The Iranian Times

Thursday, March 23, 2000 / Farvardin 4, 1379, No. 944

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Life in death
Walking through a cemetery in London

Photographs by Jami
March 23, 2000
The Iranian

These incredibly rich photographs were shot in London's Highgate cemetery a few months ago. The images of ghostly angels, fallen leaves and lonely trees are so powerful that they they don't give sadness a chance. They make you think. They don't glorify death but remind us of the value of life >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Forty-Two >>> GO TO FEATURE


The Threat to Reform
An interview with Mohammed Ali Abtahi, chief of staff to Iranian President Mohammed Khatami

March 20, 2000

TIME's Tehran correspondent Azadeh Moaveni met with Mohammed Ali Abtahi, chief of staff to Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, just three days after the assassination attempt on leading reformist Saeed Hajjarian. Abtahi discussed the implications of the attack for the President and his reform movement. Excerpts: >>> FULL TEXT



Parry Aftab is a cyberspace lawyer, author and child advocate. As the Executive Director of, the largest online safety and educational program in cyberspace which was awarded the President's Service Award in October, 1998, Ms Aftab works with law enforcement to police the Internet >>> GO HERE

More Letters

* Great disappointment

Kambiz Atabai writes: Letter to U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright:

National interest or political expediency overrides any consideration for propriety and loyalty. However, higher standards are expected from a super power. For those Iranians who worked hard and served their country before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, your speech at the American-Iranian Council came as a great disappointment...

The U.S. government, driven by its own national interest and at the prodding of the British, decided to assist the Iranian opposition to Premier Mossadegh who was in clear breach of the Constitution. The role of the CIA in the uprisings of August 1953 has been greatly exaggerated. Do you really believe that it is possible with a budget of "one, or perhaps two, hundred thousand dollars" to have a national uprising and a change of government? Your assessment of the situation is an expedient rewriting of history. Many Iranians who played a part in those events find your remarks objectionable >>> FULL TEXT

* Pro-American

Roger Teves writes: Your newsletter seems to be biased in favor of Western (American junk) culture as per articles published herein. I believe the people of the world desrve a more balanced, well researched presentation. Still I'm thankful of your efforts to upgrade eastern media activities. I'm for preserving native cultures and get banged up by junk! In solidarity with the great Iranian people!

rogelio-rustico X

Art: Four Iranian artists in New York

March 24 though April 28 (opening reception 18:30 to to 21:00) -- Drawing The Line: Four Iranian Artists Living In New York presents a selection of mixed-media paintings and works on paper by the artists Ardeshir Mohasses, Nicky Nodjumi, Nahid Hagigat and Hengameh Fouladvand at La Maison, Columbia University >>> DETAILS 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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* 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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Hajjarian improving

March 23, (AP) -- CAIRO, Egypt ­­ An Iranian reformist shot at point-blank range in Tehran nearly two weeks ago is breathing on his own, recognizes friends and relatives and communicates through nods and eye movements, his doctors were reported as saying Thursday. Saeed Hajjarian, a Tehran city councilor, publisher and confidant of President Mohammad Khatami, was shot in the face March 12 by a gunman on a motorcycle. University chemistry student Saeed Asgar has been arrested and accused of the shooting. Further details about the suspect or motive have not been released. >>> FULL TEXT

Aziz slams Albright over Iran-Iraq war remarks

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz on Thursday accused Secretary of State Madeleine Albright of lying when she said Washington had supported Iraq in its 1980-88 war with Iran. ``This lady is accustomed to telling lies ... She is specialized at distorting facts and telling lies,'' Aziz told reporters after attending a rally held in Baghdad to mark the first anniversary of NATO air war against Yugoslavia >>> FULL TEXT

Smuggled Iraqi gas oil said worth $500 mln-$1 bln

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The value of gas oil smuggled by Iraq through Iranian waters, in defiance of U.N. sanctions, could total between $500 million and $1 billion this year, or more than in all four previous years, a U.N. committee was told on Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Oil steadies after heavy pre-OPEC sell-off

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) - Oil prices edged a little higher on Thursday, stemming a heavy slide over recent weeks from record heights in anticipation of an OPEC deal to raise exports >>> FULL TEXT

News during Noruz

Tehran (Iran daily) - Iranian newspapers traditionally close down for the Noruz holidays. Not this year. Not the reformist papers at least >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Female actors

Tehran (Iran Javvan) - Difficulties facing Iranian female actors: an interview with Shaghayegh Farahani >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN -- Part one -- Part two -- Part three


Tehran (Iran daily) - BBC collaborates with Iranian company to make documentary film >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran requests match with Egypt

Iran Sports Press - The Egyptian Football Federation said on Thursday that it had received a telegraph from the Iranian Football Federation requesting that dates be finalized for the meeting of the two countries in the Afro-Asian Cup finals >>> FULL TEXT

Azizi's team t start new season

Iran Sports Press - Press Release from the San Jose Earthquakes: After an offseason filled with many changes - including the team's name, colors and logos - the San Jose Earthquakes (0-0-0, 0 points) get the 2000 season underway this Saturday with a road contest against the Columbus Crew (0-1-0, 0 points). One of the team's most important changes was the addition of star striker Khodadad Azizi of Iran >>> FULL TEXT


Interview with Mohsen Kadivar

Reformist Mohsen Kadivar, after obtaining leave from prison where he is serving an eighteen month sentence, where he is serving an eighteen month sentence for what the Special Clergy Court called "insulting islam", went straight to the hospital to visit Saeed Hajjarian. Mr. Kadivar sounded very optimistic about Mr. Hajjarian's recovery, today, March 19 2000. Maria Sarsalari talks with him.

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