The Iranian Times

Monday, May 15, 2000 / Ordibehesht 26, 1379, No. 980


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The up-start woman
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By Reza Ordoubadian
May 15, 2000
The Iranian

Aunt Gammar could barely contain herself as she sat on her hands in the corner to keep from shouting, but she had heard all she could take, and when the aging Mullah tried again to explain a simple passage from the Koran -- and failed -- a voice was heard from the very back of the mosque, where the women sat, "No...! No... ! No... ! That can't be!"

The Mullah stopped cold in mid sentence, and all the heads turned in unison to see who had dared to interrupt the preacher. It was not that someone had objected to what was said, but the voice that had said it: a woman's voice, resonant and loud, repeated again, "You're wrong, Agha!" >>> GO TO FEATURE

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Wishing upon a star
What about the children of unemployed journalists?

By Najmeh Fakhraie
May 15, 2000
The Iranian

Tehran Times is a new column which will appear periodically. Najmeh Fakhraie is a 16-year-old student in Tehran.

As you know a while back, a bunch of newspapers were closed down. Coincidentally they all belonged to the reformers, as they're called. I really don't care who the people who lost their jobs were, what they believed in, what "evil" acts they commited to deserve treatment like this but I feel so sorry for them and their children. Is there a birthday party they were looking forward to but now can't go because they can't afford a present? Are they sad? Are they scared? I bet anything that they are. And all because of what? >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran Blends Pragmatism With Islam to Solve Modern Problems

By Howard Schneider
The Washington Post
May 15, 2000

TEHRAN -- The piles of money, tumbling lottery numbers and breathless announcements that greet Iranian television viewers before the nightly 9 o'clock news might seem untoward for this Muslim society, governed as it is by the rules of a religion that largely forbids gambling. But in this country's unique Islamic version of the Big Game, the emphasis is on charity, not risk; benevolence, not greed. Players buy tickets to help flood victims. They buy tickets to help orphans and the poor. Sometimes, they utter a religious phrase--"to be closer to God"--as they buy their tickets >>> FULL TEXT

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* Islam not to blame

Roxana Oskouie writes: Massoume Price is a little too eager to blame Islam for all the injustices against Iranian Jews and other minorities during the past 1,400 years ["Ups and (mostly) downs"]. The problem is not Islam. The primary problem is people who represent Islam. The problem is power.

Judaism cannot be blamed for what Israel does to Palestinians. Just as Christianity was not at fault for what the Nazis did to the Jews. And Hinduism is not to blame for what Hindus have done to Muslims in India, or Islam for what Muslims have done to Hindus in Pakistan. And Protestant Christianity cannot be considered the reason why Catholics have been oppressed in Northern Ireland. And Christianity cannot be held responsible for atrocities against Muslims in Kosovo or Bosnia. And Christianity was not the force behind the near extermination of Native Americans. It was the excuse.

It is interesting that Zoroastrian Iran -- as Ms. Price has noted -- was at times tolerant and at other times intolerant towards non-Zoroastrians. Iran under Islam has also had a mixed past in its relationship with minorities. Why? Did the ruling religion change? Or did rulers change their interpretation of religion for their benefit?

Religions extremists carry out their evil deeds in the name of God. But I would not blame God.

* Don't distort my words

Maziar Shirazi writes: In response to K. Hoseini: I had earlier told another person that I did not mean that the war was created by the mollas, I simply said it was spurred on in unneccesary ways, such as the employment of children, which in any event or stage of war is a crime against your own. The war was started by Saddam Hussein over issues of control over the Shatt Al Arab, control of Khuzestan, and various other reasons, but mainly because the U.S. was playing a heavy role in acting through Hussein...

You champion Khomeini so easily because he didn't actually pick up a gun himself, but spoke through his subordinates and told them to carry out the deeds. This even brings me back to my point about the war, in which he created an extremely persuasive sentiment to prolong the war for religious reasons and not for self defense, and you are blind if you cannot see that...

Don't distort my words. I wasn't in Iran for reasons totally unrelated to the revolution, and it was only a matter of returning that has held me back. So don't give me these smug asshole remarks about me deserting my country. Some of our situations are different from yours. I guess you left later than those who initially left because of the oven temperature, huh? A real patriot to stay in your country >>> FULL TEXT

* Revolutions made by idealists

Roozbeh Shirazi wirtes: I write to respond to K. Hoseini--who rightfully has written her thoughts on the matter. I agree that we are all entitled to our opinion and to agree or disagree with the opinions of others. However, I do NOT agree with calling passion and idealism "pie in the sky", nor can I tolerate your twisting of an argument made by Maziar Shirazi into what you call verbose, ignorant, and it insinuating a false sense of nationalism. The fact that you do call someone else's passion "pie in the sky" speaks rather loudly as to who left or would leave "when the kitchen got hot."... Maziar wrote that letter in response to someone who defended closing the mouthpiece of the people and the people who did it--are you opposed to that? ...

I suggest that instead of satisfying you own ego with the trifling response you wrote attacking someone who cares about these issues, you might want to think what it is that you are saying. And rather than tear people down to your level of defeat and pessimism, you might want to encourage idealism from young Iranians in this country and especially in Iran. Sorry if this was too verbose for you--but let me leave it at this: Revolutions are not started by the cynical and embittered, they are in fact started by people who have "pie in the sky" passions >>> FULL TEXT

Conference: Call for papers: Expats conference in Tehran

With respect to the importance of the cultural, social and scientific activities of Iranians living abroad, who form part of the Iranian society, the first seminar to study and identify problems of Iranians living abroad, entitled "Dialogue of Iranians" is to be held in mid-July. Interested parties are invited to submit a paper on the topics below >>> DETAILS HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I closed my lips and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.
I whispered an offer softly in the ear of your playful heart.
You've heard what I'm thinking, you know what I hold in my head.
And now, what I described to you last night, I'll do today.
-- Rumi

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Completely fine?

The president had a mild illness last week and he was admitted Thursday to the cardiological section of the Nur Clinic in Tehran... [The president's health is] completely fine.

-- Nur Clinic source in Tehran
May 15, 2000

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