The Iranian Times

Thursday February 1, 2001 / Bahman 13, 1379, No. 1157


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


Iranian women's increasingly sought after art

By Carly Butler
February 1, 2001
The Iranian

Review of an exhibition of Iranian women artists at Toronto's A Space Gallery (January 13 ­ February 17, 2001).

With Iranian women's work becoming an increasingly exotic new art commodity (see the success of recent art star Shirin Neshat for example), there has been a danger of the "who" superseding the "what" ­ the novelty of "Iranian women making art" becoming more important than critical discourse on "what" they are producing >>> GO TO FEATURE


Power of one
The PWC will be stronger without me

By Guive Mirfendereski
February 1, 2001
The Iranian

I asked Yacobo how he knew what he knew when he knew it. He said, "There are two things about Iranians that succeed in failing them every time. First, Iranians are the strongest when they are least in number." >>> GO TO FEATURE


Cool & kooky
Unusual emails addresses

February 1, 2001
The Iranian

These are the latest interesting email addresses registered at, including ahmagh_2001@, BeheshtKoochak@, CheloMorgh@, Fred_Allahverdi@, FullMoonBS@, IranianBlack@, PersianKing10000bc@, Petropolis@ and ToBeAnnounced@ >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Wait a few days, "Haj Aqa" will come up>>> GO TO FEATURE


Qom clerics criticise Islamic Republic's record

BBC Persian Service

The Assembly of Lecturers and Researchers at Qom Seminary in a statement on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution has said that the Islamic republic has failed to bring people, particularly youth toward religion >>> LISTEN

    Halliburton Connected to Iran Office

    Wall Street Journal
    February 1, 2001

    Halliburton Co., the U.S. oil-services giant until recently headed by Vice President Richard Cheney, has opened an office in Tehran and operated in Iran in possible violation of U.S. sanctions >>> FULL TEXT


Mojdeh :-)

You are going to see some major changes in Basically The Iranian and The Iranian Times will become one. When? In a few weeks, before Noruz, I hope. Here's the first draft of the new design. Any suggestions? >>> HERE

More Letters

* Clairvoyance

Amir Arsalan Afkhami writes: With all due respect to your clairvoyance, how can you conclude that: "Given a choice, there's "absolutely" no doubt that the people would choose a democratic republic rather than the restoration of the monarchy." ["Citizen Pahlavi"] Do you base this statement on the latest Gallop-poll of Iran's political inclanation or is this viewsimply your own opinion >>> FULL TEXT

* Misunderstanding the facts

Ahmad Kashani writes: We are talking of constitutional monarchy where no one is above the law, be it the Shah or a peasant. Therefore, the constitutional monarchs such as; the Queen of England (as you've mentioned) or that of Denmark or Holland do not rule over their nations. You talk of modern politics and claim that monarchy is outdated >>> FULL TEXT

* Political activities without permission

Azita Mahdavi writes: This week the Society of Iranian Professionals (SIP) in Northern California has invited Mr. Afrasiabi to talk about the "Dialogue Among Civilizations and Iran's Foreign Policy." SIP supposed to be a non-political organization without any political affiliation or agenda. But in the last two years this organization has been working directly with the Islamic Republic >>> FULL TEXT

* Never a Persian

Reza Niazi writes: I read the artice ["Marring me"]. Very intresting. However I must add that as a young Iranian I will never introduce myself as Persian or anything else just to be accepted by my wife's family (future wife I must say since I am not married :)) . Best wishes for both Siamack and Varinder

Lecture: Afshin Molavi, Washington DC

    Books this week


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I'll swallow the pain that bleeds from your love's wound.

    I'll bear your cruelty until judgment day.

    That day, when truth lies bare, you'll beg for life

    And I will stare at your beloved face.

    * Also see more Rumi translations

    Rumi book

Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis

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More news

Jailed journalist on hunger strike: press rights group

TEHRAN, Feb 1 (AFP) - The reformist journalist Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, jailed at Tehran's notorious Evin prison, has gone on a hunger strike to protest jail conditions, the Iranian Association to Defend Press Freedom said Thursday. The group said Zeid-Abadi started refusing food several days ago and urged him "to end his hunger strike to preserve his health >>> FULL TEXT

Top judge chastises MPs for defending "Westernized" thinkers

TEHRAN, Feb 1 (AFP) - The head of the judiciary denounced reformist MPs Thursday, saying they weakened parliament by defending Westernized journalists and other liberals. "MPs should promote Islamic values before the concerns of a limited number of Westernized people," Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi-Shahrudi wrote the deputies, telling them they had "lowered the moral prestige" of the parliament >>> FULL TEXT

Saudi to sign security accord with Iran this month: Saudi minister

RIYADH, Feb 1 (AFP) - Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz said Thursday that a security cooperation accord between the kingdom and Iran will be signed in the latter half of February. Prince Nayef told newspapers he was "waiting for his brothers in Iran to fix an exact date" for his visit to Tehran during which he will sign the accord with his Iranian counterpart Abdolvahed Mussavi-Lari >>> FULL TEXT

Deputy interior minister to organise presidential vote

TEHRAN, Feb 1 (AFP) - The deputy interior minister Mostafa Tajzadeh, who is a target of the conservative camp, will oversee the country's presidential elections in June, an official said Thursday. The official said Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mussavi-Lara had confirmed his deputy in the job during a closed-door session of parliament Wednesday, despite charges from conservatives that Tajzadeh's support for outgoing President Mohammad Khatami means he cannot be impartial >>> FULL TEXT

Pakistani supreme court rejects plea of Iranian diplomat's killer

ISLAMABAD, Feb 1 (AFP) - A special supreme court bench Thursday rejected a review petition from a man convicted of killing an Iranian diplomat 10 years ago and sentenced to death, officials said. Haq Nawaz, an activist with an extremist Sunni group, was sentenced to death over the December 19, 1990, murder of Iranian cultural centre director Sadiq Ganji in the eastern city of Lahore >>> FULL TEXT

Iran, South Korea, to cooperate on oil

TEHRAN, Feb 1 (AFP) - South Korea's Commerce, Industry and Energy Minister Shin Kook-Hwan is due in Iran Friday to sign an agreement setting up a joint committee for cooperation in oil and energy, Seoul's embassy in Tehran said Thursday. Shin, the guest of Iran's Industry and Mining Minister Eshaq Jangeneh, will also meet President Mohammad Khatami and Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zengheneh during his two-day stay, the embassy said >>> FULL TEXT

Parliament tells businessmen to refund six billion dollars

TEHRAN, Feb 1 (AFP) - Parliament has ordered businessmen who benefitted from a special exchange rate for four years to pay back six billion dollars in gains, a parliamentary source said Thursday. The source said the order contained in the pro-reform parliament's budget passed this week affected mainly industrialists close to the conservative camp, and could see the finance bill overturned by the conservative oversight body, the Guardians Council >>> FULL TEXT

The Web



Second issue of a bilingual magazine based in Los Angeles with lots of well-written and interesting articles.

Beyond Iran

Song Fight!

The concept is simple (and lots of fun): a number of people each write a song of the same title. You listen to each "version" and vote for your favorite.

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Quote Unquote

Not enough

It is not good enough to succeed. Others must fail.

-- Gore Vidal

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