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Thursday, July 13, 2000 / Tir 23, 1379, No. 1021


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By Cyrus Kadivar
July 13, 2000
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It was almost three o'clock in the afternoon on a cloudy June day when Sir Denis Wright greeted me outside Haddenham Station in Buckinghamshire. "I'm afraid I've grown older since we last met," he quipped, shaking my hand. The former British ambassador to Imperial Iran was a wiry man with a slightly hawkish face and attentive blue eyes. At eighty-nine he appeared a fit and active man immersed in academic research. Wearing a light jumper, khaki trousers and brown shoes, he seemed more like an Oxford professor than a former diplomat. There was nothing pretentious about him and he clearly enjoyed meeting with Iranians or anybody interested in Iran >>> GO TO FEATURE


Reformist MPs decry acquittal of police for attack on university

TEHRAN, July 12 (AFP) - MPs and other politicians close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami Wednesday decried a court verdict in which the former police chief of Tehran and 17 other police were acquitted for a bloody assault on Tehran University last year.

On Tuesday, a military court acquitted the former Tehran police chief, Farhad Nazari, and his men of all charges against them arising from the attack he led on university dormitories last July, which sparked several days of riots that led to deaths and injuries >>> FULL TEXT

Victims, not criminals


An Iranian refugee in Germany writes to Bahar newspaper complaining about a report that misrepresented Iranians in Germany. He also gives reasons why Iranians have taken refuge abroad >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Thanks to Akbar Mahdi

Khatami calls for new East, West dialogue

By Emma Thomasson

WEIMAR, Germany, July 12 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, the target of protesters' slogans and banners, wound up a landmark visit to Germany on Wednesday with a call for a new era of dialogue between eastern and western culture.

As he called for talk between civilisations and cultures, groups of protesters breached tight security to accuse the Iranian government of stifling free speech. >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili

Iran to seal eastern borders to check drugs

TEHRAN, July 12 (Reuters) - Iran has begun sealing its border with Afghanistan, the world's largest opium producer, in an attempt to stem the flow of drugs, the official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

IRNA quoted Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari as saying 100 km (62 miles) of the 725-km (453-mile) border with Afghanistan would be fenced with barbed wire and electronic devices would be installed along another 200-km (124-mile) stretch >>> FULL TEXT

Just a job

Due to her busy career as a fitness instructor, Jasmine has one of the most amazing bodies you will ever see! Her 5'7", 32D-22 -32 frame is only one of Jasmine's many assets >>> GO HERE

Thanks to MA

More Letters

* Sanctions will make things worse

Danny K writes to U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman: It has come to my attention through the large Iranian-American community of Southern California that you are about to introduce a bill that reverses the partial lifting of economic sanctions against Iran, as adopted by the State Department in March...

The simple fact is that hardliners within Iran survive on a motto of anti-American rhetoric and place the blame of all of the country's ills on the United States. More importantly, they use these slogans to muffle the voices of reform, reason, and moderation by accusing them of being American agents and enemies of Islam.

Therefore, any reinstatement of sanctions against Iran, will not only not make the smallest difference in the condition of the ten Iranian Jews, but it will probably make it worse for them in addition to hurting Iran's movement towards democracy >>> FULL TEXT

* Sticking together

A.B. Morawej writes: Yourt Daryaa Kenaar club is an applaudable task. We, the Iranians, have gone through a lot during the past twenty years.

We have seen a lot of bad things happen to our people and we have always stuck together because our culture taught us so.

Life here in the U.S. or for those who call Europe home has not been easy. Minorities of all backgrounds stick together here and voice their opinions. But what about us?!

Just look at the Ellian Gonzalez case! There are thousands of people being deported everyday from the U.S. and nobody gives a damn.

I applaud you for taking the first step in getting our people to start communicating together.

* Totally addicted

Samila B. writes: I am totally addicted to The Iranian Times. It is the only thing I look forward to when I am driving to work at 6:20 in the morning. Thank you.

Film: Breaking Bread, Los Angeles

Finally! Our first documentary is done. After a year of endless effort, we are ready to show it to you. Breaking Bread will be showing for one night only at the prestigious Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles on 19 July 2000 at 7:30 PM.

