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Tuesday November 28, 2000 / Azar 8, 1379, No. 1114


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Negotiating with the devil
They sounded like they were trading camels

By Siamack Baniameri
November 28, 2000
The Iranian

Reza is a shrewd Iranian businessman who prides himself of being the biggest charlatan in North America. He is a type that paints a Yugo and sells it as a Cadillac. He cheats, lies, deceives, and manipulates with ease and sleeps like a baby at night. Reza, the only son of a multi millionaire bazaari from Mashhad, should be the poster child for Planned Parenthood. They should hang a picture of him on the wall with these words, "Here is another reason for birth control." >>> GO TO FEATURE


    Hafez... yeah, yeah, yeah!

    November 28, 2000
    The Iranian

    Rock songs with 14th century Persian poems? Yup. Sure. Why not?

    A band in Iran, calling itself "O-Hum", has released their first album called Nahal-e heyrat (Young tree of bewilderment) using Hafez poems as lyrics >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Necessities of the sixth Majlis [elections] >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran's Khatami Is Caught in the Middle

By Molly Moore and John Ward Anderson Washington Pos
November 28, 2000

TEHRAN -- When Mohammad Khatami was elected president 3 1/2 years ago, many Iranians expected that his reform plans would reintegrate this isolated nation into the global economy and bring new freedoms to a young population weary of strict Islamic government. But six months from Iran's next presidential election, Khatami's most important reforms have been strangled by a conservative opposition >>> FULL TEXT

IIPP calls for open trial

BBC Persian Service

IIPP calls for open court in political killings case Islamic Iran Participation Party has called for an open court in the case of serial political killings. In a statement, IIPP states that such a move will help restore the damaged reputations of the judiciary. Sima Bahrami asks Naser Zarafshan, one of the lawyers in the case about the motives behind the IIPP's statement >>> LISTEN HERE

Iranians favor better ties with the U.S.

Washington DC, 28 November 2000 (Iranians for International Cooperation) -- Iranians for International Cooperation (IIC) welcomes a major national opinion survey conducted by the Foreign Policy Association of New York, a nonpartisan, national organization dedicated to informing Americans about foreign policy issues. The poll reveals that a vast majority of Americans are ready to normalize relations with Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Sore looser?

Or Republican propaganda? Who cares. It's funny >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Right on the money

Arash Alavi writes: Ali Akbar Mahdi ["Making a hero"] is right on the money when he suggests that Ebrahim Nabavi made a mockery of the court by engaging in a theatrical resistance to his captors and making the whole trial look like a farce.

For those who are familiar with his work, Nabavi's performance in court was indistinguishable from some of his published writings. His "defense" was perhaps by far the best piece of satire produced by him.

It is a sign of Nabavi's genius that he has been able to use his own "trial" to communicate his satire to his audience, now that he can no longer publish his works.

* Married a Black man?!!

Iraani writes: I was very upset to see that a person degraded herself so much that she married a Black man [Maryam and Daryl]!!! This is a disgrace to all of us!!!!

AND worse than that you put her picture on your site as if she was some kind of hero or something!!! Even though she is not all that but still it is big disgrace to our kind!!!

* Streak in Iranian character

Katayoun Jarrah-Layegh, writes: Well done to The Iranian Times for publishing the letter entitled "Proud to be Persian" right below the utterly disgusting piece written by our learned friend Mr Farzad Farahani. I suppose the irony will be lost on Mr Farahani.

Mr Farahani demonstrates a streak in the Iranian character (both male and female) which makes me feel ashamed of being Persian.

Music: Forough Farrokhzad, Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK, November 19, 2000 ­ The concert of predominately vocal works features the world premiere of The wind will carry us by Ensemble Sospeso Co-Director Kirk Noreen on a text by Forugh Farrokhzad, perhaps Iran's greatest modern woman poet. Iranian born soprano Haleh Abghari will be singing Mr. Noreen's work in Persian >>> DETAILS HERE




Crime and Culture in America
By Parviz Saney



Jaame'eh shenaasi-ye siyaasi
By Hossein Bashiriyeh

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Since you know that I'm far from her goodness,

    Forgive me for shunning good that's not her.

    She has become my cane, and I am blind.

    I can't walk by my self: I follow her.

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Iran expects record oil revenues thanks to higher prices

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Best book nominations

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Sepehri: 28th edition

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Baizaie: Way ahead

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Iran defeat Tajikistan 2-0

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Strategy for reforms, at last

Almost four years after its establishment, the main coalition of Iranian reformists, the 2nd of Khordad Front, has set up a committee to define its strategy. Behrouz Parsa discusses with Dr. Alireza Nouri (MP) and Reza Alijani (Journalist) why the move came so late and what will be its impact on the Iranian politics >>> LISTEN HERE

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Reza is a shrewd Iranian businessman who prides himself of being the biggest charlatan in North America.

-- Siamack Baniameri
"Negotiating with the devil"
The Iranian
November 26, 2000

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