The Iranian Times

Tuesday, March 7, 2000 / Esfand 17, 1378, No. 932

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Right to choose
First protests against mandatory hijab

Compiled by Pedram Missaghi
March 7, 2000
The Iranian

After the fall of the Pahlavi regime in February 1979, Iran's religious leaders imposed strict rules on women's clothing in public. The following is a chronology of women's protests in the early days along with more than 20 photographs >>> GO TO FEATURE


Women's movement
A brief history 1850-2000

By Massoume Price
March 7, 2000
The Iranian

Any analysis of the women's movement in Iran is a very complicated task and requires time and space. This very brief article is meant to provide much needed basic information for the general public and to provide a coherent picture of what has been happening over the last two centuries. The second half of the nineteenth century is the beginning of fundamental structural and ideological transformations in Iran and the start of the women's movement that is still going on. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Twenty-Eight >>> GO TO FEATURE


U.S. May Lift Sanctions on 3 Iranian Exports
Allowing the sale of carpets, caviar and pistachios would reopen doors to dialogue, officials say.

Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2000

WASHINGTON--In what would be a groundbreaking initiative to spur rapprochement with Iran, the Clinton administration is close to a decision to lift economic sanctions on Iranian carpets, caviar and pistachios, U.S. officials said Monday.

The gesture, one of several now being considered, would follow the sweeping election victory last month by Iranian reformers, ending two decades of domination by conservatives in Iran's parliament >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili


Hamino kam daashtim

You know Anthony Robbins, right? He has sold millions of motivational videos and books in the United States. Now his biography has been translated in Iran >>> GO HERE

More Letters

* Redemption

Saghi Zarinkalk writes: It's tragic enough to be young, energetic, enthusiastic, bright and intelligent individual in Iran; just image being all that and a woman. Imagine your day to day life of restrictions, a constant reminder of being a second rate citizen in your own home. It's no wonder how Iranian girls are dying to get out of the country at any price. Marrying a strange man half way a cross the world is a ticket for FREEDOM! It's not necessarily about marriage; it's about recovering from a lifetime of destitute and faded dreams. It's about gaining their basic rights as human beings first, not as married wives. It's about redemption! >>> FULL TEXT

* Bombay hostages

Shirin Bazleh writes: How about this for a story: Because of a dispute between Iran, Britain, and Afghanistan (the siege of Kabul), a whole bunch of Iranian businessmen and merchants were taken hostage and shipped to Bombay sometime in 1850s. By the time the ship got there, the dispute was over, so they freed the hostages in Bombay.

My great great grandfather was one of them. There was no such thing as POW exchange, etc. So, many of them stayed there and that's how my dad's family ended up in Burma. I'm taking dad to Burma next week. He hasn't been there in 58 years!

We found the street he lived on in the city map. I'm going to find out more about the history of the Iranian community there. Dad is very excited, so am I.

Noruz: Bazaar in Irvine

Child Foundation PRESENTS 2nd Annual Persian New Year (Noruz) Bazaar in Irvine, California. Choose from variety of authentic pastries, sweets, nuts, flowers, candles and goldfish as well as exquisite gifts for family, friends, and children. Best of all come and have fun and get in the mood for the New Year. DATE: Sunday March 12, 2000. TIME: 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. LOCATION: Hilton Hotel in Irvine (across from John Wayne Airport) ADMISSION: Free. INFORMATION: (949) 580-1162. Child Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, medical help and food to orphans and needy talented children.


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

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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Judge vows no cover-up of police failings in July unrest

TEHRAN, March 7 (AFP) - A Tehran military court judge vowed Tuesday there would be no cover-up of any wrong-doing by police during the storming of a student dorm last July which sparked the worst unrest here since the aftermath of the 1979 revolution >>> FULL TEXT

Germany Seeks Better Iran Ties

TEHRAN, Iran ­­ In a visit aimed at strengthening ties, Germany's foreign minister said Monday that Iran and Germany "should look forward and not to the past" in their relations >>> FULL TEXT

Kharrazi will not attend Arab League meeting in Beirut

CAIRO, March 7 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi will not attend this weekend's Arab League ministerial meeting in Beirut, the Arab League said Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Belgium "regrets" the impact of Rafsanjani legal case

BRUSSELS, March 7 (AFP) - Belgium "regrets the impact" a Belgian legal case involving Iranian President Rafsanjani has had on bilateral relations, a government spokesman said Tuesday. But it will not interfere in a legal enquiry opening here Tuesday. "Despite what has been written by IRNA (the official Iranian press agency), we do not regret the opening of the case, but rather the impact it has had on bilateral relations," >>> FULL TEXT

Albright reaffirms US fears over Iran nukes, terrorism

PRAGUE, March 7 (AFP) - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Tuesday she backs dialogue with Iran after its recent ballots, but reaffirmed US fears over Tehran's backing of terrorism and plans to acquire nuclear arms. Speaking in Prague, she meanwhile thanked Czech authorities for a pledge not to sell sensitive technology to an Iranian nuclear power plant which the West fears could be diverted to non-civilian ends >>> FULL TEXT

Iran sells off 85% of carmaker

6 March 2000 (Financial Times) -- Iran's main state-holding company sold 85 per cent of Pars Khodro, the country's third largest car manufacturer, on Monday in an $82m deal that will consolidate the auto industry and could strengthen the position of France's Peugeot-Citroen grou >>> FULL TEXT

Iran warns against hasty decision on oil production

TEHRAN, March 7 (AFP) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijam Namdar Zangheneh warned Tuesday against any hasty decision by the OPEC member states over production levels of crude oil, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported. The current rise in prices on the world markets was transitory and OPEC members should not take a hasty decision on fixing its production levels, he told the agency >>> FULL TEXT

Iran and Pakistan committed to laying gas pipeline

TEHRAN, March 7 (AFP) - Iran and Pakistan reaffirmed Tuesday their commitment to construct a natural gas pipeline between them, the Iranian oil ministry said >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Asr-e Azadehan) - Forty documentary films from the past 40 years will be screened at the Kish film festival >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Asr-e Azadehan) - Kish documentary film festival a welcome development. Commentary >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Tin man

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - "Mard-e halabi" wins the top prize in the students theater festival >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

70 million

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Parvin says has more or less confirmed reports that he has gotten 70 million tomans (a year?) for his coaching at Persepolis. He says he's actually worth 170 million >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Price is right?

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - How much is Ali Parvin and the coaching staff at Persepolis really worth? A commentary >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Mousavi will leave for Germany on Friday to join the Fortuna club. He says his contract will last another two months >>> 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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Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

-- W.B. Yeats
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