The Iranian Times

Wednesday, June 7, 2000 / Khordad 18, 1379, No. 996

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The donkey's gone!
A Rumi story

June 7, 2000
The Iranian

From "The Donkey's Gone! The Donkey's Gone!", one of the stories in Rumi Stories for Young Adults from the Mathnawi, translated and adapted by Muhammad Nur Abdus Salam. Illustrations by Rose Ghajar (2000, ABC International Group).

Once there was a poor Sufi. He had a donkey which he would ride on in his travels from one place to another. During the day he would travel about as was his custom and at night, if he should come upon a house of dervishes or an inn, he would spend the night in their company. If he did not find such a place, he would sleep in a mosque or in some ruins. He used to say to himself, "Wherever night falls, there is my bed." >>> GO TO FEATURE


Soccer Boosts Iran-Egypt Ties

Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Egypt narrowly beat Iran in a penalty shootout Wednesday, but diplomacy was said to be the real victor in the first soccer match between the two nations. ``Winning or losing is a secondary issue in these tournaments. They are more of a bridge between us and the participating countries for the expansion of friendly ties,'' said Mohammad Ghaffari, an Iranian soccer federation official, before the game. ``We hope that football will serve as a means to improve political relations among us.'' >>> FULL TEXT

Obituary: Houshang Golshiri

By Justin Huggler
The Independent (London)
June 7, 2000

HOUSHANG GOLSHIRI was a dissident all his life. He was a writer who eschewed the ivory towers and dared to challenge Iran's political leaders: as a result he was persecuted both under the Shah and under the Islamic Republic. Yet he never stopped insisting on the right to freedom of expression. >>> FULL TEXT

Iran back as king of chess castle

Financial Times (London)
June 7, 2000

From Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas to Iran, chess is coming home. Fide, the world chess federation, this week wrapped up an agreement with the Iranian government to host the world championship final in Tehran in December.

Iran's chess association, locked in a prolonged struggle with a few conservative Shia Muslim ayatollahs opposed to the game, is overjoyed that it beat off rival bids from China, Kazakhstan and Morocco >>> FULL TEXT

Soooo cute

Quack quack... qu qu qua... quack quack... I said quack goddammit! >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Reza

More Letters

* Afghans are human like us

Ali Khaligh writes: Please be informed that just the photos of the Afghan refugees were by me and not the introduction ["Not welcome"]. I'm a photojournalist, I like social subjects. My main purpose in choosing this subject was to help the Afghan refugees by showing their pains to people all over the world.

I have no problem with the Iranian government and I live in Iran and I'm happy about it . But I have seen the pains of these refugees and their poor life and it is my job to reflect it. Afghan refugees are humans like us. Nobody has shown their life in Iran but I wanted to >>> FULL TEXT

* Persians should care for themselves first

Mehran Mirshahi writes: Let's not get to carried away with the treatment of Afghans in Iran ["Not welcome"]. Iran has been one of the most hospitable countries in the world, accepting the largest number of refugees anywhere in the world in the last decade. This is despite the internal, external, and economic problems that we are all familiar with.

Therefore, comparisons with Germany are a little out of place. Out of the millions of Afghans who have been accepted withing Iranian society, a few hundred, possibly thousands, are being returned due to unlawful entry. These people make good subjects for Ali Khalighs' photographs, although such scenery is not uncommon across, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Turkey >>> FULL TEXT

Art: Iranian women artists in Berkeley

After several months of hard work by many dedicated people, I am happy to announce that the exhibition Beyond Boundaries is about to open this Saturday, the 10th of June. Beyond Boundaries, features contemporary art of nineteen Iranian women, gathered from around the world. I am very excited to be part of this exhibition that is being presented by the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation's 11th conference (IWSF2000), and sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. There will be a catalog for the show available for sale at the opening >>> DETAILS HERE

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

New music albums

* Taherzadeh, Manochehr: Aakharin barg * Eyvazi, Mohammad Reza. : Rangin kamaan * Banan.: Shaakh-e gol (2) * Ta'rif, Sadiq: Maah baanoo * Lachini, Fariborz: Paaeez-e talaaee ... >>> GO HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

There's talk in the halls of love's seminary

Of the line between love's pleasure and its theory.

