The Iranian Times

Tuesday, June 13, 2000 / Khordad 24, 1379, No. 1000

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A morning in London
Getting to work English-style

By Shahin Shahin
June 13, 2000
The Iranian

It is about 5:30 in the morning. Another restless night has passed. I battled the demons of darkness all night long. I was so close to saving Cindy Crawford from the clutches of the two-headed monster resembling Woody Allen with Margaret Thatcher's hairdo and Madeleine Albright. I am awake. But I wonder: Why is it that when you feel most comfortable in bed, you have to get up? >>> GO TO FEATURE


Zara & Roshan Houshmand

Photos by Jahanshah Javid
June 13, 2000
The Iranian

Photos of Zara and Roshan Houshmand in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, just before breakfast >>> GO TO FEATURE


Ansar confessions

Rah-e Tudeh, an Iranian leftist organization in Germany, has published what it claims to be the transcript of a video in which a member of the radical Ansar Hizbollah gives a detailed account of the group's violent activities and strategy >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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The Veiled Threat
The Iranian theocracy's fear of females

By Azar Nafisi
The New Republic
June 22, 2000

I would like to begin with a painting. It is Edgar Degas's Dancers Practicing at the Bar, as reproduced in an artbook recently published in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Under the heading "Spatial Organization," the book gives a two-paragraph explanation of Degas's placement of the ballerinas: "The two major forms are crowded into the upper right quadrant of the painting, leaving the rest of the canvas as openspace...." >>> FULL TEXT

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    Left hook


    Hojat Barzegar: Friedrich Engels explains the principles of communism >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN



Today's is the 1000th issue of The Iranian Times (*spectacular fireworks*). I searched my files to find some of the old old editions when it was still called The Iranian Bulletin. I couldn't find the earliest ones but here's one from August 1997 >>> GO HERE

More Letters

    * Wonderful way to start a day

    Reza Shadmehr witres: As I eat a bit of breakfast and look over the latest news in my daily issue of The Iranian Times, you won't be surprised to know that I'm often saddened and disappointed by the latest turn of events as the forces of democracy and change face yet another obstacle.

    Sometimes the setbacks are so great that I ask myself why I care about what goes on there anyway, since reading it sometimes makes me angry and ruins a perfectly fine morning.

    But then I read the Rumi ghazals and the magnificent translations by Ms. Houshmand and it's like sunshine warming my body and lifting my soul.

    I can't help but smile at the beauty of the poems, especially as I read the translation to help me with a word or two that I didn't get and then re-read the Persian original. It's really a wonderful way to start a day.

* You're free, but not funny

Mehrdad witres: Making fun should make sense, shouldn't it? Your cartoon [of President Khatami] didn't make any sense. The only thing we have learned from freedom -- especially the Western kind -- is to make fun of key people and officials.

As a pro-2nd-of-Khordad person, I believe the freedom we fought for and achieved was meant to help us focus all our constructive forces to build the millennium we have been longing for for such a long time.

This isn't in line with aimless destructive forces which tend to deteriorate the situation or mock sincere, understanding individuals who are trying to lead us to our sanctuary.

You are definitely free to express your ideas etc., but your cartoon was not funny; and I expressed my idea because I am free, as well!

Comedy: Peyvand and Shappi Khorsandi

Peyvand and Shappi Khorsandi will be performing stand-up comedy -- "How to be Iranian" -- in London on June 17 >>> DETAILS HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I am lost in God, and God is found in me.

Why look in all directions? Look inside.

I am the Lord, and I do you wrong to say

That anyone is Lord or God to me.

-- Rumi
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French consular official in Tehran recalled

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Kharrazi to visit Switzerland

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Film: "No turning back"

Tehran (Bahar) -- There's no use thinking about reviving pre-revolutionary film styles or actors, says deputy culture minister in charge the film industry, Seyfollah Dad >>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Writers set up private classes

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Talebi: "We will play five to six games"

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Zarrincheh confident

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Kermit Roosevelt

Following the death of Kermit Roosevelt, head of the Middle East Bureau of the CIA in the fifties, and one of the main intelligence figures involved with the 1953 Coup D'etat in Iran, Pooneh Afshar talks to Dr Fakhreddin Azimi, History Professor in University of Cunnecticut >>> LISTEN HERE

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No surprise

Some defendants have said the confessions were made at the demand of (government) agents.

-- Ismail Nasseri, defense lawyer for Jews accused of spying
June 13, 2000

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