The Iranian Times

Friday, March 17, 2000 / Esfand 27, 1378, No. 940

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Flower delivery in Iran

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Agha Mehti
Can't keep still in one country

By Mohandes
March 17, 2000
The Iranian

"If I see that S.O.B. who convinced me to come to Canada I know how to deal with him! Oh! I so miss being in Spain!"

This is what Agha Mehti told me in Persian last summer during my visit to Canada. We were introduced by a mutual friend, who told him I was coming from Europe.

Agha Mehti is a small man with a curved body and a a typical northern Persian face. When I asked him if he was a shomali, he said: "What? Are you kidding me?!". So, he corrected me and said he is from Tehroon! >>> GO TO FEATURE


Colorful dreams
Watercolors by Mandana Dalaei-Khojasteh

March 17, 2000
The Iranian

Mandana Dalaei-Khojasteh is an Iranian-born, New York-based artist whose work features the dream of Persian gardens, vast meadows with colorful flowers along with different brilliant colors of Iranian tribeswomen's outfits and headscarves.

The inspiration for these works often originate from the themes and metaphores of Persian literature. Her works reflect the social and cultural contents of traditional Iranian life where the originality of dreams, thoughts and expression has made a unique multicultural nation. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Thirty-seven >>> GO TO FEATURE


Guns and the bookworm

The Economist
March 17, 2000

WHENEVER Iran takes a step forward, something clutches at its heel. Last weekend, an assailant shot Saeed Hajjarian, a political strategist who helped to bring about reformist victories at recent elections. For several years, Mr Hajjarian has worked behind the scenes to loosen the country's constraints. As he approached Tehran's city council on March 12th, a group of men distracted him while two others drove towards him on a motorbike. A gunman jumped off to fire two shots: policemen on the spot, even though armed with machineguns, failed to arrest him. One bullet missed, but the other lodged in Mr Hajjarian's neck. At mid-week he was in a coma, critically ill.>>> FULL TEXT


Only furniture

Letter to The Iranian:

We are exporting Iranian furniture to South America such as P{anama and Europe as a France or Arabic country such as Dubai, Qatar, Yemen.

SANAYEA CHOOB MAJLESI CO. is the only company in Iran that it is exporting only furniture. Welcome any time, more detail please send the e-mail

Thank you.

Mohsen Zohourian


More Letters

* Yaar dar khaaneh

Neda X writes in reply to Gold-Boy:

Naameye ziba va saraasar ehsaase to ra be Iranian khaandam va baraaye tamami e ensanhaye paak va sadeghi ke az zendegi yek donya entezaar va hezaarha aarezoo daarand geristam....

Man ham paj saale pish dorost baa hamaan afkar va ehsaasate to az Iran khaarej shodam va mikham kami az tajrobiate khodam baraat begam. Man injaa baa iraanihaye ziadi barkhord kardam va be jor-at meetoonam begam ke hichkodaam az aanha ehsaase khoshbakhti nemikonnand. Aadam vaghti ke hanooz tooye Irane hameye moshkelaate khodesh ro be vaziate jaame-e nesbat mide, amma vaghti ke vaarede donyaye be-estelaah AZAD mishe taaze halish mishe ke ei baaba faghat ghesmati az oon moshkelaat marboot be ouzae-ejtemaaii boodeh.

To migi tafrih nadaari. Fekr mikoni injaa tafrihe javoona chie? Unhayee ke saalem hastand tafriheshoon Cinema, koohnavardi, safar va injoor chizast ke dar Iran ham gheire momken nist, amma ba kamaale ta-asof bayad begam ke tafrihe kheiliha gozarandane shab taa sobh dar disco, mast kardan va baalaa avordaneh >>> FULL TEXT

Music: Persian music at Kennedy Center

You are cordially invited to attend a Persian music event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC next Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 - 7:00 pm EST. This event is completely free and open to the public. If you cannot attend the celebrations in person, you may view the event on your home computer, live on the Internet >>> HERE


Books & Music from Iran

Check our fourteen new books from Iran including an authoritative history of the Achamenid empire, writings by leading reformists, Forough Farrokhzad's complete works, exquisite books of classical poetry with miniatures, Manichaean psalms and more! >>> 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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Three hours of interviews, trainings, matches, Biographies, and fans of Iranian National Soccer Team, covering Iran's soccer history from 1978-2000. Premium quality. Produced by: Alireza AmirGhasemi & Behrouz Deravi.

