The Iranian Times

Tuesday, May 23, 2000 / Khordad 3, 1379, No. 986

Fly to Iran

Sprint Long Distance

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Flower delivery in Iran

Iranian books


    Can't live with or without Iran

    May 23, 2000
    The Iranian

    Hassan Rajabnejad sent a note along with his autobiographical short stories, Dar parseh-haaye darbedari. He said he had been the editor of Khavaran newspaper in northern California for five years. "Now I sell fruits, vegetables and araq!" He should write more books. His stories about life away from Home, have a warm, friendly, unpretentious tone. Here's the title story from his book (in Persian) >>>PAGE ONE


Khorramshahr anniversary

BBC Persian Service -- Today, May 23 2000, Iran celebrated the eighteenth anniversary of the freeing of Khoramshahr, Southwestern Iran, from Iraqi occupation during the war. Sadeq Saba looks at the political controversy surrounding the continuation of the war after the seizure >>> LISTEN HERE

An ancient community that is slipping away
The number of Iran's Jews has been dwindling. Now the trial of 13 of their menfolk could hasten the exodus

Financial Times
May 20, 2000

The family shop on Dastgheib Street, backing on to the ancient Jewish quarter in the Iranian town of Shiraz, is shuttered and locked. Its owners, Hamid and Omid Tefilin, brothers who sold shoes for Dollars 3 a pair, are among 13 Iranian Jews on trial in a Revolutionary Court, accused of spying for Israel.

In nearby Jerusalem Street, the chant of evening prayer and the scent of orange blossom drifts over the walls concealing Shokr synagogue. Across an alley wide enough for an apple-cart, workmen brew tea while renovating Kohanim, another place of worship>>> FULL TEXT

    Left hook

    Tehran elections

    Rah-e Kargar: How to counter the Council of Guardians' illegal cancellation of a nealy a quarter of the people's votes in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Beeg kaahoonaa?

Sometimes it's just not possible to translate something into Persian >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

    * Refresher course in history

F. Rafat writes in reference to Mrs. Pahlavi's letter:

First paragraph: false.

Second Paragraph, false: Political and economical deterioration threathened Iran in 1953 because the profit of countries such as Great Britain, the U.S and others was threathend due to the nationalization of the oil industry and the movemet that Dr. Mossadegh had started toward a democratic government. So instead we got the Shah's dictaorship, which naturally protected the interests of those countries particularily the U.S.

Third paragraph, false: When the Shah fled Iran before the coup, the majorty of Iranians didn't care if he returned or not . It was the will of the U.S. which didn't think Dr. Mossadegh was going to be a good serven. So they planned and implemented the 28th of Mordad coup >>> FULL TEXT

* Annoying ads

Iradj Forootan writes: You have given in to lust for money. You should at least leave the front page of your site free from annoying and flashing advertisement. It has reduced the prestige and the importance of your site.

Conference: Iranian studies, Washington DC

The Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, sponsored by the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) and the Society of Iranian Studies (SIS) will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The conference will begin on the evening of May 25, with on-site registration, the opening of the Book Exhibit, and the inauguration of an art exhibit featuring works from the collection of the Encyclopaedia Iranica >>> 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

Music store


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.

Video Store


Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Night falls; but me, I can't tell night from day.
My nights are days lit by her face as bright as day.
O night--it's waiting still for word of her that makes you night.
O day--study her face to learn what makes day light.
-- Rumi

Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved. May not be duplicated or distributed in any form

 MIS Internet Services

Web Site Design by
Multimedia Internet Services, Inc

 GPG Internet server

Internet server by
Global Publishing Group.

