The Iranian Times

Wednesday, May 24, 2000 / Khordad 4, 1379, No. 987


Sprint Long Distance

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Flower delivery in Iran

Iranian books


The progress of unearthing

By Ali Mobasser
May 24, 2000
The Iranian

As the weeks went by, it had become very clear to me that my role as a documentary photographer on this journey had become increasingly irrelevant to the images I was producing hence achieving my favorite photographs towards the later half of our journey when I had learned to use the camera not just as a tool for recording but as a means of expression. Compositions of Mayan sights and breathtaking landscapes held no real meaning for me >>> GO TO FEATURE


Nabavi in Toronto

Satirist Ebrahim Nabavi spoke to a gathering of Iranians in Toronto last month. With his sharp humor, he brilliantly summerized his views on Iran and Iranians. Listen, laugh and cry >>> HERE (Part 1) (Part 2)

Thanks to Pedram Moallemian

Khatami Challenges Violent Opponents in Iran
Reform: President harks back to revolution's spiritual leader in support of idea that Islamic principles and freedom of expression are linked.

Los Angeles Times
May 25, 2000

TEHRAN--Iranian President Mohammad Khatami marked the third anniversary of his election Monday, challenging the shadowy opponents who have killed, assaulted and intimidated his supporters, and issuing a call for freedom and democracy within Iran's Islamic republic. Khatami's speech was a clear riposte to the hard-liners who have sent his supporters to jail and closed 17 reformist newspapers in the past month. It came as thousands rallied at Tehran University and vowed that reforms will continue no matter what the conservatives do to try to thwart them >>> FULL TEXT

    Left hook

    Berlin conference

    Rah-e Kargar: Bahman Niroomand, one of the organizers of the Berlin conference, condemns leftists as well as... >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Purple Babe

Purple babe, as in my baby with purple hair >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Year of destiny

Kambiz Ameli writes: I have just returned from my second journey to Iran in three years. The latest amusing yet ominous saying amongst the Tehranis is 'For every akhoond there is a tree'.

With unemployment realistically over 35% and the poverty rate similar to that of the obscure third world African countries, the Iranian people have finally realized that they are indeed in a depression.

The consensus amongst the people is that the sixth parliament will directly move to reverse many of the laws passed by the fifth parliament and further move towards eliminating the present unelected institutions and judiciary system within the government, thus forcing the ruling akhoonds to shut down the new parliament, leaving no choice for the people but to secure their rights through another major upheaval. Clearly this year shall be a year of destiny for Iran as was 1357 >>> FULL TEXT

* Let's not forget

Faramarz Kaviani writes: I saw the Farzaneh Taiedi's picture in the Nostalgia section (one of my favorie sections in this site). Let's remember and never forget the fact that she had a role as an actress in the movie "Not without my daughter". I want all the Iranians to remember how "khaaen beh vatan" a person can be.

* Thoroughly enjoyable

Jeff Sandvig writes: I have thoroughly enjoyed Reza Ordoubadian's stories in your publication ["The up-star woman"]. I especially look forward to reading more stories of his family or fictionalized family.

Music: FREE CONCERTS: Shahin and Sepehr & Probe

Freer Gallery in Washington DC will host two free concerts by Iranian bands: Shahin and Sepehr will perform on Friday, May 26, 7 P.M at the Freer Steps (Rain location: Meyer Auditorium). Also the new fusion ensemble Probe, will perform on Thursday, June 15, 6:30 P.M., Meyer Auditorium >>> 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:

Sharing my secrets with you is no help at all,
But without you I don't have the gall to air my secrets at all.
You surely are not the remedy for what ails me;
What ails poor me is a very, very long story.
-- Rumi

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Hardliners attack pro-democracy campus rally

TEHRAN, May 24 (Reuters) - Iranian Moslem militiamen severely beat up pro-democracy students in an attack on a rally at Tehran University on Wednesday, witnesses said. The hardline militia, dressed in black and wearing the trademark Palestinian headscarf, grabbed and kicked around one student at a time as they charged the crowd >>> FULL TEXT

