The Iranian Times

Friday, May 19, 2000 / Ordibehesht 30, 1379, No. 984

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

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Iranian books


Memory strands

By Siamak Kiarostami
May 19, 2000
The Iranian

... The Revolution was the
Adolescence of a great nation

He has the memories of his uncles--
He imagines
Half-full bottles of Shams beer left
Still cold on beaches of shomal-e Iran
And an unfinished joint
Hastily stubbed out on
The Paradise that was taking shape
along the shores of the Caspian >>> GO TO FEATURE


Never liked Persian men
Two poems

By Leyla Momeny
May 19, 2000
The Iranian


I recall the feeling of grass
scratching my belly
while watching you kick a ball
with a dozen other beautiful men
one blissful green day
below los angeles smog >>> GO TO FEATURE



By Ali Mohajer
May 19, 2000
The Iranian

One summer day, back in 1982 or so
I remember sitting in the backseat of the family car
Watching traffic shimmer in the heat...

So tell me father,
Now that we've grown up,
When you saw the beggar
Gimping through the haze of engine fumes,
Faking palsy (so you told us),
Did you feel betrayed? >>> GO TO FEATURE


Evin prison
Journalists complain about conditions

BBC Persian Service

Solitary confinement for many reformists in Evin Prison in Iran and letters from two journalists complaining about food provisions and hygiene in the jail have made the notorious Evin prison a topic of debate in Iran. Daryoush Homai reports >>> LISTEN HERE

    Left hook

    Hajjarian trial

    Rah-e Kargar: With the sentencing of the alleged attackers, the judiciary quickly put an end to the Hajjarian attempted assassination case. But a much bigger case remains >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Evil Gates drops Windows 98 into New York water supply

NEW YORK (The Onion) --Determined to circumvent Justice Department action forestalling the release of his powerful new operating system, Microsoft CEO and evil genius Bill Gates dropped Windows 98, coded into liquid form, into New York City's water supply sometime this past weekend >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Don't know what you're talking about, sir

Yashar Mameghan writes in letter to U.S. Senator Jesse Helms:

I am an American resident of Iranian origin. I am writing to you in regard to your comments on the World Bank loans to Iran. I am not completely in favor of the Iranian government. But I think that U.S. policy and intervention in my country has been quite hostile, leading toward a crippled economy. These policies and interventions include the 1953 CIA backed coup, the support for the Shah's oppresive regime, support for Iraq during an 8-year war that killed and wounded millions of youth on both sides, and now sanctions.

Tell me sir, with all these actions, don't you think that Iran's economy has been severly damaged as a result? And don't you think that basic health care and sewage, which have suffered directly, is a right of the Iranian people, not to mention everywhere in the world? Therefore I find your comments completely insensitive, irresponsible, and ignorant, with all due respect >>> FULL TEXT

* If the Shah was in power

Peyman A. writes: This is a reply to questions raised by Sahar Nahrvar's letter. She wrote:

"Yes it was better when the Shah was around."

In what way was it better? There was freedom on a superficial level only and nothing like what you expect from an even slightly democratic system.

"But still, one wonders, would the Shah not have closed down 16 opposition publications?"

Would he have closed them? The question should be, would such publications be allowed in the first place? Would they have received permission to press and criticise whoever they want? I think the answer is a resounding NO. The control over all media was suffocating and the prisons were full of those even slightly daring to criticise >>> FULL TEXT

Reading: Gelareh Asayesh: Immigrant experience

Gelareh Asayesh, author of "Saffron Sky: A Life between Iran and America", will be reading from her book 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2000 at Gallery Ovissi, 1425 Park Avenue, Emeryville, CA. (510-601-6874). Asayesh will talk about the immigrant experience and the challenges of reconciling disparate worlds and identities. Asayesh is a longtime journalist whose book has received critical acclaim from The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, and other publications. A resident of St. Petersburg, Fl, she writes for The Washington Post, USA Today, the St. Petersburg Times, and other newspapers.

