The Iranian Times

Thursday, March 30, 2000 / Farvardin 11, 1379, No. 949

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Shavad aayaa keh degar...?

By Morteza Mirbaghian
March 30, 2000
The Iranian



Nosy relatives
People in Iran quickly get involved in your situation

March 30, 2000
The Iranian

Letter to The Iranian:

The article written by Cyrus Raafat ["Real Iranian girls"] inspired me to go to Iran during last December. I corresponded with this brother for a while and then got my papers together and went to Iran for the first time in my life, having been born in the United States in 1975.

People in Iran quickly get involved in your situation, watch out. There are the doomsayers, the jealous, and the troublemakers who try to ruin your little pleasures for reasons you'll never understand! Unlike Cyrus, I speak Farsi pretty well, having gone to a Persian school here in the U.S., and I could figure out the innuendos and slights made by this or that nosy relative!>>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Forty-Seven >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iranian pundits reflect evolution of the revolution
Two U.S.-educated scholars view America, homeland in new ways

By Barbara Slavin
March 30, 2000

WASHINGTON -- He became an Islamic revolutionary in Pasadena, Texas.

A student in the late 1970s at San Jacinto College, Nasser Hadian was one of thousands of Iranians who availed themselves of U.S. political freedoms to organize and call for the overthrow of a despotic government back home.

Angry at the United States for backing the shah, Hadian returned to Iran to support its Islamic revolution. Now he is among the most sought-after Iranian pundits for a U.S. foreign policy elite struggling to keep up with dizzying political changes that are once again drawing Iran closer to the West >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Farhad Sepahbody


Iran-U.S. poll

Letter to The Iranian:

Dear Sirs

My name is Stewart George and I represent a web site called Peoples Poll.

In order to guage public reaction, our editors recently posted a question on our site asking the public if they supported President Clinton's recent moves to thaw relations with Iran -- 44% of respondents said "yes" they did and 45% said "no" they didn't.

What are your reactions to this public view and what do you feel is to be gained from such an initiative?

Your contribution will be of significant value to our voters -- thank you in advance for your views.

Yours Sincerely,

Stewart George

More Letters

* No justice

Nariman N. writes: I would like to comment on the issue of Terry Anderson's "judgement" against Iran which was addressed in Bradley Hernlem's article ["Who to blame"]. When the judge announced that the Iranian government must pay Anderson $341 million as compensation for his 7 years of captivity, I wrote a letter to Anderson via email.

Unlike Dr. Hernlem's letter, mine was not very diplomatic. There is no longer any room for diplomacy here. Far be it from the fact that the Iranian government is not directly responsible for his ordeal, since he was held in Lebanon by an Arab resistance group, a U.S. federal court does not even have the jurisdiction to tell a sovereign nation's government what to do. That is obvious. Americans will forever think that the rest of the world should be subordinate to their laws and should do what it tells them to do >>> FULL TEXT

* Love your radio show

Mark Rush writes regarding Radio Saba in Kansas City ["Broadcasting pioneers"]:

Although I am not Iranian and only know a few words of Farsi, I love listening to your program when I can (usually on Sundays). The music is very nice.

I also really like the sound of Farsi - it reminds me of my best friend back in college days - a guy named Reza Shaikhzadeh from Abadan - and two very special Iranian women I was lucky enough to mee: Shoreh and Shideh.

Iranians are some of the best people you will ever meet, and I am glad to be able to hear you here in Kansas City. Thanks for your radio show!

Film: "Sweet Agony" at DC film fest

Ali Reza Davood Nezha's "Sweet Agony" (Masaaeb-e Shirin) will be shown at the Washington DC film festival (Thursday, April 6, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday April 7, 2000 at 7:00 p.m.) at Tenley Theater (4200 Wisconsin Ave, Washington, DC) >>> DETAILS HERE


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Human rights reform in Iran an irreversible trend: UN

GENEVA, March 30 (AFP) - Reform of Iran's human rights situation is an irreversible trend and is expected to pick up speed, while a sense of accountability is also emerging, a UN rapporteur said Thursday. But resistance to change in Iran still exists, a fact made clear by press reports, in themselves a reflection of freedom of expression, special representative Maurice Danby Copithorne told journalists >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami's brother summoned by press court

TEHRAN, March 30 (AFP) - Mohammad-Reza Khatami, brother of the Iranian president and publisher of the reformist daily Mosharekat (Participation), was summoned Thursday to appear before the country's press court, IRNA reported. Khatami has been named as a defendant in a "private defamation and libel suit," and is to stand trial "next week, perhaps later next month," the official news agency said without further comment >>> FULL TEXT

Taliban ask Iran to deny sanctuary to escaped rival leader

KABUL, March 30 (AFP) - Afghanistan's ruling Taliban militia Thursday asked neighbouring Iran not to give sanctuary to escaped anti-militia leader Ismail Khan, saying this would damage improving bilateral ties. Taliban Information Minister Mawlawi Qudratullah Jamal, however, said he believed Khan was still hiding inside Afghanistan >>> FULL TEXT

Japan says arms issue won't affect Iran relations

TOKYO, March 29 (Reuters) - Japan said on Wednesday it did not expect any diplomatic fallout over the alleged involvement of a senior Iranian diplomat and OPEC official in illegal military exports from Japan. ``We are not linking this incident to our relations with Iran,'' said Ryu Yamazaki, press secretary at Japan's Foreign Ministry. ``This incident is being left up to the authorities who are investigating.'' >>> FULL TEXT

Iran again slams US pressure on OPEC

TEHRAN, March 30 (AFP) - Iran Thursday hit out again at US pressure on OPEC member states to increase oil production levels in order to lower oil prices. "American pressures on OPEC are in violation of the international rules of free commerce and trade," state radio quoted foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi as saying >>> FULL TEXT

Who's next?

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - At first they came for the Jews, but I didn't say anything because I'm not a Jew... and then they came for my colleague at Asr-e Azadegan >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Not a happy Noruz for films

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Films screened during this Noruz season are hit by slow ticket sales due to lack of TV ads and >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Cinema Maks (Pause)

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - They call themselves the followers of Abbas Kiarostami. And they want to start a new movement in Iranian cinema >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Daei: "I will score against Syria"

Iran Sports Press - In interviews with IRIB in Damascus, stars of the Iranian National Football Team spoke about their upcoming games in the Asian Cup qualifiers. Iran's star striker Ali Daei said: "I will score against Syria again. We have come to Syria to become the champion of Group 2." >>> FULL TEXT

Syria: Iran can be beaten

Iran Sports Press - The Syrian media in recent days has made an effort to build the confidense of its team in hopes of passing through the rough seas ahead in the Asian Cup qualifiers. While most of the media in Syria acknowledge Iran's supremacy in the group, they heighlight Syria's last draw with Iran in Tehran, where the visiting side managed to score 2 goals before thousands of Iranian fans >>> FULL TEXT

Azizi's Earthquakes look for win

Iran Sports Press - Following an unfortunate ending to their 2000 season opener, the Earthquakes (0-1-0, 0 points, fourth in MLS West) look to bounce back in their second straight match on the road. This weekend's opponent, the Miami Fusion (1-0-1, 4 points, first in MLS East), is coming off a 3-1 victory over the MetroStars >>> FULL TEXT



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I believe the trend to change, to reform [in Iran] is now in effect irreversible. The question will be more at what speed it progresses.

-- Maurice Danby Copithorne, U.N. human rights rapporteur
March 30, 2000

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