The Iranian Times

Monday, July 10, 2000 / Tir 20, 1379, No. 1018


Sprint Long Distance

Access & Arts

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Flower delivery in Iran

Iranian books

Cover story

Coddled by the wind
Talking pictures

By Yasmine Rafii
July 10, 2000
The Iranian

Six episodes in the second series of "talking pictures" >>> GO TO FEATURE


Mainstream Iran joins student protests

By Geneive Abdo
The Guardian
July 10, 2000

A new challenge to President Mohammed Khatami's government has emerged in the wake of demonstrations at the weekend in central Tehran, where thousands of Iran's poor joined university students in a bloody battle with Islamic extremists. The spontaneous coalition on Saturday night of students and ordinary Iranians demanding improved social conditions marked a turning point in the struggle to redefine the Islamic Republic.

A year ago, it was primarily students who demanded more freedom and political reform, as they spilled their blood on the nation's campuses and city streets. Now, the cries for profound change are coming from mainstream society >>> FULL TEXT

Peace rally in Iran turns wild

By Scott Peterson
The Christian Science Monitor
July 10, 2000

TEHRAN, IRAN The hopes of students for a peaceful protest in Iran this weekend wilted in clouds of tear gas. By midnight Saturday, several hundred right-wing vigilantes armed with clubs and lengths of electrical cable had taken over Tehran's Revolution Square. They hunted down suspect stragglers, chasing them on motorcycles in displays of mob mentality >>> FULL TEXT

Sharp edge

In an editorial a day after the violent protests in Tehran, the reformist Bahar newspaper warned that the conservative establishment is walking on the sharp end of the knife and President Khatami may be the majority's last hope for reforming the Islamic Republic >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Claswon: Chaos theory "silly"

BBC Persian Service

Iran analyst Patrick Clawson has denied promoting "chaos theory" in Iran (go to eight minutes and 57 seconds) >>> LISTEN HERE

He's back: Nixon tapes offer insights on Shah

By James Warren
Chicago Tribune
July 9, 2000

Upon his death in 1980, the shah of Iran was termed "the bloodsucker of the century" by the magnanimous souls who had taken over government radio in Tehran. As previously undisclosed Oval Office conversations of Richard Nixon remind, he was very much our bloodsucker.

After a long layoff and prodded by Nixon-obsessed readers, I spurned the inspirations of presidential politics and middle-manager tasks such as personnel reviews, and I returned to the National Archives for a few salutary hours >>> FULL TEXT

Ehm, it's DOCTOR Sheikh

TEHRAN, July 8 (AFP) - The head of the Lebanese Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, was awarded an honorary degree by the teacher training faculty of Tehran University at a ceremony Saturday, Iranian state radio announced >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Part of Persian music

SOS9SOS writes: I was viewing your website and I noticed that you do not include the Persian lyricists in your Music section. The likes of Leila Kasra, Iradj Janati Attaie, Ardalan Sarfaraz, Masood Amini, Amir Farrokh Tajalli, Homa Mir Afshar, etc.

If this is an oversight, well, please do pay attention and if not, then please have a category for the Persian song writers, as they are as much part of the texture of Persian music and artist society as anyone else in your category.

* The last khan

Ferial Mosharaf Ol Molk writes: Few days ago I heard the news that the last khan in our family has died. This might surprise many of you. We come from the Chahar-Mahal Bakhtiari. For those Iranians who are not familiar with their country, it is situated in south west of Iran and it is relatively close to Isfahan .

Chahar-Mahal Bakhtiari is located by the Zagroos mountain and it has the most beautiful virgin scenery in the country.

Well getting back to Agha Khan, he was, after my father, one of the most well known people in the region. He was powerful, loved and respected by the people. And his real name was truly Agha Khan.

My father and him were cousins and used to get together and talk for hours about the land they loved so much and their children's future abroad.

I had the pleasure of knowing Agha Khan. He reminded me of my father and therefore he had a special place in my heart. I shall miss the last khan in our town.

* Babolsar square

Jabbar writes: Babolsar has got a new statue in middle of the city. This is a statue of Balal Habashi. Everybody in Babolsar is laughing about it. They say we didn't have enough muezzins and they brought us a new one.

The first statue in the famous square in Babolsar was of Reza Shah. Then it was replaced with name of Allah on a cloth. Then there was a portrait of Khomeini. And now Balal Habashi has replaced all of them ["Babolsar zoo"].

What or who will be next?

Film: "Color of Paradise" in DC

Majid Majidi's highly-acclaimed film, "Color of Paradise" is being shown in Washington DC at the Cineplex Odeon (Foundry) >>> DETAILS HERE




Alexander 334-323 BC: Conquest of the Persian Empire
by John Warry


Tajadod va tajadod-setizi
Modernism and its opponents by Abbas Milani

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Since the day I may join my beloved is nowhere in sight,

Slowly, slowly I must turn away from this love.

'Impossible!' my heart cries out, 'impossible!'

