The Iranian Times

Thursday January 6, 2000 / Dey 16, 1378, No. 880

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Sipping chai at Starbucks
Poem in response to "Sipping lattes in diaspora"

By Korosh Khalili
January 6, 2000
The Iranian

Next to me
At this cafe in Toronto
Are my friends, each different
One Chinese, with a warm smile
One Indian, with infinite patience
One Arab, with a lively persona
We all grew differently, in different places, with different tongues
Here we are sharing life, sipping tea, talking about chai >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iranian soccer team in Bay Area

By Niloofar Mohtasham-Nouri, Persian Center
January 6, 2000

United Airlines Flight 624, arrived at the Oakland Airport from Chicago at 10:26 p.m. on January 5, 2000, carrying precious cargo: Iran's National Soccer Team. Over 300 Iranians and Iranian-Americans, adorned in flowers and smiles, gathered at the airport to welcome them to the Bay Area. Although the team did not enter the airport terminal to join the hundreds of adoring fans, they did receive a hero's welcome from friends, founders, and board members of Persian Center who were stationed at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Oakland. Security was tight, but nothing could contain the excitement in the air >>> FULL STORY WITH PHOTOS


Chaee bedam khedmatetoon?

TEHRAN, Jan 6 (AFP) - A French football fanatic who dreamed since childhood of traveling the Silk Road to China has reached half-time on his journey with his arrival in Iran. Philippe Valery, 35, left France August 8, 1998 from the stadium of his home team Olympique de Marseille during a match against Nantes, to the applause of 60,000 spectators >>> FULL STORY

More Letters

* Reza Shah robbed

Yek Irani Fahmideh writes: The Iranian of the century is for sure Reza Shah Kabir. Without him there would have not been country named Iran as we know it.

I highly suggest most Iranians on this site take time and read Iranian history. Prior to the arrival of Reza Shah on the political scene, Iran was a country of eight to 10 million people with a negative population growth due to all sort of diseases, malaise, hunger, etc. Each region had feudal warlords who were running the show for themselves and their foreign masters >>> FULL TEXT

* Never progress if...

Glayol Banaie writes: In response to Behrouz Sadigh's letter: Iran will never face true democracy, will never progress and will never attain a civil society unless people can learn to respect and tolerate other's opinions and beliefs.

* Earlier beauties

Amin Fekrat, Ph.D. writes: Before Zan-e-Rooz picked up the idea of launching the Iran Miss Pageant, another leading women's magazine, named Ettela'at-e-Banovan, carried that idea out successfully in the summer of 1962.

In the beautiful slopes and beaches of the Caspian Sea, Ettela'at selected an 18-year-old beauty named Homa Kafai of Mashad among many contestants.

The girls aspiring to the title had to be beautiful, poised, intelligent, academically bright, and had to represent the ideals and values of the the traditional Iranian society.

Do you have a copy of that particular issue? Or can you gain access to it? It would be worthwhile if you could advertise the need. someone may come up with that beautiful page in Iran's recent past.

* Soccer: Watch Iran soccer matches in New York

For those living in the New York City area that would be interested in viewing three Iranian Soccer matches (including Iran - USA), Khaneh-y-eh-Iran in New York City has arranged for satellite television transmission of the following games:

- Iran - Mexico: Sunday, January 9, 2000, 5-7 pm
- Iran - Equador: Wednesday, January 12, 2000, 11pm - 1am
- Iran - USA: Sunday, January 16, 2000, 5-7 pm

These games will be shown in a restaurant located at 70 West 95th Street in New York City. Reservations are required. For more information on costs of these packages, discounts, and to make reservations, please call Khaneh-y-eh-Iran at 212-838-1234 and ask for Bob.


Books of the Week

* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh

* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi

* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar

* Mumia va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour

* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan

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Protesters set fire to buildings in southwestern Iran: newspaper

TEHRAN, Jan 6 (AFP) - An angry mob set fire to a police station and government offices in Ramhormoz, southwestern Iran, Thursday, to protest against inadequate public services, the Kayhan newspaper reported. The violence broke out after several thousand residents of nearby Haftgol rallied at the regional government headquarters in Ramhormoz, the paper said >>> FULL TEXT

Election candidate vetting body denies partiality

TEHRAN, Jan 6 (AFP) - Iran's Council of Guardians, which vets election candidates, condemned Thursday an attack on it by reformist politicians who fear it will use its powers to bar moderates from the February polls. "The Council of Guardians will not yield in the face of orchestrated political campaigns," spokesman Ayatollah Reza Ostadi said on Radio Tehran. "Its sole concern is the strict application of the law," he added >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian refugee commits suicide

January 6, 2000 (International Federation of Iranian Refugees) -- Press Release: On January 3, 2000, Reza Afshar, a fifty-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, committed suicide in protest to the policies of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Islamabad, Pakistan >>> FULL TEXT

Turkey to seek postponement of Iranian natural gas exports

ANKARA, Jan 6 (AFP) - A Turkish delegation will go to Iran on Monday in a bid to postpone the delivery of Iranian natural gas until next year because the pipeline to carry the gas is not yet complete, an official from Turkey's state-run oil company BOTAS said Thursday. "BOTAS general director Gokhan Yardim and his delegation will try to sign an agreement for Iran to start exporting gas to Turkey in 2001," the official said >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Hamshahri) - "Faryaad" is Masoud Kimiaie latest film -- his 22nd. The reviews are not glowing >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Sa'di & Qashqaies

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Don't we already have difinitive editions of the works of Sadi -- "Golestan" and "Bustan"? Guess not. Reza Anzabi-Nezhad and Saied Qarehbaglou have edited their versions, published by Jami publications. PLUS "Nabard-e Gajestan" details a battle between a large unit of the Shah's army and the Qashqaie tribe. Guess who lost >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

2,700 years old

Tehran (Hamshahri) - New structures have been unearthed at the Qalaychi hill near Bukan dating 2,700 years >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Looking back at what Persepolis has achieved half-way through the Azadegan league season and what the future could hold >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - News briefs: Mohajerani on his way to Iran ... Javad Zarrincheh and Mahmoud Fekri may leave Esteqlal to join the LA Galaxy ... Mohammad Khakpour farewell appearance in the national team >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Other half

You've seen "Nesfe Jahan"
Open your eyes
Leave your melancholic cocoon
Now see the Other Half.

-- Korosh Khalili
"Sipping chai at Starbucks"
The Iranian
January 6, 2000

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