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Monday, June 19, 2000 / Khordad 30, 1379, No. 1004

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Khosh oomadi
Googoosh's historic comeback

By Jahanshah Javid
June 19, 2000
The Iranian

Googoosh is back. No need to rub your eyes. It's not a dream. And no, it's not another misprint you frequently see in The Iranian. Googoosh arrived in Toronto last week, accompanied by a new band AND new songs, accoding to Paris-based concert promoter Abbas Bakhtiari...

Thank heaven. It's a miracle. It really is. Iranians -- including many who didn't care much for her light pop songs before the revolution -- have been waiting and praying for Googoosh's return. So much so that if I were the messiah, I would be jealous >>> GO TO FEATURE


30 Khordad

By Niloofar Kalaam
June 19, 2000
The Iranian

Thanks to The Iranian Times I realized it is the 19th anniversary of the 30th of Khordad massacre (June 19, 1981). Has it really been 19 years? The realization made me look up a poem I wrote several years ago >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran no loner 'rogue state': U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran, Libya and North Korea are rogues no longer, the State Department has decided. Now they're just ``states of concern'', Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said in a radio interview. ``Some of those countries aren't as bad as they used to be >>> FULL TEXT

At U.N., Serving Iran's Food To Eager if Ignorant Diners

By David Kirby
The New York Times
June 18, 2000

THE SETTING -- The bustling, steamy kitchen of the United Nations Delegates Dining Room, where a dozen people were taking a behind-the-scenes cooking class, part of a series sponsored by the New School University that brings students to top eating spots. This month, the United Nations is celebrating the food of Iran, so chickpea fritters, savory shish kebabs and Persian baklava swimming in rosewater were all on the menu. It was the first time, according to the United Nations, that the Islamic government of Iran has sponsored any official event outside the country >>> FULL TEXT

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    Student leaders

    Rah-e Kargar: Arrest of student leaders in Iran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


    What's on your mind

The most popular words searches in this month >>> GO HERE

More Letters

* Can't a Jew ever be a spy?

H. Rismani writes: In your article ["Let's face it"] you have only mentioned the Jews and forgotten that there are eight Moslems in custody for the same alleged spying.

You seem to forget that three Moslems were executed for the same crime in the past. It is very strange no voices were raised for that anywhere.

For those who know the real picture of international politics and the Jewish-controlled media, your story does not cut any ice, though it is very effective with an average Western hilly billy.

The sort of irresponsible, sensationalist media hype coverage like yours hurts the national interests of Iran and adds to the suffering of average innocent Iranians who have nothing to do with the government of Iran.

Simple questions: Can't a Jew ever be a spy? Should Jews be untouchable? Are Zionists superior in the way they hammer messages in our heads every day? Shouldn't the in each country be respected?

These are the issues you should answer to your conscience and forget the hype.

* Only one?

Sarvenaz Sheybany writes: Am I the only one who thinks Googoosh ["Khosh oomadi"] is not only tacky but in all likelihood personally responsible for the egregious consumption of eyeliner/mascara by otherwise sane and lovely Iranian women?

* Vel kon digeh!

Saeed D. writes: Baabaa shomaa ham koshti maa ro baa in Googoosh baazi ["Khosh oomadi"]. vell kon digeh!

Conference: Resolving International Border Disputes

Menas Associates is co-organising a major conference called "Resolving International Border Disputes for the Oil and Gas Industry", which will take place in London between 10th-12th July. The conference is divided into four sections: the Middle East, Caspian, West Africa and South East Asia >>> DETAILS HERE


Ancient Persia : From 550 Bc to 650 Ad
By Josef Wiesehofer
1999, I B Tauris & Co

A reader writes: A well researched book however the author seems to be confused with Zoraoastrainism and suffice to say that he refers in many places to Zoroastrian 'gods' while the religion is montheistic believing in Ahuramazda or the Wise Lord. >>> GO HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

For a moment we paused in the human crowd,

But found no trace of loyalty among them.

It's best that we hide from view of the crowd

Like water in steel, fire in stone, hidden deep within them.

-- Rumi
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Reformers urge rights respect

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's new reformist legislature warned the hard-line judiciary Sunday that its ``illegal behavior'' toward the press has damaged the country's international image, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. A letter signed by 151 lawmakers called on the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, to ``put an end to illegal and politically motivated closure of newspapers.'' >>> FULL TEXT

Publisher imprisoned

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian publisher has been imprisoned for insulting Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during the February election campaign, newspapers reported Saturday >>> FULL TEXT

Docs remove Hajjarian's bullet

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Doctors have removed a bullet from the neck of a leading reformer who was shot and critically wounded last March in an assassination attempt, a close aide said Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami to go to Germany early July

TEHRAN, June 19 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami will make a state visit to Germany, Iran's leading trade partner, at the beginning of July, an official said Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran drops deposit requirement, credit ceiling on non-oil exports

TEHRAN, June 19 (AFP) - The Iranian government has eliminated both export-deposit requirements and the ceiling on export credits for non-oil products, Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari said Monday >>> FULL TEXT

French automaker Peugeot to build new model in Iran

18 June (AFP) -- French carmaker Peugeot announced Saturday that it will begin production of its new 206 model in Iran in early 2001, the official agency IRNA reported >>> FULL TEXT

Turkmen coyness risks scaring gas partners away

ASHGABAT, June 20 (Reuters) - Turkmenistan's President Saparmurat Niyazov has revelled in the attention paid to him and his gas-rich state by suitors as splendid as the United States, Russia, Turkey and Iran. But Niyazov, whose cash-strapped state needs foreign investment to build gas export routes to hard currency markets, is playing so hard to get that he risks scaring potential pipeline partners away >>> FULL TEXT

OPEC might raise oil production

LONDON (AP) -- Under pressure from the United States and other oil importers, OPEC ministers are expected to agree this week to boost petroleum output by at least 500,000 barrels a day, or by 2 percent. But analysts warned Monday that such an increase wouldn't lead to cheaper prices at the pump for American motorists any time soon >>> FULL TEXT

Rahmani dies

Tehran (Bahar) -- Poet Nosrat Rahmani, who an important place in modern Persian poetry, has died. He was 71 >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Golshiri site

Tehran (Bahar) -- A web site has been set up in Iran in memory of Houshang Golshiri. (With more content to come) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Yazd fest

Tehran (Bahar) -- More on the Yazd film fest which will focus on film with religious themes >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Azizi's Quakes defeat Miami 3-1

(Iran Sports Press) -- San Jose Earthquakes beat Miami Fusion 3-1 in a game that saw Azizi leave the game after the end of first half due to a slight hamstring oull. Azizi suffered the injury during the pre game warm up >>> FULL TEXT

Abedini: It's a conspiracy!

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Persepolis general manager Hassan Abedini, who is being tried for financial impropriety, has accused the soccer federation and Esteqlal of conspiring against Persepolis >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Off to Italy

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- The Iranian youth soccer team has left for Italy for warm ups >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Nosrat Rahmani

Nosrat Rahmani, famous Iranian poet, died on Saturday, in Rasht, Iran. He was a one of the innovative poets and followers of the Beaudelaire style >>> LISTEN HERE

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We are now calling these states "states of concern" because we are concerned about their support for terrorist activities, their development of missiles, their desire to disrupt the international system.

-- Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State
June 19, 2000

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