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Wednesday January 3, 2001 / Dey 14, 1379, No. 1137


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


By dAyi Hamid
January 3, 2001
The Iranian


Weekend millionaires
Suddenly they become the most significant people in the world

By Farid Moghadassi
January, 2001
The Iranian

Since I started college two years ago, I've come across a few young Iranians like myself and, surprisingly enough, I've gotten along with them much smoother than with Americans. In high school I only made friends with Americans. Maybe it has something to do with my new craving for kabob and rice instead of the old hamburger and chili fries.

What has really amazed me about my new friends is how different some of them get on weekends. In fact, during weekends some Iranian men suddenly become the most uniquely gifted, significant, and richest people in the world >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

The old tricks of the special interrogator for Saeed Emami >>> GO TO FEATURE


Khatami reshuffles his cabinet

BBC Persian Service

President Khatami has submitted to parliament the names of five new ministers in the biggest reshuffle of his term, five months before the presidential election. They have been named for the ministries of Agriculture, Industries and Mines, Culture and Islamic Guidance, Telecommunication, and Transport. Lara Petrossian talks to Mohammad-Sadegh Javadi-Hesar, a journalist in Mashad, about the nominees >>> LISTEN

Iran, Now a Hotbed of Islamic Reforms

The Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2001

QOM, Iran--Grand Ayatollah Yusef Saanei issues many of his fatwas sitting on the floor. Above him, a lone lightbulb dangles from the ceiling and a slow fan struggles to diminish the searing desert heat in this religious center of yellow-brick seminaries and mud-brick homes. The austere setting seems appropriate for one of the dozen most revered clerics in Shiite Islam, a man who has spent more than half a century in rigorous study of his faith. Yet Saanei, at 73, has turned out to be a thoroughly modern mullah. >>> FULL TEXT

Taale'been ham shodim

Email to The Iranian: Hello. I am Bahareh B... from Tehran. I want to know my future. What do you need for it? My date born is:1354/11/8.

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* NOT the worst racists

Mahmood Kanani writes: In response to Mr. Bakhshandeh's email, condemning racism, it appears that he fails to recognize the racism in his own writing. How has he come to the conclusion that Iranians are the most racist people in the world? I am sure he must have had negative experiences but has he gone all around the world and somehow measured the "racist factor" of each country? (Something that Mr. Neyshapuori claims to have done) >>> FULL TEXT

* Just needs revenge

Faramarz Kaviani writes: Another fiction/"Supposed to be real" story from someone who doesn't even sound convincing and rational when we listen to his side of story ["PMS"].

It sounds more like a "I wish it was real" tale by someone who doesn't really know where the actual problem is and just needs revenge.

* Nowhere to turn to

Arian writes: I read your new piece ["Christmas-e aan saal"]. I can understand the anxiety you described. I had the same feeling once I came here to the U.S.

To be honest with you, it's really sad that we poor Iranians have nowhere to turn to. I mean I see the Spanish, Greek, etc., going back to their country during holidays with great ineterst and they talk about how beautiful the life is over there >>> FULL TEXT

* You like Iran to be like America

Unlimited Madness writes: Don't EVER, EVER sent me your FUCKING newsletter again. Your kind are a disgrace to all Iranians. Siding with the Americans with your bastard sons and whore daughters.

You like Iran to be like America, don't you? Where people shoot each other. Where daughters have sex when they are 14. Where wives cheat. Where gays and lesbians are normal.


Gay: In memory of gay activist Saviz Shafaii

You are cordially invited by Homan LA, and the Society of Iranian Women in Los Angeles to an event in memory of Saviz Shafaii on Monday, 22 January 2001. The event will be hosted by Kanoon-e Sokhan, at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Room of the Santa Monica Mall. Saviz was an Iranian gay activist and for years advocated for equal rights for all people. In 1972, he gave the first known public lecture on homosexuality in Iran at Shiraz University >>> DETAILS




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    My heart delights in the garden of your face

    And the honey of your cruelty's bitter taste.

    Of the sorrow itself, I do not complain

    But only your pleasure at hearing my pain.

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Khamenei calls on students to be tolerant

TEHRAN, Jan 3 (AFP) - Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on different student groups Tuesday "to tolerate each other and avoid tensions" in the universities, television announced. Khamenei who met representatives of the Islamic Association of Universities, the Office to Consolidate Unity (OCU), and other student movements in Tehran, urged the students "to contribute to achieving religious democracy" in Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Three more defendants confess in trial of 1998 murders

TEHRAN, Jan 3 (AFP) - Three more defendants confessed at a closed-door trial Wednesday to involvement in the shock 1998 murders of dissidents which were blamed on "rogue" intelligence agents, state radio said. Four defendants were heard Wednesday by Tehran's military tribunal, three of whom confessed to abetting the murders of Mohammad-Djafar Pouyandeh, Mohammad-Ali Mokhtari, as well as those of Daryuah Foruhar and his wife Parvaneh Eskandari, radio added >>> FULL TEXT

262 arrested during a so called "depraved" new year party in Tehran

TEHRAN, Jan 3 (AFP) - Police arrested 262 people overnight Sunday, including diplomats and other foreigners, during a new year party in a northern Tehran villa, the daily Dorran-e-Emruz reported Wednesday. The newspaper said Arab diplomats, one British and an Indian were among those arrested, along with more than 100 women >>> FULL TEXT

Chevron pulls out of gas project in Iran: press

TEHRAN, Jan 3 (AFP) - US oil giant Chevron pulled out of an investment bid for the South Pars gas fields in the Persian gulf, following "political pressure" from Washington, the daily Entekhab newspaper reported Wednesday. "Chevron recently returned the documents of an invitation to tender for the last four geographical zones in the exploitation of the South Pars fields", which cover an area of 1,430 square miles (3,700 square kilometres) in the Iranian and Qatari territorial waters, the newspaper said >>> FULL TEXT

Iran consumes 174 million litres of oil products per day

TEHRAN, Jan 3 (AFP) - Iran, the world's second largest oil producer, is also a major consumer of petrol (gasoline) and other oil products with 174 million litres a day, an official of the National Iranian oil products distribution company, Ali Aghababai, said Wednesday. In November, he said Tehran had substantially increased its petrol imports to meet rising national demand, Iran's refineries being unable to boost their output >>> FULL TEXT

Film industry needs law against censorship

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- Before he leaves his post, Deputy Culture Minister Seyfollah Dad should introduce a bill to the Majlis to end censorship in the film industry >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Hamlet: Terrible

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- A strong critique of an Atila Pesiani's adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet in "Qahvej-ye Qajari" >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran conference on Forough

Tehran (Hambastegi) -- Forough Farrokhzad's poetry and writings will be the subject of a conference in Tehran in mid-February. You can send your papers to this address >>> FULL TEXT

Matches resume Thursday amidst controversy

Tehran - January 2 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Azadegan League will resume on Thursday as Esteghlal and Paykan meet in Azadi stadium. Esteghlal, suffering from recent suspension of several team players, will have to overcome the psychological downfall from their encounter against arch rival Persepolis on December 29 >>> FULL TEXT


Serial Murders court continues

The trial of 18 people accused of involvement in the murders of dissident writers and intellectuals two years ago continued on Wednesday in Tehran. The trial was behind closed doors, but the names of four more defendants were revealed for the first time by officials. Lara Petrossian asks one of the victims' son, Siavosh Mokhtari, who has read the case, if he has more information about the accused >>> LISTEN HERE

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