The Iranian Times

Tuesday, March 28, 2000 / Farvardin 9, 1379, No. 947

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A voice in the crowd
Arash heard the closing whistle of the rocket, his insides telling him that it was close

By Babak Morvarid
March 28, 2000
The Iranian

As Arash was about to read, the power went out. This happened often in Tehran, especially when there was an Iraqi air raid. The planes would come and the alarm would sound. Then the lights went out, the alarm sounding loud and louder.

Arash's neighbor's father used to become very nervous in the beginning. "Give me a Valium, doctor!" he would ask Arash's dad, sweating and shaking in the hand holding a cigarette. "It would be better for it to hit us," he would say. "Yes sir. Otherwise, this way, I will lose my mind!" He made everyone nervous. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Forty-Five >>> GO TO FEATURE


New face for Iran's ski slopes
Sign warning men not to look at unrelated women

By Andrew North
BBC World Service
March 28, 2000

There was an excited shout from behind me. Looking up the ski slope, I could see an Iranian man making fast, expert turns, enjoying the fresh powder snow that had fallen the night before.

Just behind him was a woman on a snowboard, his wife or girlfriend perhaps.

Both were wearing the latest figure-hugging ski gear, with wrap-around shades. I was at Dizin, widely regarded as being Iran's premier ski resort. >>> FULL TEXT


To Akbar Ganji, with lotta love

Political columnist Akbar Ganji gets a lot of fan mail and phone messages for his attacks against conservatives >>> HERE'S ONE

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

More Letters

    * Iran Air dreams

    Captain Omid Nekouei writes: I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the article about the history of Iran Air and the players involved in building what became one of the best airlines this industry has ever seen ["The evolution of the Iranian airline industry"]. My father worked for Iran Air and most of the names that you mentioned in the article bring back pleasant memories of my father talking about work over dinner those days

    Being part of the Iran Air family, inspired me since age four to become a pilot. Unfortunately, I could not achieve my childhood dream in the cockpit of one of those beautiful Homa birds. I currently fly for United Airlines as a captain and everytime I see an Iran Air picture, it sends chills up my spine and brings back tremendous memories.

    My father passed away on February 19, 2000 in Iran at the young age of fifty and every time we talked on the phone somehow we ended up talking about airplanes and Iran Air. Though I'm sure he was proud of what I have achieved, I know he always dreamed of me flying for Iran Air.

    Well, what would life be without those memories? Thank you so much for the great article and keep up the good work.

* Best novel

James W. Young writes: I am still following every chapter of "Conspiracy in desert one" with great enthusiasm. This is one of the best novels I have read in English in recent years. Thank you for sharing your writings with us.

13 Bedar: Seattle & Washington DC

Seattle: Iranians of the greater Seattle area will be gathering at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah on Saturday for a day of fun and games. Bring your own picnic baskets, toys, games, balls etc. and have a good time with your friends. This event is not sponsored by AIWS and is held rain-or-shine! Single girls: Plenty of grass will be available for tying knots :-) >>> DETAILS HERE

Washington DC: Cabin John Park, Bethesda. WHEN: Saturday April 1 (13th. of Farvardin, 1378), around 10am. DIRECTIONS: From 495 take 270 North - Exit 1A Democracy Blvd. - Make left at Old Grgtwn Rd. - Make left at Tuckerman Lane - After 1-2 miles, you will see the park's sign on your left - Drive up the roadway - Park and join the group! It will be "ghaablemeh sar-e khod" (i.e. bring your own food).


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Iran fears effect of falling oil prices on its economy

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Chevron says hopes for role in Iran oil sector soon

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No. 1 pianist in Paris

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Patriarchy on stage

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Noruz programs on TV: Ah!

Tehran (Iran daily) - Zoroaster's birthday party in Isfahan (born 3,738 years ago in Orumiyeh) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Daei invited to awards ceremony

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Talebi: "Our opponents will not be easy"

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Interview with Khakpour

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