The Iranian Times

Tuesday February 27, 2001 / Esfand 9, 1379, No. 1174



Reason and revelation
Reason defines truth, justice, public interest, and humanity

By Abdolkarim Soroush
February 27, 2001
The Iranian

No one should be compelled to tolerate inhumanity, mendacity, and injustice in the name of God, history, patriotism, or any other shibboleth. Mining the humanitarian resources of a religion is more important than ascertaining its privileged divinity. In fact, it is humanity's right to reject inhumane religions and even to contest their claim to true religiosity >>> GO TO FEATURE


At a glance
Photos of Tehran

Photos by Ben Bagheri
February 27, 2001
The Iranian

Photos from a trip to Iran last month >>> GO TO FEATURE


Not going back
American traveler sees religion, religion & more religion

February 27, 2001
The Iranian

Letter by an American woman who recently traveled to Iran.

Afshin joun, I knew that things had changed after the revolution; I knew that this was not the Iran that I had known. But I just wasn't prepared for the devastation, the desperate poverty, the overcrowdedness and the pollution that I saw. It is SOOOOOO sad to see what has happened to a once beautiful and thriving society >>> GO TO FEATURE


Feb 26, 2001, (Gooya.Com, ): Majlis deputy Fatemeh Haghighatjoo's speech critical of Ayatollah Khamenei and human rights abuses

Thanks to Sourena Mohammadi

U.S. State Department's human rights report on Iran

The Government's human rights record remained poor; although efforts within society to make the Government accountable for its human rights policies continued, serious problems remain. The Government restricts citizens' right to change their government. Systematic abuses include extrajudicial killings and summary executions; disappearances; widespread use of torture and other degrading treatment, reportedly including rape; harsh prison conditions; arbitrary arrest and detention; and prolonged and incommunicado detention >>> FULL TEXT


Amr-e digehee neest?

Saeed Babaei writes from Iran:

Salaam bar shomaa, naam-e man saeed ast va az site shomaa ziaad estefaadeh mikonam. doost daaram agar momken baashad yek CD az aaghaaye Moein baraaye man ersaal konid. baa tashakor az zahaamt-e hameye azizaan va beh omid didaar shomaa dar iraan.

More Letters


* No ordinary congressman

Setareh Sabety writes: Mr. Mirfendereski did the right thing contacting Barney Frank ["Petition by one"]. But Barney Frank is no ordinary congressman. If he was my congressman (which he used to be) I too would certainly write to him. He is not just a Democrat >>> FULL TEXT

* DON'T bring back Persia

Sassan Behzadi writes: I'm not sure how many times I've come across this 'name' argument but it never seems to go away ["Bring back Persia"]. Every time there is negative news from Iran, you get someone making an argument to change the name back to Persia >>> FULL TEXT

* Persia small part of Iran

SB writes: This is an opinion and every opinion is valid ["Bring back Persia"]. But Persia is derived from the word Pars, or Persis, as it was known to the ancient Greeks, and has a narrow and specific connotation >>> FULL TEXT

* Farsi creeping into English

Arash Alavi writes: There appears to be a concerted effort by some Iranian-Americans to arbitrarily replace Persian with "Farsi", as the English name of the language spoken by the majority of Iranians. As such, the word "Farsi" is slowly creeping into American English as a de facto replacement for Persian >>> FULL TEXT

* Very good at shouting

Sepehr Sohrab writes: I am so sick of people trying to deceive themselves on this forum that Iran has been anything different but a one-man show for the past 22 years. He is not called the Shah but the Supreme Leader >>> FULL TEXT

* Destroying Shamlu

AA writes: Mr Nooriala it is obvious that you have no talent in poetry and frankly your poem sucked ["Baar-e digar, Bahman"]! Although I have to admit it is not any of my business to ask you to quit poetry at once but I strongly forbid you from DESTROYING (I couldn't find a stronger polite word) SHAMLU's poem >>> FULL TEXT

Film: Call for writers: Women erotica


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Though distance has broken hope's own back,

    Though cruelty has tied desire's hands,

    The drunken lover's heart will not give up.

    The goal's in reach if you try hard enough.

    * 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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