The Iranian Times

Thursday, May 18, 2000 / Ordibehesht 29, 1379, No. 983

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Behind the camera with Samira Makhmalbaf

Photographs by Maysam Makhmalbaf
May 18, 2000
The Iranian

Samira Makhmalbaf, 20, became the youngest director to have a film in the Cannes Film Festival's competition category with her latest, "Blackboard". The film has received glowing reviews and she's been the talk of the town.

Here are some photos taken by her brother, Maysam, during the shooting of "Blackboard", in Iran's Kurdistan. The film tells the story of a group of teachers trekking up stony mountain paths in search of illiterates to educate >>> GO TO FEATURE


Paying our dues
Academics need to do more to respond to Iran's democratic movement

By Mehrdad Valibeigi
April 27, 2000
The Iranian

From a presentation at the 18th annual conference of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysys (CIRA) in Washington, DC (April 28-29). Mehrdad Valibeigi is a professor of economics at the American University.

The dawn of the new period of democratic movement in Iran has expanded the scope and the burden of responsibility by the expatriate Iranian scientific community. To meet this new challenge, we social scientists have to be critically examining our past performance, and sincerely increase our efforts towards genuine and relevant research on all aspect of the Iranian society >>> GO TO FEATURE


Voters in Iran back presidential reforms
Now the challenge: to fuse democracy and theocracy

The Guardian (London)
May 17, 2000

TEHRAN -- IN SMALL towns and Iran 's biggest cities, reformists offering wider freedoms under an Islamic system defeated hardliners in more than half the parliamentary seats for which election results were determined yesterday.

The outcome promises to have a profound influence on a country struggling to emerge from a period of theocracy while remaining true to its faith >>> FULL TEXT

    Left hook

    Press crackdown

    On the second wave of newspaper closures with the suspension of of Ham-Mihan >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Host family?

I am looking for an Iranian association in the U.S. that is in a position to find a host family for an Iranian girl who is 13 and living in Germany at the moment but she wants to continue her studies in the States and graduate there. Could you help me and give me addresses or domains of some associations?

Many thanks in advance,

C. Madenoglu

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* Stalinist tone

Cyrus Kadivar writes: Dr Ali Reza Nourizadeh is probably one of the few rare journalists to have witnessed the dramatic upheavals that shook Iran in 1978-79 from close range. He is a hardworking man with a mature view of his country's current political processus.

I am always appalled by the strong Stalinist tone of some of the more radical so-called Leftist press ["Hezb-e Kargari Iran commentary"]. They seem to indulge in a plethora of accusations and personal mud slinging that always lowers the democratic framework practiced in most civilised socities>>> FULL TEXT

* Intelligent and passionate

Jane Porter writes: Just a note to let you know how much I appreciate and enjoy the fiction of Dr. Ordoubadian ["The up-star woman"]. His narratives are very interesting - intelligently and passionately presented - and his powers of description are extremely strong. He is able to evoke a time and place in a way that pulls the reader into the story.

I look forward to seeing more of his work on your site.

Seminar: "Iranians Dialog"

Call for Paper: With respect to the importance of the cultural, social, andscientific activites of the Iranians living abroad, who form part of the Iranian society, the first seminar to study and identify problems of Iranians living abroad, entitled "Iranians Dialog" isto be held on July 12, 2000. Subjects and categories >>> 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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NEW: Champions: Iranian national soccer team

Three hours of interviews, trainings, matches, Biographies, and fans of Iranian National Soccer Team, covering Iran's soccer history from 1979-2000. Premium quality. Produced by: Alireza AmirGhasemi & Behrouz Deravi.

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

The memory of you makes my heart pound
And my eyes cry tears of blood,
Until, again, I am calm at the sound of your name.
From all but you I shy away; for you alone I'm tame.
-- Rumi

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Khamernei endorses poll results

May 18, (BBC) -- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has ruled that the results of the February general elections for Tehran should be largely validated. This comes despite misgivings by the Council of Guardians, the highly conservative body constitutionally charged with approving the results >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran election results to be announced in next two days: Guardian Council

TEHRAN, May 18 (AFP) - The final results of February's parliamentary elections in Tehran will be announced Saturday at the latest, the Iranian election watchdog body said Thursday, reported by Iranian state radio. The conservative- dominated Council of Guardians, which has to confirm all election results, said it was responding to an "express request" by the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei >>> FULL TEXT

World Bank approves Iran loans

WASHINGTON ­­ Overriding U.S. opposition, the World Bank today approved $232 million in loans to Iran, the first in seven years. World Bank President James Wolfensohn and other participants at the meeting of the bank's 24-member executive board said the United States voted against the proposal, while France and Canada abstained >>> FULL TEXT

Iran to release more Iraqi prisoners of war next week: radio

TEHRAN, May 18 (AFP) - Iran will shortly release another 460 Iraqi prisoners captured during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, state radio reported Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

US Jews snub Mandela over Iran support

May 18, 2000 (Daily Telegraph) -- NELSON MANDELA has been snubbed by a leading American Jewish organisation because he expressed support for Iran's trial of 13 Jews on spying charges >>> FULL TEXT

Mobile phone fever sweeps Iran

May 18, 2000 (Financial Times) -- Iran is in the grips of mobile fever. Thousands of people are queueing at post offices across Tehran to make a downpayment of IR5m (about $600) to acquire a mobile telephone connection in a year's time. For many, a mobile is a sound investment >>> FULL TEXT

Reliance, Petronas to set up Iran LNG plant

May 18, 2000, NEW DELHI, May 18 (Reuters) - India's Reliance and Malaysia's Petronas have signed an agreement with the National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) to set up a 7.5 million tonnes per year liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Iran, Indian industry sources said >>> FULL TEXT

Khayyam conference in Neishapour

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Omar Khayyam conference has opened in Neishapour. "Khayyam is one one the most obvious symbols of Iranian civilization and culture," said Higher Education Minister Mostafa Moin in his address to the conference >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

New books: Dictionary and Constitutional Revolution

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- "Farhang Farsi Amiyaneh" is a new two-volume Persian dictionary by Abol-Hassan Najafi which includes common words and expressions that have been around in the past 180 years. Plus a look at new books on the history of the Constitutional Revolution >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Seelk objects on display

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Metal and ceramic objects discovered in the Seelk (?) region -- "The oldest human settlement" dating from the fifth to the first millennium B.C. -- will go dipplay in Kashan. The objects are>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Why did Persepolis lose so badly?

Tehran, (Iran Varzeshi) -- Persepolis players reflect on why they were trashed in Abadan: Hot weather, Parvin's absence and... just not playing well >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Balancing Esteqlal need for good players and money

Tehran, (Iran Varzeshi) -- Esteqlal's coach Mansour Pour-Heydari wants to keep his prized players. But the team's manager wants to sign them away to foreign clubs to meet Esteqlal's budget needs >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Javanan getting ready

Tehran, (Iran Varzeshi) -- The national youth soccer team has been practicing for the past eight months. Here's what they've been learning >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Ham-Mihan reaction

The Second of Khordad Alliance announced it's opposition to the closure of Ham-Mihan, the latest reformist paper to be shut down. Behrouz Parsa spoke to Mahmoud Sadri, editor of Hamihan >>> LISTEN HERE

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