The Iranian Times

Tuesday, February 15, 2000 / Bahman 26, 1378, No. 917

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Sudden Godzilla
Does this Eye-rainian explode at the end of the movie?

By Hamid Taghavi
February 15, 2000
The Iranian

The other day, Faramarz asked me to substitute for him at an important meeting with a Holleywood producer. He wanted me to pitch one of his many screenplays. He would have pitched it himself, except that there was a semi-weekly bi-annual end-of-the-month special clearance sale at a belt buckle store and he just had to be there. I told him I didn't know anything about movies, but he assured me that neither do movie producers, otherwise why would anyone make movies with Steven Segal as the star? Faramarz, however, told me that this was an important producer, a special one, who had produced such big hits as "Deep Volcano", "Extreme Armageddon", "Runaway Bridal Shower", and "Buy Hard, Part 18" >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Eight >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran Election Rally Signals Change

By Afshin Valinejad
Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, Feb. 15

TEHRAN, Iran ­­ In a rare show of public gaiety in Islamic Iran, thousands of young Iranians clasped hands and danced to Westernized music on Tuesday at an election rally for a reformist candidate.

Dancing in public places, even in sexually segregated groups as occurred Tuesday, is virtually unheard of in Iran. The event showed how many young Iranians yearn for public freedom in a country where nearly every aspect of life is dictated by Islamic laws


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Tangyan writes to The Iranian:

I wnat to get the membership of your circle, though I'm not a Persian. I'm now learning Persian in china. I really want to have lots of iranian friends.

More Letters

* Iranian outside Iran

Saba Ghadrboland writes in response to Mr. Vaezi letter, "We are American":

let me start by saying that you are certainly entitled to your views, and you have the right to raise your children anyway you see fit. You may have arrived in this country as a teenager or adult twenty- two years ago.

I, however, was born on American soil twenty-two years ago. I never lived in Iran, and I have not visited in almost ten years. Nevertheless, like Maryam Hosseini ["American? Yeah right"], if someone on the street were to ask me where I was from, I would proudly say Iran. While having grown up in this country may have given me a certain viewpoint, I do not consider myself an "Iranian-American." I am an Iranian living outside my homeland >>> FULL TEXT

* Is that freedom?!

Sahar writes: In the name of God.

I think we, Iranian women, have greater problems than our "cover". I hear everywhere, most of the time, that Iranian women are forced to "cover" themselves. This if far from the fact. Our real problem is lack of knowledge and awareness among majority of women.

Can we say that women in improved countries have less problems because they show their bodies freely? Is that freedom?! Is that progress?! Definitely not. Our women have no "complex" for showing their bodies. I hope we can stay in our real path towards the humanity, social justice and revolution.

* All my emotions

Afsoon Poozeshi writes: Wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your article [Laleh Khalili's "Absence"]. You summarized all my emotions and sentiment. Wish you all the very best in your life. I hope you will keep writing these articles and keep us entertained.

Conference: Qajar religion conference, UK

Three Day Conference on 4th-6th September 2000 to be held at Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. This conference is convened by the British Institute of Persian Studies, in conjunction with the Iran Heritage Foundation. It forms the culmination of the Religion and Society in Qajar Iran project, which has been operating since 1996, providing grants for scholars researching religion during the Qajar period. It also follows on from the conference ÒThe Qajar Epoch: Art, Architecture and Culture held in September 1999 in London >>> DETAILS HERE


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Hashemi "Most Reasonable" on Iran-US Relations

TEHRAN, February 15 (Iran Focus) - Faezeh Hashemi spells out specific steps that the United States should take in order for Iran to agree to official dialogue. Asked to comment on some Western analysts belief that should her father, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, become the next Majlis speaker, prospects for Iran-US relations would improve Hashemi said: "No matter where Mr Hashemi is, you can be sure that he would do what is most reasonable." >>> FULL TEXT

Opposition group calls for massive turnout in elections

TEHRAN, Feb 15 (AFP) - The liberal opposition Iran Freedom Movement, whose candidates have been barred once again from standing in Friday's general elections, called Tuesday for a massive turnout in the polls >>> FULL TEXT

Reform in Iran now unstoppable says Khatami's brother

TEHRAN, Feb 15 (AFP) - The brother of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, running his first-ever campaign for this week's key parliament elections, vowed Tuesday that his brother's reforms were unstoppable >>> FULL TEXT

One killed in new brawl at an election meeting in Bandar Abbas

TEHRAN, Feb 15 (AFP) - An Iranian was stabbed to death at an election rally staged by a reformist party in the port city of Bandar Abbas, press reports said Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

BBC radio programmes 'jammed' in Iran

LONDON, Feb 15 (AFP) - The BBC World Service is accusing the Iranian authorities of jamming some of its Persian language programmes in Iran ahead of Friday's legislative elections >>> FULL TEXT

EU voices dismay at attacks in Iran

LISBON, Feb 15 (AFP) - The leadership of the European Union, which is currently held by Portugal, expressed dismay Tuesday over a recent mortar attack Iran that Tehran charges was carried out by Iraqi-backed rebels >>> FULL TEXT

Bailed Iranian Jew on spy charges swears it was a misunderstanding

SHIRAZ, Iran, Feb 13 (AFP) - Visibly upset by his ordeal before the Iranian courts, Omid Teflin, one of 13 Iranian Jews facing a possible death sentence on charges of spying for Israel and the United States, swears it was just a misunderstanding >>> FULL TEXT

Ex-hostage files lawsuit against Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge is gathering evidence in a $100 million lawsuit filed by former hostage Terry Anderson against the Iranian government >>> FULL TEXT

Iran forecast to become world's lgst wheat importer

WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- For the second time in just four years, Iran is forecast to become the world's largest wheat buyer, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its Grain: World Markets and Trade report Monday >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Iran daily) - Salimeh Rangzan won the best supporting female actor award for her performance in Khosro Sinaie's "Aroos-e Aatash". An interview >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Art & politics

Tehran (Mosharekat) - Support for film director Behrouz Afkhami who is a candidate for the Majlis >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Good book

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Honoring the author of "100 years of storytelling in Iran" (PDF file) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - A frustrated Ali Parvin answers some tough questions on Persepolis >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIANs


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Persepolis was not that exciting to watch in Riyadh. But the team manager is still optimistic about the team's chances of winning the Asian title >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Commentary: More and more Iranian players are being exported to Europe. In order to prevent things from getting out of hand, shouldn't we observer certain principles? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIANs


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I personally like the hijab, but I don't see the logic in obliging people to wear the hijab. Women should decide whether or not to wear it.

-- Faezeh Hashemi
February 15, 2000

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