The Iranian Times

Friday, January 28, 2000 / Bahman 8, 1378, No. 905

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Driving out demons of winter

By Massoume Price
January 28, 2000
The Iranian

Sadeh, which means hundred, is a mid-winter feast that was celebrated with grandeur and magnificence in ancient Iran. It was a festivity to honor fire and defeat the forces of darkness -- frost and cold. Two different days were observed for its veneration. One celebration marked the hundredth day before the religious Noruz on the first day of the Farvardin, or March 21. (religious Noruz is different from the seasonal spring Noruz). The other one was the hundredth day after Ayathrima (one of the six feasts of obligation) held to be the beginning of winter. This day coincides with 10th of Bahman (January 30) in the present calendar. It is not clear why there are two Sadeh festivals and why different regions have had different dates. Many Zoroastrian holy days were and are celebrated twice; this is caused by the calendar reform in the 3rd century AD >>> GO TO FEATURE



    Early Googoosh

    January 28, 2000
    The Iranian

    Most of these Googoosh songs are from early in her caeer and you may not have heard them. Some of the listed names are not correct. Let us know if you do. Special thanks to Ali Sabaii for providing a tape of these golden oldies >>> LISTEN HERE


Iran's female students protest at segregation
Medical school sit-ins reflect growing demands for sexual equality More about Iran

By Geneive Abdo
The Guardian (London)
January 28, 2000

Qom, Iran -- In a daring challenge to the Islamic system, female medical students in Iran are refusing to attend classes and are staging sit-ins in protest at their segregation from men in universities. The students believe they receive an inferior medical education to their male peers.

One medical school in the holy Shi'ite city of Qom is for women only, and in Tehran's universities men and women must attend classes in separate rooms or sit on opposite sides of the classroom >>> FULL TEXT


(Alleged) bad guys

The police at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), are looking for two "Persians" suspected of attempted murder >>> GO HERE

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More Letters

* Alarmed

Akbar Mahdi writes: I am alarmed by the disparity between your "feature" pieces. One high and one like this ["Nice ladies, amigo?"]

What can I say? I am not a moralist nor do I oppose freedom of expression. However, I wonder why such a piece should be included in The Iranian? What are the informative, investigative, or literary aspects of this piece qualifying it for publication? How can one generalize about a community by visiting one brothel and talking to three girls?

No serious editor will find this kind of individual observation worthy of publication. Please do not allow The Iranian to be brought to the level of pieces like this >>> MORE

* Reply: Distasteful, but valuable

Jahanshah Javid writes: I do understand your concern. This piece ["Nice ladies, amigo?"] does not meet high journalistic standards. But I think it is still interesting as a personal account of an aspect of Iranian life in America which is never officially talked about. Several of my friends have told me about how often Iranians go to the brothels in Tijuana and I have always wondered what goes on there and why. I think this is a social phenomenon that should be noticed.

Of course I would have preferred an article by a professional journalist or a scholar. But I think personal stories can be valuable -- even if they are unprofessional, distasteful or about controversial subjects. Maybe such crude stories will open some eyes and pave the way toward more serious discussions and studies.

And another important point, I think, is that Internet-based publications such as cannot be compared to traditional magazines and newspapers. The Internet is more personal and interactive, and therefore it is not as polished and heavily edited as the print media. That's why I prefer the Internet. It is more real, and being real is not always pretty or tasteful >>> MORE

Rights: In memory of the Forouhars and...

"Human Rights for Iran" presents a roundtable discussion on "Killing Ideas and Its Consequences" in memory of the late Forouhars, Mokhtari, Pooyandeh, Sharif, Afzali, Miralaee, Sirjani, .... Time: 2:00-4:30 PM, Sunday, January 30, 2000.

Location: Upper Arlington Library, Columbus, Ohio. For further information call: 614-261-7991

Valentine: Say "I love you" all over again

Valentine's Day is just 19 days away. We have created a special page for your messages to your loved one. All you have to do is email the message to us and we will publish it on February 14. You will make her, or him, very happy. Email your message here:


Books & Music from Iran

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Divan-e Hafez in English & Persian; an interpretation of Rumi masnavi; complete poems of Malek o Shara Bahar; Divan-e Attar; the story of Oil & World War II... >>> GO HERE

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Candidates barred

TEHRAN, Iran ­­ Some 650 potential candidates have been barred from competing in next month's legislative elections, a hard-line Iranian council that screens candidates said Thursday. Ayatollah Reza Ostadi, spokesman of the Guardians Council, was quoted by Iranian television as saying that some 600 out of 7,000 hopefuls were disqualified by the Interior Ministry and electoral supervisory councils, while 50 others were directly rejected by the Council >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami and Nuri keep the vote in the family

TEHRAN, Jan 28 (AFP) - The names of Khatami and Nuri, two of the most prestigious in Iranian politics, will appear on the ballot for next month's parliamentary elections, with their owners hoping to form a dynamic duo to help push forward reform -- backing the policies of their elder brothers. Mohammad-Reza Khatami, 40, and Ali-Reza Nuri, 36, have made their own careers -- both are doctors -- far from the political arena, where they are still novices >>> FULL TEXT

US elections may change their relations

Jan 28, 2000, TEHRAN, Jan 28 (AFP) - Iranian-US contacts are on the rise and upcoming elections in both countries may lead to a political dialogue, and even the re-establishment of ties severed 20 years ago, analysts said here. This month Iranian footballers have played a friendly against the United States in Los Angeles, American wrestlers took part in an international championship bout in Iran and US mountain climbers scaled 5,671-meter-high (18,700-foot-high) Mount Damavand, considered the "roof of Iran." >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian & Egyptian foreign ministers in rare meeting

TEHRAN, Jan 28 (AFP) - The Iranian and Egyptian foreign ministers held a rare meeting Thursday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, amid mounting moves by the Middle East's two most populous states to improve their long-broken relations. Kamal Kharazi and Amr Mussa discussed bilateral relations and "improving trade ties" as well as "growing Israeli threats to the Middle East" and the "deplorable situation" in Chechnya, the official IRNA news agency said Friday >>> FULL TEXT

Cook defends renewed dialogue with Iran, Libya

LONDON, Jan 28 (AFP) - Britain's Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said Friday his policy of renewing contacts with Iran and Libya had brought results. "Critical engagement may require involvement without illusions about the regimes with which we negotiate," he said, in a speech in London setting out his foreign policy goals >>> FULL TEXT

Iran sees oil income up $2 bln in year from March

TEHRAN, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Strong crude prices are likely to boost Iran 's oil income by more than $2 billion during the budget year beginning in March, a senior Iranian official said on Thursday >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Cinema) - Italian director Franccesco Rossi is going to be among the foreign guests at the upcoming Fajr film festival. Plus more news >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Getting ready

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Interviews with those in the film industry about this year's Fajr film festival entries >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Need state help

Tehran (Cinema) - The Iranian film industry is not really independent. It could not survive withtout the support of state organizations like the Farabi Foundation >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Aqaaye gol

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Names of Azadegan's top goal scorers and the league table (Persepeolis on top) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Omid Zahedi

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Omid Zahedi scored four goals for his team, Foulad Khuzestan, and joined the league's top goal scorers >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Daryoush Yazandi is not happy about sitting on his German club bench. But he thinks eventually it might be worth it >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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This time

Until now, elections were held to consolidate the regime, and competition was unimportant. This time, the result, whatever it may be, will determine the future of the regime and the revolution.

-- Mohammad Reza Khatami
January 28, 2000

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