The Iranian Times

Tuesday January 30, 2001 / Bahman 11, 1379, No. 1155


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


What future
... for Iran?

By Manoutchehr M. Eskandari-Qajar
January 30, 2001
The Iranian

The immediate reaction to the mention of monarchy, in Iran, and most everywhere else, is the conjuring up of the image of absolutism in diametrical opposition to what is now considered to be the preferred from of government of, by, and, above all, for the peoples of the world everywhere, democracy. Much of the antipathy towards monarchy, however, has to do with a false dichotomy set up between it and democracy >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Majid Tehranian
January30, 2001
The Iranian


Minority rule
Shiism has a problem with majority rule

By Sohrab Mahdavi
January 30, 2001
The Iranian

The affable letter of Majid Tehranian ["Rah-e sevom"] once again proves how well-meaning thinkers lodged abroad are incapable of grasping the most elementary factors that figure into the equation of power in the Islamic Republic, and how by appealing to commonplace reasoning they are only out to satisfy their sense of nostalgia and sentimentalism about Iran without wanting to return until their fanciful ideals have seen the light of day >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

The threat from powerful thugs is serious and imminent >>> GO TO FEATURE


U.S. oil chiefs meet Iran foreign minister on sanctions

NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Chief executives of the three largest U.S. oil companies have met with Iran's foreign minister in energy firms' most significant move yet to bridge the two countries' political divide >>> FULL TEXT

Relatives of the poltical killing victims oppose execution

BBC Persian Service

Relatives of the victims of the serial killings in Iran, have emphasised that they do not wish to see the killers of their relatives executed. In a statement, the relatives said they did not accept the legitimacy of the trial and were more interested in finding out the truth, not revenge. Maria Sarsalari asks Parastoo Forouhar, Daughter of two of the murdered victims about the statement >>> LISTEN

The Sound of Distant Stars

The Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2001

Shahrzad Sepanlou's cell phone rings. At her office desk on a Tuesday morning, the 28-year-old event coordinator at UCLA considers her silver Samsung. She usually leaves its calls to the answering service, but she's already checked her boss' e-mail, arranged his schedule, paid some bills and sorted the mail. She may as well see who's calling on the line she uses for her real business >>> FULL TEXT


Cheshm maa roshan

TEHRAN, Jan 30 (AFP) - Iran, where makeup was once considered a sign of depravity on a woman, will host its first-ever beauty and cosmetics fair next week, newspapers reported on Tuesday >>> HERE


I think I'm in love with Kate Winslet. I didn't like her in "Titanic" but there was something about her in "Hideous Kinky" which I watched last night. Good film >>> HERE

More Letters

* Citizen Pahlavi has my vote

Ali Sarshar writes: Reza Pahlavi has stirred up a debate among Iranians about the future of our country ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. He gets my vote for the following reasons:

He is a modern man. When I listen to Reza Pahlavi, I feel this is a man who belongs to my generation >>> FULL TEXT

* Democracy through trade

Amoo Sam writes: First of all, allow me to clarify my wake-up call letter and not mix apples with bananas... The point is that Washington (home to Amoo Sam), must ENGAGE the IRI, drop economic sanctions, sign oil & gas, power, telecom and other infrastructure-related contracts with the IRI, send American technicians, equipment and general business expertise to Iran and through our technical and economic power foster democracy in Iran >>> FULL TEXT

* The chance to choose

Shahriar Shahabi writes: From my understanding of politics, and knowing Reza Pahlavi for the intellectual that he is, by no means, does he consider himself attached to the peacock throne. Instead, what he is devoted to is the principle that Iranians have an inalienable right to live in freedom and as such in a free society the truth must be spoken and heard >>> FULL TEXT

* Besyar khub

Dr Shodja Eddin Ziaian writes: Sokhanrani-e akhir-e Reza Pahlavi nomreye "besyar khub" dasht. ["Democratic republic or...?"]... Aknun, Shahzade Reza Pahlavi va daneshjuyan-e Iran parchamdaran-e pishtaz-e Jebheye Azadi va Abadi-e Iran-e Bozorg hastand. Reza Pahlavi-e 40 sale, be rahbari-e nasl-e now baraye bazsazi-e Iran-e Novin omid baste... Dasteshan dard nakonad va dameshan garm >>> FULL TEXT

* Me and millions of others

Babak Aminiam writes: The editorial "Citizen Pahlavi" was one of your most profoundly powerful articles ever published. Great job to you guys.

