The Iranian Times

Friday, March 10, 2000 / Esfand 20, 1378, No. 935

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American outside, Iranian inside

March 10, 2000
The Iranian

There is a shuttle van which takes me from work to my car . One day the shuttle driver suggested that I bring some music to share with him and the other riders. I obliged, but I cheated a little. Instead of the classical music I promised, I brought Faramarz Aslani's newest collection. The music seemed "innocuous" at first as the sound of the Spanish guitar filled the interior of the van, but when Mr. Aslani began singing, I noticed sounds of shifting in the van and felt a hand on my shoulder, "Hey, what are you doing with Persian music?" >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Thirty-One >>> GO TO FEATURE


Mahmudali who?

March 9, 2000

A court in the northern Iranian city of Tabriz has sentenced a prominent ethnic Azeri dissident to six months in prison after finding him guilty of smuggling. Mahmudali Chereghani was arrested last month after running into trouble with the authorities over his calls for more cultural rights for Iran's large ethnic Azeri minority. Although he's not that well-known in his own country, Mr Chereghani has a lot of supporters across the border in the Republic of Azerbaijan where he's become something of a cause celebre. Jenny Norton of the BBC Central Asia and Caucasus Service reports. >>> FULL TEXT


Who reads THE IRANIAN?

Readership statistics for for the month of February 2000 broken down by country:

(Number of requests, bytes percentage, domain)
1265975: 27.51%: .com (Commercial)
918887: 19.78%: [unresolved numerical addresses]
907146: 18.16%: .net (Network)
462162: 11.50%: .edu (USA Educational)
246202: 5.33%: .ca (Canada)
90341: 2.16%: .uk (United Kingdom)
76445: 1.81%: .se (Sweden) >>> FULL TEXT

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* Deep emotions

Behzad Sadeghi writes: I, too, stayed up all night searching for news about the elections of the Majlis ["Misplaced"]. Shadi Mokhtari captures the deep emotions of quite a few more people than she might realize. And she does this with an even-handedness, compassion, intelligence, and honesty that is simply beautiful.

* Salty head

Neda X writes: In your Photo of the Day (March 9), you translated SHOORE ZENDEGI as salt of life! Just for your information I must say that SHOOR does not mean salt. The word SHOOR is one of the most beautiful Persian words which means sensation, emotion, passion, fervor and enthusiasm. By your translation, the song EMSHAB DAR SAR SHOORI DAARAM, EMSHAB DAR DEL NOORI DAARAM ..... must be translated as, "Tonight, I have lots of salt in my head!" :-)

REPLY: Technically speaking, "Salt of life" is correct but not common. A better translation, as a reader suggested, would be "Spice of life". I changed it. jj

Music: Sima Bina in New York

Folk Music of Iran: Sima Bina, Saturday, March 18, 2000, 8:00 pm, Symphony Space 2537 Broadway, New York City (212) 864-5400 Admission: $30. A captivating vocalist, Sima Bina is one of the leading exponents of the traditional music of Khorasan in eastern Iran. For two decades she has done extensive research on Persian folk songs, collecting, recording, writing and re-interpreting popular regional music.


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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World Bank likely to OK Iran loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two loans to Iran, the first in seven years, are likely to be approved soon by the World Bank over U.S. opposition, bank officials and representatives of other countries say. Bank and Iranian officials plan a final round of negotiations in Paris before the end of the month on the $231 million package, bank officials said. If the talks succeed, the two projects will go before the bank's 24 executive directors, including Jan Piercy, the U.S. representative, probably next month >>> FULL TEXT

Iranians indicted for spying

Great Falls, Mont. (AP) - Eight Iranian Defense Ministry officials are under federal indictment here for trying to obtain military secrets and smuggle them out of the country in 1996, the U.S. Customs Service said. Special agent Brian Buschini said the indictments, handed up in November 1996 and January 1997, remain sealed >>> FULL TEXT

Reformers start talks to build parliamentary bloc

TEHRAN, March 10 (AFP) - Iran's reformist politicians, fresh from February's electoral victory, started work Friday to form a political bloc strong enough to back President Mohammad Khatami in the new parliament >>> FULL TEXT

Mesbah denounces reformist policies

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A hard-line cleric lashed out at Iran's reformists today, warning that the government's liberal cultural policies were more dangerous to the nation than a military coup >>> FULL TEXT

NYMEX crude weakens on OPEC remarks, tight mogas

NEW YORK, March 10 (Reuters) - Crude oil futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange slipped from the day's highs Friday, after late news that the U.S. wants OPEC to raise output by 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) capped the day's drive to edge higher, traders said. NYMEX crude for April delivery settled at $31.76, slashing the day's modest gains >>> FULL TEXT

Kiarostami to get Kurosawa Award

Thursday, March 9, 2000 (Press release) -- Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami will receive this year's Akira Kurosawa Award, presented for lifetime achievement by the San Francisco International Film Festival. Kiarostami, 59, will come to San Francisco from Tehran for the award ceremony and the U.S. premiere of his latest film, ``The Wind Will Carry Us,'' on April 30 at the AMC Kabuki Theatres >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Iran daily) - A review of Ebrahim Hatami-kia's latest film "Ruban-e qermez" (PDF file) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Farhad Mehran-Far has won several international awards for his short films. He is also making the transtion to feature films. An interview >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Azizi signs to play for San Jose

March 9, 2000, SAN JOSE, California (AP) - Former Asian Player of the Year Khodadad Azizi has signed a multi-year deal with U.S. Major League Soccer and the San Jose Earthquakes, which hope to have the Iranian forward in camp within a week >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Iran daily) - Names of players invited to the national soccer team training camp >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ahmadreza Abedzadeh has again been left out of the national team. He says that's fine >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

No Khodadad

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Jalal Talebi has also left out Khodadad Azizi from the team. He says Azizi has not played for two months and is not ready >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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[The reformist movement] is a conspiracy, a creeping coup a thousand times more dangerous than a military coup and a thousand times more sinful than killing a human being.

-- Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi
March 10, 2000

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