The Iranian Times

Tuesday February 6, 2001 / Bahman 18, 1379, No. 1160


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


... the revolution had not happened

By Mariam Sorond
February 6, 2001
The Iranian

I could have been the next Prime Minister of Iran. My wealth could have been publishable trivia. My social class would have been at the tip of the pyramid. My friends would now be among a thousand families that I could count on for past reference and present glamor >>> GO TO FEATURE


Thy father's sins
The Shah did not make just a few mistakes

By Fariba Amini
February 6, 2001
The Iranian

Recently we heard the wise words of the son of the late Mohammad Reza Shah promoting a non-violent movement towards democracy. However, let us us not go backwards >>> GO TO FEATURE


Can't we get along?
News from Iran is not encouraging, but...

By Babak Yektafar
February 6, 2001
The Iranian

Memo to self: With the popularity of reality-based TV series, make a quick buck or two by pitching the following ideas to network executives:

Castration Island: Place a few intellectuals and proponents of democracy and free speech in the midst of a conservative-run administration and watch sparks fly as the intellectuals are hunted down one by one, put on sham trials, and sent to internal exile. Will they survive Castration Island? >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Eye operation and... >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran MPs refuse privileges for supreme leader

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Iran's pro-reform parliament on Saturday spurned mounting conservative pressure to extend a special budgetary privilege to state bodies controlled by the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei >>> FULL TEXT

Guardian Council wants more power

BBC Persian Service

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, former head of Iran's Judiciary and a member of the Guardian Council, has spoken about the council's plans to carry out a more comprehensive and accurate supervision over the upcoming presidential elections in Iran. Is it Mr Yazdi's personal view or that of the Guardian Council? A question Pooneh Afshar puts to Ahmad Salamatian, expert on Iranian politics >>> LISTEN


Can't be true

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* Need discipline

R. Nafisi writes: Reading your piece ["Theater of deception"], you mention acquiring "civility" in the school with a smirk. One may feel that you guys might have needed some "civility" after all, although you seem to want to blame your rebellion on the school's overblown sense of discipline and racism... All we Iranians can use some structure and discipline, as we need to enter modernity culture >>> FULL TEXT

* Something inherently wrong

Arya Abedin writes: I never thought Iranians would be so overly blind and reactionary as to reconstitute a deposed monarchy ["Our demands"]. Every Iranian has his/her own critique on the old and new order, but the overwhelming number of worthy Iranians agree that there was something inherently wrong with a disillusioned dictator who left his country on two occasions, with little hope of returning on both >>> FULL TEXT

* Piece of my heart

Shady Javan writes: Mr Samiei's "The mirror and the book" is great. The more we stay out of Iran, the harder it seems to go back. I feel every time I come back from there I have left a piece of my heart. I hope, one day, there is just "to meet" and not "to part".

* Captivating

Ardalan writes: Thank you. Your writing ["The mirror and the book"] captivated me for reasons beyond my comprehension. I could still smell the morning air when I took that ride 16 years ago. Zendeh baashi hamvatan.

* Longer, please

F. Abbassian writes: I just read your article ["The mirror and the book"]. It's good, very good. But too short. Write a longer piece next time. Stay in the clouds a bit more. It was getting good. But then you touched down. Write a longer piece next time... please.

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    As long as I live, this is my work and my trade.

    No hunter am I, but I live to stalk this prey.

    This is what fills my life, this is what fills my day,

    My calm rest, my relief, my companion in grief.

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Iran's army chief of staff replaced again

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Fundamentalists disrupt speech by Khatami's brother on reforms

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Parliamentary delegation departs for Paris

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Iran uncovers gang smuggling underage prostitutes to Persian Gulf countries

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First domestically made passenger plane ready to fly

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Association of Iranian Documentary Producers

"Trade organization for independent documentary producers in Iran. It aims at promoting the business and art of documentary film production in a country where cultural, social and political landscape has experienced one of the most overwhelming turmoils of the last millennium."

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William Gedney Photographs and Writings

The special collections library at Duke University presents this stark exhibit of black-and-white photographs from William Gedney. "These photographs -- taken primarily in New York, San Francisco, Kentucky, and India -- are remarkable in their sympathetic and quietly sensual view of the worl>"

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