The Iranian Times

Thursday, June 8, 2000 / Khordad 19, 1379, No. 997

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King of the Benighted
Novella by the late Houshang Golshiri

June 8, 2000
The Iranian

Excerpts from Houshang Golshiri's "Shaah-e siyaah-pooshaan" or King of the Benighted (1990, Mage Publishers) translated by Abbas Milani. Golshiri, a prominent author and human rights activist, died on June 5 at the age of 63.

The book was published under the pen name "Manuchehr Irani" -- a name used by many writers living in Iran and publishing their work abroad. King of the Benighted, written after the 1979 revolution, was Golshiri's first work to be translated and initially published in English under a pseudony. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran: Pinning hopes on economic reforms

Middle East Economic Digest
Weekly Special Report
June 9, 2000

The latest figures from Iran's Bank Markazi (central bank) show that the economy is starting to react to the recovery in oil prices since March 1999. As OPEC's second largest oil producer, Iran's fortunes are closely tied to the price of oil. Ambitious reforms under the stewardship of President Khatami aim to reduce the economy's vulnerability to external shocks and also remove many of the distortions and inefficiencies that plague the country's finances >>> FULL TEXT


By Negar Akhavi
The New Republic
June 12, 2000

It's a sad state of affairs when the only person speaking up for your country is Madeleine Albright--especially when she is speaking out of both sides of her mouth. So seems to be the case with Iran. In the course of one month, Albright has gone from pledging to support Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's reform agenda and hailing "the democratic winds in Iran" to lobbying the World Bank not to lend money to improve Iranian public health because Tehran doesn't uphold the rule of law. But, as frustrating as Albright's "two steps forward, one step back" rapprochement is, even more frustrating is the response of Iranians in America. That is because there is no response >>> FULL TEXT

    Left hook


    Hambastegi: A Dutch secret service report says Iranian spies are active in the country >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Clashes in Mashhad

A reader writes: Two days ago Mashhad rocked: thousands and thousands were in the street, mostly students and others followed. It was a huge huge clash with the authorities who used force, including bullets. Many got killed and trampled. It has been the most intense as of yet. I'm not sure why this news isn't getting out of Iran. what are these news wires doing there? Picking their toes? Jesus.

More Letters

* Ghesseh-haaye khoob

Joonevar writes: When I was a kid in Iran, this was my favorite book ["The donkey's gone"]. I think I must have read it at least fifty times. After many years I was able to have one of my family members send it to me, and funnily enough I was reading it about a week ago. I still enjoy it and I'm now thirty-two-years old which doesn't quite qualify me for "Ghesseh-haaye khoob baraaye bacheh-haaye khoob" as a bacheh!

* Sweet & simple

PT writes: May I tell you that I felt tears in my eyes when I read your essay ["The window"]. That was so sweet and full of Iranian feeling. I love the way you write. It is simple, sweet and you can feel it with all of your heart. I am always looking forward to reading more of your sweet essays.

Music: Omoumi concert in Seattle

Maestro Hossein Omoumi - Ney and Vocal
Reza Mazloomi - Daf
8:00 PM Friday June 9th, 2000

Ethnic Cultural Theater
3940 Brooklyn Avenue
Seattle, WA 98105

Innovative, mesmorizing, captivating and beautiful! For more information, please call Farkhondeh Kholghi at (425)-643-6430 >>> SEATTLE EVENTS

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:

One day your mind will finally wear out;

They'll point at you and mock your feeble face.

If you're human, then make peace with the rest of us.

If you're an angel, then go; the sky's your place.
-- Rumi

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Momentum builds to free Abdollah Nouri

TEHRAN, June 7 (Reuters) - Supporters of the jailed Iranian cleric Abdollah Nouri said on Wednesday that hopes for his release were improving after the head of the new parliament offered to help free him. Associates of Nouri, who was taken from prison earlier this week to hospital for treatment of a slipped disc, said that the parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karroubi had agreed to seek the reformist cleric's freedom >>> FULL TEXT

Lawyer for jailed women activists quits

TEHRAN 6 June (IPS) -- Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, one of the most eminent Iranian female lawyers announced that she was resigning to represent a colleague and a publisher in protest to the "illegal" behaviour of the Iranian Judiciary concerning political detainees. Speaking to reporters, including the Persian and Pashtou Services of the BBC, Mrs. Ebadi revealed that in the one month she has been representing Mrs. Mehranguiz Kar, a secularits lawyer and Mrs. Shahla Lahiji, an independent Publisher, the Judiciary has adamantly refused her to contact the prisoners and talk and consult with them >>> FULL TEXT

Turkish president's absence overshadows Iran summit

TEHRAN, June 8 (AFP) - The absence of Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer is expected to weigh on proceedings at a summit of the regional Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) which opens here Saturday, at a time of tension between Tehran and Ankar >>> FULL TEXT

Pakistan's Musharraf to leave for Iran on Friday

ISLAMABAD, Jun 8 (AFP) - Pakistani military ruler General Pervez Musharraf will leave for Iran on Friday to attend a summit of the 10-nation Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), a foreign office statement said. The two-day summit, opening on Saturday, will discuss proposals for the expansion of trade and communications among its member states >>> FULL TEXT

US official sees no early end to Iran oil sanctions

NICE, France (Reuters) - A U.S. energy official said on Thursday Washington was unlikely to end oil sanctions against Iran soon because of political differences between the two countries. ``There are encouraging signs where we have lifted sanctions on particular commodities such as pistachios and rugs,'' said Robert Gee, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Fuel Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian imports up 10% -Report

June 6, TEHRAN - (Dow Jones)- Iran 's imports increased 10% to $2.2 billion in the first two months of the current Iranian year, which began March 20, compared with the corresponding period last year, according to a report issued by the Iranian Customs Administration Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Golshiri buried in Karaj

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Thousands gathered for the burial of writer Houshang Golshiri who died from a lung ailment on Monday >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

"Shokaran" review (1)

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- A review of Behrouz Afkhami's latest film "Shokaran" -- a film that takes a fresh and courageous look at social issues >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

"Shokaran" review (2)

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Another review of Behrouz Afkhami's "Shokaran" -- Why have so many women opposed a film that tries to show how women's rights have been trampled? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Analysis: Iran's loss to Egypt

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Detailed look at Iran's loss to Egypt: Our main weakness was in the midfield >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

South Korea defeat Macedonia 2-1 in LG Cup

(Iran Sports Press) -- With video: A young South Korean side defeated Macedonia in the LG Cup on Wednesday to clinch a spot in the final. While the first half was laregly dominated by Macedonia, in the second half it was Korea that took control and dominated >>> FULL TEXT

Faraki: "Even best players miss penalty kicks"

(Iran Sports Press) -- With audio: In an interview with Sayree Dar Varzesh program on Thursday, Hossein Faraki, the assistant coach of the Iranian National Team, discussed Iran's performance against Egypt on Wednesday and future plans for the team. Faraki hinted that new players could be added to the team prior to the start of the Asian Cup >>> FULL TEXT


First cinema

Shahrokh Golestan's story of cinema in Iran... In 1905,Mirza Ibrahim Sahafbashi (1874-1915), a liberal, well-traveled and enlightened man opened the first cinema in Tehran...Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh, 101 years old at the time of this interview, speaks about that hall where he saw a movie, for the first time, at the age of fifteen >>> LISTEN HERE

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It's a sad state of affairs when the only person speaking up for your country is Madeleine Albright--especially when she is speaking out of both sides of her mouth.

-- Negar Akhavi
New Republic
June 12, 2000

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