The Iranian Times

Friday, May 26, 2000 / Khordad 6, 1379, No. 989

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By Morteza Mirbaghian
May 26, 2000
The Iranian



Chance for Reform in Iran at Last

Los Angeles Times
May 26, 2000

Iranians have voted overwhelmingly for change in their last two national elections. The new parliament, scheduled to convene Sunday in Tehran, could begin providing it

For the first time since the Islamic revolution 21 years ago, moderates will control the legislature. The Feb. 18 election gave more than two-thirds of the 290 parliamentary seats to reformers who want to ease oppressive political, cultural and social constraints that regulate Iranian life. But despite broad popular support, the reformers still face a struggle. The levers of power--control over the military and security services, state television and the judiciary--remain firmly in the hands of hard-liners. >>> FULL TEXT

    Left hook

    Forced resignation

    Rah-e Kargar: Rafsanjani resigned a day after nearly 5,000 students and demonstrated against him at Tehran University ... >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Googoosh winked at me

... I think I'm working too hard >>>SEE HERE

More Letters

* Pinglish

Sima Elli writes: Before I go into the pros and cons of EuroFarsi, I would like to mention that I had given this topic some thought in the past and also done some research on the matter ["Eenjoori beneveeseem?"]. I would also like to point out that I was born in London, I am fluent in Persian/Farsi but I can read and write to a very basic level and this I learnt mostly at home as a child.

Recently I visited Iran after four years. On my return to the UK, I kept in touch with my cousins through email. My cousins can read/write and speak basic English from what they learn at their private lessons although it would be difficult and time consuming for them to write in English everytime. We adopted our own method of writing to each other which we call 'Pinglish'! (Persian English)...

We cannot change and should not change what has evolved through years and years of history. We cannot adopt IPA for several reasons. The main one is that it would be difficult to begin re-educating the entire population of Iran, then again if Turkey did it, we surely can too, anyway most children now learn English at school..

Those living abroad or born abroad will be able to communicate with other persians there and in Iran. Recently I had difficulty applying for an Iranian passport as the Iranian Embassy in London required me to fill out the application forms in Farsi. If we adopt this phonetic alphabet, then people like me will no longer have these problems >>> FULL TEXT

* Most interesting

Russ Colven writes: I would like to take the opportunity to complement you on this most interesting and informative website. I am a student in England, and currently in the process of creating a study into the revolution and the events in Iran during the late 1970's. Your site provided has me with much needed information, pictures and biographies of key individuals. Once again I would like to thank you very much for your help!

Science: American scientific team going back to Iran

You were so helpful and supportive of Dr. Alan Hale's scientific expedition to Iran to view the solar eclipse last August, I wanted to give you a heads up on an upcoming trip. The members of Zirakzadeh were most enthusiastic for their return and the Adib Center has invited Dr. Hale and group to return to view the comet coming near Earth in late July >>> 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:

Don't even think, just let yourself dream
Thoughts are veils that hide the the moon's bright face.
The heart's a moon, where thinking has no place.
Toss these thoughts away into the stream.
-- Rumi

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Rafsanjani more threat to reformers outside than inside parliament: analyst

TEHRAN, May 26 (AFP) - Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who announced Thursday he would not be taking up his seat in the new parliament, is more of a threat to the assembly's reformist majority outside than inside, an analyst said Friday. "This is a dramatic turn of events, and also a declaration of war on the reformists," said secular republican Daryush Abdali, who served time in prison in the 1970s for his opposition to the Shah >>> FULL TEXT

Dutch FM to make first Tehran visit since 1979 revolution

TEHRAN, May 26 (AFP) - Dutch Foreign Minister Jozias van Aartsen will make an official visit to Iran from Monday, the first by a minister from the Netherlands since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Dutch embassy announced Friday>>> FULL TEXT

Iran celebrates Hezbollah feat over Israel with sweets, cakes

TEHRAN, May 26 (AFP) - Cakes and sweets (US candy) were distributed among the congregation at Friday prayers at Tehran University as a conservative speaker applauded Israel's defeat in Lebanon at the hands of the Hezbollah militia. "While many countries were incapable, it took the Hezbollah to expel the enemy, thanks to its religious faith and the support of friendly countries such as Iran," said prayer leader Ahmad Janati >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran holds funeral for 300 soldiers killed in war with Iraq

TEHRAN, May 26 (AFP) - Several thousand people came out after Friday prayers to attend a state funeral for 300 soldiers killed during Iran's war with Iraq. The bodies of the soldiers, which were recently discovered 12 years after the end of Iran-Iraq War, were wrapped in Iranian flags and carried by military trucks from the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic, where they had been displayed overnight >>> FULL TEXT

Iran, India to study gas pipeline through Pakistan

TEHRAN, May 24 (AFP) - Iran and India have agreed to carry out technical studies for a gas pipeline linking their countries via Pakistan, Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said in remarks reported Wednesday. Kharazi was quoted by the financial press that he and Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh held "very useful and concrete" talks on the pipeline>>> FULL TEX

Nearly 90 films in 21 fests in one month

Tehran (Ettelaat) -- Sixty-three Iranian feature films and 28 short films were shown at 21 international festivals or cultural centers during the month of Farvardin. Milani's "Two women" and Kiarostami's "The wind will take us there" had more screenings than others >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Qajar era newspapers

Tehran (Ettelaat) -- Iran's print media is 164-years old -- the first 90 years being in the Qajar era. An exhibition in Tehran provides a perspective in Ahmad Shah's palace in Niavaran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIA

"Some" historic documents have been sold abroad

Tehran (Ettelaat) -- Some historic documents held by individuals have been sold abroad because of lack of regulations and the inability of government archives to purchase them >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Hashemi-Nasab can no longer practice with Persepolis

(Iran Sports Press) -- With audio: In an exclusive interview with Iran Sports Press, Mahmoud Khordbin, manager of Persepolis football team, discussed the Azadegan League and possible transfers of its players to foreign clubs. Khordbin also touched on possible suspension of Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab from Persepolis training >>> FULL TEXT

More foreign players please

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Persepolis defender Afshin Peyrovani believes Iranian soccer clubs should recruit more foreign platers >>> FULL TEXT

Wrestlers NOT buseted for drugs

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- The wrestling federation has denied that a number of greco-roman wrestling team members have failed drug stests >>> FULL TEXT


Discovering cinema

In 1900, Mozafar-e Din Shah Qajar(1896-1907) traveled to Europe for the first time. He saw a film on the international exhibition held in Paris that same year. Fascinated, the Shah took interest in this new medium and directed the very first film made in Iran; it was about life in the royal court>>> LISTEN HERE

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I apologise to the people but given the extent of the propaganda being conducted against me, I am obliged to give up my mandate.

---- Ayatollah Rafsanjani on giving up his Majlis seat
May 26, 2000

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