The Iranian Times

Monday, March 13, 2000 / Esfand 23, 1378, No. 936

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Breaking the rules
Believe it or not, Iranian youth party hard

Written & photogrpahed by Dokhi Fassihian
March 13, 2000
The Iranian

Yesterday's assassination attempt against Saeed Hajjarian, a pro-Khatami newspaper publisher, was a shocking reminder that Iran's conservative hardliners will resort to any means to try to stop the movement toward a more open and liberal society. But, as this feature clearly shows, Iranian society is going through fundamental changes, regardless of what the extremists expect the Islamic Republic to be.

For Iranians who have lived abroad for years, it takes many trips back to the homeland to fully understand the social scene there. Iran is a country still ruled by Islamic law, where socializing of unrelated members of the opposite sex is technichally illegal and harshly punished. Even the father of Iran's revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini once declared, "There is no fun in Islam."

But Iran is also a country of sophisticated subtlety and even deception; nothing in Iran is what meets the eye. Iranians have proven Khomeini wrong, that in fact there can be fun in Islam and more certainly, there is much fun in Iran >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Thirty-Two >>> GO TO FEATURE


Shooting Leaves Iranian Reformist Seriously Hurt
Attack comes just weeks after religious hard- liners were humiliated in national parliamentary elections.

Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2000

CAIRO--A would-be assassin, reportedly riding a powerful motorcycle of a type restricted by law to police and security agents, on Sunday shot and seriously wounded one of Iran's leading reformist politicians and newspaper editors on a Tehran street.

The attack on Saeed Hajjarian, who friends said had been threatened in recent weeks by apparent religious hard-liners, sent shock waves through the Iranian political establishment just weeks after the hard-line conservative camp was humiliated in national parliamentary elections. >>> FULL TEXT


Shiraz project

The Shiraz project is a machine translation system prototype that translates Persian text into English. The system uses typed feature structures and an underlying unification-based formalism to describe Persian linguistic phenomena. It is able to run on Unix as well as Windows machines. The Shiraz system uses an electronic bilingual Persian to English dictionary consisting of approximately 50,000 terms, a complete morphological analyzer and a syntactic parser >>> GO HERE

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More Letters

* Sikh

Zahra Mahloudji writes: Thanks for the pictures of the women's protests ["Right to choose"]... "mu beh taneh aadam sikh misheh".

* Passion

Kaveh writes: Just read a note on "Shoor-e Zendegi". A reader's opinion, yours and someone else's that you had asked.

"Shoor" under the context used (shoor-e zendegi) would be more appropriate to be translated as "passion": Passion for/of life. Don't know the intent for this issue that you discussed with that reader, but if it's for something of importance/ to be shown, I would give more thought and would possibly go for the word "passion".

* Missing the point

Hossein Bagher Zadeh writes: You are missing the point. The "shoor" in SHOOR-E ZENDEGI is not felt by taste-buds. Here it means, as Neda X wrote, fervor and enthusiasm - a completely different meaning for the same word. A third (and somehow related to the second meaning) is the name for one of the Persian classical musical dastgah.

Community: Picnic near Lonodon

Mihan Foundation invites you to a picnic on the grassy meadows of Runnymede Grounds and River, Saturday 1st April 2000. Runnymede was selected because of the beauty of its green space, the presence of the river, its historical significance as the birthplace of Magna Carta, its close proximity to London (7km from Heathrow Airport) and its amenities >>> DETAILS HERE


Books & Music from Iran

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President Khatami visits Hajarian in hospital

TEHRAN, March 13 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami rushed straight from the airport to the bedside of prominent reformist Said Hajarian, critically injured in a shooting, on his return from a regional tour Monday. Khatami, accompanied by Health Minister Mohammad Farhadi, spent 10 minutes with Hajarian and came out looking "extremely sad," journalists at the hospital said. >>> FULL TEXT

Reformers rally behind stricken leader

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's broad reformist movement vowed on Monday to press on with its campaign for change, undeterred by an assassin's bullet that left one of its leading lights fighting for his life in a Tehran hospital. In an outpouring of support for Saeed Hajjarian, one of the architects of the movement and a close ally of President Mohammad Khatami, politicians, clerics and newspaper editors said the shooting represented the cost of reforming the Islamic system >>> FULL TEXT

Clinton extends 1995 sanctions against Iran oil

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) - President Bill Clinton on Monday extended an order banning oil development contracts with Iran, saying Iran continues to support ``international terrorism'' and undermine Middle East peace talks >>> FULL TEXT

MKO claims Tehran mortar attack

NICOSIA, March 13 (AFP) - The armed Iranian opposition Monday claimed a Tehran mortar attack which they said targetted the command headquarters of the commander in chief of the Revolutionary Guards, Major General Rahim Safavi >>> FULL TEXT

Student tells police trial of "tunnel of terror"

TEHRAN, March 12 (AFP) - An Iranian student told a military court trying 20 policemen Sunday how police and vigilantes turned the corridor of his dormitory into a "tunnel of terror" in a raid last July >>> FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani attacks Belgian probe as "counter-revolutionary" plot

TEHRAN, March 13 (AFP) - Iran's former president Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani denounced a Belgian court probe into his alleged involvement in human rights abuses as a counter-revolutionary conspiracy. >>> FULL TEXT

No more films for you!

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Tehran City Council raises the tax on movie box office revenues, the film producers and distributors union protests with a call to stop movie production and distribution >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Behrouz Vosoughi says he would love to resume his acting career in Iran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran daily) - Ever wondered whether the characters in Mahmoud Dolatabadi's epic novel "Kalaydar" were based in reality? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Private TV

Tehran (Iran daily) - Iran needs a private television station, says deputy culture minister Seyfollah Dad >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

No Daei

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Daei will not make it to training camp in Cyprus. But he's exected to join the national team in Syria >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Shut down

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Azadegan league matches will halt for a few weeks until the national team players return from training camp and important matches in Syria >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Esteqlal's boss tells Nasser Hejazi to stop criticizing Esteqlal. Basseh digeh! >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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High price

The calamity of the assassination attempt on our intellectual brother Hajjarian was one of the prices that the reformist current must pay.

-- Mohammad Ali Abtahi, President Khatami's chief of staff
March 13, 2000

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