The Iranian Times

Monday January 8, 2001 / Dey 19, 1379, No. 1140



Sehaty Foreign Exchange

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Memoirs of the legendary Alborz High School principal

January 8, 2001
The Iranian

From Memoirs of M. A. Modjtahedi: Principal of Alborz High School and Founder of Aryamehr University (2000, Iranian Oral History Project, Harvard University), edited by Habib Ladjevardi. Also see excerpts of Mojtahedi discussing his last days at Alborz and his views about Mohammad Reza Shah and Reza Shah >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Response to critics of "His red-robed highness" >>> GO TO FEATURE


To run or not to run?

BBC Persian Service

Speculations on whether President Khatami will stand for a second term in office are gaining momentum. While reformist circles speak about Khatami's running as conditional, conservatives speak of a decrease in his popularity. Dr Alireza Nouri, MP and Ghasem Sholeh Sadi, Lawyer comment on the issue in this report by Daryoush Homai>>> LISTEN

The Iranian Madonna breaks her silence

By Robin Denselow
The Guardian (London)
January 8, 2001

Now here's a plot for an unlikely movie. Religious fundamentalists take over the US, and pop music is banned. Madonna retreats to her apartment in New York and stops singing, but right across the country her devotees defy the authorities by secretly playing bootleg tapes of Like a Virgin and American Pie. Two decades later, she is finally allowed out of the country to perform abroad, and is treated like a returned goddess by tens of thousands of exiles >>> FULL TEXT

Out of the blue

A woman in Iran writes to The Iranian: I don't know who you are, what you are doing or what I should talk about. Albateh I can tell you a little bit about myself. I live in Iran. I am happily married and a mother of two angels. I think that's about it. Okay. Hope to hear about you soon.

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* Ban on parties may make us think

S. Mashadi writes on the arrest of party-goers in Tehran [News, Cartoon]: When I saw the news of the arrests on New Years Eve I said to myself, well maybe now people will stop and think a little. I must say as awful as it might sound I was not altogether unhappy. There was in fact a little inner smile that betrayed a certain meanness that I rarely see in myself. How can you be amused at the arrest of fellow Iranians? I asked myself. Here is what I came up with >>> FULL TEXT

* Fighting discrimination

Ziba Marashi writes: What Mr. Ali Noshiravani, inadvertently or selectively, overlooked in his letter ["Time to take responsibility"] is the fundamental reason Iranian people have historically disliked, and even hated, American foreign policy...

As an Iranian-American and a Board of Supervisors member of the Persian Watch Cat, I do not plan to sit back and shut up if and when I am subjected to these discriminatory acts. Of course, I am only speaking on my behalf and my views do not necessarily reflect those of the PWC. I will continue to fight ignorance and injustice. In my local community, I endeavor to educate Americans about the contributions Iranians have made and will continue to make to all of humanity >>> FULL TEXT

* So naive

Nazer Nazeri writes: It is indeed tragic that some of our people are so naive. They allow themselves to be brainwashed by the American propaganda monster machine ["Time to take responsibility"].

The U.S. government is by far the biggestt state-sponsor of terrorism in the world. Of course, they don't use the "T" word for their activities. Instead, they call it "covert operations" >>> FULL TEXT

* African-American-Iranian?

Adnaan Sheikh writes: Under the "Iranian of the Day" index, I noticed the picture of T.J. Houshmandzadeh who happens to be a wide receiver for the Oregon State Beavers varsity football team. This guys is supposedly an African-American-Iranian, but there is no information on his name, his family background, his ethnicity, his parents ethnicity (his mother has an American name) and whether he is Iranian...

Maybe one of the nurses in the hospital where he was born made a mistake in the delivery room and sent his mother the wrong baby >>> FULL TEXT

Community: Iranian-American meeting in DC

You are kindly invited to take part in the fourth Iranian American community forum in Washington, DC, on January 11 aimed at finding tangible ways that we, Iranian Americans in DC, can contribute to development in Iran >>> DETAILS




Contemplation and Action
The Spiritual Autobiography of Nasir Al-Din Tusi
Translated by Seyyed H. Badakhchani



Khaanevaadeh-ye iraani dar roozegaar-e peesh az eslaam
By Dr. Mazaheri

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    You're the road of love, and at the end, my home,

    One of the crowd, and yet I see you crowned;

    I see you in stars, in the sun, in the moon,

    Here in the green leaves, and high on the throne.

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Human smugglers trying to "exploit" Iranian market: Aussie minister

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Panahi pulls "The Circle"

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Fajr music fest

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War films head quits

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Saipa hold Persepolis to a draw

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Players invited to camp for Civilization Cup

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Parliament allows single women to study abroad

Iranian parliament has passed a bill allowing single women to travel abroad to further their studies. Over 70 conservative MPs voted against the bill allowing single women to study abroad. The bill now needs the approval of the conservative Guardian Council to come into effect >>> LISTEN HERE

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I have nothing to do with the Iranian government. So why should I, as a taxpaying American citizen, be deprived of the rights guaranteed to me under the U.S. Constitution?... I could envisage being detained at an airport if I were a member of the Iranian government, but detaining all Iranians is a petty act on the part of the U.S. and other Western governments.

-- Ziba Marashi
Letter to The Iranian
January 8, 2001

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