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Tuesday, June 6, 2000 / Khordad 17, 1379, No. 995

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If there were only a few more like Mrs. Sadr

By Najmeh Fakhraie
June 6, 2000
The Iranian

"Buy a candy bar lady . . . buy one please."

I feel a hand tugging on my "monto" and turn to see a kid not older then six, dirty and dressed in rages behind me. She repeats : "Buy one; you have to buy a candy bar." It's the same story until I get home. I lose count of all the little peddlers I encounter.

I don't exactly know when all of this started but since I've moved here I've seen them grow in number day by day. Who are they? Where do they come from? Whom do they belong to? These are all unanswered questions about the children scattered all over the city. But then there's Mrs. Sadr >>> GO TO FEATURE


Leading Majlis reformist calls for respect for human rights

TEHRAN, June 6 (AFP) - Leading Iranian reformist Mohammad-Reza Khatami made a swingeing attack Tuesday on the abuse of human rights in Iran, including arbitrary arrests, torture and censorship, and called on the new parliament to defend personal freedoms. "Unfortunately, I have to say that the rights of the people as laid down in the constitution are not respected, " Khatami, brother of Iran's President Mohammad Khatami, said in his maiden speech to the reformist-dominated parliament which took office on May 27 >>> FULL TEXT

Young people look for ways to beat the heat at the beach

AMOL, Iran, June 6 (AFP) - On the shores of the Caspian Sea, the Islamic Republic's strict social guardians are facing a tough challenge. They are in charge of enforcing the separation of men and women on the beach, a regulation some young Iranians are cunningly trying to skirt. On the public and private beaches in Amol, the early June sun brings out hundreds of Tehran's young. They grew up under the Islamic Republic and the women have never been out in public without their headscarves. >>> FULL TEXT

Eating to Remember
From Persia to Casablanca: the culinary traditions of the Middle East

By Robert Irwin
The Times Literary Supplement, London
March 31, 2000

Najmieh K. Batmanglij is an Iranian who lives in the United States, and her cookery book, A Taste of Persia, is suffused with a similar food-laden nostalgia. In a prelude to a recipe for dill rice with fava beans, she recalls the old family retainer who would appear shortly before the Persian New Year bearing a wicker basket edged with violets and narcissi and containing Seville oranges and smoked whitefish. >>> FULL TEXT

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    Jews on trial

    International Haftegi: The spy case at the revolutionary court in Shiraz indicates anti-Jewish policies >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


How to be Iranian

Peyvand and Shappi Khorsandi are standup comedians in England. Their next show in London on June 17 -- titled "How to be Iranian" -- stars "Googoosh, dinasaurs, gormay sabzee, cucumbers, engineers, koubideh and..." >>> GO HERE

More Letters

* Iranians deserve justice too

Nariman Neyshapouri writes: Last Sunday the news program 60 Minutes did an interview with Ahmad Behbehani, who is supposedly a former top Iranian intelligence officer and dean of Iran's terrorist activities in the past. Behbehani has fled Iran and is now in Turkey. He alleges that Iran masterminded the bombing of Pan Am 103 which exploded over Scotland more than a decade ago...

If we are going to try anyone for the bombing of Pan Am 103, then I DEMAND, as an Iranian citizen, that the then captain of the USS Vincennes (his name is Rogers) be prosecuted and indicted in the International Court of Justice at The Hague in similar fashion, for this tragedy which took the lives of 290 innocent Iranians. Iranian people deserve justice too >>> FULL TEXT

    * Don't question Iranian hospitality

    Dr H. Atabakksh writes: Let us not loose perspective about the Afghan refugee issues ["Not welcome"]... Let us now put on our objective spectacles and analyze the situation. Iran is not an immigrant accepting country. In fact Iran is ill prepared to even provide housing, education and work for its own population. Some mildly optimistic accounts place the number of Iranians unemployed at the current time well above 20% in some parts of the country. The Afghans were accepted as refugees and will always be refugees. That means they ultimately must be repatriated to Afghanistan to build a life for their family and a future for their country >>> FULL TEXT

Lecture: Ali Dehbashi, publisher, in New York

On Wednesday, June 7th, from 4-6 pm Iranian writer and publisher Ali Dehbashi will be speaking at Columbia University in Room 511, Kent Hall. Dehbashi is a noted critic, and publisher of the contemporary literary publication "Bukhara". He is visiting the U.S. from Iran, and this is a rare opportunity to engage in discussion on issues relating to contemporary Iranian literature and society with a figure who is a central actor in these fields today in Iran. The event is free and open to the public.

Books & Music from Iran

Check our fourteen new books from Iran including an authoritative history of the Achamenid empire, writings by leading reformists, Forough Farrokhzad's complete works, exquisite books of classical poetry with miniatures, Manichaean psalms and more! >>> GO HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Reason came forward to lecture the lovers;

Like a bandit in ambush he lay.

