The Iranian Times

Wednesday, May 3, 2000 / Ordibehesht 14, 1379, No. 973

Flower delivery in Iran

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Flower delivery in Iran

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No way back
Ebrahim Nabavi is confident about the reform movement

By Pedram Moallemian
May 3, 2000
The Iranian

Whether you agree with his point of view or not, there is no doubt that Ebrahim Nabavi has single handedly brought back a long tradition of political satire to the Iranian print media...

Ebrahim Nabavi was in Toronto in response to an invitation from Shahrvand publication and Vazhe cultural group... A small man with a grand moustache that reminds many of the 60's era radicals, Nabavi is sharp, funny, witty and calculating >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran prepares for decisive vote

By Guy Dinmore in Shiraz
Financial Times, London
May 3, 2000

Iranians will vote on Friday in the second and final round of parliamentary elections that will determine whether the conservatives, heavily defeated by reformists in the first stage, can secure enough seats to block crucial legislation. Under Iran's electoral system, the ballot will take place in 66 of the 290 constituencies where the leading candidate failed to win more than 25 per cent of the vote >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Heritage
Excellence in education awards

The Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH) conducted its third annual graduation ceremony for outstanding graduating students of Iranian background on April 22, 2000 at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, recognizing academic achievements by students of Iranian heritage. The event was attended by about 300 friends and family members of the graduates WINNERS HERE



New York, May 3, 2000 --The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual list of the Ten Worst Enemies of the Press today, calling to account those whose actions make them personally responsible for the abysmal press conditions of their countries. Sierra Leone's Foday Sankoh, Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Yugoslavia's Slobodan Milosevic head this year's list FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Ban on discussion

Mamad Rastgoo writes: In response to your letter's section "Newspaper ban is right" by Mr. Murtaza Sarwary, I would kindly disagree.

What the newspapers did was a service to the people and helps educate everybody and find religious solutions to problems and changes in a modern world. religious beliefs have always been questioned and adapted over time to comply with new necessities >>> FULL TEXT

* Lucky dog

RR writes: I held my breath while reading your piece. ["Beh salaamati"] Thank God you got away with it. You don't even know how badly they treat you if you are over the limit. Suffice to say that they will not let you even pee or burp before being tested again in the station. They treat like a criminal, and it is very costly too. The reason you were below the limit is the duration of time in which you had your beers. Lucky lucky dog!

* Drunk down under

Yazdaneh Amiryazdani writes: Here in Australia, police just stop you, givesyou a breath test, and fine you if you have exceeded the limit ["Beh salaamati"] . The limit here is actually 0.5. None of this bull crap talk ("Why did you lie?"), physical tests, or intimidating behavior will occur.

* Noble Drew Ali

C.E. Lewis writes: I just happened to run across your page and read your comments about Noble Drew Ali and The Moorish Science Temple of America ["Islam in America"].

Since your comment about Moorish Science being a "combination on eastern philosophies and religions, Christianity, anti-white racism, and metaphysics," is incorrect, what I do suggest is that you actually read the Holy Koran of the Moorish Science Temple of America >>> FULL TEXT

Conference: Caspian studies mailing list

The International Institute for Caspian Studies has created two mailing lists for the Caspian Region. Both mailing lists are open for all and we invite you joing our free mailing list and contribute to the discussion group >>> 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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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I was in the garden picking flowers just the other day.
The gardener appeared; he gave me a fright
when I suddenly heard him say:
Why all this fuss over flowers?
I gave you the garden; the garden belongs to you. -- Rumi

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Culture minister grilled in Majlis

TEHRAN, May 3 (AFP) - Iran's embattled Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani came under renewed attack Wednesday as a conservative MP charged he misused government money to subsidise the pro-reform press. Ahmad Nejabat told parliament that Mohajerani, blamed repeatedly for laxity over the pro-reform press, much of which was shut down last week, had unfairly distributed funds to reformist papers >>> FULL TEXT

