The Iranian Times

Friday, February 11, 2000 / Bahman 22, 1378, No. 915

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


No wonder Egyptians loved Iranians so much

Written & photographed by Dokhi Fassihian
February 11, 2000
The Iranian

I was studying Arabic in Cairo during the summer of 1997. Living among Egyptians was an extraordinary experience. They welcomed me as their own and would never believe it when I told them I wasn't Egyptian. When they found out I was Iranian, they treated me like a queen. I got the best tables at restaurants; gifts at the bazaar, free feluka rides on the Nile, free taxi rides. Egyptians mean it when they tarof; their friendliness and warmth is full of sincerity.

"We haven't seen Iranians for ten years," a bazaar merchant told me. "Only Farah Diba and her entourage come to visit the Shah's tomb every year, and they usually just visit the jewelery stores." >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Four >>> GO TO FEATURE


How fast and how far?

The Economist
Februart 12, 2000

T E H R A N -- ONE thing is clear: when people cast their ballots in Iran's parliamentary election on February 18th, most of them will be voting for change. The point at issue is the pace of change, and the degree to which the Islamic system should be altered.

The campaign has been dirtied by the mud that the would-be reformists are slinging at one another. Officially, Iran allows no political parties. The electoral system is Iran's own, qualified version of proportional representation, with 6,083 candidates competing for the 290 seats in the newly expanded parliament (576 applicants, predominantly from the reformist camp, have been disqualified). The challenge for the voters will be to sort through the labyrinth of tickets, loose alliances among political factions, and the great many candidates who will be totally unknown to them >>> FULL TEXT


Another perspective

Cherik-haaye Fadaie on the anniversary of Siahkal, 1979 revolution, elections and >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Little corner of paradise

Haleh A. writes: The old faces from community school are like ghosts; dear old friends whose names one has perhaps forgotten but whose faces are forever engraved in our minds eye.

I attended that great school. Indeed, my best friends today, though scattered around the globe, remain those friends with whom the union was made on that great campus whose founders shared in the same vision; the great promise of bringing the peoples of different nations together with the promise of peace, love and unity.

I have searched the globe in the hope of finding this place which once was in the small little corners of paradise, in an old Tehran neighborhood called Khyaabaan-e Jaleh >>> FULL TEXT

* Available?

James writes: Is the novel, Conspiracy at Desert One, available for sale ? I couldent fiend it in the book store! Would love to get my hands on a copy, when available.

REPLY: This novel has not yet been published. It is exclusive to The Iranian.

* Beyond stupid

Tom Nouri writes: Your commentary on Andy is beyond stupid.

You wrote: "Truth is that I had never heard his music before -- except for 15 second video clips on Iranian TV stations now and then. My impression was that he's the worst of Iranian music in exile -- silly, devoid of any musical value and good for that certain LA crowd. And dude, what's up with that headband? I only heard two songs. Based on that, I still would not rank Andy close to Ebi or Daryoush."

Obviously there is a complete lack of intelligence. Furthermore, you are unable to distinguish between the traditional poetic singers Ebi and Daryoush, New Age, Rock, and fast paced music that younger Iranians love as well.

The Iranian is none-other than the typical Hezboallah trying to sound intelligent.

Radio: Tehran pollution on NPR

National Public Radio (NPR) in the U.S. will air a feature on pollution in Tehran this Sunday. It is a piece about a multi-media exhibit in Iran called "Children of the Dark City" - Four artists got together and put together an exhibit to raise awareness on the need to curb pollution. Listen to NPR's Weened All Things Considered on SUnday February 13 from 5-6 p.m. Check your local listings.

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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Nader Ebrahimi's romantic novel; translation of Moosh o Gorbeh written by Nobel laureate Gunter Grass; Slections from the poetry of Akhavan Sales; Iran diaries by European travelers; a classic by Bastani Parizi

Music store

Latest from music artists in Iran: Mohammad Nouri * Arshia. * Mohammad Reza Shajarian * Shahram Nazeri * Hessamedin Seraj * Nasser Cheshmazar * Moniroo Ravanipoor ... >>> GO HERE

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Hundreds of thousands mark revolution

TEHRAN, Feb 11 (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands gathered in central Tehran on Friday to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Iranian revolution, as President Mohammad Khatami made an impassioned plea for his reform agenda. Amid the state-organised pomp and traditional anti-US sloganeering, Khatami appealed to the crowd to turn out en masse for next week's elections for parliament, which is now dominated by conservatives and has stymied many of his reforms >>> FULL TEXT

Fundamentalists attack office of reformist candidate

TEHRAN, Feb 11 (AFP) - Islamic fundamentalists in Iran attacked the office of a pro-reform candidate for parliament close to President Mohammad Khatami, a reformist newspaper reported Friday. The office of Ali Tajernia, who is standing in next Friday's elections from the holy city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran, was barraged with "incendiary devices," the Asr-e-Azadeghan (Era of the Liberated) paper said >>> FULL TEXT

Election campaign not free and fair, rights group says

PARIS, Feb 11 (AFP) - The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) criticized on Friday the conditions under which Iran's legislative election campaign is taking place >>> FULL TEXT

Carmakers in negotiations with Iran

February 10, 2000 (The Financial Times) -- Italy's Fiat and Volkswagen of Germany are holding negotiations on making significant investments in Pars Khodro, an Iranian state-owned carmaker to be privatised next month, Iranian officials said on Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Turkey, Iran set to clear hitches in gas deal

ANKARA, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Turkish and Iranian officials will meet twice this month to overcome last hurdles in a 23-year, $23 billion gas delivery and pipeline deal, Turkish officials said on Friday >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - A list of some of the films at the Fajr fetival, including director, actors, etc. >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

New generation

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The head of the youth film association talks about the future generation of film makers >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Good & bad

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The Book of the Year selection process has chnaged. Some changes are for the better, some not >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (IRNA) - Persepolis and Al Hilal end match in a scoreless draw. Thus both teams qualify for the next round >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Mansour Pour-Heydari's thoughts on the national team: An interview >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran daily) - The national team will be so busy in training and qualifying matches at the end of March that Azadegan league matches may have to be postponed for many weeks >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Quote Unquote

Another May 23

If the government had a cooperative parliament we could move forward with more confidence... Let us make February 18 another May 23.

-- President Khatami
February 11, 2000

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