The Iranian Times

Tuesday, May 9, 2000 / Ordibehesht 20, 1379, No. 977

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His unlimited pass
Two poems

By Dokhtar Sabz
May 9, 2000
The Iranian

thick eyebrows and a too confident strut
insanely infectious laughter and a love for gormeh sabzi
so kindly handing me
My Very Own Panic Attack
that returns with a vengeance every time he does
a kiss with accented-farsi whispers >>> GO TO FEATURE


Elections in Iran

Public Broadcasting Service
May 8, 2000
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Iranian officials have yet to validate the results of last weekend's parliamentary elections. Following a background report, Margaret Warner discusses the issue with three guests. For more on all this, we turn to Ali Banuazizi, ... Elaine Sciolino, ... and Daniel Pipes >>> FULL TEXT

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Kiarostami and censorship in Iran

National Public Radio, Morning Edition
May 8, 2000

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BOB EDWARDS, host: As the government of Iran was closing several reformist newspapers and arresting their editors last month, Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami was in the United States accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival. The international press helped give Kiarostami the stature he has today. Critics consider his movies some of the finest of the last 10 years. Kiarostami's movies have not been critical of the Islamic regime in Teheran, but he says he's concerned about the Iranian government's new restrictions of freedom of expression. David D'Arcy reports >>> FULL TEXT

    Left hook

    Mr. Yazdi is absolutely right

    Commentary in Rah-e Kargar, published in Europe by the Organization of Revolutionary Workers of Iran, on Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi's interpretation of the constitution and the role of the Council of Guardians FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tom who?

It's rare for an AMERICAN to be familiar with the music of Tom Waits. But Ham-Mihan is educating its Iranian readers with a complete bio, including the fact that Waits was born in the back seat of a taxi >>> READ HERE

More Letters

    * Superpowers shape our destiny

    Alizadeh writes: I think your article explains well some of the recent problems in Iran ["Reform in retreat"]. However, the past and present reality shows that unlike what you have stated ("Great Britain or the U.S. have little to do with what is happening in Iran"), the superpowers have always played a detrimental role in shaping Iranian destiny, even though in theory, we all say that only Iranians can shape their destiny.

* Solidarity & strikes

Dr. Jim writes: In the three point options for the people of Iran in your leader, no mention was made of solidarity , mass organization and strikes ["Reform in retreat"]. Often the best way to change things fairly peacefully is to organize, and force the ruling classes to relent through mass strikes.

I have two memories of such movements. In 1976 the Junior Doctors in England staged a country wide strike to improve the health service and after a period of three months we won most of the concessions that we wanted from the Heath government.

Later in 1986 we did the same in Tehran and to begin with we had them pretty scared but through lack of initiative and organization we did not succeed. If we had managed to keep going for a few more days and brought out other professional and blue collar workers then we would have succeeded.

Lecture: Iranian cinema today, Maryland

By the invitation of Iranian-American Cultural Society of Maryland (IACS), Dr. Bahman Maghsoudlou, scholar and film critic, will give a speech on the "Iranian Cinema Today" and will show a colored documentary film "Life in Fog", written and directed by Bahman Ghobadi and produced by Bahman Maghsoudlou. This film was made in 1999 and has won 15 International awards. The duration of this film is thirty minutes. When: Sunday May, 14. Time: 4:00 PM. Where: Smith Hall, Towson University.

Books & Music from Iran

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

In the abbatoire of love, they only kill the choicest.
The small-minded, mean ones they reject.
If you truly love, you won't escape with your life.
They are dead to begin with who don't get the knife.
-- Rumi

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Defence for Iran Jews denounces TV confessions as political ploy

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Iran ready to accept international help to deal with drought

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Forget the press ban! Look at Golshiri

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Poets: Unpopular

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Theater chief resigns, but...

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Persepolis needs foreign coach

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Talebi: "What foreign coach?"

Tehran, (Iran Varezeshi) - A chat with Jalal Talebi after the national soccer team's practice session. "What foreign coach?" >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Full report: Berlin

The recent "Iran after the election" conference held in Berlin, Germany, assessing the impact of the elections on political development has led to a major political crisis for President Khatami. Hear our comprehensive coverage of the conference and its aftermath

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The lack of rain and the threat of drought, a cause of great concern, is not without its links to sins that have been committed. [People should hold a prayer for badly needed rain and] if that does not work, then some more will be needed.

-- Statement from several leading clerics in Qom
May 9, 2000

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