The Iranian Times

Wednesday, May 17, 2000 / Ordibehesht 28, 1379, No. 982

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Only trees
Paintings by Farhad Ostovani

May 17, 2000
The Iranian

Sometimes it seems that the motto of The Iranian should be: All unusual things fit to print. This latest unusual feature is on the works of Farhad Ostovani. They're not just unusual, they're bold, they're original. They're only trees >>> GO TO FEATURE

Tehran Times

The red ribbon
Hatamikia's new film goes right to the heart

By Najmeh Fakhraie
May 17, 2000
The Iranian

Once in a while you leave the movie theater not only laughing about the weird hairdo of the person who sat in front of you, but actually "thinking" about the film. How these moments occur and what causes them I am not sure, but one thing I do know is that it takes courage and much brilliance to make people think.

I had such a moment a week ago when I went to see Ebrahim Hatamikia's wonderful film "The Red Ribbon" >>> GO TO FEATURE


In Iran, the Rivers of Reform Run Deep
Liberalization, Modernization Draw Wide Support, Even Among Clerics

By Howard Schneider
Washington Post
May 17, 2000

KHALKHAL, Iran -- The riot started one evening last month, just after the nightly news.

Residents of this remote northwestern village had learned that the reformist candidate they thought they had chosen in February's parliamentary elections had been disqualified. Instead, conservative authorities in Tehran had awarded the seat to a local cleric who has held the office for 16 years--an establishment figure, in the voters' eyes, if ever there was one>>> FULL TEXT

On Sexual Violence
A personal account

Bad Jens
May 13, 2000

We were approached by a young woman who offered us the following account, suggesting we publish it. The local press, she explained, only dealt with testimonies whose authors gave up their anonymity, which she wasn't prepared to do. Rape and sexual abuse are topics that have yet to find their way into the public sphere in Iran. The internet, and its highly ambiguous legal status, may make it easier to take some first steps in the near future >>> FULL TEXT

    Left hook

    Hosseini vs. Hassani

    Two strategies are being followed in Iran: Ayatollahs Khamenei and Rafsanjani's "Hosseini" strategy vs. President Khatami's "Hassani" >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Leave my mama out

Someone who visited The Iranian today made it clear that he (couldn't have been a she) did not appreciate the registration form:

City: Wherever your mom lives
Name: Your mom

More Letters

* I am not a sheep

Neda Kamranpour writes: I found the story intriguing ["The up-star woman"], not so much for the way it ended, but for the spirit of questioning. For the realization that as a person, and as a woman, we do have as intelligent a mind as anyone, and should utilize our powers to investigate truth.

This story envisioned the sad reality that some people tend to follow blindly, like a flock of sheep. They elevate a person into thinking himself superior, and they feed this vanity by accepting themselves as ignorant souls, which will not attain a higher station..

The story depicts beautifully that it needs daring to stand up, to open the eyes, and to say:

"I am not a sheep.
I am as intelligent a being as any one creation of God can be.
I am equal,
I question truth and reality with my own wisdom,
Not with yours..."

* Bad taste

Mohammad Taslim writes: I find your cover picture in bad taste and insulting to those who are forced to wear the chador and those who do it because they like to (like my 75-year-old grandmother). What do you accomplish by pictures like these?

Award: Journalism in the Middle East

Search for Common Ground and the European Centre for Common Ground request submissions for their annual competition to recognize and encourage journalism that contributes to better understanding between people in the Middle East >>> 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

New music albums

* 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:

Your love stirs the oceans into reckless storms.
At your feet, the clouds drop their pearls.
Dark smoke rises in the sky; a fire burns
Where your love's lightning strikes the earth.
-- Rumi

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GC to allow Tehran results stand: paper

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Jewish defendant: It wasn't espionage

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Albright rallies opposition to loans

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Iran seals border in drugs war

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Iran puts average oil earning at $23 a barrel

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U.S. worried about high crude oil prices

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Cannes: Samira might pull it off

Tehran, (Bahar) -- Reports leaking from the Cannes film festival jury room indicate that the majority think the top prize should go to Samira Makhmalbaf for her "Blackboard" >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Top filmmakers form policy making body

Tehran, (Bahar) -- For the first time in Iran a body has been formed to devise policy for the film industry and virtually every top filmmaker in the country is a member of the board >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Private companies to distribute videos

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(Iran Sports Press) - With video clip: The 'giants' of the Iranian Azadegan League were held to a stand still today by determined lower ranked teams. In Abadan, Sanat Naft thrashed visiting Persepolis 3-0 to keep its hopes of remaining in the first division in the 2000-2001 season alive. Persepolis' loss to Sanat Naft destroyed their 'undefeated' streak in the Azadegan League >>> FULL TEXT

Mohannad Mehdi remains top scorer

(Iran Sports Press) - With video clip: Sanat Naft's Mohannad Mehdi bagged another two goals against Persepolis to take a comfortable lead in the battle for the Azadegan League's top scorers. Mehdi Mohannad scored twice (minutes '75, and '84) to give his side a shocking victory over declared League champions Persepolis. Mehdi has scored 14 goals this season, the highest in the League >>> FULL TEXT

A chit chat with the 'Man of Steel'

(Iran Sports Press) - With video clip: Hamid Estili stole the spot light from everyone when he scored that historic goal against the US in France 98. Within a matter of seconds, he had become the center of focus amongst football fans across the world. His picture, crying after scoring against the US, made newspaper front pages across the world. But that was two years ago >>> FULL TEXT


Press supervision

The Press Supervisory Body is to specify the limits on the geographical areas in which newspapers are published. Lara Petrossians spoke to Mohammad Atrianfar, editor of Hamshahri Daily and asked how this will affect his newspaper >>> LISTEN HERE

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