The Iranian Times

Wednesday, July 5, 2000 / Tir 15, 1379, No. 1015

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Frozen in time
A 30-year-old ad brings back memories

Esmail Nooriala
July 5, 2000
The Iranian

Thank you for surprising me this morning by putting that time-infested ad in your Nostalgia section. Also my thanks to Mr. Kamal Noori, the sender of this ad, whom I do not remember to have known before. What he has come up with is a piece of history from 30 years ago, frozen in time and faded away in memory. I cannot believe how we (me and my generation) managed to do so much in a short span of time ­ that is, between the ages of 20 and 30 >>> GO TO FEATURE


Vice on the rise

BBC Persian Service

Newspapers in Iran say a new report has, for the first time, acknowledged that prostitution and drug taking are widedspread among many young Iranians. One of Tehran's senior officials, Mohammad Ali Zam said that there had been a sharp rise in the number of prostitutes. Sima Bahrami spoke to Gholam Abbas Tavassoli, a leading sociologist in Iran and asked what are the reasons behind such a drastic increase in prostitution >>> LISTEN HERE

Also a report in Bahar newspaper >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Abadan protests

BBC Persian Service

Abadan protests as described by the head of the chamber of commerce in Abadan (go to five minutes and 48 seconds). >>> LISTEN HERE

Also a report in Bahar newspaper >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Jews of Iran

BBC Persian Service

"The Jews of Iran" by Habib Levi has been translated into English. An interview with the editor Houshang Ebrami (go to eight minutes and 11 seconds) >>> LISTEN HERE

Also a report from Radio Free Europe >>> FULL TEXT

Good news

If you are an Iranian, and a Christian AND in South KOREA you should stop by at these churchs. They have programs for you on every Lord's day >>> HERE

More Letters

* Serious omissions

Farshid Jamshidian writes: There are some serious omissions that undermine the objectivity if not authenticity of your article "Wake-up call".

You say "In 1991, Abdolkarim Soroush complained of lack of intellectual and ideological creativity and activism among Muslim students in universities," without mentioning that he was himself THE chief architect and executioner of "the cultural revolution," granted full mandate from Khomeini. Crucially, you fail to mention that not only Khamanei but also Khatami ordered the ban and the crack down on the student demonstration - in fact Khatami used very harsh words like they will be crushed, as they indeed were in the two days that followed >>> FULL TEXT

* Need a revolution

Mohandes writes: I read Dr Jim's letter ["Solidarity & strikes"] with some dismay. He compares Iran with Poland and the UK. The UK has a parliamentary democracy and the British have a very advanced respect for other people's opinion. Whereas the Iranian mentality is to supress anyone that has a differing opinion.

The Iranian people will not achieve anything of real significance through reform and strikes. Whatever it becomes under reform, it will still be the Islamic Republic of Iran. What we need is a revolution and please don't say "who's gonna be leading it?" That will become clear when the time is right, maybe next year, maybe in 10 years time.

* Complete outrage

Al-Amin writes: What the hell is happening to Iranian morals? You print such an outrageous article [in the Boxing ring section "Aazaadi-ye jensi va as-haab-e kahf"] about sexual freedom in Iran from a down to earth idiot who prabably hasn't had a proper family and as Iranians put it "maloom-e posht-e kodaam booteh amal oomadeh".

This is a matter which doesn't have anyhting to do with politics but lies deep within Iranian culture. You can clearlyy see, for example, what a dump the U.S. has turned into (from the social aspect) and you're trying to play the same prank on Iran?

This is a complete outrage, and you share responsibility for printing such crap.

Conference: Second US-Iranian Agricultural Conference

Last year the Iranian Trade Association hosted the first US-Iranian Agricultural Conference in Washington, DC featuring US Senator Chuck Hagel. On July 25th, ITA will assemble another panel of experts, organizations, and policymakers to address the status and future prospects of this dynamic market. Agribusiness II panelists will include >>> DETAILS HERE




In a Persian Mirror : Images of the West and Westerners in Iranian Fiction
By Mohammad Ghanoonparvar


Paasokh beh taarikh
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I asked, 'What should I do?' He said, 'That's it.

Keep asking what to do.' I asked, 'That's it?

Is that the best that you can do?' He turned to me:

'Truth seeker, stick to this: What should I do?'
-- Rumi
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Iranian, Egyptian presidents to meet at UN in New York: press

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Egypt, Iran have "strong desire" to improve relations: MP

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Remembering Shahid-Sales

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Kiani's influence on contemporary music

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Mohammad Ali writing "polici" book

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Pass defender off to France?

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Pour-Heydari: We'll do with what we've got

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Newspapers in Iran say a new report has, for the first time, acknowledged that prostitution and drug taking are widedspread among many young Iranians >>> LISTEN HERE

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Islamic Republic

Drug addiction is the rage among schoolchildren, prostitution has increased 635 percent among high school students and the (growth) rate of suicide in the country has exceeded the record by 109 percent" in the two years 1998 and 1999

-- Hojatoleslam Mohammad-Ali Zam, head of Tehran's cultural and artistic organization
July 5, 2000

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