The Iranian Times

Wedneday, June 28, 2000 / Tir 8, 1379, No. 1011


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One more round
Five poems

By Banu
June 28, 2000
The Iranian

From "An ending without words":

when the doctor entered
i panicked and
even consindered escaping
through a window.
as i examined the room's exits
he disinfected his utensils
in a blue liquid smelling pungently.
he then warmed the tools
in a small oven
before they entered me. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Executives find obstacles in Iran

By Guy Dinmore in Tehran
Financial Times (London)
June 27, 2000

Marmalade and cornflakes. Finding them in Iran, quipped the leader of a British trade delegation, is the main challenge facing the foreign investor.

But beneath the diplomatic bonhomie of an after-dinner speech by Sir Jeremy Hanley, chairman of the British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, the tough message being delivered this week by visiting executives is that Iran may have great potential, but also a long way to go to attract significant amounts of foreign investment >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Kahlili

Georgians seek buried bones of martyred queen

By Luke Harding in New Delhi
The Guardian
June 25, 2000

She died a horrible death in Persia in 1624, was transported to Portugal, and finally interred in a now ruined church in Goa.

For almost 400 years, the remains of Queen Ketevan, a Georgian martyr and patriot, lay undisturbed somewhere in St Augustine Church. The challenge for archaeologists is to find her. In an unusual diplomatic move, the Georgians have now said they want their queen back and have asked the Indian government to dig her up >>> FULL TEXT

Nobel prize

This is an old joke but it still makes me laugh when I hear it: They are going to give the Nobel prize in Chemistry to Central Bank Governor chief Mohsen Nourbakhsh for his incredible achievement in turning the Iranain currency into crap.

More Letters

* Intolerant

Babak writes: I agree with you all the way on the 13 accused in Shiraz ["Let's face it"]. But I want to add that as a nation we Iranians, in my opinion, are rather closed-minded. We are nowhere as tolerant toward minorities (non-Muslims, non-Iranians etc. ) as say, the Americans. And that really annoys me. Actually there are many other aspects of the Iranian culture that really bugs me but I won't go into it.

* Respected film producer

Mahmoud writes: Ali Abbasi, featured in the Nostalgia section, was one of the most respected Iranian film producers who started his career in the mid 60's with some light comedies with Sepehrnia, Motovasellani, and Garsha who were very famous as a comedy group and continued until shortly before the revolution. Here are some of the better films Abbasi produced >>> FULL TEXT

* Not been ignored

Mosen Vakili writes: I truly appreciate your daily news update. I have always benefited from the insight, articles and even the way you inspire your readers. I am in and out of the country and therefore, not able to enjoy your vivid diligence for a fine work on a day to day basis. I am writing this only to mention that you have not been ignored and I value your continuos work to keep the Iranians informed!

Film: "Two Women" in New York

"Two Women" written and directed by Tahmineh Milani, will have its theatrical release in New York City at the Cinema Village on July 14, 2000. The Cinema Village is located at 22 East 12th Street (Between University Place and Fifth Ave) >>> DETAILS HERE




The Iranian Constitutional Revolution
By Janet Afary


Bu-ye khosh-e aavishan
Short stories by Farhad Keshvari

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I've told you a hundred times, my love, don't run away just anywhere.

If run you must, then run to me right here.

If ever the fear of the wolf enters into your mind,

Don't run off to the wild, my love, run to your own kind.
-- Rumi
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UK's Cook Visit to Iran Postponed Again

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook's planned visit to Iran next week -- the first by a British minister since the 1979 Islamic revolution -- has been postponed again, this time at Tehran's request, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Bill would ban police and army from universities

TEHRAN, June 28 (AFP) - The reformist-dominated Iranian parliament was presented Wednesday with a bill banning police and soldiers from university campuses, a parliamentary source reported >>> FULL TEXT

Court starts open trial of suspended papers

TEHRAN (June 28) XINHUA - Iran on Wednesday started the first open trial of the papers and journals suspended in recent months for disparaging Islam and religious elements of the Islamic revolution >>> FULL TEXT

Judiciary asks for permanent closing of reformist weekly

TEHRAN, June 28 (AFP) - An Iranian court asked Wednesday for the permanent closing of the pro-reform weekly Ava, which was suspended in a recent government crackdown on 13 daily newspapers and five other periodicals, the official IRNA news agency reported >>> FULL TEXT

Church leaders urge justice for Iranian jews

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - Christian and Jewish church leaders in Britain urged Iran on Tuesday to ensure that 13 Jews charged with spying for Israel receive ``just and transparent'' treatment by the court >>> FULL TEXT

Iran launches first offshore bunkering service

TEHRAN, June 26 (Reuters) - Iran has launched its first offshore bunkering service at an anchorage south of the Qeshm island free trade zone in the Gulf, a Qeshm official said on Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says it is ready to help rebuild Kuwait's al-Ahmadi refinery

TEHRAN, June 28 (AFP) - Iran is "ready to help" Kuwait rebuild the al-Ahmadi refinery which was severely damaged by an explosion Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported >>> FULL TEXT

Theater attendance sharply up

Tehran (Cinema) -- More stats on Iranian cinema: 52% increase in attendance in the month of Ordibehesht. Behrouz Afkhami's "Shokaran" was number one at the box office >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Film to be screened in "Iran and U.S."

Tehran (Cinema) -- Mehdi Sabagh-Zadeh plans to screen his 14th film, "Maral", concurrently in Iran and the U.S. >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

New socio-political quarterly

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The first issue of "Motaaleaat Melli" -- a quarterly focusing on social and political issues -- has been published >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Basketball-American to coach Iran national squad

TEHRAN, June 27 (Reuters) - Iran has selected a U.S. citizen to coach its basketball squad, 20 years after the two countries broke off relations in the wake of the American embassy takeover. Gary Lemoine has been chosen as national coach by Iran 's Olympic committee, Assadollah Kabir, secretary of the basketball federation, said on Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Talebi on top -- for now

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- The soccer federation has decided that no foreign coach will be hired for now and Jalal Talebi will remain the head coach of the national team through the Asian championships >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Esteqlal rejects foreign offers

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Requests from foreign teams to acquire three Esteqlal players have been turned down because the club wants to remain strong for the Asian cup championships, General Manager Fathollah-Zadeh says >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Two Esteqlalis are going to Greece

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal players Ali Latifi and Mohammad Navazi are leaving for Greece to see if they will get any offers to play there >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Shirin Ebadi

Interview with Nasser Zarafshan, the legal assistant to Shirin Ebadi, lawyer and human rights activist who has been arrested (go to five minutes and 58 seconds) >>> LISTEN HERE

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