Journalists mark press freedom day

TEHRAN, May 3 (AFP) - Iranian journalists have marked international press freedom day by setting up a fund to help colleagues thrown out of work by recent press closure. The day falls less than two weeks after the conservative-dominated courts closed much of the reformist press >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Jews admit to spying for Israel

SHIRAZ, Iran (Reuters) - Three suspects in Iran's Jewish espionage case Wednesday admitted to spying for Israel, with two of the accused telling Western reporters they were motivated primarily by love of the promised land. The alleged ringleader, Hamid ``Danny'' Tefileen, told Reuters in a brief interview he had spied out of religious conviction as well as financial need >>> FULL TEXT

Lawyers for Iranian Jews Say No Secrets Passed

SHIRAZ, Iran (Reuters) - Lawyers for 13 Iranian Jews on trial for espionage confirmed on Wednesday that their clients had admitted passing material to Israel. But they challenged the state to prove that the information was classified, making the accused spies under Iranian law >>> FULL TEXT

Iran assassination trial reopens

TEHRAN, May 3 (Reuters) - Suspects in the assassination attempt against pro-reform strategist and presidential aide Saeed Hajjarian returned to court on Wednesday, one day after their alleged victim was released from hospital. The official IRNA news agency said the case resumed in a Tehran Revolutionary Court in the trial of eight young men, including the accused triggerman in the gangland-style shooting on March 12 that left Hajjarian with a bullet lodged near his spinal chord >>> FULL TEXT

Swedish arson suspects go on trial

GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) - Survivors and relatives of the 63 victims of Sweden's deadliest fire listened intently Wednesday as prosecutors described how four young men, upset about the entrance fee to a dance, set the building on fire. Charged with aggravated arson were Shoresh Kaveh, 19; Housein Arsani, 19; Mohammad Mohammadamini, 21; and Meysam Mohammadyeh, 19 - all Iranian-born Swedish residents >>> FULL TEXT

First Saudi passenger flight to Iran in twenty-one years

TEHRAN, May 3 (AFP) - The first Saudi passenger plane to travel to Iran in 21 years landed in Tehran Tuesday, the official news agency IRNA reported Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Firms submit gas utilisation study to Iran

Dubai (Reuters) - A consortium of nine foreign energy firms have presented Iran's National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) with a proposal for a 25-year gas utilisation plan for the country, an Iranian industry official said yesterday. Nasser Tofighi, managing director of NIOC subsidiary Oil Industry Engineering and Construction (OIEC), which is supervising the plan, told Reuters the nine-month study would cost $2 million >>> FULL TEXT

Romeo, oh Romeo!

Tehran (Ham-Mihan) - A production of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Julliet" will go on stage in Tehran in late June >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Kimiaie may start filming abroad

Tehran (Ham-Mihan) - Masoud Kimiaie might make his next film in Mexico or Canada >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

House of Cinema elections

Tehran (Ham-Mihan) - Touraj Mansouri has been elected as the new director of the House of Cinema. Fereshteh Taerpour has been chosen as his deputy >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

IIranian women conquer new heights in Nepal

(Iran Sports Pres) - The Iranian Women's Mountain Climbing Team set new heights this week after they successfully climbed Mount Mira Peak in Nepal, climbing over 6,461 meters to reach the peak of the mountain >>> FULL TEXT

Six soccer players suspended

(Iran Sports Pres) - The Disciplinary Committee of the Iranian Football Federation had its hands full this past week as six players were suspended for breaking the federation's 'rules of conduct' >>> FULL TEXT

Zobahan defeats Iraq's air force basketball team

(Iran Sports Pres) - Iran's Zobahan basketball team defeated Iraq's air force team 79-77 at the Asian Club Basketball Qualifiers (West Asia) in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT


Interview with Ayatollah Yusuf Sane'i

Mehdi Sharif interviews high ranking theologian, Ayatollah Yusuf Sane'i, regarding his views on the assassination attempt on Hajjarian. Hear the discussion on whether fatwa is an Islamic act or not? >>> LISTEN HERE

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I believe very strongly in a religion called Democracy.

-- Ebrahim Nabavi
"No way back"
The Iranian
May 3, 2000

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