The Iranian Times

Wednesday, March 15, 2000 / Esfand 25, 1378, No. 938

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New Year

Iranian New Year's ideological roots

By Massoume Price
March 15, 2000
The Iranian

Noruz times for this New Year are:

Sunday, 19 March 11:35.14 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Monday, 20 March 02:35.14 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
Monday, 20 March 07:35.14 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time
Monday, 20 March 08:35.14 a.m. Paris Time
Monday, 20 March 11:05.14 a.m. Tehran Time

Noruz, or new day, is the celebration of spring equinox. It is the most cherished of all the Iranian festivals and is celebrated by all. This occasion has been renowned in one form or another by all the major cultures of ancient Mesopotamia. What we have today as Noruz with its' uniquely Iranian characteristics has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years and is deeply rooted in the rituals and traditions of the Zoroastrian belief system in the Sassanid period >>> GO TO FEATURE


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March 15, 2000
The Iranian

Veteran broadcaster/journalist Behnam Nateghi produces a 40-Minute weekly show on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (Radio Azadi). The program is broadcast to Iran out of Prague. You can listen here >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Thirty-Four >>> GO TO FEATURE


Call for peace

Eight Iranian organizations in the U.S. and a top entrepreneur have published a full-page ad in today's The New York Times calling on Americans and Iranians to "meet in the field" >>> FULL AD


March 15, 2000 (Hamshari) -- Noruz according to old texts and traditions >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Gasoline too expensive?

The price of oil has gone up in recent months and people are paying more to fill up their car at gas stations. But is the price too high? Take a look at the cost of some other liquids:

- Diet Snapple 16oz for $1.29 equals $10.32 per gallon
- Lipton Ice Tea 16oz for $1.19 equals $ 9.52 per gallon >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Soroush Motahari

More Letters

* Nothing has changed

Arya Abedin writes: Like many concerned Iranians in the United States, I have been paying close attention to developments in Iran for years now. This is partially why I do not find the recent parliamentary elections to be a surprise. Everyone from CNN's Christianne Amanpour to the fellow expatriate next door have heralded this election as the dawn of a "new" Iran ["High hopes"].

I suggest Mrs. Amanpour and Iranians in general (especially Iranian-Americans) wake up. The political system set up 20 years ago has not changed at all. Many critics of the Islamic Revolution (or any revolution in Iran) have always stressed on the shortcomings of the promises of the revolution.

It is ironic how quickly we all forget the fact that Iran was in a war for eight years during which the nation's very integrity was threatened. This does not leave much time for social introspection or many "domestic" issues when you have Mr. Hussein attempting to annex Khuzistan.

In addition to the Iraqi-Imposed War, Iran has suffered from the economic aftermath of the war (that we are still witnessing) and the rapid inflation and destruction of the infastructure of the economy.

Khatami was elected under the system set up after the Islamic Revolution. The new parliament has also been elected under that same system. Nothing has changed in Iran.

When the country is no longer at war and is now recovering from the economic impact of that war, the Iranian people can concentrate on reforms. This includes the purging of opportunists in a democratic government (ex. Mr. Rafsanjani).

I have always had faith in democracy, Islam, and the Iranian people and know that, eventually, the major problems that are present in the country will be solved through the existing democratic Islamic government.

* C U soon

nEgAr Mortazavi writes: "Dialogue among ourselves", a letter to President Khatami, from Roozbeh Shirazi, was traslated into Farsi and published in "Mosharekat" newspaper (Thursday, 19th of Esfand. Page 6 : "Javaan" page), one of the most important Iranian dailies.

