The Iranian Times

Thursday, May 25, 2000 / Khordad 5, 1379, No. 988

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Generational gap
When I see young people talk about "those religious bums" it's scary

By Najmeh Fakhraie
May 25, 2000
The Iranian

... Once we reach the "third stop" in Kolakchal, my eyes practically fall to the ground. I see a clergyman standing right in front of me. He has two bodyguards and just a few feet away from them another group of boys are busy dancing to techno music. My curiosity wins over my fright so I go over to where he is standing. A number of boys are standing around him and he's telling them that "they shouldn't spend all their time with 'those girls'." He is being hit with pistachios but he doesn't seem to mind. But once the pistachios turn into apples he starts to look around >>> GO TO FEATURE



May 5, 2000 (IRNA) -- Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's letter annoucing his resignation from the Majlis >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

    Left hook

    Tehran U protests

    Rah-e Kargar: Thousands of people have been holding protests in and around Tehran University for the past three days ... >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Desperate vegetarians declare cows plants

LAS VEGAS (The Onion) -- At its annual national conference Saturday, the American Association of Vegans and Vegetarians released the results of a detailed in-house study determining that the common beef cow is actually a plant, 100 percent fit for vegetarian consumption >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Candle in the wind

Amin writes: For the majority of our planet's freedom-loving people a sad but hopeful fact is that democracy is not an eternal flame, but a candle in the wind. Thanks to a few "special" people, some of these candles resemble the comical birthday candles which are blown out but then suddenly ignite as if by magic.

That "magic" is the ideas, emotions, words and deeds of the likes of Dr. Mossadegh ["Iranian of the century"]. It lies in the hearts and minds of people, often dormant for years, as it waits for the winds of oppression to calm and give it at least a fighting chance for survival. But it never dies >>> FULL TEXT

* Chee, deevounam?

Behrooz Tavakkol writes: As an Iranian who came to the U.S. at the age of 1 1/2, I don't remember much of Iran. I'm 17 years old, and haven't been back, and at the rate of things, I don't think I'll be going back unless I want to be in the sarbaazi. Chee, deevounam?

Either way, I have managed to maintain some sense of Iranian culture, even in the U.S., and I find your mini-stories ["dAyi Hamid index"] to be quite interesting and comical, and I can still relate to them. Well, that's pretty much it, so thank you for your time, and your stories.

Conference: Iranian women's conference in Berkeley

As you might already know, we are hosting Iranian Women's Studies Foundation (IWSF), 11th annual conference, on June 15th - June 18th, at the University of California, Berkeley >>> 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

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

Last night I spent with a goddess who dabbles with slaves like me;
Again and again I begged; her answer still: "We'll see"
The night was gone, and left our story hanging.
The night was not to blame, no: our story has no ending.
-- Rumi

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Rafsanjani withdraws

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani resigned Thursday from the incoming parliament, state radio announced, depriving hard-liners of a leading figure in the power struggle between conservatives and reformists. His decision came a day after reformists - who have aligned themselves behind President Mohammad Khatami - shouted slogans against him at a Tehran University demonstration >>> FULL TEXT

Reformists prepare to take legislative control

TEHRAN, May 25 (AFP) - Iran's new reformist-dominated parliament is to hold its first session Saturday, amid fears that former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani will prove a fly in the ointment. The influential Rafsanjani, 66, who chairs the arbitration body, the Expediency Council, and headed the conservative-backed ticket in the elections to the new assembly, is expected to bid for the post of speaker which he held for most of the 1980s >>> FULL TEXT

Turkish business delegation to visit Iran

ANKARA, May 25 (AFP) - A major delegation of Turkish businessmen will leave this weekend for Iran, seeking to expand trade ties between the two countries, a Turkish trade organisation said on Thursday. The business visit comes as diplomatic relations between the two countries are under severe strain >>> FULL TEXT

Iran in $83 mln steel deal with Japan-led group

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Pop music or pure music?

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Three books

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Three books on Iranian current affairs: a chronology of events leading to President Khatami's election in 1997, a discussion on civilizational dialogue between Islam and Christianity by Mohammad Masjed Jamehie, and Ramin Jahanbaglou's collected artricles about Iran and modernity >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Try-outs for Dutch film fest

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Iran thrash Kazakhstan 3-0 in Jordan

(Iran Sports Press) -- Wirth video: Itan came into this match with a new formation (4-4-2), the four players at the back were Minavand, Rahbarifard, Bakhtiarizaedh, and Seyyed-Abbasi. Minavand and Seyyed Abbasi were the left and right pistons respectively >>> FULL TEXT

Persepolis exhibition match against Galaxy postponed

May 24, 2000, PASADENA, California (AP) - Monday's exhibition between the Los Angeles Galaxy of U.S. Major League Soccer and the Iranian club Persepolis was postponed because of a dispute over photographing and fingerprinting the Iranian players >>> FULL TEX

Zobahan defeat Persepolis 2-0 in finale

(Iran Sports Press) -- With video: The 1999-2000 Azadegan League officially came to a close on Wednesday following the defeat of league champions Persepolis at the hands of Zobahan. While the game was nothing more than a formality for Persepolis, Zobahan needed the win to secure fifth place position >>> FULL TEXT

Final standings of the 1999-2000 Azadegan League


Khamenei's endorsement

Iran's leader endorses poll results The result of the February elections in Tehran is finally going to be validated after the intervention of Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader. Listen to an assessment of the performance of the Council of Guardians and the role played by Iran's leadership to solve the crisis >>> LISTEN HERE

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