The Iranian Times

Thursday January 18, 2001 / Dey 29, 1379, No. 1147


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


What rule of law?
The one that only benefits conservatives

January 18, 2001
The Iranian

Mohammad Khatami's election as president nearly three years ago raised a lot of hope. For the first time a leading cleric promised reforms that would emphasize the democratic aspects of the 1979 revolution rather than its religious ones. Khatami also made "rule of law" his main campaign slogan.

But Saturday's stiff prison sentences against reformist journalists and intellectuals made it abundantly clear -- again -- that the rule of law has only benefited the ruling conservartives >>> GO TO FEATURE


Face in the mirror
Plight of Iranians in American Airports

By Guive Mirfendereski
January 18, 2001
The Iranian

When I question something that rubs me the wrong way, I first look at the face in the mirror before projecting blame onto the image in the window. In that spirit, I offered a personal reflection about the search-and-fingerprint policies that the American government conducts with respect to Iranian travellers ["Complain to the Iranian government"]. I offered simply the suggestion that the people aggrieved by these regulations should also complain to the Iranian government. Wow! Little did I know the revolutionary nature of this idea! An avalanche of gibberish and vituperation, Iranian style, soon followed >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Mahdiyeh Javid
January 18, 2001
The Iranian


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Inviting Rafsanjani to a debate: The murder case of F.F.>>> GO TO FEATURE


Parliamentary bill on girls scholarship abroad overruled

BBC Persian Service

The Council of Guardians has rejected a parliamentary bill allowing single female students to get state scholarships to study abroad. The MPs voted in September and then in January by a majority of almost two-to-one to end the restrictions. Maria Sarsalari asks Shahla Ezazi, sociologist, how many women are affected by the restrictions >>> LISTEN

Pressure builds on Khatami to stand for second term

TEHRAN, Jan 18 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami was under increased pressure Thursday to stand for a second term after the reformist religious group to which he belongs officially declared him his candidate.

The nomination by the Association of Combattant Clerics (ACC) is at present a case of wishful thinking, though the Dorane-Emrouz daily said Thursday it had Khatami's approval. >>> FULL TEXT

Colin Powell's statements on Iran

January 17, 2001




Baby diapers?

Email sent to The Iranian:

I am looking for the addresses of baby diaper producers in IRAN. I kindly request from you their fax, telophone or e-mail . Thank you very much for your kind help.

EMRE ÖZER- Istanbul /Turkey
Fax: 00 90 216 361 34 15
Tel: 00 90 216 361 34 15

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* They never made it back home

Ardalan Vahidi writes: While I hate to bring up old disputes in a new century when all the world is looking forward to peace and a humane co-existence but when I see that Mr. Noshirvani ["Time to take responsibility" ] goes back 20 years to find us guilty of the hostage crisis and sponsoring terrorism I can hardly stop myself from mentioning that those hostages walked back home in good health but the 300 passengers of that Airbus never made it back home >>> FULL TEXT

* I hear you

Dianna Dalir writes: I live in Sydney, Australia. I have never felt like an Australian in all the years I have lived in this country ["Hell no"]. Every year that passes I lose more and more patience. I would give every thing I have to be able to go back to Iran. 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 >>> FULL TEXT

* Hmmm!

Bardia Saeedi writes: This is in reaction to your publication of various emails you have received regarding un-solicited dispatch of your newsletter["Please stop"].

You are a journalist and it is probably easier for you to separate yourself from the emotional side of events and instead focus on the bigger picture. Collecting all these -mails and analyzing them as a whole, in my opinion, is a perfect example of how we should react to daily events in our lives >>> FULL TEXT

Charity: Fundraiser for children's foundation

McLean, VA., Jan. 15, 2001- A 2500-year-old tradition, the observance of vernal equinox as the beginning of a New Year, will be celebrated by the Foundation for the Children of Iran and 800 of the Foundations supporters on March 16, 2001 at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner >>> DETAILS




Veils and Words
The Emerging Voices of Iranian Women Writers
By Farzaneh Milani



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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Do me this kindness, my sulky idol:

    Tell me again the secret you told me.

    Her words brought me to tears, so then she said:

    'I'll tell you, but I'll tell you silently."

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Guardian Council bars state funds for unmarried women to study abroad

TEHRAN, Jan 18 (AFP) - The conservative Guardian Council overruled parliament's repeal of a 15-year-old law barring unmarried women from getting state scholarships to study in foreign universities, press reports said Thursday. The Guardians Council, which has final say on all laws passed by parliament to ensure they conform to the constitution and Islam, said parliament's decision to delete the word "male" from an annex to the law was out of order >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. "deeply concerned" about Iran court ruling

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the sentencing of leading Iranian dissidents for taking part in a Berlin conference last year, and urged the international community to join in condemning Iran's actions >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran rally in memory of former Prime Minister Bazargan

TEHRAN, Jan 18 (AFP) - Some 2,000 people took part in a rally in Tehran Thursday to honour the memory of former prime minister and leading progressive Islamist Mehdi Bazargan, who fell into disgrace shortly after the 1979 revolution and died six years ago. A large number of reformists close to President Mohammad Khatami took part in the rally at the Hosseinieh-ershad mosque, but conservatives were also present >>> FULL TEXT

Jordan's King Abdullah expected to visit Iran soon

AMMAN, Jan 18 (AFP) - Jordan's King Abdullah II is expected to visit Iran soon and discussions are underway between the two countries to set a date, a royal court official said on Thursday. "His majesty will be going to Tehran at the invitation of President Mohammad Khatami but we are still discussing the exact date of this visit", which could take place soon, the official told AFP >>> FULL TEXT

Iran regrets Persian Gulf defence pact

DUBAI, Jan 18 (AFP) - Iran voiced regret Thursday that it had not been included in a joint defence pact signed by Persian Gulf Arab countries. "If this pact reflects the will of countries in this volatile region to strengthen peace and security, it should include a power such as Iran for it to be welcomed", Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper >>> FULL TEXT

Iran ready to talk with UAE on Persian Gulf islands row

DUBAI, Jan 18 (AFP) - Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said Thursday he was ready to "talk" with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) about one of three Persian Gulf islands controlled by Tehran but claimed by Abu Dhabi. "We consider these islands Iranian territory, but there is a 1971 agreement between Iran and the emirate of Sharjah allowing talks on Abu Mussa island, and we are ready to start discussions with the UAE under this accord," Kharazi told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper in an interview >>> FULL TEXT

Egypt vs. Italy

Tehran, (Rahnema.Com News Clip) -- Egypt defeated China in a penalty shoot-out to reach the finals of the Civilization Cup. Egypt will face Italy's under-21 team for the championship >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Hashemi-Nasb in trouble -- again

Tehran, (Rahnema.Com News Clip) -- Tempermental national soccer team plaer Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab may be disciplined at the end of the Civilization Cup >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

On the sidelines

Tehran, (Rahnema.Com News Clip) -- What went on at the sidelines of the Civilization Cup >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


History of Iranian performing arts

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

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Before Paradise

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-- Mahdiyeh Javid
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