The Iranian Times

Tuesday, March 21, 2000 / Farvardin 2, 1379, No. 942

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The Herbalist
The crowning achievement of his life was his treatment of gonorrhea and syphilis

By Massud Alemi
March 21, 2000
The Iranian

Every family has an anchor, a source of light, mantle of honor. Ours came to Tehran at the turn of the last century, amid the rumors of the Qajar demise and the sparks of the Constitutional Revolution. It was 1906 when my family began to be uprooted.

A week after his arrival, Taghi went to Hakim Akhtar's house, on Ark Street, behind frisky elms and spirited plane trees. Directions in hand, he found it, a modest house of learning in a prime neighborhood, with white columns and elaborate windows that opened to the sun, something out of a storybook. The front yard tiles were rinsed as they were every morning, and the flowers' musky perfume sent its invitation to the farthest beehives. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Wonders of Persia
First Iranian children's art show in the U.S.

By Maryam Ovissi
March 21, 2000
The Iranian

About two years ago, Nazli Irani Monahan had a vision to bring artwork from children in Iran to the International Children's Art Museum (ICAM) in San Francisco. As a volunteer at ICAM, Nazli noticed that artwork from children all over the world was in ICAM's collection, but none from Iran. She decided to spearhead a project to bring children's art from Iran and she did.

During the process of obtaining the work, ICAM closed temporarily and has yet to reopen. Nazli was still determined to realize the first exhibition Iranian children's artwork in the U.S. Her dream is about to come true. The exhibit, "Wonders of Persia", will open from tomorrow until April 20 at The Presidio Alliance Building in San Francisco. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Thirty-Nine >>> GO TO FEATURE


Rising tide
Changing images of the U.S. in the Iranian press

By Jahanshah Javid

There are strong indications that after 20 years, images of the U.S. in Iranian media have softened. Many die-hard revolutionaries have stopped accusing Washington of trying to dominate Iran or destroy Islam. Notably, a number of hostage-takers-turned-journalists have all but repented and are advocating the restoration of ties with America >>> FULL TEXT


Aint he sweet
President Clinton's Noruz message

I extend my best wishes for the New Year to Americans of Iranian origin, and to the people of Iran. I hope this season will bring the start of a new era of better relations between our two countries >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Reza

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    Pressure cooker
    * Two and two

By Banafsheh Zand

The sad fact is that in 21 years neither Iranians nor Americans have learned ANYTHING. The cavalier American still figures it can bamboozle anyone and the Napoleon-complexed Iranian still begrudgingly placates. If Americans don't stop hustling the world, and Iranians don't realize that they shouldn't be selling themselves short, we'll be back at square one in no time >>> FULL TEXT

* Bunch of crap

Ali S. writes: Excellent observations by Mr. Mirfendereski ["Not so bright"]. Reading on, I recall an incident with the USS Vincennes and an Iran Air carrier not more than a few years ago. You'll recall how much press coverage that little SNAFU (situation normal all f**ked up) got in the US.

Further, about five or six years ago there was a rather small incident in China (Tiananmen Square protests)! You guys remember that, don't you? It had all the human rights agencies screaming bloody murder. However, China gets rewarded with the Most Favored Nation status which essentially means (no tariffs) its goods will compete with local goods. >>> FULL TEXT

* Why wear the hejab?

Yasaman Mottaghipour writes: Reading your feature on "Why women don't learn Karate" brought back my experience with similar questions as my daughter was growing up...

Nastaran is 13 now and her questioning of the world and its politics has changed. Also she was born in Iran and lived there for nine years which will make it all different from other Iranian children born outside of Iran. When she was very young and was living in Iran it was a question of wanting to wear the hejab as a sign of being an adult. >>> FULL TEXT

Art: Children's art show in San Francisco

Wonders of Persia: Art Exhibition, Contest, Persian Dance. Opening: Wednesday, March 22, 2000 6-9 p.m. Ends April 20. Place: The Presidio Alliance Building #563, Presidio Park, San Francisco (end of Lombard Street to Presidio Park's Lombard Gate, first left into Ruger), Contact: (925) 253-1776 >>>FEATURE 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

