The Iranian Times

Friday, February 18, 2000 / Bahman 29, 1378, No. 920

Ketab Farsi bilingual books

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Flower delivery in Iran

Iranian books

    Baba Taher


In their hands
Iran's fate decided by the masses

Photographs by Dokhi Fassihian
February 18, 2000
The Iranian

Voting in Majlis elections in Tehran >>> GO TO FEATURE


Leaving their mark
Voting in Majlis elections

Photographs by Siamak Namazi
February 18, 2000
The Iranian

Voting in Majlis elections in Tehran >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Twelve & Thirteen >>> GO TO FEATURE


Khatami votes & pleads for "brighter future"

TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - With his plans for a freer Iran in the balance, President Mohammad Khatami pleaded with voters Friday to "speed the way to a brighter future" as they flocked to the polls to elect a new parliament.

Khatami, whose supporters are duelling with conservatives for control of parliament, urged a massive turnout in the election that could give him finally his long-sought pro-reform majority in the legislature.

"I hope the results of this election will allow us to speed the way to a brighter future on this historic day," he said after casting his ballot Friday morning at a Tehran mosque >>> FULL TEXT


All-USA Academic Team

Sarvenaz Zand, 21
Johns Hopkins U., Baltimore
GPA: 3.86
Major: Biomedical engineering
Career goal: Physician
Achievements: As director of peer counseling center, expanded outreach programs to make the center more proactive; helped create peer counseling program at middle school >>> GO HERE

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

More Letters

* Things have changed

Mahrokh Novidi writes: My principal Khanoom Momen iat Dr. Valyollah Nasr High School ordered me in her office and asked me to take part in the Zan-e Rooz competition for Ms. Intelligence (Dokhtar-e hoosh va daanaaee) competition...

I took part in the match and won third place. It was not bad: I won a motorbike and a sewing machine. A good woman must know how to ride a motorbike and sew clothes for her kids and husband (ha ha!, it was the 70t's - old style feminism).

One year later, I took the university entrance exam and was in the university (National University of Iran). Some months later, the revolution came along and the universities were closed. I left Iran for Austri.a. I finished my studies, got a good job, married an understanding sensible husband and we have a sweet four-year-old daughter.

Last summer as I was in Iran, I went to Shahanshahi Park and visited two of my friends from high school. It was not the park of my childhood and I had nothing to talk about with my friends. Things have changed; we have changed.

One of my friends told me: you were not here in the past twenty years and "you can not understand what it was like during the war and all the other things" >>> FULL TEXT

* Redirect energy

K Khadivi writes: The unfulfilled expectations of the revolution, heartbreaks due to the continued injustice in Iran, and succumbing to the daily pressure of the Western mass media are taking their tolls, again. It's the season for bashing anything Iran-related!

Have you changed a lot and want to pursue other venues in personal growth? cool! Not wanting to assist Iran, when she most needs it, isn't dishonorable. But, please spare the rest of us with over-intellectualizing the virtuosity of "rootlessness," "degar-disi," and the like.

Comfortable in the West and admiring many of its contributions to the civilization, I still loooooooove Iran, despite her imperfections. My heart doesn't belong to her ONLY when all's well!

Redirect a bit of your energy from developing cute sarcasms about the cultural pit falls toward care and action benefiting Iran and good things, beyond literary tributes, will ensue.

* Abadan Hotel

Ron Styles writes: I found that picture of the Abadan Hotel most interesting ["Abadan 1999"]. I was wondering if there are any other pictures of the hotel on the Internet. I was working there in 1966-67 and we stayed in the buildings directly behind the hotel. All our meals were in the hotel.

Film: Akrami's documentary in Los Angeles

Jamsheed Akrami's documentary FRIENDLY PERSUASION will open a program of films from Iran presented by the UCLA's Film & Television Archive. FRIENDLY PERSUASION screens on Saturday February 19th at 7:30 PM at UCLA's James Bridges Theatre in Los Angeles >>> DETAILS HERE


Books & Music from Iran

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* Collected articles on the Iranian President Khatami * The best of Shamlou's poetry * The best poems of Hooshang Ebtehaj, aka H.A. Sayeh * Novel based on the life of Molla Sadra * Soovashoon Simin Daneshvar >>> GO HERE

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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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Khatami's reformist brother leads Tehran race

TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Mohammad-Reza Khatami, who heads the reformist list in Tehran, is leading the race in Tehran, and will be elected to parliament "in the first round" according to an estimate given by the interior ministry Friday evening >>> FULL TEXT

Iran awaits poll results as reformists see victory

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranians awaited the results of crucial parliamentary elections amid claims by reformists close to President Mohammad Khatami that they were headed for victory over conservative rivals. Officials of the Islamic Iran Participation Front said their own rough exit polls in Tehran after Friday's elections had found strong support for reformers from a big turnout >>> FULL TEXT

Reformists favored in Iranian vote

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's parliament election today was expected to lift reformists over conservatives who want Iran to stick to the ideals of the two-decade-old Islamic revolution. A strong reformist showing would strengthen President Mohammad Khatami in his campaign for individual freedoms and rule of law >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami congratulates people on large election turnout

TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Reformist Iranian President Mohammad Khatami congratulated the Iranian people Friday for turning out in huge numbers to vote in parliamentary elections, the official IRNA news agency reported. Initial official figures put the turnout at a record 75 percent >>> FULL TEXT

Albright "interested" in large voter turnout in election

ZAGREB, Feb 18 (AFP) - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the large voter turnout in Iran's parliamentary elections Friday "interested" her, but she would not comment on claims by reformers that they were heading for a sweeping victory >>> FULL TEXT

Oil powers call for more barrels in April

CARACAS, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Oil exporters Venezuela and Mexico appeared to heed the United States' call for more oil Friday, as cracks appeared in OPEC's resolve to stick to the quotas which have sent prices to nine-year highs. The United States and Japan, the world's two largest economies, have both warned exporters that they may release their strategic petroleum stockpiles if the OPEC cartel and other producers maintained a squeeze on supply >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - A number of concerts held during the Fajr music festival will be repeated due to popular demand >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Ferdosi & film

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - News books, including one that attempts to help adapt the stories of the Shahnameh for possible film production >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Majid Majidi's "Color of Paradise" was not among the recent Oscar nominations but it continues to do very well at film festivals, including Berlin >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Not yet

Feb 18, (Iran Sports Press) - The match between Persepolis and Esteqlal has been postponed AGAIN >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Farhad Majidi has formally joined his new Austrian soccer club >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Shiraz University women mountain climbers conquer Mount Taftan (4000 meters high) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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