The Iranian Times

Monday, February 7, 2000 / Bahman 18, 1378, No. 911

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Cover story

Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
February 7, 2000
The Iranian

Conspiracy at Desert One is the first story serialized in The Iranian. New parts of this unpublished novel will be posted here every day (except weekends).


Following April 25, 1980, Iranian Revolutionary Guards arrested Laleh Sanders, an American photojournalist in Tehran. The Iranian Press charged her with spying for America. She then disappeared for ten months before allowed to leave Iran. Why? President Carter claimed to have no knowledge of her at a press conference. Who was Laleh Sanders and what role did she play in preventing the American rescue-effort from reaching Tehran? >>> GO TO FEATURE


In an Outcast's Story, Defiance of Iran's Mullahs

The New York Times
February 6, 2000

TEHRAN, Iran -- But for his battered brown brogues, Hossain Khorram might never have told his story. But there was something in the overstretched, heavily scuffed leather of his shoes, and the back seams held together with string, that suggested that the heavyset Mr. Khorram, quietly sipping tea in an artists' workshop in old Tehran, was harshly down on his luck.

An inquiry about the shoes opened the way to a riches-to-rags tale. Mr. Khorram, who is 53, said they were a hand-lasted pair that he had bought for $500 more than 20 years ago and wore still because his monthly income as a freelance evaluator of paintings, ancient scripts and other antiquities rarely exceeded $300, and in many months amounted to nothing >>> FULL TEXT



The Iranian wrestling team was in Fairfax, Virginia this weekend, competing against many of the world's best in the World Cup 2000. They showed tremendous spirit and courage. They placed second after the U.S. And thousands of Iranian fans screamed from the top of their lungs throughout the tournament. Here are autographed photos of the wrestlers >>> PHOTOS HERE

Thanks to Mamali

More Letters

* Worries about Austria

Amin Naraghi writes: For the first time since World War II, a government composed by far-right politicians has come to power in Austria (member of the European Community). This party is well-known around Europe by its xenophobic declarations, sometimes using Nazi's slogans.

We know that a large Iranian community lives in Austria (50, 000 to 80 000 ). As an Iranian living in Europe I have a bad feeling about the future and the conditions of our compatriots living in Austria. Furthermore Iranians who live in Austria are among the middle-class and have only recently arrived in this country. It would be interesting to see comments from Iranians about this subject.

* Attached to Australia

Yazdaneh Amiryazdani writes in reply to Shahab:

Although I became an Australian citizen, I have not lost my identity and in case you did not know, Australia is amongst nations that accepts dual nationals. I did not have to denounce my Iranian identity. In fact, in Australia, no one is a real Australian, except aboriginals. Here, everyone is a migrant, one way or another ...

I am emotionally attached to Australia; I have spent my youth here and I will probably get old here. My children have spent their childhood here too and they will be here as an adult. They are being praised in school and the community for speaking two languages and for being familiar with two cultures. And no one wants them to forget about their culture or identity >>> FULL TEXT

* Private insults

Guive Mirfendereski writes in response to Hamid Taghavi:

The best way to combat these naysayers is also to print their stuff iberally. That is why I would like The Iranian print some of the private insults that we endure. we make public statements and get literally harassed by these people, who also inlcude, every now and then, veiled threats.

Maybe we should rethink the private feedback icon at the bottom of the articles: if anyone has something to say they can write directly to and then the editor can decide if it merits further publication.

Music: Dastan Ensemble in Seattle

The Dastan Ensemble will have its Persian classical music concert on Monday, February 21, 2000 at 7:30 PM at the Ethnic Cultural Center of University of Washington. The Ethnic Cultural Center is located at 3981 Brooklyn Avenue NE, Seattle. The tickets are $20 each and will be available at most Iranian restaurants and grocery stores by the beginning of next week. Please inform others as this is a rear opportunity for Seattle and vicinity. For more information please send your email to or call (206) 285-5922.

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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Divided reformist camp agrees to some common candidates

TEHRAN, Feb 7 (AFP) - Moderate Iranian reformers announced Monday that they had achieved some common ground with their radical rivals ahead of a key election battle with conservatives in parliamentary polls later this month. The Executives of Construction, a moderate grouping established as a support base for former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, said it was fielding more than half its 230 candidates for the February 18 polls in common with the combined reformist coalition >>> FULL TEXT

Reformers hit back at conservative cleric with defamation action

TEHRAN, Feb 7 (AFP) - Iran's reformers hit back Monday at a conservative cleric who is the complainant in a libel prosecution against a leading cartoonist, demanding that he too be dragged before the courts for slandering them in his sermons >>> FULL TEXT

Culture minister insists he has no plans to quit

TEHRAN, Feb 6 (AFP) - Iran's Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani, who has been the focus of a major protest campaign by religious demonstrators over a newspaper cartoon, said Sunday he had no plans to step down >>> FULL TEXT

Hardliner plays down opposition attack in heart of Tehran

TEHRAN, Feb 7 (AFP) - A hardline former Iranian commander Monday playeddown the significance of a weekend attack by the Iraq-based opposition in the heart of the capital which killed one person and wounded five >>> FULL TEXT

Guards chief threatens reprisals for Tehran blasts

TEHRAN, Feb 7 (AFP) - The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, General Rahim Safavi, threatened reprisals Monday in the wake of Saturday's attack in Tehran by the Iraq-based armed opposition People's Mujahadeen, state radio reported >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Jews are Iranian first

TEHRAN, Feb 7 (AFP) - A prominent Iranian Jew hit out Monday at those abroad who have seized on the upcoming trial of 13 members of his community on spying charges as a stick to beat the Islamic Republic of Iran, while expressing optimism that the accused would be found innocent >>> FULL TEXT

EU will not impose steel dumping duties on Iran

BRUSSELS, Feb 7 (Reuters) - The European Union's executive Commission said on Monday it had decided to impose definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of hot-rolled coil steel from Bulgaria, India, Yugoslavia, South Africa and Taiwan. No action will be taken against Iran, the European Commission said >>> FULL TEXT

Oil slips as OPEC signals all options open

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Oil prices slipped on Monday following signals that key producers have not ruled out raising production when output curbs expire at the end of March. Benchmark Brent crude closed 20 cents lower at $26.87 a barrel, within 25 cents of nine-year highs hit last month >>> FULL TEXT

People's choice

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The people's choice for best film in the Fajr film festival is Khosro Sinaie's "Aroos-e Aatash", according to an audience survey >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Music controversy

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The Culture Ministry's music committee has gotten a lot of heat for approving the Shadmehr Aghili's Pop album, "Dehati" >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN ... >>> LISTEN TO ALBUM TRACKS HERE


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - One of the performances on the first day of the Fajr music festival is a piece by Beethoven >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Persepois 1 - Iraq Police 1

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - In its first match in Riyadh, Persepolis managed only a tie against Iraq's Police soccer club. Now it will have to win big against the Kazakh team and then face the strongest opponent: Saudi Arabia'a Al Hilal >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Notes from Riyadh

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - All the latest from the Persepolis training camp in Riyadh >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Dast o del baaz

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Three hundred dollars was the reward for each Iranian player for their friendly match against Kuwait, which ended in a tie. One wonders how much the Kuwaitis got >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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For years, people have been comparing their lives under the mullahs to life under the shah and saying, 'The dictatorship of the boots was better than the dictatorship of the slippers.'

-- Hossein Khorram
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February 6, 2000

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