The Iranian Times

Wednesday February 21, 2001 / Esfand 3, 1379, No. 1170


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


The general's widow
Overnight our lives had turned upside down

By Cyrus Kadivar
February 21, 2001
The Iranian

Dressed in complete black, the general's widow has been in mourning ever since that terrible night when her husband was shot. The circumstances of his death have been known for many years. He was among the first batch of pro-Shah officers to be tried and executed by a revolutionary firing squad shortly before midnight on February 15th, 1979. Twenty-two years after the event, the gruesome details surrounding his final moments still exerts a powerful fascination >>> GO TO FEATURE


I'm the Shah here
Back then generals were gods, and they took our dream away

By Behrooz Parsa
February 21, 2001
The Iranian

Some day someone may come across this fact that in 1973 about 15 people were accepted in the entrance exam (konkoor) of the College of Science and Technology (Daaneshkadeh Elm o Sana't), but they never registered and mysteriously vanished. People were and still are willing to give an arm and a leg to get into this fine institution. Then how come these fifteen or so people got accepted but never registered?

The good news is that they did not die and they were not arrested by SAVAK. And as far as I know, they are all alive and well. But >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Alireza Tarighian
February 21, 2001
The Iranian


U.S. Must Figure Out Puzzle That Is Iran

By Hugh Pope
Wall Street Journal
Feb. 21, 2001

I veil my words in curtains, friends Let balladeers tease out their ends -- Hafez, 14th-century Persian poet

SHIRAZ, Iran -- The U.S. State Department says it's ready for talks on renewing diplomatic relations with Iran anywhere, anytime. Little wonder: While Iran is no longer necessary as a bulwark against the Soviet Union, a friendlier Iran could help U.S. efforts to isolate Iraq's Saddam Hussein, secure Persian Gulf oil supplies and promote Middle East peace >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian cinema carries strong spirit of reform

By deborah Young
February 19, 2001 - February 25, 2001

TEHRAN Iranian filmmakers continue to push the limits of social criticism, most recently with pics unveiled at the 19th Fajr Film Festival, held in Teheran Feb. 1-10. The surprise was the strong show of support they received from government cinema types >>> FULL TEXT


Khodemoon toosh moondeem

Dear sir,

I'm Hooman... from Tehran. It's a long time that I've started to read your news. I've suggestin. I'm 24 years old and it's my pleasure to find an Iranian girl who lives in U.S.A and marry with him and have a chance to live there but I don't know any girl with this specification >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters


* Buoyancy of spirit

Yasmine writes: These painting ["Happy"] have the quality they do, most likely because they are painted from family photos. People posing for pictures tend to put on their best smiles... they want to be remembered in a certain way. The paintings also have an "innocent" or "naive" quality to them because of the childlike brushwork. Overall they do have a certain buoyancy of spirit.

* Sad, in a way

Chuck writes: I just read you little article about Persia, Iowa. I, too, am from Persia, the Iowa town. I, too, am a journalist by training. I spent a few years as a farm magazine editor and the past 20 working in corporate communications.

When I was growing up in Persia, it was a nice, active town (1954 - 72). There were three grocery stores, a hardware store, two gas stations, two farm grain elevators, a lumberyard, two barbers, three bars, etc. The town had a school high on the hill >>> FULL TEXT

* Stop and say hi sometime

Jennifer Crozier writes: Hello! We remember you. We were looking on the Persia web site and saw the pictures that you took in Persia, Iowa. And that is where we are from. Stop back and say hi sometime -- if you are passing through.

* Divided we fall

Faryar Mansuri writes: A well meaning group of individuals formed a group for the benefit of the whole. But it seems their disunity brought about by the probable clash of opinions and egos might put an end to a great effort ["Power of one"].

May I suggest that these individuals of capacity take cue from a certain persecuted and outlawed religious minority in Iran and learn from their administrative principles of respect, sacrifice, consultation and unity >>> FULL TEXT

Conference: CIRA, Toronto


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Today's the day for boldness, tired heart.

    In loving her, there's no room to be distant.

    Whatever logic holds, put that aside.

    Now's the time for madness, right this instant.

    * Also see more Rumi translations

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Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis

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Quote Unquote


Better run along now, before I take you hostage!

-- Masood Dehnamaki, militant Islamist editor to American reporter in Tehran
Wall Street Journal
February 21, 2001

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