The Iranian Times

Thursday, January 27, 2000 / Bahman 7, 1378, No. 904

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Nice ladies, amigo?
Iranians have cornered the brothel business in Tijuana

By Kamran Behzadian
January 27, 2000
The Iranian

So I went down to southern California for a week. I was to hang out at a cousin's, go to the Iran-USA soccer game at the Rose Bowl and check out a trade show.

The game was cool. There were over 50,000 Iranians of all sorts there from an old lady in a chador to cute teens dressed like Los Vegas show girls and boys eyeing each other. Amazing how peacefully Iranians can live together in California. No one cared if the other guy was a Jew, Muslim, or whatever. They were all Iranians.

But hey, I am not writing this to tell you about the game. Nor am I going to lecture on democracy. I am here to tell you about the most popular brothel in Mexico. Why would you be interested? Well ... >>> GO TO FEATURE


Say "I love you" all over again

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The Caravan

By Roxanne Varzi
NY Press

When the caravan comes for Azi at 3 in the morning, she is too excited to be tired. Decked out in skiwear, her hair wrapped in a bandanna, she run-walks out into the dark morning to the van without her required Islamic windbreaker. The Islamic police, or Komiteh, have given special permission to women to wear windbreakers, which cover the crotch area, instead of the usual longer Islamic covering, "for skiing flexibility." When Azi returns in the early evenings she is sunburned, exhausted and in a bad mood when faced with homework.

"Arggghh, I have a pimple," Azi says, looking in the mirror while poking at her face. "I can't go skiing," she declares with finality. "Everyone will see!" >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Banafsheh Zand


So far, so good

Khodaaya, Khodaavandaa,

So far today, I am doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self-indulgent. I have not whined, cursed, or eaten any tokhmeh or chocolate. I have not charged on my credit card or flashed my Mercedes S-series.

However, I am going to get out of bed in a few minutes, and I will need a lot more help after that.


Thanks to Mamali

More Letters

* Fantasy

Bahman writes: All I want to know is how much was Robin Wright paid to write this ["The last great revolution"].

Was she actually writing about Iran? It seems like she has written about a fantasy land that the Islamic government keeps insisting that it exists but nobody believes them.

Well, now they have found someone that believes in that fantasy.

* Load of bullocks

Nomehead writes: The result of your survey is a load of bullocks ["Iranians of the century"]. The Shah of Iran tried to turn Iran into a normal, free country and people like you survey religeous freaks and name some shithead ["Mohammad Mossadegh"] as the Iranian of the century.

* Abandon emotionalism

Arash Salardini writes: I am afraid I have hurt Mr Tabib's feelings more than I intended to, assuming that he is of a more robust stock than is the case ["Blind patriotism"]. My contempt is not for Mr Tabib's person but for his opinion. I am sure he is a valuable member of society who contributes in his own way.

Now to the crux of the argument: there is some talk of patriotism in the opening passage of Mr Tabib's letter. It amuses me that he did not get my point last time. Whether Christmas is of Persian or not has no bearing on my national pride so that his quote, as touching as it may be is superfluous.

As for juxtaposition of my obligation to respond and my perceived harshness, I merely invite him to look up the difference between etiquette and politeness. I also invite Mr Tabib to abandon his emotionalism and speak factually instead of plead for sympathy >>> FULL TEXT

Film: Iranian films at Stanford

The Persian Student Association & Bechtel International Center at STANFORD UNIVERSITY, in Palo Alto, California, present: IRANIAN FILM SERIES 2000.

* 5 Iranian films with English subtitles shown weekly
* Begins Thursday, January 27, 2000 - 7PM
* Bechtel International Center, Stanford University (directions below)
* Admission is FREE. Tea and pastries provided >>> DETAILS AT

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Books & Music from Iran

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Khatami's brother to lead main leftist party in polls

TEHRAN, Jan 27 (AFP) - Mohammad-Reza Kahatami, younger brother of Iran's reformist President Mohammad Khatami, will head the list of the leading leftist Participation Front in next month's polls, the party said Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian conservative claims CIA infiltrated government

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Large earthquake hits northern Iran

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Iran to liberalize imports in March

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Oil revenues boost chances of five-year plan

TEHRAN, Jan 27 (AFP) - Iran's oil revenues will soar by two billion dollars to 11.2 billion in the year to March 2001, the country's planning chief said Thursday, indicating that the government's five-year plan was on track. Quoted by the official news agency IRNA, Vice-President Mohammad-Ami Najafi, head of the planning and budget agency, forecast the creation of 3.6 million jobs over the five years >>> FULL TEXT

Gender selection

Tehran (Hamshahri) - For the first time in Iran a husband and wife have chosen the gender of their child. And it's a healthy baby boy >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - There's the Fjr film festival. And there's the Fajr theater featival >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Scattered news from the art scene, including a denial of the news regarding poet Bijan Jalali's death >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Karim in UAE?

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Karim Baqeri may join the Al Nasr club in the United Arab Emirates >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Iran and Kuwait national soccer teams will play a friendly match in Kuwait next month. Here's the Iranian squad >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Under 21

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Forty-five soccer players have been invited to the under-21 team's training camp. Here are their names >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Manam meekhaam

The former head of the CIA recently came here as a tourist with a suitcase full of dollars for our cultural centres and certain newspapers. He made contact with various newspaper chiefs and gave them dollars.

-- Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi
January 27, 2000

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