The Iranian Times

Wednesday January 17, 2001 / Dey 28, 1379, No. 1146


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Moslem gigolo
God has made us who we are

By Siamack Baniameri
January 17, 2001
The Iranian

Khalid is what you call a he-whore. He is a woman-chasing machine who swings his bat at any female specie that comes his way without reservation or discrimination. Born to a wealthy Arab family with ties to royalties, Khalid roams around the globe -- contributing his sperm to human gene pool >>> GO TO FEATURE


There's something about Mary
Still not admitting that the U.S. embassy takeover was a mistake

By Babak Yektafar
January 17, 2001
The Iranian

Mary has spoken, and what she had to say was nothing new, but given the current political climate of the Islamic Republic of Iran, it is damaging to her ally president Khatami and her nation >>> GO TO FEATURE


Not the right strategy

By Cyrus Samii
January 17, 2001
The Iranian

The debate over U.S.-Iranian rapprochement is on a floor as thin as ice. The issue of rapprochement has reached a critical level so as to allow little room for "in-between" postitions other than "for immediate rapprochement" or "against immediate rapprochement" >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Hashemi Rafsanjani & democracy >>> GO TO FEATURE


Powell hints at new overtures to Iran

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (AFP) - The incoming administration of President-elect George W. Bush is prepared to "nuance" its policy toward Iran in an effort to encourage dialogue and possibly enhance commercial ties, Secretary of State-designate Colin Powell said Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Concerns mounting over reformists' whereabouts

BBC Persian Service

In an open letter to President Khatami, 377 political activists and intellectuals have expressed their concern over the whereabouts of Ezzatollah Sahabi and Ali Afshari. It is three weeks since they have been moved from Evin prison to an unknown location. Daryoush Homai talks to Parviz Varjavand, one of the signatories of the letter >>> LISTEN

Harsh Sentences Condemned: Human Rights Watch

January 17, 2001, letter to the head of Iran's judiciary -- Human Rights Watch condemns the arbitrary and harsh sentences handed down by a Revolutionary Court in Tehran on Saturday January 13, 2001 against seven of the seventeen defendants being tried for attending an international conference in Berlin, Germany, in April 2000 >>> FULL TEXT

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TEHRAN (Reuters) - A 20-year-old Iranian man has married a 77-year-old virgin in a village in the east of the country, newspapers said Wednesday >>> SEE HERE

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* Overdramatization

Guive Mirfendereski writes: Mr. Kalantar ["Shocked and saddened"] overdramatizes the plight of the Iranians at the U.S. airports. For him to equate the routine inconveniences of international travel with the travails of the exterminated Jews in Germany and the detention of Amercian-Japanese in concentration camps is an insult to the memory of those who suffered and perished.

This form of overstating the case is precisely the reason why the American policymakers cannot take seriously the objections made by the Iranian-Americans such as Mr. Kalantar and delivered in such a shrill manner.

* Higher expectation

Davood N. Rahni writes: Thank you so very much for your suggestive elaboration ["Missing the point"]. Many of us in the Iranian community take pride in having been associated with Guive Mirfendereski ["Complain to..."] and would let his long fine scholarly track records and community service would speak for itself. Retrospectively, I suppose one could say people's expectation is even higher from those among us who are truly accomplished ["Shocked and saddened"] >>> FULL TEXT

* Khomeini & Kennedy

Pedram Parsian writes: Thanks for reminding us about Khomeini not believing in copyright law ["Shahr-e sholoogh"].

John F. Kennedy said in his inauguration in 1961: "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country." And in the early 80's Khomeini said: "Hey nagooyeed enghelaab baraayeh maa cheh kard? Shomaa baraayeh enghelaab cheh kardid?"

As far as I know Khomeini never paid any copyright fees to the Kennedy family.

* Time is precious

Mariam Ispahani writes: I find it amusing that you have taken a bunch of angry reactions and turned them into an article! Seriously, no sarcasm intended ["Please stop"].

Yes, time is a precious and rare commodity these days. Statistics say: the average person spends 6-7 seconds on a web site unless it captivates them. However, people tend to spend an incredible amount of time reading through the exact same thing if it were on paper!

Perhaps, if people took your news email and printed it, they would find the time to read The Iranian Times?!

