAN, Feb 2 (AFP) - An Iranian oil official slammed Wednesday US-inspired plans to build a pipeline from the Caspian Sea to Turkey bypassing Iran as economically unjustifiable and politically motivated. Deputy Oil Minister for international affairs Mehdi Hosseini said in an interview with the state news agency IRNA that the pipeline would be economically viable only if oil prices rise significantly on the international markets >>> FULL TEXT

Old & new

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The new and old generation of film makers compete at the Fajr film festival >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Quick look

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - A quick look at two film at the festival >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Old dam

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - They are preserving everything in sight these days. This time it's a dam in Khaf built hundreds of years ago >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

First olympic medal

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Jafar Salmasi, the first Iranian to win a medal at the Olympics has dies at the age of 85 >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Khodadad Azizi and Karim Baqeri will be part of Iran's lineup against Kuwait on Friday >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Nasser Hejazi is happy that his team, Sepahan, is no longer at the bottom of the league. And he still's dreams about Esteqlal >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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People are feverishly rushing to form political parties and set up campaign centres as the cold and dry atmosphere of the past gives way to an open environment.

-- Elias Hazrati, Majlis deputy
February 2, 2000

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