The Iranian Times

Friday, March 31, 2000 / Farvardin 12, 1379, No. 950

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Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Forty-Eight >>> GO TO FEATURE


'The Color of Paradise'

Wall Street Journal
March 31, 2000

'The Color of Paradise' : Words can't convey the beauty of Majid Majidi's "The Color of Paradise," and not just because this Iranian film is a captivating human drama. Words simply don't exist for some of the hues captured by the camera -- colors off to the side of mauve or teal, variations on the ancient Persian fondness for lavender. In one sense the visual splendor is poignant, because the spunky eight-year-old hero, Mohammad, is blind. He can't savor the glaucous cast of a stucco dome on a small rural shrine, can't feast his eyes on the periwinkle expanse of alfalfa fields. (Or "alfa alfa," as the shaky subtitles have it.) But the movie celebrates other senses too. >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Ramin Tabib


April fools?

Googoosh to be interviewed on Iranian state TV... DETAILS HERE

Thanks to Ali Sabaie

More Letters

* Demonization of Iran

Masoud Neshat writes: In response to Mr. Stewart George's letter ["Iran-U.S. Poll"] I must say that the result of this poll is an honest reflection of twenty years of constant, systematic, and severe demonization of Iran as a country, and Iranians as a culture by the U.S. media. Of course this has been backed and supported by Iran haters, bashers, and their lobbyists >>> FULL TEXT

Pressure cooker
* Vicious self-loathing

By Banafsheh Zand

I'm really nauseated by the judgments that Iranian men and women pass on each other. As I've said many times before in my never-ending rants, the fact is that there's something predominantly negative and judgmental about our culture. Women have attitude problems with other women, families have inexplicably contrary dispositions toward each other, and men hold dim views of other men and so on. Somehow we are a culture of suspicious minds AND YET, we seem to bask in the splendor of ourselves!...

I could be wrong but it seems to me that this vicious circle of self-loathing that we espoused generations ago, appears to be the mindset of a culture that's been/felt conquered time and time again. The Mongols rode in and pillaged; the Arabs attacked and imposed their dominion. The British, the Russians, The Americans and now our own turn on us! >>> FULL TEXT

Music: Sima Bina in Washington DC

SIMA BINA Saturday April 8, 2000 GW Lisner Auditorium 730 21st St. NW Washington, DC 20052

A captivating vocalist, Sima Bina is one of the leading exponents of the traditional music of Khorasan in Eastern Iran. For two decades she has done extensive research on Persian folk songs, collecting, recording, writing and re-interpreting popular regional music. By traveling to many remote areas, she has been able to gather and revive a collection of almost forgotten songs and melodies. In 1994, she became the first female Iranian vocalist to tour the West since the revolution.


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Rafsanjani says US must apologize before ties restored

TEHRAN, March 31 (AFP) - Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who still plays an influential role in the regime, said Friday the United States must apologize to Iran before relations can be normalized. "They absolutely must apologize to show their good will," Rafsanjani said after US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's announcement last month of the lifting of some US economic sanctions against Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani blasts OPEC for "cave in" to US pressures on production

T TEHRAN, March 31 (AFP) - Influential former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday blasted Iran's OPEC colleagues for "caving in" to US pressure after the cartel opted to boost output in a bid to slash prices. "OPEC has unfortunately caved in to superpower pressures and approved the pillaging of its members' resources," he said during a sermon at weekly prayers at Tehran university >>> FULL TEXT

Buchanan: Lift Iraq, Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Reform Party presidential hopeful Patrick Buchanan says the United States should stabilize oil prices in part by lifting sanctions on Iran and Iraq, selling them oil-drilling equipment and threatening to withhold military help from Persian Gulf allies unless crude prices fall to $20 a barrel. ``None of these Gulf regimes is worth another war,'' Buchanan says in prepared remarks for his speech today at Boston University. ``We should play hardball with those who play hardball with us.'' >>> FULL TEXT

Art: popular but not profitable

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Art shows in Tehran attract plenty of visitors but sales are rare. A report on the art scene during the past year >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Touran Farhat's art show

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Touran Farhat's paintings on display at Kamalolmolk Gallyer. A review >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Three Muskateers

Tehran (Hamshahri) - A translation of "The Three Muskateers", Alexandere Dumas' classic adventure, has been out of print for many years. The new edition is out in a three volume set. >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran thrashes Maldives 8-0

Iran Sports Press - Report with video vlips of all the goals: Maldives resisted well against Iran in the early minutes of the match. However, Iran created afew chances before scoring. Overall the Iranian team looked incohesive. Sloppy passing and poor shooting allowed Maldives to escape this match conceding only eight goals >>> FULL TEXT

Talebi: We will play better in next game

Iran Sports Press - Jalal Talebi, the head coach of the Iranian National Team, said in an interview with IRIB following Friday's qualification games, that he was not pleased with the overall performance of the Iranian team but reassured that the Iranian team will play better in its upcoming games >>> FULL TEXT

Syria in 1-0 win over Bahrain

Iran Sports Press - Following the Iran-Maldives match, Bahrain and Syria took to the field. In preceding days to this match coaches of both teams viewed on another as the 'team to beat', in order to keeping hopes of qualifying alive. With a packed stadium, Syria dominated most of the match and obtained the much needed three points >>> FULL TEXT



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