The Iranian Times

Tuesday February 13, 2001 / Bahman 25, 1379, No. 1165


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


My valentine

By Esmail Nooriala
February 13, 2001
The Iranian

My dearest friend, wife and co-traveler, Shokooh Mirzadegi,

These are translations of a few poems I wrote for you 11 years ago. On this Valentine's Day I decided to renew my vows and love for you by publishing them >>> GO TO FEATURE


Why does the cloud rain?

By Roya Hakakian
February 13, 2001
The Iranian

Why does the cloud rain?
Possibility one:


By Forough Farrokhzad
February 13, 2001
The Iranian


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Democracy's main highway (By Hamid-Reza Jalaie-Pour) >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran's Clergymen Find Themselves the Target of Wrath

By Hugh Pope
The Wall Street Journal
February 13, 2001

TEHRAN, Iran -- In the tense run-up to Iran's presidential elections in June, the struggle isn't just between reformists and conservatives. A sluggish economy and strict social controls are also causing popular frustration with the most visible symbol of the 22-year-old Islamic republican regime: the clerical classes >>> FULL TEXT

This Couple Sacrifices Much To Build Successful Tech Firm

By Carol Hymowitz
The Wall Street Journal
February 13, 2001

EIGHT YEARS AGO, Anousheh Ansari convinced her husband, Hamid, to cash in their stock savings of $50,000 to launch Telecom Technologies, a telecommunications software company... Today, the couple's $50,000 investment is valued at more than $600 million >>> FULL TEXT


Our man

A reader of The Iranian writes: Faryar Shirzad has been named as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for export administration. Shirzad used to serve as international trade counsel for the Senate Finance Committee.

# 1

Forbes magazine has chosen has the #1 multimedia website. Yak had its major initial start-up funding provided by Iranian financier, Hamid Boroumand >>> HERE

More Letters


* Inspiring revolution

Setareh Sabety writes: The chronology of the early events that shaped the revolution ["Memory lane"] ... reminded of why I first supported the revolution... The memory of the Iranian revolution should be an inspiration for the continued struggle for freedom and justice in our country, like the French Revolution in Europe many years, and indeed decades, after the Reign of Terror >>> FULL TEXT

* It is time

Fariba Amini writes: On the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the Iranian revolution of 1979, the Islamic regime is celebrating its victory while dozens of individuals-intellectuals, journalists,writers, activists, men and women are incarcerated in Evin and other prisons ["Happy anniversary"]... It is time for Iranians to hold hands and shout to the world that enough is enough. The time has come for Iran to be free of hatred, extremism, and violence >>> FULL TEXT

* Why should we believe Pahlavi?

Mashaiee writes: I think that it is very sad that after twenty-something years of struggle for independence and freedom, the events that happened in Iran have not touched some of us at all... When Khomeini came to power he did not say that he would lead the country toward another dictatorship, but in reality he did... Now , why should we believe Reza Pahlavi? >>> FULL TEXT

* Compare now and then

Dario writes: "Thy father's sins" lists a series of "errors" and mistakes by the monarchy as reasons why Iranians are facing the present Islamic Republic. But just go down that list. Compare any item on that list with what has happened during the Islamic Republic. It has all been hunderds of times worst during the rule of the mollas >>> FULL TEXT

* Culture clash

Yasmine writes: You know, I can't help but think much of the antipathy towards Mr. Mirfendereski stems from a basic culture clash. His thought processes and use of language are very Western... Because his use of language is superior, it is easy to feel he is being condescending... especially if you are insecure >>> FULL TEXT

* Just like Judas

Masoud Neshat writes: Mr. Mirfendereski ["Power of one"] is free to exercise his First Amendment rights in the United States. However, thankfully, his opinion does not mirror that of the majority of Iranian-Americans. He also does not reflect their interests. Unfortunately, he appears more like Judas >>> FULL TEXT

Poll: U.S. sanctions


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    It's a waste to play music to the deaf,

    Or closet Joseph's beauty with the blind,

    To lay candy on sick lips, or couple

    Angel and man, if he's less than his kind.

    * 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

Khamenei Attacks Reformists

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A day after Iran's president criticized hard-liners in government, the nation's supreme leader took reformists to task Tuesday, accusing them of ``weakening the judiciary.'' ``What is the motive behind attacks against the judiciary?'' Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech to security officials, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency >>> FULL TEXT

The Web



I could not read the Persian font on this site. But it seems like a cool site... :-)

Beyond Iran

100 Lives Past

Local girls and boys make good! A certain county paper decided toround up a 100 potted biographies of deceased local folks "who havemade a difference."

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Quote Unquote

Holding breath

"The world is going one way, and we are getting lost in petty things," sighs Parviz Khaefi, a 60-year-old poet and scholar who watches over a study center attached to the Hafez complex. "The main reason why people backed Khatami is because they hoped that, through him, they could reach a democratic republic. Now the government is at a dead end, and, any time the clerics feel threatened, they unite . . . the conservatives know that if Khatami goes, they all go. Our society is holding its breath, waiting for something to happen."

-- Wall Street Journal
February 13, 2001

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