On love, no theologian's expert ruling will abide.

On love, their eminences' tongues are truly tied.
-- Rumi

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Guardian Council says reformists won nine more parliamentary seats

TEHRAN, June 7 (AFP) - Iran's Council of Guardians, the conservative body which oversees elections, Wednesday validated a further nine seats from May's second round of parliamentary elections, giving all of them to reformists. The latest results raised to 211 the number of reformists so far known to have won seats in the 290-seat body >>> FULL TEXT

Turkey snubs Iran over ECO summit, wants answers on radical Islamists

ANKARA, June 7 (AFP) - Turkey said Wednesday that President Ahmet Necdet Sezer would not attend the summit in Tehran of the 10-member Economic Cooperation Organisation as Ankara informed Iran on a radical Islamist group which it believes is backed by its eastern neighbour. At a news conference in Ankara, Turkish Minister of State Mehmet Kececiler said that the president's busy agenda would prevent him going to Iran and that he himself would instead represent Turkey at the summit, which opens Saturday >>> FULL TEXT

Women MPs form working group

TEHRAN, June 7 (AFP) - The Iranian parliament has formed its first women's working group since the Islamic revolution in 1979, according to press reports Wednesday. "We held our first formal meeting on Monday", said Tahereh Rezazadeh, reformist MP from the southern city of Shiraz >>> FULL TEXT

President Khatami calls for merciless war on drugs

TEHRAN, June 7 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammed Khatami traveled to a major drug crossing-point along the Afghan border Wednesday to call for a merciless war against the narcotics trade in eastern Iran. The trip to Taibad also marks the first by a high-ranking member of Iran's Shiite Muslim leadership to this majority-Sunnite region since the 1979 Islamic Revolution >>> FULL TEXT

US rabbis arrive in Tehran

In a statement received by telephone in the office in London, Rabbi Chaim Lefkowitz secretary of 'Neturei Karta International' based in New York, describing itself as an 'Anti-Zionist Jewish movement' confirmed that four Rabbis from their ogranisation have made a trip to Iran "To proclaim and distingtify the difference between Zionism and Judaism" >>> FULL TEXT

Iran aluminum output threatened

TEHRAN, June 7 (Reuters) - Government price regulations seriously threaten Iran's fledgling aluminum output, raising concerns among producers of possible heavy losses, Iran's Mine and Metals Minister Eshaq Jahangiri said on Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Mohajerani's on Golshiri

Tehran (Bahar) -- Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani has expressed condolences on Houshang Golshiri's death >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Zarrin-Kelk's animation among best

Tehran (Bahar) -- Noureddin Zarrin-Kelk's animated film "Crazy Crazy World" has been chosen as one of the 20th century's best >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Alkhas & Farrokhzad

Tehran (Bahar) -- Painter Hanibal Alkhas will show his latest paitings which are based on Forough Farrokhzad's poetry >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran loses to Egypt

(Iran Sports Press) -- With video: The Iranian National Team was held back from the final of the LG Cup after losing to Egypt. After a 1-1 draw in regulation time, the game was decided by penalty kicks >>> FULL TEXT

Johari: Iran best in Asia

(Iran Sports Press) -- Mahmoud Johari, the head coach of the Egyptian team, told IRIB during his team's training, "Our team consists of players from our Olympic team and National Team >>> FULL TEXT

Persepolis boss in embezzlement case

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Persepolis general manager Amir Abedini is on trial on charges of misusing government funds -- even though the funds were repaid in full >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Students protest arrests

Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, a student leader, explains why students have sent an open letter to the president to protest against recent arrests (Go to 5 minutes and 33 seconds) >>> LISTEN HERE

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Winning or losing is a secondary issue in these tournaments. They are more of a bridge between us and the participating countries for the expansion of friendly ties.

-- Mohammad Ghaffari, Iranian soccer federation official
June 7, 2000

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