The Iranian Times

Tuesday February 20, 2001 / Esfand 2, 1379, No. 1169


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Paintings by Mani Gholami

February 20, 2001
The Iranian

Seeing Mani Gholami's paintings on Elahe Gallery's site was such a wonderful surprise. They are so different than anything else on the site -- or anything by any other Iranian painter I've seen. They are incredibly modern, personal and happy. You look at them and you cannot help smiling and falling in love with all the characters. That's an incredibly rare quality, especially for an artist based in Iran >>> GO TO FEATURE


Welcome to Chevron
Vast, impersonal, intense loneliness of America

February 20, 2001
The Iranian

He arrived in New York City six months ago just before winter. An Iranian from Izmir, Turkey; the Ottoman city between East and West, largest port and best natural harbor in Turkey where he ate at Alioli's Mediterranian Grill on the Aegian Bay in his fair youth >>> GO TO FEATURE


Just turned 26
And he won't turn 27

By A. R. Begli Beigie
February 20, 2001
The Iranian

I got into work this morning and as part of my routine I settled down behind my desk to open my email. The first item was from a dear old friend in London. Before I left England, we made a promise to each other to keep in touch. His email just took the wind out of me. It was about a story about the a young Iranian refugee who committed suicide >>> GO TO FEATURE


UN's concerns over jailed journalists

BBC Persian Service

The United Nations has expressed deep concern over the treatment of imprisoned journalists in Iran. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, told the BBC she had raised the issue at a meeting in Teheran with the head of the Iranian judiciary, Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroodi. Massoumeh Torfeh talks to Mrs Robinson >>> LISTEN

For Deep Dish's Ali & Shahram, a Grammy Deluxe?

By Bill Werde
The Washington Post
February 20, 2001

During tomorrow night's Grammy Awards, most viewers will tune in for the promise of spectacle, such as the flagrantly homophobic Eminem dueting with the openly homosexual Elton John. But clubgoers and fans of trendy dance music -- particularly those in Washington -- have their eyes on a category that won't even be televised: remixer of the year. That's because D.C. area residents Ali Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi, known together as Deep Dish, are nominated >>> FULL TEXT

    Thanks to Dokhi Fassihian


Enrique does Googoosh

If you haven't yet heard Enrique Iglesias singing Googoosh's "Baavar kon" in Persian, here it is >>> LISTEN


Sex is like a box of chocolates

So Valentine's Day came and went and you got your box of chocolates. But what do the chocolates mean? >>> HERE

Thanks to Z

More Letters


* Will not look the other way

Khosrow Moniri writes: Ms. Fariba Amini indicated ["Monarchist fascists"] that I have not grasped the essence of her article ["Thy father's sins"]. Nonsense. Revolution, as it turned out, was a massive criminal act and a treason against the Iranian nation. This catastrophe was committed by the former revolutionaries and their blind supporters. I will not look the other way for the sake of dialogue. As far as I am concerned, until this fact is acknowledged, there is nothing to talk about >>> FULL TEXT

* Your idea of a good leader?

Shady writes: Mr. Moniri ["Shah's mistake: Didn't shoot rebels"], I just hope there are not many Iranians who think like you do. Why are you filled with such haterd towards your own people and towards freedom? Your idea of a good leader is one who imprisons and shoots his opposition?

* Join Persian Watch Cat

Bardia writes: I am a member of Persian Watch Cat, like six hundred other Iranian/Americans and in that capacity, do not represent the group or speak for the group and only represent myself.

There have been many letters published in recently both pro and against actions of PWC. I don't want to bring yet another view to that discussion, but only try to encourage Iranian/Americans to join PWC >>> FULL TEXT

* Ghalam-e saadeh vali shegeftaavar

Reza Kazemzadeh writes: Khaanome Sadaf Kiani Abbassian, tabrik migam bekhaatere in ghalame saade vali shegefte shomaa. va yaa in aakhari "Paalto khaakestari" ke manro cheghadr teshne sarmaa va barfe emsaale tehraan kard - haminjaa beonvaane jomle mo'tareze begam ke neveshtehaaye shomaa betarze gharibi baraaye kasaani ke dar vatan nistan haalo havaa va shoore digei daare chon khode shomaa engaar hesse nostaalogike ghaviei daarin! >>> FULL TEXT

* Gross me out

Iran Javid Fulton writes: Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeee! Can we have some more decent recipes ["Persian cooking"] that someone might want to make, like some of the normal khoreshts, some cookies or something. Gross me out.

* Oy vey!

Nariman Neyshapouri writes: Oy vey! That is positively the UGLIEST supermodel I have ever seen ["Shiraz"].

Health: Elderly care in Washington


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    By nightfall, dawn's memory has vanished.

    When love's sincere, disgrace's fear is banished.

    You cry that you've been burnt by love-don't gripe,

    Nothing burns until its time is ripe.

    * 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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