The Iranian Times

Tuesday January 9, 2001 / Dey 20, 1379, No. 1141


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Ayatollah Khomeini did not recognize copyright

By Behzad Ahandoost
January 9, 2001
The Iranian


Let them know
Life's too short

By Fariba Amini
January 9, 2001
The Iranian

Her name was Heidi. She was an old friend of mine. I called to wish her a happy New Year. Her son told me she had passed away the day after Christmas. I didn't get a chance to say good bye. I was left with total grief. She had lung cancer which she had struggled with for four years >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Details of Siamak Sanjari's murder >>> GO TO FEATURE


Unconvincing Parliamentary report on serial killings

BBC Persian Service

The Iranian parliament, in a closed session, listened to a report by the chamber's National Security Commission on the killings of four Iranian intellectuals two years ago by members of the country's Intelligence Ministry. Several deputies later complained that the report was too short and unconvincing. Sadeq Saba reports >>> LISTEN

Iranians lose faith in pivotal murder trial

Geneive Abdo in Tehran
The Guardian
January 6, 2001

The decision by the Iranian judiciary to hold hearings in secret into the murder of four dissidents by "rogue" intelligence agents has prompted claims that the proceedings are designed to protect senior officials and clerics rather than uncover the truth.

Since the court sessions began on December 23, claims that the wrong defendants are on trial have sparked renewed national tensions >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

    Kayhan: Why are reformists campaigning for their presidential candidate so early? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

    Workers Revolutionary Party of Iran, Kurdish branch: Government policies increase unemployment >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Dialogue of civilizations

Combine Khatami's dialogue of civilizations doctrine with the unique brand of foreign policy advocated by the coservatives and you will get... >>> SEE HERE

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More Letters

* Zoozehaaye ertejaaee

Dariush Radpour writes: Naameh (kaaboos!) ertejaai-ye Bahraam ["We are not negroes"] raa khaandam va moo be tanam raast shod!! In"mojood" kheyr-e sarash zaaheran pezeshki ham mikhaanad va dar aayendeh mas-oolliyate moaalejeh va darmaan-e mardom raa be ohdeh khaahad gereft! >>> FULL TEXT

* You are dead wrong

Sahar Nahrvar writes: As I read these letters about race and racism, I am flabbergasted about what these Iranians think makes them Iranian. I haven't been in Iran for more than 10 years now. But the Iran I remember consisted of Turks, Persians, Gilakis, Arabs, Christians, Jews and many other ethnic and religious groups. Am I the only one that remembers this? >>> FULL TEXT

* Are you better than us?

Kaveh writes: Having read the article by Mr. Farid Moghadassi "Weekend millionaires", here's my 2 cents: There is partial truth in what you wrote. But you did not even take the time to include a short sentence that obviously not all Iranians are the way as presented by those few in your article >>> FULL TEXT

* Bacheh Abadan

Bahram Javid writes: Cameron Alborzian is bacheh Abadan! His father was born in Ababan. We went to school together in Abadan and in England. His father was a great sportsman; I rememeber he used to read the sports news on the BBC Persian Service. He used to work at Shiraz refinery for many years. An old friend. He now lives in England.

Literature: Persian poetry conference, London

Modern Persian Poetry: Poetry of Iran and the Persian speaking world. A three day conference, London, 17 - 19 May 2001. Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London

The aim of this conference is to look at recent studies on modern poetry as one of the most dynamic varieties of Persian literary form, and in a comparative literature context >>> DETAILS




A Millennium of Classical Persian Poetry
A Guide to the Reading & Understanding of Persian Poetry from the Tenth to the Twentieth Century
By Wheeler M. Thackston



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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Being alive is a trespass without you.

    Without you, what life can this living be?

    Light of my life, each lifetime that passes

    Without you is death; that's living for me.

    * Also see more Rumi translations

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Murder defendants all secret agents: official

TEHRAN, Jan 9 (AFP) - All 18 defendants on trial for the 1998 murders of several Iranian dissidents and intellectuals are intelligence agents, Iranian TV on Tuesday quoted Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi as saying. "All of them belong to the intelligence service and their faces will not be made public," he said, the first time an Iranian official has publicly confirmed all 18 are linked to the secret service.

