The Iranian Times

Wednesday February 14, 2001 / Bahman 26, 1379, No. 1166


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


By Sadaf Kiani Ababssian
February 14, 2001
The Iranian

Also see an English translation of Sadaf Kiani's "Haj Agha's penhouse"


Persian lover
Women simply don't understand me

By Siamack Baniameri
February 14, 2001
The Iranian

Like many hot-blooded Persian men, I am a legend in my own mind. I am better, faster, and stronger. I make more money and know more than anybody else...

I'm a complex individual and women simply don't understand me. I can't hold a conversation with the opposite sex for more than ten minutes without getting slapped on the face or kicked in the nuts >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Death of the hero (By Morteza Mardiha) >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran says working to end political infighting

TEHRAN, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Iran, strained by a bitter factional row and growing dissent, is taking steps to reach national consensus on political and security issues, a senior security official said on Tuesday.

The Expediency Council, which sets general policy guidelines, will chart a comprehensive security bluprint in the coming months, encompassing differing views in the Islamic republic, said council member Hassan Ruhani. >>> FULL TEXT

Speaker warns against return to "social repression" of 1979

TEHRAN, Feb 13 (AFP) - In a rare criticism of Iran's top leaders, Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karubi warned Tuesday against a renewal of the "social repression" practised after the 1979 Islamic revolution and denounced state officials as "the source of the current insecurity."

"If we want security to reign in our country, we, the leaders, must revise our policies," said Mehdi Karubi, a close ally of reformist President Mohammad Khatami, cited by the official IRNA news agency >>> FULL TEXT


No joke

Remember Omid Ashraf's article suggesting Reza Pahlavi should first become the mayor of Karaj? Seems like the idea was not that farfetched after all >>> HERE

Thanks to Firooz

More Letters


* Paradox

S. Shirazi writes: Merci, Setareh Sabety, for mining the essence of the revolution, and holding it up for all of us to admire its brilliance ["Inspiring revolution"]. It has been buried for so long beneath resentment and anger and frustration- all justified. But when has revolution ever yielded instant, perfect results? Which philosopher was it who extolled the easy virtues of revolution? Of self-actualization, even? >>> FULL TEXT

* Peoples' religious values

Reza Iranvej writes: Your article in The Iranian is very entertaining, if not sad, because it is based on the real miseries of my countrymen ["Can't we get along?"].

However, I must say that I think you are mistaken with regards to your view of the separation of church and state. The true definition of that means that people are not given power to dictate their version of religion through state powers because only of their religious/churchly status. Otherwise, of course a society's religious values will certainly be reflected in its governmental policies >>> FULL TEXT

* It's his life

Sasha Tooryan writes: Regarding the article about Andre Agassi ["Just don't do it"], ... it's his life though, he can do what he wants. He can say that he is German or Australian, why should we care or stigmatize him for what he choose to do? If that is what he desires, so be it. We cannot dictate his life or make him feel contrite for how he chooses to live >>> FULL TEXT

Community: National Persian Watch Center promotion

Art: New exhibition from Iran to visit America


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    A nightingale with a beautiful voice

    Sang by a stream: 'You can make a flower

    Of jewels and gold, even add perfume,

    But it won't have a flower's true bloom.

    * Also see more Rumi translations

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Experience shows that pressure, prison and executions no longer suffice to establish security in a country... the people should be the masters of society.

-- Mehdi Karrubi, Majlis Speaker
February 14, 2001

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