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Gunmen in Hajjarian shooting identified

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The Intelligence Ministry on Tuesday identified a university student as the gunman in the attack on a leading Iranian reformist. Iranian television quoted the official in charge of the investigation as saying chemistry student Saeed Asgar shot Saeed Hajjarian, a city councilman and confidant of President Mohammad Khatami, on March 12 >>> FULL TEXT

Hajjarian's paper blasts murderous "shadow government"

TEHRAN, March 21 (AFP) - Most Iranians believe there is a murderous "shadow government" that holds the true power in the nation, said a pro-reform newspaper Tuesday whose chief is fighting for his life after an assassination attempt. The claim in the Sobh-e-Emruz daily comes as its director Said Hajarian, a close ally of President Mohammad Khatami and a leader in the reform movement, is still in hospital after being gunned down in broad daylight last week >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami to visit Germany

BERLIN, March 21 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammed Khatami is to pay an official visit to Germany by July at the latest, a senior German foreign ministry official who requested anonymity said Tuesday. Khatami is expected "in July, perhaps before," the official said >>> FULL TEXT

Iran accuses US of "lack of honesty" in latest overture

TEHRAN, March 21 (AFP) - Iran accused the United States of a "lack of honesty" Tuesday after Secretary of State Madeleine Albright dismissed a lukewarm reaction from Tehran to the latest overture from Washington. "The contradictory comments from US officials, spoken in an inappropriate tone, show not only their ignorance of the geography of the region, but also their lack of honesty in their relations with the Islamic Republic," said a statement from foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi carried by state radio >>> FULL TEXT

Iran-U.S. ties unnerve Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iraq ­­ Iraq views warming ties between Iran and the United States with fear and suspicion ­ perhaps enough of both to make it consider improving its own relations with its regional rival and with the world's remaining superpower >>> FULL TEXT

Oil steadies after drop from historic high

LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) - World oil prices steadied on Tuesday having plunged from historic highs in the last two weeks on signals that major exporters will ease supply curbs next month. International benchmark Brent Blend crude oil futures for May delivery recovered to end 51 cents higher at $25.72 per barrel, having slumped $1.35 per barrel on Monday. >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. bill would cut OPEC aid for fixing oil prices

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives, looking to halt the rise in oil prices, is set to vote Wednesday on legislation to cut off U.S. aid and arms sales to oil producing countries that try to fix crude oil prices. Lawmakers are hoping the legislation, which is opposed by the Clinton Administration, will pressure OPEC (Organization of Oil Exporting Countries) to raise its oil production levels as the cartel gathers in Vienna next Monday to decide its new output policy.>>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Mosharekat) - Review of Iranian theater in the past year (PDF file) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

War movie, with a twist

Tehran (Cinema) - Davoud Tohid-parast talks about his latest film, "Massoum": A basiji and a secular man fall in love with the same girl >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

New laws

Tehran (Cinema) - The new Majlis should draft new laws that would give better protection to filmmakers, says Morteza Shayesteh >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Disappointment continues for Hertha Berlin

Iran Sports Press - Hertha Berlin continued their losing streak on Tuesday night as they were defeated by Porto infront of over 30,000 fans at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. Hertha came into this game without a single win in the second round of Group A of the Champions League. Iranian national Ali Daei played the entire match >>> FULL TEXT

Talebi: "Mousavi, Mahdavikia and Dinmohammadi have arrived"

Iran Sports Press - In a media conference in Cyprus on Tuesday, Jalal Talebi, the head coach of the Iranian National Team, said the Iranian team is currently in a 'good condition' as there are no injuries on the team >>> FULL TEXT

Azizi: First training photos

Iran Sports Press - Pictures from Khodadad Azizi's first day at the San Jose Earthquakes training session >>> FULL TEXT


Interview with Ahmad Khomeini

Interview with Ahmad Khomeini conducted over fifteen years ago. Hear him discuss his father, childhood and other subjects.

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Not impressed

Every time I call home, my mother tells me how the Iranian population is totally peeved about not being able to send carpets, nuts and frigging fish eggs to the US.

-- Ali S.
Letter to The Iranian
March 21, 2000

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