More news

Media crackdown continues

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian hard-liners, stung by the confirmed victory of reformist candidates, shut down a newly launched newspaper Tuesday, the 19th paper closed in a crackdown that began last month. State-run radio also warned newspapers that questioning the results of recent parliamentary elections could lead to prosecution, as the feud between reformers and hard-liners over alleged vote tampering deepened in Iran. The Mellat daily was banned by the hard-line judiciary for ``violating press laws,'' >>> FULL TEXT

Popular cultural center attacked by "commandos"

TEHRAN, May 23 (AFP) - Approximately 50 people armed with tear-gas and batons attacked a popular cultural center in north Tehran Monday, the official paper of the Tehran municipality, Hamshahri, reported Monday. "After incapacitating our security guards, they broke the windows and doors down and proceeded to attack the center's director," said an employee of the Andisheh cultural center quoted by the daily >>> FULL TEXT

Militia plans protest at Tehran University

TEHRAN, May 23 (AFP) - Iran's volunteer fundamentalist militia called for a massive rally Tuesday at Tehran University, one day after thousands of students gathered to celebrate the third anniversary of reformist President Mohammed Khatami's election. The radio said the Bassijis planned to demonstrate in "well-regulated and disciplined columns" to commemorate the liberation of Khorramshahr, a southwest Iranian city taken back in 1982 after a year and a half of Iraqi occupation >>> FULL TEXT

Reformists win six more seats in Iran

TEHRAN, May 23 (AFP) - Iran's elections watchdog has confirmed six more election results, attributing all the seats to reformists close to President Mohammad Khatami, the official news agency IRNA said Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Plane hijacker sentenced to death

TEHRAN, May 23 (AFP) - A Tehran court has passed a death sentence on an Iranian found guilty of hijacking a plane in November 1993, the government newspaper Iran reported Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian nuclear reactor 40 percent complete: ambassador

MOSCOW, May 22 (AFP) - The Iranian nuclear reactor of Bushehr on the Gulf, which is being built by Russia, is 40 percent complete, Iran's ambassador to Russia, Mehdi Safari, said Monday, quoted by the Interfax news agency >>> FULL TEXT

Shamlu hospitalized

Tehran, (Bahar) -- Poet Ahmad Shamlu has been admitted to hospital once again, due to complications from diabetes >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Sad aafarin!

Tehran, (Bahar) -- President Khatami and Guidance Minister congratulate Samira Makhmalbaf and other Iranian filmmakers for their achivements at Cannes >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Ancient seals on display

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- For the first time seals as old as 5,000 years have been put on display at the National Museum in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Off to Jordan

Tehran, (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian National Team departed Tehran for Amman, Jordan, on Monday to take part in the Hussein International Football Tournament. The Iranian Team left with the following players: >>> FULL TEXT

Hashemi-Nasab leaves Persepolis

Tehran, (Iran Varzeshi) -- Looks like Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab, one of the best Persepolisi players, has left the team. He says Persepolis was upset because he gave a flower to the fans of bitter rival, Esteqlal. Now he may sign up with Esteqlal afterall >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran, (Iran Varzeshi) -- Coach Ali Parvin says he wishes Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab luck, but that he should have shown more "loyalty" to Persepolis >>> FULL TEXT


Khorramshahr anniversary

Today, May 23 2000, Iran celebrated the eighteenth anniversary of the freeing of Khoramshahr, Southwestern Iran, from Iraqi occupation during the war. Sadeq Saba looks at the political controversy surrounding the continuation of the war after the seizure >>> LISTEN HERE

BBC Persian Service

Exchange rate

Updated May 22

Buying: 825 to 837 tomans per dollar

Selling: 841 to 846 tomans per dollar

CALL TOLL FREE: 877-SEHHATY (877-734-4289)
or 800-995-0264

Mention this code for a better rate: FA 37 B

Business news

The Web


Civil Society

"An Introductory Guide to building Civil Society Organizations"... Hmmm

Beyond Iran

What I Have Read Since 1974

This is pretty straightforward. Eric Leuliette's mother started keeping a list of books read by her son when he was in the first grade. Eric took control of the project in the fifth grade.

More web sites

Quote Unquote

Better life

"I wanted to say something on behalf of," she suddenly stopped, filled with emotion, later dedicating her award to her homeland and "a promise for a better life in Iran."

-- Samira Makhmalbaf at Cannes' awards ceremony
May 22, 2000

Photo of the Day

Accident in Mashhad


Babak Amini &
Houman Javid

Music artists index


Vina Faramarzi