The Iranian Times

Thursday, June 15, 2000 / Khordad 26, 1379, No. 1002

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Photos by Nader Davoodi
June 15, 2000
The Iranian

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Buried ashes
Email to an old classmate

By Sheema Kalbasi
June 15, 2000
The Iranian

Maryam and I were classmates in Iran. She and her parents had lived abroad for years and after the revolution they left for the U.S... Years went by and my great grandmother -- my little green-eyed Bibi-jun -- passed away. I went to Iran to pay my respect. Maryam and I had always thought about our school years in Iran and about going back to visit our past. When I got back from my trip I send her this email to let her know how people in Iran were calibrating the new millennium >>> GO TO FEATURE


Flood of Iranian refugees passes through Turkey

ANKARA, June 15 (AFP) - Thousands of Iranians are fleeing their country for political or religious reasons, passing through Turkey in the search for refuge in the West. Metin Corabatir, spokesman of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Turkey, said that Iranians constituted a high proportion of asylum seekers arriving in the country >>> FULL TEXT

Show pride in our heritage!

Iranians for International Cooperation

For more than two decades, due to political circumstances beyond the control of the average Iranian, Iran has been associated in the West with various negative phenomena... As Iranians and friends of the Iranian people, we believe that this must change. If every Iranian professional ensured that the people around them knew of their background and pride in that heritage, Iran would carry a very positive association in people's minds. Thus, we have created the Iran Pride logo >>> FULL TEXT

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    Repeat Berlin

    Iranian Communist Youth Organization: Warning on President Khatami's planned trip to Germany: Berlin-conference protests will be repeated >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN



Would you like to tell the CBS television network what you thought about the report on 60 Minutes about the Iranian man in Turkey who claimed to be the "former czar of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism"? >>> GO HERE

More Letters

* Immediate public apology

Mohammad Ala, Ph.D., writes to CBS television's "60 Minutes" producer:

Dear Mr. Hewitt,

I am writing this letter to protest the biased and inaccurate reporting concerning of an individual (an alleged Iranian spy) who was interviewed on a recent "60 Minutes" program without a background check ["Iran Defector Talks To 60 Minutes"]. Professional journalists like you are supposed to maintain integrity in their jobs and be independent and responsible. Accuracy in reporting is a critical element in responsible reporting.

CIA and FBI officials investigated that alleged Iranian spy ["Iranian Defector Called an Impostor "]... As an Iranian, I request an immediate public apology >>> FULL TEXT

* Interesting Iranian names

Mariam Nahavandi writes: I just read your article on Iranian names ["Delband o Delavar"]!! Very interesting. You may like to know that I have two boys names Delavar and Sardar - Delavar is now 8 and Sardar is 7 and when Delavar was born I wanted to give him an Iranian Farsi name and my father chose that name and also for my second son. I have not seen or heard their names anywhere. Everyone always comments on their names.

Film: "Surviving Paradise" in Beverly Hills

Kamshad Kooshan's "Surviving Paradise", a multi-cultural adventure/drama for the whole family, will be released on Friday June 30th. The film starring Shohreh Aghdashloo, will be shown at the Laemmle Music Hall 3 (9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, California). For show times call (310) 274 6869 >>> MORE DETAILS

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:

Fear this murderous conflagration, this love that sets fires alight.

Fear this arrow of destruction, this blade that will pare you away.

And when he comes to you, a renunciate, repentant and contrite,

Fear that day that he repents, fear the very day.

-- Rumi
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Student leader summoned

June 15, 2000 (The Public Relations of the Islamic Association of University Students and Alumni) -- Mr. Heshmatollah Tabarzadi is summoned to court! Mr. Hesmatollah Tabarzadi, the Secretary General of the Islamic Association of University Students and Alumni [of Iran], has been charged and summoned to court at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2000, by the 26th branch of the revolutionary court >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran to hold second round of elections June 30

TEHRAN, June 15 (AFP) - The second round of elections for two of the capital's seats in the parliament will take place June 30, more than four months after the first round of voting, Iranian television said Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran radio reports clash with MKO inside Iran

TEHRAN, June 15 (AFP) - Iranian forces clashed late Wednesday with the armed opposition People's Mujahadeen just inside the border with Iraq, Tehran radio reported Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran makes huge drug seizure, arrests 176 smugglers

TEHRAN, June 15 (AFP) - Nearly two tonnes of morphine-based drugs have been seized and 176 smugglers arrested in the central Iranian Province of Yazd, the official IRNA news agency said Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Crime on rise along Iran-Afghanistan border

TEHRAN, June 15 (AFP) - Crime, including kidnappings, is on the rise in Khorassan, an Iranian province along the border with Afghanistan and a major crossing-point in the international drug trade, residents say >>> FULL TEXT

Indonesian president visits Iran in hopes of increasing trade

TEHRAN, June 15 (AFP) - Indonesian President Abdurrhahman Wahid arrived here Thursday for a one-day visit aimed at cementing relations between Tehran and Jakarta which are strong on the political and cultural side but economically weak >>> FULL TEXT

Reza Badiyi: An Iranian in Hollywood

(Iranian Heritage) -- An interview with Reza Badiyi, who has directed 400 TV shows in the U.S., including "Mission Impossible", "NYPD", "Buffy the vampire slayer", "La Femme Nikita" and >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Rahmanian: Stage more plays abroad

Tehran (Bahar) -- Mohammad Rahmanian, the director of the critically-acclaimed "Majles Naameh" has returned from the Ukraine where the play was performed at a theater festival. He talks about how he hopes more Iranian plays will be staged abroad >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Ahmadi on poetry

Tehran (Bahar) -- Ahmad Reza Ahmadi's has been writing poetry for forty years. Fellow poets will honor him in a special meeting which will also include a debate about Ahmadi's work. Ahmadi also tells Bahar what he thinks about post-revolutionary poetry >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Esteghlal and Bahman lock horns

(Iran Sports Press) -- Esteghlal and Bahman will look horns in the Hazfi (elimination) Cup on Friday in Azadi Stadium >>> FULL TEXT

IFF: Hasheminasab is free to sign with any club

(Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian Football Federation said on Thursday in a letter to the management of Persepolis Football Club that Mehdi Hasheminasab is free to sign with any other club... The response by IFF comes after the management of Persepolis requested to the IFF that Hasheminasab not be allowed to sign with any other club as his contract with the club was still valid >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian under-17 prepares for qualifiers

The Iranian Under 17 National Team is currently preparing for the start of the Asian Under 17 Championship qualifiers to be held in Tehran from June 23 to July 1 >>> FULL TEXT


Exporting doctors

An Iranian Health Ministry official has announced that unemployed Iranian medical doctors including GP and specialists will be sent abroad to work. Sima Bahrami has talked with Dr. Hormoz Massoumi >>> LISTEN HERE

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History shows again and again that victims of racism can become so self-regarding that they feel no responsibilities to anyone outside their own group. As Maya Angelou wrote in her autobiography: "Oh, the holiness of always being the injured party. The historically oppressed can find not only sanctity but safety in the state of victimization." Once you have acquired this status, you can do no wrong, or the wrong that you do can always be excused because you are, after all, one of the oppressed.

-- Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, South African activist.

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