The Iranian Times

Monday, May 8, 2000 / Ordibehesht 19, 1379, No. 976

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Sehaty Foreign Exchange

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Time for a vacation
Summer is almost here and we want to be there

Photographs by Mansour Sane'
May 8, 2000
The Iranian

It seems like no photographer's resume is complete without a series on Persepolis. These are from Mehr & Mah (1999, Daneshnameh Fars publishers) by Mansour Sane', whose earlier work on monuments and scenic points in Fars has also been featured in The Iranian.

Mehr & Mah has reached us at the right time. Summer is a few weeks away, we are more nostalgic than usual, and there aren't many things that remind us of home as powerfully as Persepolis >>> GO TO FEATURE


Assassins of the right botch Iranian coup

By Safa Haeri and Marie Colvin
Sunday Times, London
May 7, 2000

THE shooting of a popular Iranian politician was ordered by conservative forces within the regime, security sources in Tehran have revealed. The hardliners believed his death would spark riots that could be used as a pretext to stop reformers taking power.

However, the target, Saeed Hajjarian, the architect of the reformists' election victory in February, survived despite being shot at close range.

The hardliners have since mounted a fierce onslaught against Muhammad Khatami, the Iranian president, and his allies in an apparent attempt to prevent the new parliament from convening later this month. >>> FULL TEXT

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    Hojjatiyeh: Iran's Mafia

    An article from Rah-e Tudeh, published in Europe, which claims that the fundamentalist Anjoman Hojjatiyeh is the leading force behind the hardliners in Iran FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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As we know...

Dear Sir,

Salaam Alaikum. As we know that on this Earth there were 124000 Holy Prophets had come and I know the names of only 30 of them.I was looking for some more names.If you have any more could you please have the trouble in sending the maximum you can do.I will really appreciate if you can do so.

Shakirhasan N.Muraj

More Letters

* Democracy from a theocracy?

Ilosh Azar writes in response to Abdy Hashemi's "Final destination: Democracy":

I am a 21-year-old university student in the United States. My immediate family escaped the wrath of the mollas and their disgusting government. Why are you supporting the current regime? Do you honestly believe that a democracy will develop from a theocracy? It seems to me that you are so biased that you neglect the facts.

During Mr. Khatami's time as president, there have been over 250 documented cases of public executions (AmnestyInternational). Your tone implies that you dislike monarchies. Yet, Iran has a "Supreme Leader" right now, with broad veto power which renders the president powerless.

People cannot afford any decent standard of living (except the agents of the regime). The youth of Iran are sick and tired of what is going on in their country. When the students demanded their constitutionally-guaranteed rights, they were attacked and murdered.

If it were not for the young people that were born after the revolution, I would say that the people of Iran are getting what they deserve. I wish there was a way for the people to change the current government without violence, but it may be inevitable. I am sure that you can provide some facts to back up your claims.

P.S. Quit slamming the Pahlavis with propaganda. It is about time Iranians relied on the truth to make up their minds.

* There IS purity left in this world

Cyrus Raafat writes: Is the sole purpose in anyone looking for a certain type of mate based on one criteria? For instance, the issue of chastity? Certainly not. But it is a starting point ["Real Iranian girls?"]. It is also the projecting of Ms. Shahmanesh's self-loathing psyche,which makes evident in her statement,"...he needs to believe there is some purity that is left in the world" which leaves me to believe how truly innocent and righteous are even the worst-girls in Iran compared to the likes of her and her comrades-in-degredation and corruption.

This is a reminder to all of us to take heed of the type of sick and perverted mindset that can develop and destroy marriages and which can find no purity in the world. This is depth of moral decay when a young woman cannot see any purity in anthing or anywhere in the entire world! May God bless our grandfather's generation of men who knew right from wrong and up from down!>>> FULL TEXT

Protest: Rally to protest press crackdown, Toronto

Press release (Shahrvand): Over the past two weeks, sixteen independent papers have been banned ... To express our concern, we have organized a silent rally to take place on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30 PM. We will assemble at the Globe & Mail building, marching towards the offices of the Toronto Star and stopping at the CBC building >>> FULL TEXT

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:

Grant him a cruel and faithless lover, Lord:
Grant him the love that eats away at the heart.
Let him know for himself the sorrow that only love can bring.
Grant him love, bliss, ecstasy--give him the whole damn thing.
-- Rumi

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Stakes increase in Iran's Jewish spy trial

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Judge turns down lawyer's call for Jews' trial to go public

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Ousted Tehran police chief in court again over deadly student unrest

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Iran to award Darkhovin oil field deal in summer

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Iran says moving closer to buy-back awards

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Golshiri still in hospital

Tehran, (Ham-Mihan) - Novelist Hooshang Golshiri is still in a Tehran hospital suffering from a lung ailment. His wife says his condition is improving >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Who's doing what

Tehran, (Ham-Mihan) - Updates on film projects led by Iraj Qaderi, Davoud Rashidi, Pouran Derakhshandeh, Rasoul Molla-Qolipour and >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Afkhami complains against state TV

Tehran, (Ham-Mihan) - Behrouz Afkhami has complained to Guidance Ministry against the state TV's refusal to air commercials for his film, "Shoakaran" >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran defeat determined Uzbeks

(Iran Sports Press) - The Iranian Futsal Team defeated Uzbekistan 6-4 in the Asian Futsal Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Iran will meet Kyrgezstan on Tuesday in their final group match. Iran had defeated Japan 6-2 and Macau 22-0 in previous group games >>> FULL TEXT

Talebi: "We will take 20 players to Jordan"

(Iran Sports Press) - With audio clip: The head coach of the Iranian National football Team told IRIB on Monday that the team is currently preparing to take part in Jordan's 'Hossein Cup' >>> FULL TEXT

Choka Talesh relegated

(Iran Sports Press) - With video clip: The Azadegan League leaders Persepolis defeated Choka Talesh in Talesh on Sunday, sending them officially to the second division in the next season along with Irsooter Nowshahr >>> FULL TEXT


Emadeddin Baqi in court

Emadeddin Baqi, member of the editorial board of banned reformist newspaper Fath, appeared in court today, May 8 2000, for the fifth session, answering accusations from the Ministry of Intelligence. Pooneh Afshar talked to his lawyer Massoud Haeri >>> LISTEN HERE

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An annulment would lead to political chaos... Any talk of annulling the results for Tehran is a joke, because the consequences of doing that would be so great that no group or faction can afford it.

-- Mohsen Armin
May 8, 2000

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