The Iranian Times

Thursday, May 4, 2000 / Ordibehesht 15, 1379, No. 974

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Rose Ghajar reflects on idols

May 4, 2000
The Iranian

Remember Rose Ghajar's recreations of Ghajar-style paintings? Well, that was last year --- a long long long time ago for Rose. In her latest collaboration with Mexican artist Santana, Rose has reflected on her idols, including Picasso, Joyce... and herself >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran's show trials

Boston Globe
May 4, 2000

The hardliners in Iran who are trying 13 Iranian Jews on charges of spying for Israel are repeating an all-too-familiar lesson about the distinction between revolutionary justice and the real thing. In a state based on a genuine rule of law, innocent citizens are not accused of preposterous crimes in order to make a political point. But that is what has happened to the accused Jews in the city of Shiraz >>> FULL TEXT

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* Coordinated Zionist plot?

Saaviz Afshar writes: I am really saddened by all this barrage of very divisive articles and propaganda by our fellow Iranian jewish so-called vocal groups.

I am confused as to what their ulterior motives are. Is it truly coming from them or is it another cohesive and coordinated plot by their international Zionist handlers? ...

Historically, Iran/Persia has been a safe haven for Jews for centuries and centuries. It was the Persians who freed the Jewish slaves from Babylon. It was the Ashkanians of northern Iran who helped the Jews and their leader Antagon to defeat the Romans hence the creation of Israel first time or second time around. I believethe present Israel is the third time...

Granted all's not well in Iran today but it's not just the Jews who are having problems exclusively. I understand that you are all sympathetic to Israel but you don't have to over do it at the expense of the rest of us. Iran has some serious issues with Israel, mostly justified. As citizens of Iran, you need to take under consideration all angles at this time.


* Giving reformists a boost, from abroad

Mohammad Azadpur writes: Rasool Nafisi's article ["Reform in retreat"]is well written and comprehensive. But ... It is about time that [the U.S. and Europe] abandon their naive policies and look at Iran realistically, and there are many among the expatriate Iranian community that can help... On the part of Iranian people and the reformists, PURE reliance on internal factors and the law results in the advantage of the conservatives >>> FULL TEXT

Music: Bijan Mortazavi, George Dalaras, Kazem al Saher

A new global door opens June 3, 2000 when the "1st Annual Mondo Melodia International Music Festival"appears at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, kicking off a six-city United States tour. The festivalbrings together highly acclaimed Mediterranean and Middle Eastern masters for the first time on stage. Nowwith the appearance of Greece's George Dalaras, Iraq's Kazem Al Saher, and Iran's Bijan Mortazavi, a newmusical experience emerges >>> 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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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I said: 'You are the wine, and I the cup.
I am dead; you're alive and lovely.
Now open the door, my loyal friend'
'What?' she said, 'Let a lunatic loose in the house?'
-- Rumi

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TEHRAN, May 4 (AFP) - Iran's reformers crushed conservatives at the polls in February but instead of heading into the second round of parliamentary voting Friday in command, they are staggering from a right-wing backlash. For supporters of President Mohammad Khatami, almost everything has gone wrong since they ousted the longtime conservative majority in parliament that had stymied much of the president's plan to instil social and political reform >>> FULL TEXT

Hard-liners face crucial test

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Run-off elections in Iran on Friday present another arena for a showdown between Islamic hard-liners and the reformists who swept the first round of parliamentary voting in February. Hard-liners who hoped to silence the opposition may instead have boosted the reformists' popularity by closing 16 pro-democracy newspapers in Tehran, jailing top liberal activists and annulling some of the reformists' victories in the February vote for the 290-seat parliament, or Majlis >>> FULL TEXT

Two student journalists kidnapped: pape r

TEHRAN, May 4 (AFP) - Two Iranian student journalists from a Tehran technical college have been kidnapped and a third attacked in the street, a moderate newspaper said here Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

More freed Iraqi POWs from Iran given heroes' welcome

AL-MUNZIRIYA, Iraq, May 4 (AFP) - Iraq on Saturday welcomed as heroes a further batch of 480 freed POWs held in Iran since the 1980-88 war between the two countries, as families were reunited in emotional scenes at the border >>> FULL TEXT

US underlines concerns over espionage trial of Iranian Jews

WASHINGTON, May 4 (AFP) - The United States said Wednesday that its concerns over the trial of 13 Iranian Jews charged with spying for Israel were merely reinforced by the mounting number of questionable confessions >>> FULL TEXT

Israel indignant at the spy trial of Iranian Jews

JERUSALEM, May 4 (AFP) - Israel Wednesday expressed indignation at the legal procedures used in the espionage trial of 13 Iranian Jews and the confessions given by the accused >>> FULL TEXT

Iran shooting suspect says duped by accomplice

TEHRAN, May 3 (Reuters) - A main suspect in the attempted assassination of a leading Iranian reformer said in court on Wednesday he had been misled by an accomplice to take part in the shooting, Iran 's official IRNA news agency reported >>> FULL TEXT

Arson trial defendant lit fire after insult

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A teenage defendant said Thursday he had ignited some paper at the scene of a blaze that killed 63 people after a dispute with organizers of a Halloween disco in Sweden. The defendants, all immigrants from Iran, deny the charge of gross arson which on conviction is punishable with up to life imprisonment. Their names have not been published outside the court >>> FULL TEXT

Iran imports U.S. medicine to treat its hemophiliacs

May 4, 2000, WASHINGTON (USA Today) - As the Clinton administration moves to ease restrictions on importing certain Iranian products, Iran has purchased $ 2 million in U.S. medicine to treat hemophilia. Richard Bliss, a Washington attorney who was a consultant on the deal, says two officials from Iran's blood transfusion organization visited the USA in March and paid courtesy calls on the National Institutes of Health, the Red Cross and a blood-bank association >>> FULL TEXT

Iranians snap up titles at Tehran Book Fair

Tehran (Gulf News) - Tehran's 13th international book fair opened yesterday to thousands of eager Iranians who queued at the gates hours before opening time to snag the latest titles usually not available to them in bookshops. The fair showcased some 100,000 titles from 1,300 local publishers and 430 foreign publishers from 35 countries >>> FULL TEXT

Cheap books, big bucks

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Visitors to the international book fair can purchase foreign books at special exchange rates (one fourth the black market rate). Naturally some are taking advantage >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iranian film fest in Malaysia

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Iranian actors and filmmakers warmly received in Malaysia >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Daei may join Leeds United

May 2, (SoccerNet) - David O'Leary is ready to launch a summer-long mission to build a title-winning Leeds United squad for next season and his top target will be Ali Daei, the most dangerous man in the air in German football. In Germany yesterday, Ali Daei confirmed that a summer deal was likely when he said: 'I know Leeds are interested in me and I see my future being in England from the start of next season. I feel the Premiership would suit me >>> FULL TEXT

Daei: Five Million Dollar Man

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Leeds United and Southampton are interested in signing Ali Daei. Price: $5million >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Foreign head coach for national team

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - The national Iranian soccer team is looking for a foreign head coach, while keeping Jalal Talebi as the technical assistant. Here are some of the possible candidates >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


2nd round elections

On the eve of the second round of elections in Iran in which 66 seats are to be contested in 52 constituencies, the results of the Tehran elections are still unclear. Today, May 4 2000, the Guardian Council has issued yet another statement to say that the recounts of more ballot boxes in Tehran will continue. Behrouz Parsa asked Ahmad Salamatian, former MP and Iranian politics expert about the significance of this latest statement >>> LISTEN HERE

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