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Tuesday, January 25, 2000 / Bahman 5, 1378, No. 902

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A kiss in a Cadillac
... and crash!

By xAle
January 25, 2000
The Iranian

After a few rainy days, it was such a pleasure to see the sun again. The delicate new leaves shined invitingly with brilliant colors. Mashhad's winter cold had started to fade and everywhere one could see that spring was in the air.

Sparrows made fresh nests and the narcissus with their long stalks were about to bloom. There was so much happening with spring just a few weeks away; it was hard not to join in.

After school, as I left the courtyard, I saw Hamid standing next to a big, shiny black car asking if I wanted to go for a ride in a "Cadillac" >>> GO TO FEATURE


Say "I love you" all over again

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Karbaschi: cleric who gave up his turban for a suit

TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - Jailed former Tehran mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi, who was granted an amnesty Tuesday, is a cleric turned Western-style administrator whose vast public works schemes transformed the face of the capital but made him an easy target for charges of corruption.

Schooled in Islamic theology in the holy city of Qom, Karbaschi reached the rank of hojatoleslam, one below ayatollah >>> FULL TEXT


Een cheh va'zasheh?

Room with a snowy view: I woke up this morning and looked out the window... snow everywhere. And I thought, for the thousandth time, why am I not in ... California? >>> SEE PHOTO

More Letters

* Iran. What a land

A.Forati writes: Iran. What a land. What a people.I have lived away from it for almost 30 years, but, have visited frequently. I love the country, the people, the desert, the brick walls, the trees, the crows, and the trenches of water that run in every direction.

I am so saddened by the conditions in Iran. The pollution, poverty, dirt, illiteracy, lack of medicine and medical facilities. At a time when the world is accelerating toward technology to better human's living conditions, Iran is holding back the people in the dark ages.

"Internet" is sold by Kilo-Bytes, making it expensive and impractical for many. What do you think would happen if Iranians got educated? Tehran is drowned in its smoke. People are dying at ages of 40 and 50 of heart attacks and strokes due to stress and over-exhaustion by working two jobs >>> FULL TEXT

* Opinions so obviously Iranian

Cyrus Rafaat writes: It is interesting to have seen this survey and the myriad of results ["Iranians of the century"]; as well as the different opinions so obviously Iranian in the fact that they are heated and opinionated!

Being a polisci-major during my undergrad I debated with several Iranian classmates on this very issue about 10-years-ago: "personality cults" versus "media attention" versus "real results" (whether for good or for bad on any particular nation-state, such as Iran) are the real questions when deciding on who is a man-of-prominence deserving the title, "man of the century".

For Iran, it is interesting on the one hand to note that there isn't anyone prominent in the arts or sciences during this turbulent century, unlike the Iran of bygone-eras with names like Abu Ali Sina, for instance >>> FULL TEXT

Film: Gavazn-haa in LA

The Iranian Gradutae Students Association at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, will be showing "Gavazn-haa" A classic film directed by Masoud Kimiaii. When: Wednesday January 26, 2000 at 7:00 sharp! Where: SLH-200 (Stauffer Science Lecture Hall, Room 200), USC Campus >>> DETAILS HERE

Valentine: Say "I love you" all over again

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Tehran ex-mayor freed, returns to politics

TEHRAN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The former mayor of Tehran has been pardoned of his conviction for graft, freeing one of Iran's most influential reformist politicians just weeks ahead of key parliamentary polls. State television, quoting the judiciary, said on Tuesday that Gholamhossein Karbaschi's request for pardon had been granted by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says rebels fire mortars across Iraq border

TEHRAN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Rebels based in neighbouring Iraq launched mortar attacks across Iran's western border but there were no casualties, Iranian state television reported on Tuesday. It said the Mujahideen Khalq armed opposition group fired several mortars across the border in an area in Ilam province late on Monday. ``This useless action did not cause any casualties or damage,'' the television said >>> FULL TEXT

250,000 arrested over drugs and alcohol last year in Iran

TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - A total of 250,000 people were arrested in Iran last year for dealing in and consuming drugs and alcohol, the secretary of the government's anti-narcotics bureau, Mohammad Falah, was quoted as saying Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran in 300 mln euro steel deal with Italian firms

TEHRAN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Iran signed a 300 million euro ($299 million) deal with an Italian consortium on Tuesday for projects to boost steel production at its Mobarakeh plant >>> FULL TEXT

MP lauds TotalFina's commitment to Iranian oil and gas

TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - An Iranian MP and former deputy oil minister praised French oil major TotalFina Tuesday for its commitment to oil and gas projects in the Islamic republic >>> FULL TEXT

Films & novels

Tehran (Iran daily) - Iranians make great films these days. But why don't they make films based on famous novels anymore? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Church "saved"

Tehran (Hamshahri) - The Cultural Heritage Organization, with the cooperation of the Armenian community, has saved a 600 year old church in West Azarbaijan >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - A review of Shahriar's poetry >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Mohsen Rezaie, the former revolutionary guards commander, has said that the grass at Azadi Stadium is in such a poor state that it's "embarrassing" >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Not for money

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - The Iranian national team did NOT receive $700,000 to play in the U.S. Not even $100,000, according to the head of the Iranian soccer federation >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Ping pong

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Majid Ehteshamzadeh has qualified to represent western Asia in the Sydney Olympics games >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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