You literally spoke my thoughts and my mind (and I bet millions of other anti-shah people out there).

I am very proud of for speaking up and standing to your humanitarian and political values. Also thank you for clarifying what true democracy is.

Fundraising: Ghelichkhani in Berkeley

An evening with Parviz Ghelichkhani, the former captain of the Iranian national soccer team. Parviz Ghelichkhani is the director and editor-in-chief of Arash. The purpose of this gathering is fundraising for Arash, a Persian bimonthly review of cultural, social and political affairs published since 1991 >>> DETAILS




The Poetry of Nizami Ganjavi
Knowledge, Love, and Rhetoric
Edited by Kamran Talattof and Jerome W. Clinton



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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    There's another kind of calm in the congress of lovers,

    A different oblivion in the wine of love.

    The knowledge that the classroom yields is one thing,

    And love... love is something else again.

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Victim's families in 1998 dissident murders reject verdicts

TEHRAN, Jan 30 (AFP) - Relatives of several Iranian dissidents and intellectuals killed in 1998 by secret service officials rejected the sentences handed down against 15 agents, affirming that they were still seeking truth rather than vengeance. "The families are against the issued death sentences and they were never seeking such an outcome," said Nasser Zarafshan, defence lawyer for two of the victim's families cited by the reformist Doran-e Emrouz paper >>> FULL TEXT

Intelligence Agents' Trial Inconclusive

New York, January 29, 2001 (Human Rights Watch) - The secret trial of eighteen Iranian intelligence officials accused of killing dissident intellectuals has left key questions unanswered about the ultimate responsibility for the murders, Human Rights Watch said today. Three of the defendants were sentenced to death and two to life imprisonment on Saturday, January 27 >>> FULL TEXT

Iran readies for anniversary of revolution

TEHRAN, Jan 30 (AFP) - Iran on Wednesday begins 10 days of state celebrations honouring the creation of the Islamic republic, amid a wide-open political battle between the reformist and conservative heirs of founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The annual festivities marking the 1979 Islamic revolution will kick off at 9:30 a.m. (0600 GMT), the exact hour when Khomeini returned from exile to lead the overthrow of the shah's imperial regime 10 days later >>> FULL TEXT

Kharrazi arrives in Kiev for three-day visit

MOSCOW, Jan 30 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi arrived Tuesday in Ukraine for a three-day official visit and a series of high-level talks, officials told AFP. Kharazi was due to hold talks with Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko and Foreign Minister Anatoly Zlenko >>> FULL TEXT

Russian ultranationalist welcomed by Majlis

TEHRAN, Jan 30 (AFP) - Russian ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky was received with honor by parliament, where he met with deputy speaker Behzad Nabavi, state television announced. Zhirinovsky, whose visit to Iran was not previously announced by local media, was making an "exploratory trip" to Tehran at the head of a Russian parliamentary delegation and will meet with a number of MPs, an Iranian source said >>> FULL TEXT

Iran calls for joint navy to control Persian Gulf

TEHRAN, Jan 30 (AFP) - The top environmental official called Tuesday on littoral states to form a joint naval force to control shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf in a bid to fight mounting pollution. Vice President Masumeh Ebtekar, who heads Iran's environmental protection organisation, warned both oil exploration and busy shipping lanes are "threatening the ecological balance in the Persian Gulf >>> FULL TEXT

Police seize 4,000 litres of home brew: report

TEHRAN, Jan 30 (AFP) - Police seized 4,000 litres of alcohol distilled from dates in a northeast Tehran suburb after neighbours complained, the afternoon daily Kayhan reported Tuesday. The paper said the brew. along with quantities of date concentrate, was discovered in a house in Boumehen, where a Christian Iran was making it to sell locally >>> FULL TEXT

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