The Iranian Times

Tuesday January 16, 2001 / Dey 27, 1379, No. 1145


Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Cover story

Still elegance
Life from a different camera angle

Photos by Mohammad Tehrani
January 16, 2001
The Iranian

Tehrani's photos make us look at life from a different angle and maybe see things we would normally overlook. We see flowers and nature scenes all the time. But just look at Tehrani's plants. They are so much more elegant, peaceful ... and silent >>> GO TO FEATURE


Hell no
I see young Iranians gradually loosing their identity

By Babak Nikain
January 16, 2001
The Iranian

Every year that passes I lose more and more patience. I hear how Iran calls for me and I can no longer stand out, to listen but not respond. I would give every thing I have to be able to go back. I want to walk in the streets, as long as it is in IRAN. I want to be in IRAN and see the sun rise and set. I want to walk in the forests in IRAN. I want to wake up and hear Farsi. I want to feel the SUN burning my face in IRAN. No other place is good enough. AND I KNOW THAT MANY OF YOU SHARE MY DREAM. I CAN FEEL YOUR PAIN >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

The weakness of the moderation theory: A look at the moderation of his red-robed highness >>> GO TO FEATURE


Woman to be stoned to death

BBC Persian Service

Awoman, accused of adultery, is to be stoned in Iran. The court that delivered the sentence did not clarify what the man with the same charges received. In this report Daryoush Homai talks to Ayatollah Mohammad Mousavi Bojnordi, former member of Supreme Judicial Council and Elahe Hicks of Human Rights Watch >>> LISTEN

Verdicts in Germany case increase dilemma for undecided Khatami

TEHRAN, Jan 16 (AFP) - Embattled Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's decision whether to run for re-election has been complicated by the stiff jail terms handed down to reformist allies over an "un-Islamic" meeting in Germany, analysts say.

Khatami's strongest supporters, such as parliamentary speaker Mehdi Karubi, have been pressing him to make public his intentions for the June elections >>> FULL TEXT

Iran holds landmark fashion show

The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Wearing brightly colored dresses of silk and cotton, two dozen teen-age models have been strutting the catwalk this week in Iran - the first fashion show in this country since the Islamic revolution more than two decades ago >>> FULL TEXT

    Boxing ring

    Kayhan: Reformists cry over newspaper closures but not factory shut downs >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

    Iranian Revolutionary Socialists: Reformists shy away from backing jailed supporters >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Foreign policy

George W. will need a lot of help in understanding foreign policy >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Farzaneh Rohanizadeh

More Letters

* Shocked & saddened

Kamiar Kallaantar writes: I am profoundly puzzled by your very recent letter in ["Complain to..."] in that you support the anti-Iranian regulations of fingerprinting and luggage searching of Iranian passengers at U.S. airports. The more I read your letter, the more frustrated and deeply saddened I feel by what you wrote.

... When a member of the board of PWC, a U.S. based "Iranian American Anti-Discrimination Council", defends so boldly the historical discrimination and humiliation of his hamvatans, then I am just speechless >>> FULL TEXT

* Missing the point

Max Rofougar writes: Being searched at the airports is very humiliating but I think most of us are missing the point Mr. Mirfenderesky is making ["Complain to..."]. I do not think he is happy about being humiliated either. From what I understand from his letter, he is just stating that these searches and fingerprinting are not illegal. He certainly is not supporting them >>> FULL TEXT

* Not shying away

VN writes: Regarding your news on Saviz Shafaii, I think it is wonderful that you don't feel you need to shy away from homosexual issues. Yet another reason to be proud of your publication!

* Way too nice

Massud Alemi writes: Dear Martikeh Aldang ["Please stop"], I love you and love your emails. I love what you write about. Can't help loving your emails and your tasteful comments and your beautiful website.

I think what you're doing with is phenomenal and historic. Only history will be able to judge your undertaking. 20, 30, 50 years from now, when historians sit down to write the history of the Iranian diaspora, they have no choice but to acknowledge and it's founder. Keep up the good work and don't let the nay-sayers bring you down.

Art: Tanavoli's lecture & books, Vancouver

Renowned sculptor Parviz Tanavoli will be holding a lecture at the Vancouver Museum on Sunday January 21 from 3-5 pm entitled: Lion in art and culture. Tanavoli also has two new books: "Parviz Tanavoli Sculptor Writer & Collector," (2000, Iranian Art Publishing) a comprehensive book with some 360 color plates, and "Persian Flatweaves" with 300 illustrations.




One Woman's Nightmare in Iran
By Cherry Mosteshar



Aalijenaab-e sorkhpoosh
By Mousa Najafi

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    My heart will never seek another heart,

    Or smell another flower, knowing you.