My head shakes 'No,' and laughs at my heart's plight.
-- Rumi
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Youth, elderly join Iran students in angry outburst

TEHRAN, July 9 (Reuters) - Out-of-work youth, women and old men joined angry students in Iran's worst outburst of social unrest in the past year, creating a combustible mix that has left reformers scrambling to keep up with society's demands. Photo here The trouble began on Saturday after student rallies to mark the first anniversary of the bloody suppression of a pro-democracy rally turned into a general expression of social discontent >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei blames unrest on Western plot

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers Sunday for the country's worst social unrest in the past year, saying they planned to destroy the Islamic republic as they had the Soviet Union. Khamenei summoned senior officials, including reformist President Mohammad Khatami and members of parliament to his residence a day after the unrest in a show of unity at the top >>> FULL TEXT

Security forces make more arrests at dorms incident rally

TEHRAN, July 10 (AFP) - Six people were arrested in the northwestern city of Tabriz Saturday during a gathering to mark the anniversary of the police storming of Tehran University dormitories, reports said Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami starts German visit amid tight security

BERLIN, July 10 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami arrived on Monday for a landmark visit to Germany, where his hosts took extraordinary steps to contain protests by emigre opponents of the Islamic government >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei gathers rival factions together

TEHRAN, July 9 (AFP) - Ayatollah Ali Khameini, Iran's supreme leader, gathered the heads of the country's reformist and conservative movements Sunday to encourage mutual understanding, state television said >>> FULL TEXT

Reformist newspaper boss goes on trial in Tehran

TEHRAN July 10 (AFP) - The publisher of the banned reformist daily, Arya, went on trial Monday following complaints filed by Tehran's Chief Justice and Armed Forces Intelligence Unit, the conservative Kayhan daily reported >>> FULL TEXT

Arrest of head of Jewish spy ring ordered

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has issued an arrest warrant for an Iranian Jew, believed to be in the United States, for allegedly leading an Israeli spy ring, 12 of whose members were jailed recently, a judicial official said Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Woman sentenced to death by stoning for murder and adultery

TEHRAN, July 9 (AFP) - An Iranian woman has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery after murdering her husband and burying his body with the help of her lover, the press reported Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Italian firm ENI about to sign major gas contract in Iran: official

TEHRAN, July 8 (AFP) - The Italian company ENI is about to sign a 2.5 billion dollar contract with Iran to develop gas reserves in the Persian Gulf, one of the country's largest gas agreements, an Iranian official has announced. The agreement is due be signed in about two weeks between ENI and the Iranian government and the Iranian firm Petro-Pars, Saturday's edition of the state-run daily Iran quoted the official as saying >>> FULL TEXT

Caviar exports seen below 90 tonnes this year: official

TEHRAN, July 9 (AFP) - Iran is expected to export less than 90 tonnes of caviar this year as the country's caviar industry continues to decline, the head of the National Fishing Society said Saturday. "This decline is caused particularly by illegal fishing of sturgeon fish in seaside countries," Khodakaram Jalili said >>> FULL TEXT

Mandani-Pour: Book reading habit gone

Tehran (Bahar) -- Short story writing in Iran has greatly progressed in recenet years, post-revolutionary author Shahriar Mandani-Pour says. But the rest of the story is not too encouraging >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

War movies on 20th anniversary of Iraqi invasion

Tehran (Bahar) -- "There's nothing more dramatic than war," says Abdol-Hossein Barzideh, the head of the center for the promotion of war movies. He's hoping that major war scenes will re-enacted for films marking the 20th anniversary of the Iraqi invasion >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Ershad resumes book purchases

Tehran (Bahar) -- The Culture Ministry will purchase books by new authors for distribtuion in national and local libraries >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Wrestling: Iran second in world championships

NANTES, July 9: The Iranian Youth Freestyle Wrestling Team took second place at the World Youth Championships which ended in Nantes, France, on Saturday. Iran clinched second place with 1 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze medals (67 points). Russia took first place >>> FULL TEXT

Boroumand competing with Tabatabaie

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal goalie Parviz Boroumand is competing with his more famous colleague Mehdi Tabatabaie for the team's starting line-up >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Home for national teams

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Iran's national soccer teams have never had a permanent home. Now an exclusive training camp has been opened >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Germany visit

President Khatami started his three day official visit to Germany today, amid tight security after the Iranian exiled opposition, mainly the Mojaheddin Khalq promised a large turn out in protest to his visit. However, this did not materialise due to the increase in security. Sadeq Saba looks at what President Khatami hopes to achieve by this visit >>> LISTEN HERE

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Khayyaam Symphony World Premier (1977)

Museum of Contemporary Iranian Artists presents a rare and never before published piece performed by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra in 1977: Shahin Farhat's Symphony Nr.1 (Khayyaam Symphony) Conducted by Farhad Meshkat.

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Volkswagens in Film and Video

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Final notice

"The clerics live like kings, while the people are reduced to poverty," shouted the crowd. Other chants followed: "Khatami, Khatami, show your power or resign," and "Khatami, Khatami, this is the final notice".

-- Tehran protesters
The Guardian
July 10, 2000

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Khatami in Germany (eight photos)

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