But he saw that their heads had no room for reason,

So bowed at their feet and went on his way.
-- Rumi

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CIA finds holes in story blaming Iran for Lockerbie bombing: report

WASHINGTON, June 6 (AFP) - CIA agents have found "a lot of holes" in claims by an Iranian defector that Iran, not Libya, was behind the 1988 bombing of a Pam Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. CIA agents have been questioning Ahmad Behbahani for the past several days in Turkey, where he is being held after defecting from Iran, a senior US intelligence official told the newspapers >>> FULL TEXT

Iran dismisses Lockerbie bomb claim

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iran's intelligence chief has dismissed charges from an alleged defector that the Islamic Republic was behind the 1988 Lockerbie aircraft bombing, the official IRNA news agency said late Monday. Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi denied claims by the defector, named by a U.S. television network as Ahmad Behbahani, that Iran trained a group of Libyans to carry out the bombing of the U.S. airliner, which killed 270 people when it exploded over Scotland >>> FULL TEXT

Report: Iran opens sea lanes to illegal Iraqi oil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran has opened its protected sea lanes to dozens of tankers carrying illegal shipments of Iraqi oil in violation of U.N. sanctions, Tuesday's Los Angeles Times reported U.S. officials as saying >>> FULL TEXT

Reformers aim for free press, expression

TEHRAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Iran's biggest reformist faction, estimating its strength in the new parliament at roughly half the 290 seats, has pledged to push back the boundaries of free expression in the Islamic Republic >>> FULL TEXT

Student leader arrested

TEHRAN, June 6 (AFP) - Mahmud Shushtari, secretary of Tehran University's Islamic Students Association, was arrested Tuesday by the university security service and handed over to the intelligence ministry, the association said >>> FULL TEXT

Lawyers for Iran Jews hand in final defence papers

TEHRAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Lawyers for most of the Iranian Jews on trial in the southern city of Shiraz for alleged spying for Israel handed in their final defence statement to the Revolutionary Court on Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

26,000 refugees return to Afghanistan from Iran

TEHRAN, June 6 (AFP) - About 26,000 Afghan refugees in Iran have returned to Afghanistan since an agreement between Tehran and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) took effect in early April, the interior ministry said Tuesday. The agreement signed February 14 allowed undocumented Afghan refugees to request asylum within six months or request to return >>> FULL TEXT

Rohani calls for legal satellite dishes

TEHRAN, June 5 (Reuters) - A prominent political cleric has urged Iran to finally legalise satellite television, arguing that the Islamic Republic is capable of defending its values from undue foreign influence. Hassan Rowhani, secretary of the powerful Supreme National Security Council, said Iran had to open itself up to the outside world and offer its citizens, particularly young people, greater access to modern trends >>> FULL TEXT

Government seeks foreign oil investments

Boston, 5 June 2000 (RFE/RL) -- Iran's government seems to be making a new push for foreign oil investment by confronting conservatives that see outside interests as a threat. Reformers may see their recent victory in parliamentary elections as a sign that it is time to act in Iran's economic interest. RFE/RL's Michael Lelyveld reports >>> FULL TEXT

Writers mourn Golshiri

Tehran (Iran daily) -- The Writers Association of Iran has issued a statement on Houshang Golshiri's death. Golshiri played a major role in reviving the association >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Film industry debate

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Film officials, filmmakers and Majlis deputies discuss whether the movie industry needs supervision or new protective laws >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iranian plays abroad

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Iranian plays will go on stage at festivals in Spain, France and Italy in coming weeks >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

National team practices

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The national soccer team had its first practice session after the Amman tournament. The team is getting ready for the international LG Cup matches which will begin in Tehran Wednesday. Khodadad Azizi and Mehdi Mahdavi-Kia will join the team >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Teams in Tehran

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The national soccer teams of Egypt, South Korea and Macedonia have arrived in Tehran for the LG Cup matches. See schedule >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Big boost for Esteqlal

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab has finally left Persepolis and signed a contract with Esteqlal. The blue shirts have also signed up Samereh and are hoping to grab Alireza Mansourian.>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Women in Majlis

The female representatives of the Sixth Majlis have set up a Women's Fraction in the parliament and most of the female MP's, mainly reformists, have enrolled in it. Promotion of women's rights and social situation is on the agenda of this fraction. Pooneh Afshar, while talking to Tahereh Rezazadeh, female MP from Shiraz finds out more about the reasons behind the establishment of this fraction >>> LISTEN HERE

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Equality before the law, the protection of citizens, the abolition of censorship and torture, freedom of the press and of expression, a ban on arbitrary arrests, personal liberty and the rights of defendants are among the rights which this parliament must uphold.

-- Mohammad Reza Khatami, Majlis deputy
June 6, 2000

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