Iran militants say secret agents tortured in jail

TEHRAN, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A group of Islamic militants have accused senior clerics close to Iran's supreme leader of involvement in the cover-up of alleged torture against secret agents involved in the serial murders of dissidents >>> FULL TEXT

Saudi says World Court could end Iran-UAE row

DUBAI, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A territorial row between Iran and the United Arab Emirates could best be resolved through the International Court of Justice as Tehran has rejected regional mediation, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said >>> FULL TEXT

Saudi says to sign security pact with Iran soon

DUBAI, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's interior minister, Prince Nayef, was quoted on Monday as saying he expected to visit Iran soon to sign a security pact, a fresh sign of warming ties between the regional powers following years of mistrust >>> FULL TEXT

Kharrazi to make follow-up visit to Italy after security accords

TEHRAN, Jan 9 (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi will visit Italy next week following key security deals signed between the two nations, a newspaper said Tuesday. "This visit is aimed at developing cooperation between our countries," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said, cited in the Khorassan daily >>> FULL TEXT

Iran claims Iraqi base MKO is on way out

TEHRAN, Jan 9 (AFP) - The Iraqi base MKO is on the way out, Intelligence Minister Ali Yunessi said Tuesday, adding that their "terrorist actions" only serve to strengthen national unity. Quoted by the state IRNA news agency, IRNA accused the Mujahadeen of killing "dozens of clergy and ordinary citizens" and attempting to launch "numerous terrorist acts inside and outside the country >>> FULL TEXT

Parliament to debate bill to fight US propaganda

TEHRAN, Jan 9 (AFP) - Parliament is gearing up to consider spending some 20 million dollars to fight US "propaganda" against the Islamic republic, a parliamentary source said Tuesday. "The measure was passed in committee and will be presented to the full parliament for a vote in the coming days," the source said >>> FULL TEXT

OPEC at odds over extent of production cut: Iran

TEHRAN, Jan 9 (AFP) - OPEC members are "a little" at odds on the extent of a production cut ahead of the cartel's January 17 summit in Vienna, Iran's oil minister said Tuesday, cited by the official IRNA news agency. "Iran believes OPEC's output should be reduced. The rest of the members too hold the same view, but with a little difference as regards the level of reduction," Bijan Namdar-Zanganeh said >>> FULL TEXT

Iranians seeing the world through Israeli eyes, paper fumes

TEHRAN, Jan 9 (AFP) - Israeli-made contact lenses have been smuggled into arch-enemy Iran and are being sold across the country, a conservative Tehran newspaper charged on Tuesday. An Iranian firm imported the lenses and hid their origin from buyers as well as the national health ministry and customs officials, the Jomhuri Eslami paper said >>> FULL TEXT

"Heess" best novel

Tehran (Dowran-e Emrooz) -- Mohammad Reza Kateb's "Heess" has been chosen as the best novel of the year by journalists. Other winners include Mohammad Reza Pour-Jafari's "Gorg o meesh" and Shahla Parvinrouh's "Hanaa-ye sookhteh" >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Theater fest: Dialogue of civilizations

Tehran (Dowran-e Emrooz) -- In the coming weeks Iran will host not only major international film and music festivals, but also a theater festival under the title of "Art, culture and dialogue of civilizations" >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Fajr film fest: Foreign films

Tehran (Dowran-e Emrooz) -- Names of possible foreign entries in the competition and other categories of the Fajr film fest >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Shahroudi: Daei is lying

Tehran ( press clip) -- Reza Shahroudi claims Ali Daei has been the source of discord among national soccer team members >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Persepolis looking abroad

Tehran ( press clip) -- Persepolis is looking to strengthen its lineup by employing foreign players. A Libyan and two Sudanese players have been invited for tryouts >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Mehdi and Ahmad-Reza are cool

Tehran ( press clip) -- Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab and Ahmad-Reza Abedzadeh exchange smiles in their first meeting after Hashemi-Nasab's huge score in the Esqteqlal-Persepolis match >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Prisons outside Ministry's control shutdown

Several prisons not under the jurisdiction of the Organisation of Prisons have been shut down. Ali Akabar Moosavi Khoini, a member of the parliamentary group that visited the jails announced that there are still a number of such jails and the parliamentary group is trying to have them closed. Daryoush Homai reports >>> LISTEN HERE

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