The Iranian Times

Thursday, February 24, 2000 / Esfand 5, 1378, No. 924

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Song and dance
Paintings by Mina Agah

November 4, 2000
The Iranian

What pelasure it is to sit behind a computer all day and suddenly receive an email from an artist. "Will you consider publishing my work?" Well, of course! I loved Mina Agah's paintings as soon as I opened them in Photoshop. Enjoy >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Nineteen >>> GO TO FEATURE


Persian pop vs. the revolution
Iran's strict laws have created two cultures: The official and the real.

By Vivienne Walt

Feb. 24, 2000 | TEHRAN, Iran -- "You have to listen to this," says Bahram Bahraini, a cutting-edge record producer in Tehran. He pops a recording in the CD player. A blast of synthesized rock music sweeps out of the huge speakers and electrifies the room. "Isn't this great? It's great!" says Bahraini as he snaps his fingers and begins to jive on the Persian rug, giggling. "This is what the government didn't like. They made us change this part." >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Ramin Tabib


Aash-e Reshteh?

Michele Prince writes to The Iranian:

Are you familiar with the tradition of making this soup for a pregnant woman and her group of friends, to have the friends throw in noodles and "blessings"? Do you know more about this tradition?

More Letters

* Take a risk for Iran

Mehdi Kianpour, a Sharif University student in Iran writes: Reading Rooabeh Shirazi's letter to our dear President Khatami ["Dialogue among ourselves"], first I thought why someone who has such great emotions toward Iran can not come here and see his motherland. Reading forward I realized that there is no official limitation for entering Iran and the main reason they don't try to come is that simply they fear from difficulties they may face in Iran. This is not only appear from Mr. Shirazi's letter but also from many other emails and letters I've seen in The Iranian Times...

I partly understand them saying we feel unsafe and I know they think they may face some difficulties in Iran because Iran's future is still vague and unknown to them. But I have just a simple request from you all; and it's that if you really love Iran, if you want to walk the streets of Iran, if you want to meet your family face to face, accept the risk of coming to Iran >>> FULL TEXT

* Iranians not European

Banafsheh Zand writes in reply to Michael Chessman's note to The Iranian:

This morning I had occassion to paruse your website; though concise and somewhat informative in an Anglophile fashion, I find your racial "concerns," shall we say, racist?

Iranians are by no means European, sir, nor do I personally as an Iranian wish to be. I'm a pure Aryan; the product of the silk route and proud of it. I am the quintessential fruit of all the cultures of the east and then some.

Sir, the Iranian people have had a rough time of it in the last 20 years; we've experienced harsh and acrimonious treatment througout the world. In other words we've tasted racism first hand. And speaking for myself, I don't see how you feel it appropriate to "sell" your wares here!

Noruz: Washington DC

The Iranian-American Cultural Association in Washington DC cordially invites you to its annual Noruz Gala.

The festivities will feature a light Persian dinner and dessert buffet, a live musical performance by acclaimed santurist Roya Bahrami and accomplished percussionist John Seligman, as well as DJ Payam and dancing! Plan early and reserve your tickets now, because the IACA cannot guarantee availability at the door. DATE & TIME: Saturday, 18 March; 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. >>> DETAILS HERE


Books & Music from Iran

New books

* 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

New music albums

* Taherzadeh, Manochehr: Aakharin barg * Eyvazi, Mohammad Reza. : Rangin kamaan * Banan.: Shaakh-e gol (2) * Ta'rif, Sadiq: Maah baanoo * Lachini, Fariborz: Paaeez-e talaaee ... >>> GO HERE

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Fraud charges mar final stage of Iran polls

TEHRAN, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Iranian officials on Thursday delayed releasing final poll results for Tehran amid allegations of vote-rigging in a tight race for the last of the capital's 30 parliamentary seats. Officials told Reuters they were investigating charges that 100 ballot boxes were stuffed with fraudulent votes. Another 100 boxes had yet to be counted out of a total of 3,111 across the city, they said >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. senate targets Russian aid to Iran

WASHINGTON ­­ Following suit with the House, the Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to step up efforts to stop Russia and other countries from supplying Iran with weapons of mass destruction. Supporters said the bill was necessary despite the ascendance of reformers in the Tehran government. "Fresh breezes of change are blowing through Iran," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn. But he said those changes have not reached the highest levels of government "who unfortunately have made Iran a pariah state." >>> FULL TEXT

Albright renews Iran talks offer

WASHINGTON ­­ Secretary of State Madeleine Albright today renewed an offer to talk directly to Iran about U.S. concerns with Iranian policies. At a news conference, Albright also said the United States would watch very carefully how the Iranian government responds to the large turnout of voters last Friday "and the message that it sends from the Iranian people that they want some change." >>> FULL TEXT

Iran radio says reformist victory will not shape U.S. ties

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran radio warned arch-foe the United States Thursday there would be no concessions from Tehran following a big reformist victory in last week's parliamentary polls. In a commentary, state radio said the nation was united in its demands for practical steps by Washington to break the diplomatic freeze between the two former allies >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami invited to visit Jordan

TEHRAN, Feb 24 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has been officially invited by King Abdullah II to visit Jordan, the IRNA agency reported Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Reform needed to draw investment for mining, metals: minister

TEHRAN, Feb 24 (AFP) - Structural economic reform is needed if Iran is to draw its share of foreign investment to its cash-starved mining industries, Mines and Metals Minister Eshaq Jahangiri said Thursday. "Billions of dollars of foreign investment flow to many countries every year, but we don't receive our fair share due to numerous internal obstacles and hindrances," Jahangiri said in an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times >>> FULL TEXT

Film & politics

Tehran (Mosharekat) - Should Iranian film makers make political films? An interesting commentary in the age of reform >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Street plays

Tehran (Iran daily) - A look at street plays during the Fajr theater festival. Good? Bad? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Who's who

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Soroush publishers is about to publish the first volume of a who's who of Iranian and world authors. A big deal? It is in Iran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Try, try again

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Persepolis saved itself from defeat against Fajr Sepeassi in the 90th minute >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Blew it

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Esteqlal, on the other hand, blew a victory against Fulad >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - The first match between Persepolis and Esteqlal was 32 years ago. Now whenever they meet, it's much more than a game. What about Sunday's match? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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-- Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State
February 24, 2000

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