C U here in Iran, soon. =)

Noruz: Washington DC

This is a Reminder so you will reserve your tickets in Advance...remember ticket availability is not guaranteed at the door :-)

THE IACA REQUESTS THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY -- ANNUAL NOROUZ GALA! The Iranian-American Cultural Association cordially invites you to its annual Norouz Gala. The festivities will feature a light Persian dinner and dessert buffet, a live musical performance by acclaimed santurist Roya Bahrami and accomplished percussionist John Seligman, as well as DJ Payam and dancing! Plan early and reserve your tickets now, because the IACA cannot guarantee availability at the door. DATE & TIME: Saturday, 18 March; 8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.>>> DETAILS HERE


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Doctors more upbeat on condition of shot Hajjarian

TEHRAN, March 15 (AFP) - Doctors treating shot Iranian reformist politician Said Hajarian were more upbeat on his condition Wednesday, saying there was growing hope he would pull through. Iranian neurologist Ghahramani Ghadjar, who was flown in from New York, said Hajarian's brain was functioning and there was no risk of blood clots >>> FULL TEXT

Human rights progress in Iran, but improvement still needed: report

GENEVA, March 15 (AFP) - The human rights situation in Iran has significantly improved in a number of areas but the law relating to it needs improvement, a UN report said Wednesday. "Iran is a dynamic society and in the period under review, significant progress has become evident in a number of areas, but not in all," the report by special representative Maurice Danby Copithorne said >>> FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani accuses US over recent attacks in Iran

TEHRAN, March 15 (AFP) - Iran's former president Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani on Wednesday accused the United States of being behind the recent wave of violence in the country, in a bid to destabilise the regime. Rafsanjani drew a common link between a February mortar attack that damaged his offices in Tehran, Sunday's assassination bid against leading reformist Said Hajarian and Monday's mortar attack in the capital. One way or another, they were all organised by Washington, he said >>> FULL TEXT

Building destroyed, 40 hurt, clashes with police in Tehran fire festiva

TEHRAN, March 15 (AFP) - Police riot squads clashed with young Iranians celebrating an age-old fire festival frowned on by the regime's conservatives, local residents said Wednesday. Groups of youths in the western Tehran suburb of Pars smashed shop and bank windows when police tried to stop them lighting bonfires or throwing firecrackers in the street. Before dispersing they shouted slogans hostile to Iran's leaders >>> FULL TEXT

Iraq says it shot down Iranian drone

BAGHDAD, March 15 (AFP) - Iraq shot down an Iranian pilotless reconnaissance aircraft near the border on Wednesday, the official news agency INA reported. "Our heroic anti-aircraft defence today at 9:36 (0636 GMT) shot down an Iranian drone plane which violated our airspace," the air defence commander told INA, which did not name him >>> FULL TEXT

Iran denounces delivery of "ultra-modern" US missiles to Israel

TEHRAN, March 15 (AFP) - Iran denounced the United States on Wednesday for destabilising the Middle East balance of power by delivering "ultra-modern" missiles to Israel. Defence ministry spokesman Keyvan Khosravi said the delivery of the missiles came as the US was trying to limit the conventional defence activities of other states in the region, without regard for their rights >>> FULL TEXT

Iran reiterates need for Caspian Sea legal deal

TEHRAN, March 15 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami again pressed the case for a Caspian Sea legal agreement in a meeting with Azeri Foreign Minister Vilayat Guliyev Wednesday, Iran's official IRNA agency reported. Khatami said that a uniform Caspian Sea legal agreement would protect the interests of the states and "ensure that the sea's God-given resources are available to future generations." >>> FULL TEXT

German editors return to Iran for book fair in sign of thawing relations

FRANKFURT, March 15 (AFP) - For the first time in a decade, German editors plan to attend a book fair in Tehran in May, in the latest sign of a thawing in bilateral relations. The editors will attend the Tehran Book Fair from May 4-14, organizers of the Frankfurt Book Fair said in a communique >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Ettelaat) - Interview with Pouran Derakhsnadeh, one of the growing number of women filmmakers >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Noruz shows

Tehran (Mosharekat) - What is Iranian television showing during Noruz? Hmmmm... >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Two new books in Azari (Turkish) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - A complete list of when and where (and with which country) the Iranian national soccer team will play in the coming months >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Past year

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - A look back at Iranian soccer in the past year... Khasteh nabaasheed! >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - All the soccer coaches are complaining about the terrible condition of the turf at Azadi stadium. Isn't it time to play soccer on a decent layer of grass? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Of course! It's the Americans!

We think the escalation in violence and attacks in Iran for several weeks now is part of a plot stirred up by the Americans.

-- Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
March 15, 2000

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