Literature: Shahrnoush Parsipour in Boston

You are invited to two nights of Iranian literary events in Boston on January 19 & 20 with guest writer Shahrnoush Parsipour, author of famous novels such as Toubaa va Ma'naay-e Shab, Sag va Zemestaane Boland, Zanaan Bedoone Mardaan >>> DETAILS




Takeover in Tehran
The Inside Story of the 1979 U.S. Embassy Capture
By Massoumeh Ebtekar & Fred A. Reed



Paadeshaahi-ye Manouchehr
Stories from the Shahnameh
By Dr. Dabir Siaqi

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Love made a deal: 'My terms,' she said, 'are long.'

    Night spoke: 'Her hair is beautiful, dark, long.'

    The cypress measured too: 'Like me, she's tall.'

    But she is my dear life; may she live long.

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Conservative courts suspend leading pro-reform monthly

TEHRAN, Jan 17 (AFP) - Conservative-dominated judiciary on Wednesday suspended a leading pro-reform political and cultural magazine, state radio reported. The Kian monthly, headed by Reza Kafash-Tehrani, was charged with publishing lies aimed at disrupting public calm, as well as insulting Islamic sanctities, it said >>> FULL TEXT

Iran executes six of 11 people condemned to hang, spares three

STEHRAN, Jan 17 (AFP) - Six of 11 people due to be hanged simultaneously in Iran were executed at dawn Wednesday, state radio reported. Three of the condemned men were forgiven by the victims' families, and thereby spared, while the radio said the hanging of the remaining two had been put off till later >>> FULL TEXT

Moroccan PM says politics at heart of historic Iran visit

TEHRAN, Jan 17 (AFP) - Moroccan Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi said here Wednesday his historic visit to Iran was aimed at strengthening ties between the two nations. "This is the first visit to Iran by a top official from my country since the 1979 Islamic revolution and the chief goal is political," he told reporters after meeting with Iranian Vice President Hassan Habibi >>> FULL TEXT

Parliament speaker to visit Jordan

AMMAN, Jan 17 (AFP) - Parliament Speaker Mehdi Karubi will visit Jordan on Sunday at the invitation of his Jordanian counterpart, official Petra news agency reported Wednesday. Karubi will be accompanied by several parliamentary and government officials, including the minister of trade and the assistant foreign minister, Petra said quoting the Iranian ambassador in Amman Nasratollah Tajik >>> FULL TEXT

Parliament passes record budget

TEHRAN, Jan 17 (AFP) - Reformist dominated parliament approved Wednesday the last budget of President Mohammad Khatami's current four-year term in the face of strong criticism from the conservative minority. During a 15-hour debate stretching over two days, conservatives attacked the finance bill as favouring reformist-controlled bodies to the detriment of those like the state broadcasting media in the hands of conservatives >>> FULL TEXT

Iran drops visa requirements for Persian Gulf state citizens: TV

TEHRAN, Jan 17 (AFP) - The Iranian government has dropped visa requirements for citizens of member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) coming to the country for three months or less, Iranian television reported Wednesday night. The GCC is made up of Saudia Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman >>> FULL TEXT

Did you used to own a Picasso?

Tehran (Dowran Emrooz) -- An original work by Picasso has been identified by the Mostazafan Foundation, which manages properties conficated after the revolution. Was it yours? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Registering musicians

Tehran (Dowran Emrooz) -- The newly-formed Khaaneh-ye Moosiqi (House of Music) is encouraging all musicians to register >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Commemorating Pirnia

Tehran (Dowran Emrooz) -- Ceremony held to mark the 100th birthday anniversary of the creator of the Gol-haa radio program >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Italian under 21 defeat Iran

Tehran - January 17 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: The Italian National Under 21 Team defeated Iran in penalty shoot out following a 2-2 draw in regulation time. The win over hosts Iran put the Under 21 Italian team in the final of the Civilizations Cup, to be held on Friday >>> FULL TEXT


History of Iranian performing arts

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

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We have serious problems in our relationship with Iran, I'm not going to minimize that... But, at the same time, we can see in recent years that there is change happening... To the extent that we can nuance our policy in that regard, I think it serves our interest and the interests of the region.

-- Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State-designate
January 17, 2001

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