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Albright readies Iran announcement

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Clinton administration is setting the stage for a major policy announcement designed to encourage reformists in Iran. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will make a major speech here Friday to the American-Iranian Council, a private group based in Princeton, N.J., that seeks better relations with Tehran, State Department spokesman James P. Rubin said today >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says U.S. export cover could help food trade

TEHRAN, March 15 (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it was ready to buy farm goods and medicine from the United States, but indicated that purchases were hampered by a lack of U.S. export guarantees. ``The Americans have allowed the sale of grain and medicine to Iran to break into a new market. In any case, we are ready to buy at competitive prices,'' Iranian Commerce Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari said >>> FULL TEXT

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. Dr Mohammad Ghodsi, spokesman for Hajarian's medical team, told journalists Hajarian's blood circulation was under full control and the assistance to his breathing from a ventilator would be reduced over the next few days >>> FULL TEXT

Author of death threat against Hajjarian arrested: press

TEHRAN, March 16 (AFP) - The alleged author of a death threat against leading Iranian reformist Said Hajarian before Sunday's attempt on his life has been arrested, a press report said Thursday, quoting a government official. The daily Kar-o Karegar, quoting an official of the intelligence ministry, said the man was named Ahmadi, but gave no further information >>> FULL TEXT

Author of death threat against Hajjarian arrested: press

March 16 (Fath daily) - Ansar Hezbollah hardliners have issued what amounts to a death threat against reformists >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran bows to complaints over Afghan refugee deportations

TEHRAN, March 16 (AFP) - Iran told representatives of refugee organisations Thursday it would concentrate on voluntary repatriation of Afghans living in the country, implying that a wave of deportations is over, a source with one of the organisations told AFP. "Iran considers it a priority to implement the agreement concluded in February" with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the source said >>> FULL TEXT

Iran refuses accused Jews to choose lawyers

NEW YORK, March 16 (AFP) - A judge in the Iranian city of Shiraz, who will preside over the trial of 13 Jews on espionage charges, has refused to let them choose their own lawyers, according to a Jewish advocacy group based here. In a statement released Wednesday, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CPMAJO) said "the judge is insisting on court appointed attorneys. >>> FULL TEXT

Turkmens may boost gas supply to Iran to 13 bcm/yr

ASHGABAT, March 16 (Reuters) - Turkmenistan may ship rising volumes of natural gas to southern neighbour Iran in coming years by boosting the annual capacity of an existing pipeline to 13 billion cubic metres, Turkmen officials said on Thursday. Foreign Minister Boris Shikhmuradov told reporters on the fringes of an oil and gas conference that Turkmenistan could send up to 13 bcm of natural gas through the Turkmen-Iran pipeline by the end of 2000 >>> FULL TEXT

Film reviews

Tehran (Hamshahri) - A review of Iranian films screened in the past three months and persisting problems >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Year book

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Film magazine has published its year book on Iranian cinema >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - A short story about Noruz during the Iran-Iraq war >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran daily) - Sports writers select the year's best athletes >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - The national soccer team has arrived in Cyprus >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Sports highlights of the past year >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Mr Hajjarian once predicted that if he and others at the Strategic Studies Centre had left Mr Khatami to his own devices, he would have remained "a bookworm in the National Library", which he directed in the mid-1990s. As Mr Hajjarian clings to life, there is a growing demand that the president should safeguard the spirit of the man who helped to rescue him from obscurity.

-- The Economist
March 17, 2000

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