The Iranian Times

Monday February 26, 2001 / Esfand 8, 1379, No. 1173


Cover story



By Mehrdad Salimi-Tabar
February 26, 2001
The Iranian

In my paintings I follow a simple rule. It has to feel right. Colors, forms and the overall composition of my paintings are a result of stripping down the hard shell of conventional sensibility and traditional approach to realism. I try to see a carpet from the knot, rather than the reverse >>> GO TO FEATURE


Petition by one
Write to your representative

By Guive Mirfendereski
February 26, 2001
The Iranian

On February 14, I took out pen and paper and wrote a letter to my Congressman Barney Frank (4th District of Massachusetts, Democrat), about the mistreatment of Iranian-origin travelers at U.S. airports. Two days later, he wrote back >>> GO TO FEATURE


Bring back Persia
It is not just about a name

By G. Motamedi
February 26, 2001
The Iranian

It is believed that close advisors to the Reza Shah suggested replacing Persia with Iran (which possibly derives from "Aryan") as a show of solidarity with the Germans. A generation after that unwise decision, no one recognizes us as the nation that inherited the heritage of the Persian empire >>> GO TO FEATURE


BBC Persian Service

- Sadeq Saba's commentary: Concerns over Sahabi's health
- Report: Why conservatives dislike Sahabi?

Concern mounts for Sahabi as MPs condemn "torture"

By Chris De Bellaigue
The Independent
February 26, 2001

Fatemeh Hakikatjou, an MP in the Participation Front, said that Ezzatollah Sahabi seemed "mentally unbalanced" when he appeared at a hearing to answer charges in connection with a speech he made last year >>> FULL TEXT


Engineer of the Year

Dr. Hamid Ghasemi has been named the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Engineer of the Year for 2000 and has received the agency's Engineering Excellence Award >>> HERE

Thanks to Reza Rofougar

More Letters


* Made fools of most

Maral S. writes: In response to "Paradox", in a way I admire Khomeni too. He made fools of most of the Iranian population by making empty, unrealistic promises, that not even a child would believe >>> FULL TEXT

* Kings are for kids

Saman Albaloo writes: As a 27-year-old, I have witnessed a revolution, a war and don't have a single nice thing to say about the present regime in Iran. However, I find it extremely difficult to understand that some people still talk about "having a king" in Iran! >>> FULL TEXT

* No more, no less

Ali Towfighi writes: In response to Farid Moghadassi's article on Andre Agassi, thank you ["Just don't do it"]. For those who wonder what Andre's stance on his ethnicity is, here is a hard fact. On a recent PBS special on "The Armenians," who do you think was on there talking about his Armenian background? >>> FULL TEXT

* Bunch of pothead brats

Suntana writes: I just can't believe that you made such a comparison between the Googoosh concert and a bunch of pothead brats who don't know a thing about music ["Better than Googoosh"] >>> FULL TEXT

Film: "The Circle", Washington


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    When mankind gathers on that final day

    And faces pale from fear of reckoning,

    I'll hold your love in the palm of my hand,

    And I will say, 'By this I'm saved or damned.'

    * 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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Quote Unquote

Pahlavi & Barbie

I wouldn't trust Mr. Pahlavi behind a pink Barbie toy Jeep!

-- Saman Albaloo
Letter to The Iranian
February 26, 2001

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