The Iranian Times

Tuesday, February 29, 2000 / Esfand 10, 1378, No. 927

Flower delivery in Iran

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Flower delivery in Iran

Iranian books

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The next India?
Iranian software industry

February 29, 2000
The Iranian

As Iran seeks ways to diversify its export base and move away from over-reliance on oil exports, both the government and private sector seek high-value added industries where Iran could have a competitive advantage. In the following interview Ahmad Kiarostami, managing director of Negah, one of Iran's leading software companies, discussed Iran's potentials and shortcomings in this area. The interview also reveals the potential of a dangerous new development affecting Iranian Internet service providers. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Twenty-One & Twenty-Three >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran´s self-fulfilling prophecy

The New York Times
February 27, 2000

TEHRAN, Iran -- The best-selling books here these days are all by jailbirds. Among the hottest are the bound transcripts of defense arguments from the trials of an iconoclast Muslim cleric, Abdullah Nouri, and the activist former mayor of Tehran, Gholamhossein Karbaschi. Even the essays of the journalist and erstwhile hostage-taker Abbas Abdi -- the same ones that landed him in prison when he published them in his magazine last year -- have been reprinted in paperback and fly off the shelves of Tehran's busy book shops. >>> FULL TEXT


Sad aafarin!


Commending the people of Iran for their commitment to the democratic process and positive political reform on the occasion of Iran's parliamentary elections...

Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress --

(1) commends the people of Iran for their commitment to the democratic process;

(2) congratulates reformist parliamentarians on their recent electoral victory ... >>> GO HERE

More Letters

* Kiss the hands

Hodjabr Hakimi writes: Thank you very much for publishing Ms. Amimi's paintings ["Hand me a pillow"]. It was high time for our painters to come out of their restrictive shell and express themselves freely.

The works of Ms. Amini is a breath of fresh air much like what our late Forough Farrokhzad brought to our poetry. The only thing I can say is that I wish I could kiss the hands that worked on these paintings. What marvelous, refreshing, thought provoking works of art.

I wish Ms. Amini well and The Iranian, which provides us with the opportunity to discover highly talented compatriots.

* Deltang o beegharaar

Pezhman Kayedan writes: Mr. President, man 13 saal-e pish vatan raa tark kardam. Az roozi ke shomaa President shodid kheili doost daashatam keh biyaam beh vatan, amaa hanooz ehsaas raahti nadaaram ["Dialogue among ourselves"].

omidavaaram keh shomaa va melat betavaanid keh emkaan-e bargasht bataa-ye iraaniaan khaarej az vatan raa raaht-tar konid keh maa in tars raa az del biroon konim va pedar va maadar va saayer khaanevaadeh raa bebinim chon man 11 saalam bood keh aamadm khaarej vali hich-jaa vatan nemisheh.

hameh-ye iraaniaan vatan raa doost daaram va aarezoie movafaghiat. bebakhshid agar faarsi khoob naneveshtam.

deltang o beegharaar az U.S.A I hope you win again.

Academic: Science award

February 27, 2000 -- D.N. Rahni was the recipient of the first prize, 13th Algorithm (Al-Khawrazmi) Scientific International Award. The Award, bestowed by the Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Galileo Violini the Regional Director of UNESCO, is named after the 8th century Persian Mathematician, Philosopher and Historian, and is co-sponsored by the UNDP, UNESCO, and the Third World Academy of Sciences among others ( select "Award" then, "International"). There were nominees form 43 countries >>> DETAILS HERE


Books & Music from Iran

Eleven new books from Iran! Esmail Fassih's latest novel; history of Tudeh officers, a film script about the life of the Shah; Iran's best selling novel; eight short stories by Sadegh Hedayat and... >>> 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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Iran students narrate beatings

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An ex-police chief accused of ordering a brutal crackdown on university students went on trial Tuesday in a landmark civil rights case in Iran, where reformists are urging respect for laws often flouted by hard-line vigilantes. One student testified he was beaten by police and vigilantes and thrown out a third-floor dormitory window. Another showed the judge his hollow eye socket, saying he had been hit by a tear gas canister >>> FULL TEXT

Police go on trial over unrest violence

TEHRAN, Feb 29 (AFP) - Twenty Iranian policemen went on trial before a military court here Tuesday for their actions in quelling a student demonstration last July which sparked off the worst unrest in Iran in some 20 years >>> FULL TEXT

Turkey, Iran in war of words after Ecevit blasts "oppressive" clergy

ANKARA, Feb 29 (AFP) - Neighbouring Turkey and Iran were deep into another angry war of words Tuesday as former Turkish prime minister Mesut Yilmaz said Iran's "oppressive" clerical regime was on the verge of collapse >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. General: Iran Is long-range threat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite impressive political gains by moderates, Iran's hard-liners remain in control and are moving ahead with ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs, the leader of U.S. military forces in the Persian Gulf said Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran asks West's help with nuclear safety

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran, vowing it has no ambition to develop nuclear weapons, wants Western experts to help ensure its nuclear power plants conform to top international safety standards. Asadollah Sabouri, vice president of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, said Tuesday Iran's first nuclear power plant, under construction with Russian help in the Gulf port of Bushehr, had been deprived of top-quality supervision because of Western sanctions on ``dual-use'' technology >>> FULL TEXT

Guardian Council rejects privatisation & forces measures back to parliament

TEHRAN, Feb 29 (AFP) - The Iranian parliament on Wednesday will re-open debate on President Mohammad Khatami's ambitious plan to privatise major state-held industries after it was rejected by a supervisory council, sources said >>> FULL TEXT

Iran approves Caspian Sea oil and gas exploration

TEHRAN, Feb 29 (AFP) - Iran cleared its oil ministry Tuesday to go ahead with projects to seek out and develop oil and gas deposits in the Caspian Sea, a move that will involve foreign partners. The project, passed by parliament, means the state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) can go ahead with the search for crude oil and gas deposits in the sea off the north of Iran >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Why was director Ahmadreza Darvish abducted and questioned? Apparently he used to be allied with the conservatives. Not anymore, judging from his latest film >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Iran's book distribution netwrok is clearly not working. Who's at fault? Publishers >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Golestan Palace

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - And in the music scene: A new production by Kamkars and latested performances by women singers (for women only) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Parvin gloating over his team's victory over Esteqlal >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Payan Rafat

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - More on Payan Rafat's terrific performance against Esteqlal. He has a bright future agead of him >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - And at the Esteqlal camp... silence >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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The most successful Iranian ecommerce site has gotten a facelift. Check it out.

Iranian poets

Another poetry site. This one has the works of famous poets. Very well done.

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Quote Unquote


It was a nightmare ... The word cruelty doesn't describe what they did. They beat us with sticks, iron pipes, chains.

-- Ali Noruzi, student testifying in police prutality trial
February 29, 2000

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