The Iranian Times

Monday, March 6, 2000 / Esfand 16, 1378, No. 931

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Googoosh is back!
Authortities give her permission to sing, plus fan letters

By Fereshteh Hooshmand
March 6, 2000
The Iranian

Ladies and gentleman. Get ready. The looong wait is over. The Queen of Pop, the Goddess of Music, the woman known lovingly as Shah Mahi will sing again.

Yes, yes, yes! Googoosh WILL sing again! At least this is the latest rumor straight out of Tehran.

I know, it's unbelievable. But this comes from a couple of sources who have contacts with high-level officials in Tehran. This is what they've told me:

Googoosh recently wrote a letter to the Ministry of Culture (Ershad) asking permission to sing. The authorities have said that she can do so, but not in Iran. She can go abroad and hold concerts. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Twenty-Seven >>> GO TO FEATURE


Return of the exiles
A new wave of Iranian film-makers is winning official suppor

By Sheila Whitaker
The Guardian (London)
March 4, 2000

Whether in obvious or less discernable ways, cinema is often a nation's barometer. In Iran, where the national desire for reform and liberalisation made itself resoundingly felt in the recent elections, last month's Fajr film festival in Tehran opened its doors wide to outside influences, most obviously in the retrospectives of two highly political filmmakers, Constantin Costa -Gavras and Francesco Rosi, both of whom attended. >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili


Huge ecommerce site with substantial Iranian-American investment goes online will increase the size and efficiency of the handmade rug industry by providing the largest selection of rugs worldwide at the best prices in the most convenient way. will deploy an e-commerce platform to enable buying, selling, and auctioning of handmade rugs >>> GO HERE

Thanks to Shadi Ziaie

    Pressure cooker

Bring on the future

By Banafsheh Zand

We seem to know what we don't want...

I keep reading article after article, watching TV shows about the results of the elections in Iran and the governing factors in our "fair" nation, but none of them make me feel conciliated! I have to wonder, after all is said and done: we know what we don't want but do we know what we DO want?

Shall we say for the sake of argument that it's a matter of time before the Islamic Republic self-destructs? Let's face it, these characters can't stick around forever. There are rumblings and it's only a matter of time they turn into a full fledged eruption >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Seven sisters

Rasool Nafisi writes: A new phase of "Dowom e khordad" is unfolding, which is a calculated attack on the "Bonyads" or various charity fundations supported by the state's annual budget. Recently President Khatami asked Bonyad e Mostazafan to start a "self critique." A deputy of the Behzisti Organization also criticized openly the Bonyad e Emdad e Emam Khomeini >>> FULL TEXT

* Owe apology

Shokooh Miry writes: First off, bravo! for the excellent work! I am a devout fan : ) However, I am writing in regards to the story "She changed overnight." I am writing not in regards to the author or story, despite the apparant flaws of both.

Rather, I would like to respond to the editorial comment "sadly, it is not uncommon" which ran as a header over the story. So, this type of thing happens all the time, does it? It is "not uncommon" for Iranian men to travel back to the homeland and marry part time prostitutes and drug abusers? It is "not uncommon" for Iranian women to behave in such a depraved fashion?

I believe in freedom of speech and have no problem with the printing of this article, despite my disgust for the author and his wife. However, I hold your editors responsible for the offensive header. The vast majority of Iranian women are neither drug abusers nor part time prosititutes. Frankly, you owe us an apology.

Community: U.S. 2000 Census: Be Counted!

Did you know that the US government's official count of all Iranians in US is only 200,000!! Only 200,000!! I can't believe it. They are about 90% off. Here is our chance with the 2000 Census. Every ten years US government performs a census (people) count. In mid march, these forms will reach our homes. These forms are available in Ten different languages, but NOT FARSI. Since there are only 200,000 of us! >>> FULL TEXT


Books & Music from Iran

This week's new books from Iran include a fascinating history of the Iranian students confederation from 1953 to 1979, Simin Behbahani collected works,a critique of fascism in Iran by leading reform columnist Akbar Ganji , and >>> GO HERE

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Italian foreign minister ends trip to Iran

TEHRAN, March 6 (AFP) - Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini finished an official two-day visit to Iran on Monday morning after talks which both sides described as fruitful. Dini, the first senior European minister to visit Iran since the reformists' overwhelming victory in February's parliamentary elections, held talks with President Mohammad Khatami and Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi on Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Fischer heads to Iran on first visit by German FM since 1991

BERLIN, March 6 (AFP) - Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer left Berlin Monday for Iran, the first visit by the top German diplomat to Tehran since 1991. Fischer's two-day stay was expected to focus on preparing for Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's upcoming visit to Berlin, which both countries hope will signal an end to cool diplomatic relations between them. Khatami visited Paris and Rome late last year >>> FULL TEXT

Belgian government denies all involvement in Rafsanjani case

BRUSSELS, March 6 (AFP) - A court action against former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was not the work of the Belgian government, which is intent on restoring healthy relations with Tehran, Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel declared Monday. "The Belgian justice system is independent, so the government has absolutely no part to play" in the criminal investigation, Michel told Belgian radio station RTBF >>> FULL TEXT

Real culprits not on trial, Iran police court-martial told

TEHRAN, March 4 (AFP) - The real culprits responsible for a police attack on a student dormitory that sparked off violent unrest in Iran last year were still at large, defence lawyers claimed on the second day of a court martial of 20 police officers here Saturday. "The real proponents of this tragedy continue with business as usual and have engaged in an intimidation campaign against one of the plaintiffs, Gholamreza Mahmoodi", Mohsen Rahami, lawyer for the students, said >>> FULL TEXT

Moderate Iranian daily suspends publication

TEHRAN, March 6 (AFP) - The editor of the moderate daily Arya (Aryan), which the courts forced off the news stands for two weeks last January, confirmed Monday that the newspaper had suspended publication until further notice >>> FULL TEXT

Outgoing conservative MPs give last knock to Iran president's reforms

TEHRAN, March 6 (AFP) - The outgoing conservative majority in the Iranian parliament, which has blocked President Mohammad Khatami's reforms throughout his three years in office, on Monday rejected a key section of his budget just a month before it is due to stand down. After approving Khatami's budget in principle, MPs voted down a raft of fuel price hikes intended to balance income and expenditure over the new Iranian year which begins this month >>> FULL TEXT

27 years

Tehran (Asr-e Azadehan) - Novelist Mahmoud Dolatabadi has delivered a speech at a university for the first time in 27 years >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Asr-e Azadehan) - Ahmad Reza Ahmadi has dedicated his latest book of poetry to Manouchehr Yektaie "because he's kind." >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Thirty of the country's "top thinkers" have been honored. Do you recognize any? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran won't wrestle with Israelis

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) ­­ Iranian wrestlers twice pulled out of bouts with Israeli opponents during weekend Olympic qualifying matches."Every tournament with Iran and Israel is like this," said Mario Saletnig, the technical delegate from FILA, the international federation that governs wrestling >>> FULL TEXT

Daei jaan

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Daei has been been nominated as Asian footballer of 1999 >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - After a long drought Mahdavi-Kia scores twice in Hamburg's 4-4 tie (after being ahead 4-1) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Abu Moslem teaches Persepolis a lesson: A lot can still be achieved with one minute left in the match >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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