The Iranian Times

Thursday February 8, 2001 / Bahman 20, 1379, No. 1162


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Against gravity
Photographs by Jila Nikpay

February 8, 2001
The Iranian

A recipient of numerous awards for her photographs, Jila Nikpay's recent work, "Against Gravity," has been awarded fellowships by the McKnight foundation and the State of Minnesota >>> GO TO FEATURE


It's official
PWC's reply to Guive Mirfendereski

February 8, 2001
The Iranian

In response to the editor's note in "Persian Watch Dog", the public relations office of Persian Watch Cat (PWC) has sent the following >>> GO TO FEATURE


The judicial way
Do as Americans do: fight for your rights in court

By Abolala Soudavar
February 8, 2001
The Iranian

In America one should do as the Americans do: one should fight for one's rights in court. Minorities and foreigners however, are generally reluctant to do so. They are unaccustomed to legal proceedings and find it difficult to challenge authority in a way that their cultural heritage ill-prepared them for >>> GO TO FEATURE


Lili came and awakened dreams

By Bakhtiairi Rose
February 8, 2001
The Iranian

Lili came out of the blue. It burned at first. We hadn't seen each other in years. A single purple star. Memories poured out of the past in broken pieces. Our temples were like parchment. Listening >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Critique of Rafsanjani: Why and how? >>> GO TO FEATURE


Guards general lashes out at reformists

BBC Persian Service

The acting commander-in-chief of Islamic Revolution's Guards Corps, General Mohammad Baqer Zolghadr, has attacted reformists' rhetoric including the discourse on civil society and freedom. Behrouz Parsa talks about General Zolghadr's remarks to Ahmad Salamatian, political analyst >>> LISTEN

Royalty in Exile Mideast

Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2001

The son of the shah of Iran uses the Internet, radio and TV to urge fellow expatriates to push for a new government in their homeland. But whether he is 'majesty' or 'citizen,' unity is elusive >>> FULL TEXT



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* Freedom & responsibility

Khodadad D. Sharif, Executive Director, Persian Watch Cat (PWC) writes: Freedom of any sort is not freedom if it fails to protect the rights and freedom of others. Freedom is prophylactic, in that it is protection against those who wish to take away our rights. Some people think of freedom, let's say freedom of speech, as an open door permission to say whatever comes to their minds >>> FULL TEXT

* Childish infighting

Ashkan Yekrangi writes: It is true that Dr. Kalantar, a hard working activist whose goal is to stop Iranian-American discrimination, was misrepresented by exaggerations and misunderstandings in Mr. Mirfendereski's article. However >>> FULL TEXT

* Pussies

Amoo Sam writes: The editor of has been caught in the middle of a cat fight between members of Persian Watch Cat ["Persian Watch Dog"]. Why don't you pussies leave the guy alone? >>> FULL TEXT

* Am I the only stupid one?

H. Hakimi writes: The more I read the letter of Mr. Shahin Karimi the less I understood what he wanted to say ["Persian Watch Dog"]. If I am stupid for not catching his points, I would like to know how many more stupid people, such as myself, are among your readers? It is depressing to be alone! You know? >>> FULL TEXT

* Everything your group opposes

S. Sabety writes: Tour letter to The Iranian ["Persian Watch Dog"] was so reactionary it made me realize why I left Iran in the first place. I can not stand bigots like you. Your letter is a shining example of everything your group opposes >>> FULL TEXT

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I'm grasping your feet, but can't reach your hand.

    You hold the cure; it's your kindness I need.

    You taunt me; you say that my heart runs dry.

    If so, then why does it flow from my eyes?

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House and office of jailed pro-reform Iran journalist searched: wife

TEHRAN, Feb 8 (AFP) - The wife of a jailed reformist journalist said Thursday that plainclothes men with a court warrant had searched her home as well as the office of her husband's banned progressive review. Farideh Saber told AFP that during her absence Wednesday afternoon, five plainclothes men came to her house with a warrant from the judiciary and searched the house in the presence of her two sons aged 12 and 17 >>> FULL TEXT

Network of Khatami allies working against revolution, court boss charges

TEHRAN, Feb 8 (AFP) - The head of Iran's clerical court has accused backers of a leading dissident of financing an illicit network working to undermine the nation's Islamic system, a conservative paper reported Thursday. The accusation targets several close allies of embattled reformist President Mohammad Khatami, including some who are in prison for attacking conservatives who have stymied Khatami's programme of liberalising reforms >>> FULL TEXT

Schroeder only to make Iran visit "when conditions are right"

BERLIN, Feb 8 (AFP) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi on Thursday that he would only make a proposed visit to Iran when there are "the conditions for a successful visit", a government statement said >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei pardons prisoners to mark revolution anniversary

TEHRAN, Feb 8 (AFP) - Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pardoned Thursday an unspecified number of prisoners to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Islamic revolution, the state news agency IRNA reported. Other prisoners had their sentences reduced, IRNA said. Their was no indication whether 10 Iranian Jews convicted of spying for Israel, who were reported earlier to have asked Khamenei for a pardon, were among the number >>> FULL TEXT

Cuban president to visit Iran this year

HAVANA, Feb 8 (AFP) - Cuba's President Fidel Castro is to visit Iran in the course of 2001, Iranian diplomatic sources said Wednesday. Several dates have been proposed for the trip, including during the visit to Tehran by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque last month. Iran's Ambassador to Cuba Seyed Davood Salehi told press >>> FULL TEXT

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A year ago, my youngest daughter asked me a question: "Baba, if Iran is so dear to us, if you like it so much, how come we're not there?" How do you explain to a 6-year-old why we can't be there?

-- Reza Pahlavi
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2001

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