Reformist rally angers some

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A confrontation between supporters of rival hard-liners and reformists in Iran's government ended peacefully Wednesday after police formed a human chain to keep the two sides apart. About 200 hard-line supporters converged outside the locked gate of Tehran University, while some 2,000 pro-reform student protesters rallied inside. Despite the gate, police formed a human chain to keep the rivals about 15 yards apart >>> FULL TEXT

Conservative-dominated parliament winds up business

TEHRAN, May 24 (AFP) - The outgoing conservative-dominated Iranian parliament held its final session Wednesday, before giving way to a new Majlis firmly on the side of reformist President Mohammad Khatami, with the battle for the key position of speaker now underway. Outgoing speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri, in a speech at the end of the parliamentary session, said the experience of being in parliament since the 1979 Islamic revolution had seen his hair and beard turn grey >>> FULL TEXT

Defense questions suspects in Iran Jewish spy case

SHIRAZ, Iran (Reuters) - The defense in Iran's Jewish spy trial kept trying Monday to discredit confessions by the accused and demanded confirmation that material allegedly passed to Israel was in fact secret. A clearly energized defense team asked the judge to release the 10 detained suspects on bail, and bitterly attacked the state broadcasting service for airing admissions by the defendants in what the court had said was a closed hearing >>> FULL TEXT

Shops owned by Jews attacked

SHIRAZ, Iran (AP) - The ongoing espionage trial of 13 Jews in Iran has led to angry attacks on Jewish businesses, including one arson, a Jewish leader said Wednesday. ``This trial has created problems for the whole Jewish community in Iran,'' Haroun Yashayaii, head of Iran's Jewish society, said outside the courthouse as proceedings resumed in the southern city of Shiraz >>> FULL TEXT

Prosecutors say Iran backed deadly Turkish Muslim group

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, May 24 (AFP) - Turkish prosecutors accused Iran on Wednesday of providing support to a hardline Islamic group blamed for the murders of hundreds of people in the country, Anatolia news agency said. >>> FULL TEXT

Kharrazi heads for Beirut after Israeli pullout

BEIRUT, May 24 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi will arrive in Beirut Thursday for talks with Lebanese leaders, officials said Wednesday, only hours after Israeli forces quit the country in the face of a campaign by Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas >>> FULL TEXT

US oil jumps back to $30 as mogas worries flare

NEW YORK, May 24 (Reuters) - U.S. oil prices surged by more than a dollar on Wednesday amid continuing concern about tight gasoline supplies as the summer driving season gets going with this weekend's Memorial Day holiday >>> FULL TEXT

No permission needed to make music -- with exceptions

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Seventy singers and musicians are now allowed to produce music without getting any permission from the Guidance Ministry. But women and Pop music singers are not among them >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

"Drunken Horses" won more than one award

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Bahman Ghobadi didn't win just win one award in Cannes for "A Time for Drunken Horses" -- but three >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Mythology & Etessami

Tehran, (Honar) -- Al look at mythology in Parvin Etessami's poetry >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Hashemi-Nasab "not exepelled"

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Persepolis club general manager Amir Abedini says despite what coach Ali Parvin has said, Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab has not been expelled. But he has not been resigned either. His fate will be decided soon >>> FULL TEXT

Azizi will be there

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Khodadad Azizi will join the national team to play in the 2000 Cup matches on June 7 and 9 >>> FULL TEXT

Can Peykan go all the way?

Tehran, (Iran Varzeshi) -- Peykan, the top volleyball team in Iran, beat the top Japanese and Kazakh teams to reach the semi-finals of the Asian championships. Iran has never won the title >>> FULL TEXT


Accused jews: Ninth court session

The ninth session of the trial of the Jews accused of spying for Israel took place today in the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz amid concerns from the Jewish community in Iran that publicity over the issue had negative effects on them. Daryoush Homai presents a report on the issues. UPDATED MAY 24 2000 >>> LISTEN HERE

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Hashemi, Hashemi shame on you, shame on you.

-- Students shouting slogans against Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
May 24, 2000

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