    Your love has made heart's field a desert waste;

    No love other than yours grows in that place.

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German chancellor plans Iran visit despite new tensions

BERLIN, Jan 16 (AFP) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Monday that he plans to visit Tehran "in the not too distant future" despite renewed tensions between Germany and Iran over the jailing of dissident >>> FULL TEXT

EU expresses "deep concern" over verdicts against Iranian intellectuals

STOCKHOLM, Jan 16 (AFP) - The European Union (EU) expressed concern Tuesday over the "harsh" convictions handed down against 10 Iranian reformists by Tehran's revolutionary court following an "un-Islamic" meeting in Berlin >>> FULL TEXT

10 convicted in Berlin conference case appeal verdicts

TEHRAN, Jan 16 (AFP) - Ten reformists slapped with long jail terms by Tehran's revolutionary court over an "un-Islamic" meeting in Berlin have appealed the verdicts, the government-run Iran paper reported Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Supreme court upholds stoning for woman

TEHRAN, Jan 16 (AFP) - Supreme court has upheld a death sentence by public stoning for a woman convicted of murdering her husband with the help of her lover, the Khabar paper said Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

Amnesty International condemns reports of planned executions

NICOSIA, Jan 16 (AFP) - The human rights group Amnesty International called Tuesday for urgent action to dissuade the Iranian authorities from allowing 16 planned executions to go ahead, including a reported mass hanging of 11 men >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami says democracy essential to survival of Islamic republic

SHIRAZ, Iran, Jan 15 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami Monday called on the people to defend democratic freedoms, which he described as essential for the survival of the Islamic republic >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami says Persepolis recalls ancient "power" of Iranians

PERSEPOLIS, Iran, Jan 16 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami has called for the restoration of Persepolis, capital of ancient Persia's Achaemenian dynasty >>> FULL TEXT

Moroccan prime minister arrives in Tehran

TEHRAN, Jan 16 (AFP) - Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi arrived Tuesday in Tehran on the start of a five-day official visit to Iran, state television here said >>> FULL TEXT

State TV "punished" in budget for airing Berlin conference: MP

TEHRAN, Jan 16 (AFP) - Reformist-led parliament will cut 28 million dollars from state television and radio's budget because they covered a controversial Berlin conference that led to jail terms for a number of liberals, an MP has charged >>> FULL TEXT

Iran police seize 700 satellite decoders

TEHRAN, Jan 15 (AFP) - Police have confiscated 700 satellite decoders as well as 10,000 "perverse" films on video compact discs in the southern Bushehr province, the Abrar-e Eqtessad paper reported Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Factory workers rally outside parliament over unpaid wages

TEHRAN, Jan 14 (AFP) - Some 150 workers at one of Iran's oldest factories demonstrated outside parliament here Sunday to protest their working conditions and months of unpaid wages >>> FULL TEXT

Saudi calls for moves to halt decline in trade with Iran

RIYADH, Jan 16 (AFP) - Saudi Arabia called Tuesday for measures to halt the decline in trade with Iran over the past four years, at the opening of a meeting in the Saudi capital on their joint economic commission >>> FULL TEXT

OPEC's 1.5 million bpd output cut good for everyone: Iran

JAKARTA, Jan 16 (AFP) - Moves by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to slash oil output by around 1.5 million barrels per day should benefit everyone, a senior Iranian official said here Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT

More films & bigger audiences

Tehran (Dowran Emrooz) -- The number of new films and ticket sales increased considerably in the first six months of the current year. More stats >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Stress mentioned as complicating factor in producer's death

Tehran (Dowran Emrooz) -- Kourosh Mazkouri, a producer of a number of successful childrens films, has died. Stress caused by financial difficulties is said to have contributed to his death >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Festival-winners festival

Tehran (Dowran Emrooz) -- Names of films in the interfestival category of the Fajr film festival >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Blazevic holds press conference

Tehran - January 16 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: A press conference was held on Tuesday by the Iranian Football Federation, in which Iran's new head coach Miroslav Blazevic responded to questions by the Iranian media. During the press conference, Ranjbar, the manager of Iranian National Teams, said Blazevic has "full control over player selections and the federation will provide him anything he needs" >>> FULL TEXT


History of Iranian performing arts

A seven-part program produced by filmmaker Shahrokh Golestan. Here's PART FOUR >>> LISTEN HERE

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Democracy or death

If we, as those responsible for leading the regime, follow the way of the people, we will stay in place, but, if we try to stand against this wave towards liberty and democracy, nothing will survive.

-- President Mohammad Khatami
January 15, 2001

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