The Iranian Times

Wednesday, March 1, 2000 / Esfand 11, 1378, No. 929

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Spending the Majlis elections in the United States

By Shadi Mokhtari
March 1, 2000
The Iranian

The long awaited sixth Majles elections had finally arrived. When the polls had opened in Iran, it was probably about 9 o'clock in the evening for me in the United States. I stayed up most of the night searching for any picture, video clip, or article about the elections I could find on the Internet. I had never wanted so desperately to be in Iran, to take part in and witness the important historic transition it was undertaking and to be surrounded by the energy of a society aware of the need for change.

In the morning I hunted for something I could wear or carry around with me to display my invigoration and personal sense of connection to what was taking shape thousands of miles away. I even contemplated making a "Iran baraa-ye hame-ye Iraaniaan" sign to carry in order to make an emphatic statement though I knew there was no one to receive it. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
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Chapter Twenty-Four >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran women look to build on freedoms

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - For two decades, the billowing black chador has symbolized the restraints imposed on Iranian women by the religious men who rule Iran. But the truth the chador hides is that women in Iran enjoy more freedom than many of their counterparts in the region who are not allowed to drive, vote or work. Unlike in many other Muslim countries, women in Iran can hold public office, preach in mosques and become lawmakers >>> FULL TEXT



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Beast from the East

Our own worst enemy

Why do we as a people in exile, a minority who should be it's own best friend, always feel the need to act reprehensibly toward each other? Why is it that most Iranians I meet, no matter how brilliant, clarify, within the first 20 sentences of making their acquiantance: "You know I really don't know a whole lot of Iranians and I generally prefer to stay away from them!" >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Knows nothing, obviously

Dennis Brandon writes in reply to Michael Chessman's note to The Iranian:

I must first and foremost repudiate the basic point you try to argue. Iranians are NOT European, they NEVER have been European, and they MOST CERTAINLY will never be European. Iranians are descendants of the nomadic tribes of Central Asia, who migrated south and settled on the present -- day Iranian plateau 7,000-10,000 years ago. These people were known as the Aryans.

There was another group of Aryans who split off and migrated westward toward Europe, and so it can be argued that Iranians share common ancestors with some modern-day Europeans.

But so what?

Frankly way too much has been made of the whole bit about Aryan ancestry. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter. But to claim that Iranians actually descended from some blood line originating in Europe is absolute rubbish. It's obvious that this guy knows nothing whatsoever about history. He's just making arguments based on racist underpinnings.

* Tears, almost

Ataollah Togha writes: Reading Roozbeh's moving letter to Khatami ["Dialogue among ourselves"] almost brought tears to my eyes, especially because I find this kind of compassion towards their homeland quite rare among second generation Iranians.

I hope our beloved president hear Roozbeh's voice and he and his parents can visit iran soon.

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Student on death row claims he was tortured

TEHRAN, March 1 (AFP) - An Iranian student facing execution for his part in the violent unrest of last July claimed Wednesday he had been tortured and ill-treated in prison since his arrest. "I was hit with an electric cable, hung up by a rope and violently beaten," Akbar Mohammadi said in a letter to judiciary chief Mahmud Hashemi-Shahrudi published in a number of reformist newspapers >>> FULL TEXT

Guardian Council says "irregularities and errors" alleged in Tehran vote

TEHRAN, March 1 (AFP) - Iran's powerful Council of Guardians said Wednesday complaints of "irregularities and errors" in the February 18 parliamentary vote in the Tehran constituency had prompted the need for a recount, state radio reported. "We have received many complaints of irregularities and errors which necessitate a new recount for at least one third of the ballot boxes in the capital," the radio quoted the council as saying >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei issues warning

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader warned today against ``political bickering'' as government media announced a partial recount from recent legislative elections in which reformists scored an impressive win. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's highest authority, said the elections - in which reformists intent on loosening strict religious rule won 170 seats in the 290-member parliament - had distracted the government >>> FULL TEXT

Jews' trial to start April 13: radio

TEHRAN, March 1 (AFP) - Thirteen Iranian Jews and eight Muslims accused of spying for Israel and the United States will go on trial in the southern city of Shiraz on April 13, state radio quoted a judiciary spokesman as saying Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Teenagers sentenced to lashing after "depraved" dance night

TEHRAN, March 1 (AFP) - Forty two young men and women arrested at a "depraved dance night" were each sentenced to 35 lashes by an Iranian court, the evening paper Kayhan reported Wednesday. Police broke up the dance event, at the town of Shiraz in southern Iran, and jailed the organiser, the paper reported >>> FULL TEXT

US oil over $31, fears of gasoline shortage

LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - World oil markets stormed to nine-year highs on Wednesday despite word that Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Mexico are set to propose more oil be released from April. U.S. NYMEX crude oil jumped a dollar to a high of $31.80 a barrel for the first time since the Gulf War, fuelled by weekly data showing threadbare U.S. supplies of gasoline have dwindled still further >>> FULL TEXT

Happy birthday

Tehran (Ettelaat) - Iranian cinema has turned 70. In the last century a grand total of 2,041 films were made in Iran. More details >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran daily) - Question posed to film director Nasser Taqvaie: "Why don't you make films?" His answer: "Ask the authorities." >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Antique rugs

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Six carpets dating from the 10th and 11th Islamic centuries (around 500 years ago) have been restored and put on display >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Talebi on top

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Jalal Talebi has been named the head coach of the national soccer team, following Mansour Pour-Heydari's resignation >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Talebi: "our first priority is Asian qualifiers"

March 1, (Iran Sports Press) -- In a press conference today, Jalal Talebi, the head coach of the Iranian National soccer team, said, "Our first priority now are the Asian Cup qualifiers. The names of players for the Iranian National Team will be announced between March 8 and 10 >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Mansour Pour-Heydari is focusing on boosting morale among Esteqlal players >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Today Iranians in Iran want to discuss individual rights, patriarchy, environmental degradation and post-modernism. On the other hand despite their own view of how progressive and liberated they are, members of the Iranian diaspora are not only behind in the current social transformations taking shape in Iran, they have regressed.

-- Shadi Mokhtari
The Iranian
March 1, 2000

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