The Iranian Times

Friday February 23, 2001 / Esfand 5, 1379, No. 1172



Interview with female boxer Kina Elyassi

February 23, 2001
The Iranian

I have always strived to be the best I could be in anything I was a part of. Women's boxing at the amateur and professional level is growing rapidly and will more than likely be an Olympic sport at the 2004 games in Athens, Greece. It is now my goal to become the first woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport >>> GO TO FEATURE


Bijan Mofid
Two great musicals

February 23, 2001
The Iranian

Here are the original performance of Shahr-e Qesseh and Mah o Palang by the late theatrical genius Bijan Mofid >>> GO TO FEATURE


Azaadi-ye bayaan
Posters: Freedom of expression

By Amirali Ghassemi
February 23, 2001
The Iranian

Three poster designs freedom of expression by Amirali Ghassemi, a young artist in Iran >>> GO TO FEATURE


Lalehzar lives

By Mahmoud M.
February 23, 2001
The Iranian

Various cartoons by Mahmoud M. Thanks to Soroush Motahari for forwarding them >>> GO TO FEATURE


Let's go
Travel package for young Iranians abroad

By Hanieh Bastani & Parichehr Kooshesh
February 23, 2001
The IranianWe are young Iranians (18 and 19-years old) who grew up in America. We have organized two-week tours designed especially with the Iranian-American college student in mind >>> GO TO FEATURE


Persian cooking
This week's recipe

By Pari Ardalan Malek
February 23, 2001
The Iranian

This week's recipe: >>> GO TO FEATURE


Right v right

The Economist
Feb 22nd 2001

WHATEVER their differences, President Muhammad Khatami and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, are both dedicated to protecting the Islamic republic. If Iran's leaders ignore the people's demands, said the president this month, "no military, legal or security force will be able to save the country." The supreme leader, it seems, may agree. At any rate, he is now endeavouring to rein back the most radical of his hard-right supporters >>> FULL TEXT

Calls for stricter Islamic codes for diplomats

BBC Persian Service

A member of the Guardians Council, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, said on Friday that the Islamic codes should be strictly applied to all issues of Iran's foreign relations >>> LISTEN


He said that?

There is a new political satire section on the MP3 site. It's about the Iranian supreme leader's speeches, which have been cleverly edited to make him appear to be saying -- let's say, unusual -- things >>> HERE

Sent by an anonymous reader

More Letters


* No comparison

Aref Erfani writes: While I respect every person's right to their opinion, I find a disturbing double-standard in the author's treatment of history ["The general's widow"]. It is utterly abject to treat General Rahimi's story with such emotion and sensation while the by-orders-of-magnitude less guilty and less-deserving-of-execution Dr. Fatemi receives an oh-so-sorry-it-happened mention sprinkled with the "dasto-del-bAziyeh AryAmehri" to his widow. How convenient and liberating >>> FULL TEXT

* More Iranian than most

Amir writes: Elaine Sciolino is a renowned expert on Iran. I consider her more an Iranian than most Iranians. Recently, I have heard a few derogatory comments about her works, in plural. I personally will halt effective immediately, association, affiliation, and contributions in any manner to any organisations that are the self-serving rogue origin of such comments and strongly urge you to as well >>> FULL TEXT

* Far from pretentious

Sourena Mohammadi writes: I know some of the guys in the paintings by Mani Gholami ["Happy"]. They are art students. You are right. These paintings are very close to that hidden world of Iranian "in-door" life. In this sense they are far from the pretentious style of other Iranian contemporary painters.

* Qovat-e qalb

E. Salehi writes: Faghat meekhaastam begam keh shomaa behtareh keh bedaaneed that kesaani mesleh man hastand keh daayem montazereh nevesh-tehaayeh shomaa dar hastim ["Sadaf Kiani"] >>> FULL TEXT

Noruz: Celebrations in U.S.
Film: Maryam in Bay Area


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    My love for you will surely be loyal;

    This marriage of fancy must become real.

    What I feel in my heart, what I do for you,

    Isn't bad, but it could be better still.

    * 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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The Web



This is "the first" Iranian movie which is made in Iran and has a web site.

Beyond Iran

Patent Museum

Home to over 4,000 patent models, this museum preserves the work of inventions large and small. Take a look at the rotary engine designed in 1876 or the machine for making toy torpedoes designed in 1875.

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Quote Unquote

General Rahimi

I have every sympathy in the world toward Mrs. Rahimi. But I feel like a true traitor to the Iranian people, and indeed to humanity, when I place her pain and hurt above those of Mrs. Fatemi and thousands of political prisoners and civilians murdered/tortured savagely by his Imperial Majesty, Shahanshah Aryamehr and his generals.

-- Aref Erfani
Letter to The Iranian
February 23, 2001

Photo of the Day

Russian Iran Air plane

Iranian of the Day

Tara and Leyla: San Jose


Bijan Mofid's "Shahr-e Qesseh" and "Mah o Palang"

Music artists index


Javad Nobahar
Village shadow


The Confused Photographer's Guide to Photographic Exposure and the Simplified Zone System
By Bahman Farzad

Mavaane-e hoghooghi-yeh tose-ehye siaasi dar iraan
By Mehrangiz Kar

Books this week

Music store


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