The Iranian Times

Tuesday October 10, 2000 / Mehr 19, 1379, No. 1082


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By Sadaf Kiani Abbassian
October 10, 2000
The Iranian


"Contraband" movies & CDs make us forget real issues

By Najmeh Fakhraie
October 10, 2000
The Iranian

    Haven't seen the latest movie? The one your cousin who lives in the States told you about? No problem. Just ask. Mornings, evenings or even late at night. You can get anything you want from these guys. Some own newspaper kiosks and just as you are about to pay them for a magazine they'll say, " I've got a lot more stuff down here you might want to look at. I've also got movies and some pretty cool music videos. I've even got Kourosh's new song." "No thanks," I reply and I leave wondering: who in the world is Kourosh?...

    Well, I'm very very curious. I finally risk danger and ask one to show me what he has. He takes me down into a bookstore, yells something to the salesman and opens a door leading into a room full of boxes >>> GO TO FEATURE


Khatami wants Political Offences Bill approved

BBC Persian Service

President Khatami has stressed the need for the approval of Political Offences Bill. He has said that the approval is one of the elements of the constitution that needs to be implemented. Lara Petrossian interviews Ebrahim Yazdi, General Secretary of the Freedom Movement >>> LISTEN HERE

The 2 Lives of a Newly Minted Cleric

By Elaine Sciolino
The New York Times
October 6, 2000

TEHRAN - The black cloak was draped over his shoulders, nearly covering his neatly pressed long gray robe. The white turban carried on a gladiola-covered tray was placed on his head. Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi, one of the most senior religious leaders in Iran, expressed confidence that the new cleric would carry on the work of his father, a beloved senior ayatollah from Shiraz who had died a few days before. The crowd of several thousand cheered, "Praise be to God!" over and over.

The "bestowing of the turban," as the crowning ceremony is called, was over in five minutes >>> FULL TEXT

TV signal to Iran not blocked, US-based company says

LOS ANGELES, Oct 10 (AFP) - The signal into Iran of a US-based Iranian television station is not being blocked, contrary to the station's statements, the carrier said Monday.

Eutelsat, one of Europe's leading satellite operators, said the signal had been interrupted only for a few minutes for "technical reasons."

Last Thursday, Los Angeles-based National Iranian TV said its signal had been blocked since September 30 >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

    Rah-e Kargar: First declaration from Tabarzadi's Iranian People's Democratic Front >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

    Kayhan: What kind of velayat are we talking about? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


    Britney's Guide to Semiconductor Physics

It is a little known fact, that Ms Spears is an expert in semiconductor physics. Not content with just singing, in the following pages, she will guide you in the fundamentals of the vital laser components that have made it possible to hear her super music in a digital format >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Ramin

More Letters

* Like Jews in Nazi Germany

Bahram writes: A friend called and said Jafar Panahi's "The Circle" is only showing for two days in a cinema in Quartier Latin in Paris. I said okay, I will go with you.

During the movie I was suffocating from the lack of hope. Being a woman in Iran is like being a Jew in Nazi Germany ["No more kids stuff"].

After the movie I was so nervous I didn't eat anything. I had to drink seven beers to be able to speek. I was ashamed of being an Iranian, especially as an Ianian man.

I lived in Iran until 1987, so I know very well what is happening to women but this movie is like a slap in the face. It shows you what is really happening to them.

Ironically, the only bright light was the girl who became a prostitute. She of all people was the hope of the film.

Thank you Mr Panahi for making such a realistic movie about women's life in my country.

* What happened to Behrooz Nejad?

David McDonnell writes: I have a story of one of my first martial arts instructors. An Iranian named Behrooz Nejad. He was living here in this area from 1979 til approx 1986(?).

The story is a sad one, but interesting nonetheless. You see, Behrooz came over with the Shah in 1979 after the revolution. He was a member of the Shah's elite guard, tasked with the Shah's protection. After arriving here, not needed in his former capacity, Behrooz settled in the St. Clairsville, Ohio...

Things took a terrible turn. While on a business trip to Saudi Arabia, Behrooz was arrested for murder. You see, in addition to the schools and consulting work with the local sheriff's dept, Behrooz was also an arms dealer >>> FULL TEXT

* Foozooli

Roozbeh writes: As a duty to fellow Iranians, I feel I have to clarify a certain point in dAyi Hamid's recent article: "Khob... digeh chetori?" dAyi Hamid suggests that when Iranians ask "digeh chetori?" five minutes after they have already once asked you "chetori?", it is so that you will end up saying "Babaa ahhhhhhh I am not good!" And he also points out to the valid point : "as if in the last five minutes some new development has taken place!"

The reality though, I believe, is that when Iranians ask you "digeh chetori?" (sometimes more that 3 or 4 times in a conversation) they are really asking you to tell them what you haven't told them the first time round (or the second or the third time round). This concept, namely "konjkaavi" or to put it more bluntly "foozooli", is common practice amongst our compatriots!

Art: Mohammad Reza Lotfi performing in Seattle

A Night of Persian Music and Poetry with Maestro Mohammad Reza Lotfi. Time: Saturday, October 21, 2000 at 7:30 P.M. Place: University of Washington, Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Avenue N.E., Seattle, WA. Tickets: $20.00 each and is available at most of Iranian grocery stores and restaurants. For more information please call: (425)-643-6430. For more information about the Persian Traditional Music, Instruments, and Maestro M. R. Lotfi please visit




The Good Parsi
The Fate of a Colonial Elite in India's Postcolonial Society
By T. M. Luhrmann


Qesseh-ye qadim
By Mohammad Ali Sepanloud

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I wrote a poem that made my love angry

    At me, or at the measure of my verse.

    'Tell me then,' I said, 'What should I write?'

    Said she, 'Tell me, what poem could contain me?'

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Hojatoleslam Eshkevari may be facing the death penalty for publicly expressing his independent point of view.

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