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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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:

Without your love, anyone with even the smallest heart
Would live a life of full and heavy hardship.
A lock of your hair is an infinite tangled chain:
The man wise enough to untie that knot is insane.
-- Rumi

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Khamenei steps in to defuse elections crisis

TEHRAN, May 19 (AFP) - Iranians breathed a sigh of relief Friday after supreme leader Ayatollah Al Khamenei stepped in to cool political tension by ordering a conservative election watchdog to endorse the results of voting in Tehran despite reported irregularities. The move opened the way for almost all 290 members of the new parliament, dominated by reformists close to President Mohammad Khatami, to take their seats for the opening session in some 10 days time >>> FULL TEXT

Allies leave U.S. in Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of America's best friends split away to approve $232 million in World Bank loans to Iran, despite intensive lobbying by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She made three arguments against the loans: That Iran sponsors terrorism, has not adopted sound economic principles and should not be rewarded while it conducts a ``show trial'' of 13 Jews on charges of spying for Israel >>> FULL TEXT

Albright says World Bank approval of Iran loans 'inappropriate'

WASHINGTON, May 19 (AFP) - US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Thursday that World Bank approval of two multi-million-dollar loans to Iran was "inappropriate" given the Islamic Republic's support for terrorism, and the controversial ongoing trial of 13 Jews on espionage charges. Iran "is a country that has been designated a state sponsor of terrorism and also we consider the vote today inappropriate given the current political situation in Iran and the government show trial," Albright told reporters >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. to maintain policy against Iranian oil swaps

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) - Despite an improvement in Iran's world standing, the Clinton administration will not lift its ban on U.S. energy companies entering into crude oil swaps with Iran, a top U.S. official said on Friday. ``We do not encourage...that kind of cooperation,'' said John Wolf, the Clinton administration's special advisor on Caspian energy issues. ``That's our position, and I don't see it changing anytime soon.'' >>> FULL TEXt

Zendehroudi in Tehran

Tehran, (Bahar) -- Painter Hossein Zendehroudi, who lives in France, attended a gathering of friends and fans at Tehran's Contemporary Arts Museum. Special report (PDF file) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Abedzadeh on the silver screen

Tehran, (Cinema) -- Former national goalie Ahmadreza Abedzadeh is starring in a film. "Everyone is surprised by his natural acting ability," says the producer >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Karimi and Milani team up again

Tehran, (Cinema) -- After the success of "Do zan", Niki Karimi is starring in a new film directed by Tahmineh Milani >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Persepolis lifts cup on Sunday

Tehran, (Iran Sports Press) -- Persepolis will lift the Azadegan League Cup on Sunday following their game against Foulad Khuzestan in Azadi Stadium. Persepolis, who just recently suffered their only loss in the 1999-2000 season to Sanat Naft of Abadan, will be crowned the League champions for the second consecutive time >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

National team players in Hussein Cup

Tehran, (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian Football Federation announced the names of 20 players that will travel on Monday to Amman, Jordan, to take part in the 'Hussein' Cup >>> FULL TEXT

Basketball: Empty-handed

Tehran, (Iran Sports Press) -- Iran's Zobahan Basketball Team suffered their third and final loss in the 11th Asian Basketball Championships after being defeated by Syria's Al-Vahdeh 68-51 in Beirut >>> FULL TEXT


Evin prison

Solitary confinement for many reformists in Evin Prison in Iran and letters from two journalists complaining about food provisions and hygiene in the jail have made the notorious Evin prison a topic of debate in Iran. Daryoush Homai reports >>> LISTEN HERE

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Bert & Bud's Vintage Coffins

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Quote Unquote

Beginning of Time

Twenty years is all we've had to absorb
Entire histories, for us
Twenty years is how long it has been
Since Time began.

-- Siamak Kiarostami
"Memory starnds"
The Iranian
May 19, 2000

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