Please join us for this special occasion. For info on the theater, call 323-466-FILM >>> DETAILS HERE




Iran Odyssey
by Helen Loveday


Beh donbaal-e aaftaab
The life of Rumi, by Ataollah Tadayon

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Those who know where the path of truth leads truly

Hide from blurry eyes' near-sighted view.

So it is that those who've seen the truth

See true faith where the world sees heresy.
-- Rumi
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Three political dissidents released

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Three political dissidents belonging to a small opposition group have had their sentences commuted and are out of jail, a party official confirmed Thursday. The three members of the Iran Nation Party - Khosrow Seif, Behzad Namazi and Farzin Mokhber - were released Tuesday after serving one year, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity >>> FULL TEXT

Leniency possible in Jewish spy case appeal-Khatami

BERLIN, July 12 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday defended Iran's conviction of 10 Jews for spying for Israel and suggested leniency might be shown when the case goes to appeal. The 10 Iranian Jews were sentenced this month to between four and 13 years in prison after being convicted of providing secret information to Israel. Two Moslems -- a military officer and a defence contractor -- were jailed for two years each >>> FULL TEXT

Lawyer for Iran Jews raises torture allegations

TEHRAN, July 13 (Reuters) - Iranian prosecutors resorted to unlawful methods, which could be defined as torture under Islamic law, to extract confessions from Iranian Jews convicted of espionage, a lawyer for the convicted men said on Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Germany and Iran starting "new era" in their relations: Khatami

TEHRAN, July 13 (AFP) - Berlin and Tehran have begun "a new era" in their bilateral relations, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said early Thursday at the end of a three-day trip to Germany >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami reforms a hope for regional stability, German minister says

BERLIN, July 13 (AFP) - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer says the democratic reforms under Iranian President Mohammad Khatami must be supported as they represent an opportunity for peace and regional stability >>> FULL TEXT

British construction minister due to arrive in Tehran Friday

TEHRAN, July 13 (AFP) - British Minister for Construction Nicholas Raynsford will arrive in Tehran Friday for a six-day visit aimed at exploring opportunities for cooperation between the two countries, said a press release by the British embassy in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT

Cleric shot on student unrest anniversary

TEHRAN, July 13 (AFP) - An Iranian cleric, Mohammad-Reza Bozorgi Araqi was shot and injured by two unknown men in the early hours of Sunday morning, following commemorations of the first anniversary of a bloody police attack against a Tehran university dormitory >>> FULL TEXT

Iran sees U.S. oil firms stepping up moves to invest

LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) - U.S. oil companies are stepping up their contact with oil and gas rich Iran in a bid to bolster their upstream investment prospects once Washington lifts its unilateral trade sanctions, a senior Iranian official said on Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Political tensions holding back foreign investment: Canadian analyst

TEHRAN, July 13 (AFP) - Iran's ongoing political tensions and the uncertain outcome of next year's presidential elections are holding back foreign investments and the opening up of political life, a Canadian economist told AFP Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran is bullish on planned eurobond

Financial Times, July 13, 2000, Tehran -- Iran expects a good reception for its planned eurobond issue, its first foray into international capital markets since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Mohsen Nourbaksh, governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), said yesterday >>> FULL TEXT

"Romeo and Juliet" in Tehran

Tehran (Goonagoon) -- The director of "Romeo and Juliet" Ali Rafii talks about the various aspects of staging the play in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

"Life in Fog" keeps on winning

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Bahman Qobadi's "Zendegi dar meh" (Life in Fog) has won its 14th international award -- this time in Texas >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Exporting books?

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Iranian book publishers are trying to set up booths at the Frankfurt international book fair. But is there a market for books in Persian? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Professional soccer in three years?

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Iran has until 2003 to formally institute professional soccer, says the secretary general of the Asian soccer federation during a visit to Tehran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Vierra on the list

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Paykan soccer club is considering hiring the former Brazilian coach of the national soccer team, Valdir Vierra >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

American basketball coach sees talent

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Iranian players have great talent, the just need more practice and skills, says the American coach of the Iranian national basketball team >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Iran & Germany

A discussion on Iran-Germany relations in the wake of President Khatami's visit to Germany. Participants: A Zaidabadi, C Pahlavan, M Sultanifari >>> LISTEN HERE

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Now the only thing we have to wait for is for them to be promoted and given free housing.

-- Abbas Abdi, reformist critic on the acquittal of police officers in the dormitory case
July 13, 2000

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