The Iranian Times

Friday January 19, 2001 / Dey 30, 1379, No. 1148


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


Marrying me
My Indian wife loves noon barbari & Googoosh

By Me
January 19, 2001
The Iranian

My wife Varinder is Indian from a large Punjabi Sikh extended household. She should have been a Bollywood actress she tells me. Not married to a 105kg shorty who has no dress sense and can't Salsa dance.

Still, marrying me has had its advantages. She has come to love Iranian tea from a samavar, noon barbari and vegetarian khoresht-e- bademjoon which my mum used to cook for her when she lived with us. She enjoyed listening to my mum's Googoosh, Heideh and Mahasti CD's. She even wants us to go on holiday to Iran next year. This is a far cry from when we first met >>> GO TO FEATURE


Falling in love again
Thoughts after Googoosh's concert in London

By Cyrus Kadivar
January 19, 2001
The Iranian

One day someone opened the cage and the nightingale flew towards us to win our love and her voice. One January evening, Googoosh, deep in the throes of stage fright, brought thousands of exiles to their feet, many crying, with a voice that proved both defiant and undiminished by time. "In the name of Iran and Iranians... As long as I have you, I am always in love." >>> GO TO FEATURE


Best concert
Googoosh in Las Vegas was unforgettable

By Nazanine Ram
January 19, 2001
The Iranian

I went to the hotel, checked in and called my cousin, who was in Las Vegas with her family and our grandmother. She had to come down and get me, since I couldn't go up to the VIP floor, where they were staying. On the way up she asked me: Guess who is staying in the adjoining suite? Googoosh!


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Elections and the danger of patriarchy's return>>> GO TO FEATURE


To prison

The Economist
January 20, 2001

Tehran EVER since 1997, when Muhammad Khatami was elected Iran's president, the European Union has tried to avoid criticising the country in a way that might play into the hands of the conservative clerics who oppose the president's efforts to turn it into a nicer place. But the EU's discretion could not survive the verdicts handed down on January 13th, when eight well-known supporters of the president were given shockingly long prison sentences by a hardline judge, mostly for what they had said, or perhaps thought >>> FULL TEXT

Clinton's Legacy

BBC Persian Service

Eight years after President Bill Clinton became the forty second US President following George Bush (senior), he is leaving office officially to give his place to the next US President ,George W. Bush (junior). Saeed Yekta reports on Clinton's eight years in office >>> LISTEN


Scotland Yard

One of the Metropolitan Police's highest-ranking officers from an ethnic background, who was on a promotion fast track, was suspended over criminal allegations today. Supt Ali Dizaei, 37, an Iranian, was singled out as one of the Scotland Yard's most talent young officers >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Mehran Azhar

More Letters

* Fallen into ill-repute

Ramin Tabib writes: I harbor no kind sentiments for Mr. Mirfendereski... But in my opinion, he is completely right in what he has put forward regarding the fingerprinting issue at U.S. airports ["Face in the mirror"]. The treatment at the U.S. airports, however hurtful, is a prerogative of the American government >>> FULL TEXT

* Feminism for dummies

Ataollah Togha writes: Like many readers of The Iranian I have been a witness to the controversy that started from a simple picture ... An idea hit me which I thought I would share with other readers of The Iranian. The idea is roughly as follows: writing a book about feminism for Iranian men >>> FULL TEXT

* Wings of the same chicken

Abbas Poursadigh writes: Khatami after three years in office is a living proof of an argument which supports the notion that Islamist reformer and conservative Islamist hard liner fundamentally, politically, culturally, and in most case socially are the two right wings of the same chicken ["What rule of law?"] >>> FULL TEXT

* Harf-e del-e man

Maryam Jaliny writes: har baar tu in website miyaam aval miram bebinam ke shomaa maqaaleh daadin yaa na [Sadaf Kiani's features]? maqaaleh-haaye shomaa keili ru man asar mizaare, va az inke in gadar saade va dar eine haal baa tajrobe va darke amig in naame haa ro minevisin , engaar ke harfe dele mane >>> FULL TEXT

Poetry: Zara Houshmand in Manhattan

Poet Zara Houshmand will be reading her poetry at the Zinc Bar, 90 W. Houston (between LaGuardia and Thompson) in Manhattan on Sunday, 7pm.

Conference: Technology conference, Isfahan

The Society of Iranian Professionals (SIP), in collaboration with Isfahan's Office of Mayor and Isfahan University of Technology, is proud to organize a conference on "Technology & Urban Development" on June 18 - 21, 2001, in Isfahan, Iran >>> DETAILS




Persian Steel
The Tanavoli Collection
By James Allan, Brian Gilmour



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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    The heart says, 'Savor the garden's delight;

    Taste the fruits of morning, and more tonight.'

    But mind bites its lip and says, 'Not so fast!

    The blessings are real but the trouble's not past.'

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Shahla Sherkat, editor of women's magazine gets jail term

Journalist Shahla Sherkat, managing editor of the women's weekly Zanan, was sentenced to four months in prison and a fine for attending the "un-Islamic" Berlin conference in April, court sources said Friday. Earlier indications had only mentioned that she was fined. Sherkat has been sentenced to a four-month jail term, which she has appealed, said the sources, adding that her fine came to about 3,000 dollars >>> FULL TEXT

Kian ban condemned

(New York, January 19, 2001) -- Human Rights Watch today strongly condemned Iran's closure of Kiyan, a ten-year-old independent journal that specialized in issues of philosophy, religion, and literature. Kiyan's closure was announced by state-controlled radio and television on January 17. The international monitoring organization urged the Iranian authorities to lift the closure order immediately and end the government's campaign to suppress independent critical media >>> FULL TEXT

Tehran rejects US "interference" in domestic affairs

TEHRAN, Jan 19 (AFP) - Iran rejects American interference in its domestic affairs, including human rights issues, and asks the new US administration to drop such practises, the official IRNA agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi as saying Friday. "In Iran, the judiciary is totally independent, and the words of some US officials who are interfering in our domestic affairs are unacceptable", Assefi said >>> FULL TEXT

Italian president, other top officials to visit Iran

TEHRAN, Jan 19 (AFP) - Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Prime Minister Giuliano Amato and Industry Minister Enrico Letta are expected to make separate visits to Iran soon, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said Friday. It will be the third time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that a European head of state visits Iran, after Austria's Thomas Klestil and Greece's Costis Stephanopoulos, both in 1999 >>> FULL TEXT

Kuwait and Iran to sign labor agreement: minister

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 19 (AFP) - Kuwait and Iran will sign a labor agreement that outlines rules for the exchange of workers and experts, Labor Minister Hossein Kamali said Friday on the start of a visit to the emirate. The two countries have agreed to "an accord on the exchange of labor and experts and on cooperation in the area of professional training," said Kamali, quoted by the official Kuwaiti news agency KUNA >>> FULL TEXT

Iran thrash China; Italy win Civilizations Cup

Tehran - January 19 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: The Iranian National Team thrashed China 4-0 on Friday in the third place match of the Civilizations Cup. The 4-0 drubbing of China records the fifth consecutive win by Iran against China. In front of only 15,000 spectators in Azadi Stadium, Iran took the lead in minute 14 when Ali Daei capitalized on a mistake by the Chinese keeper and slotted into goal Iran's first goal >>> FULL TEXT


History of Iranian performing arts

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

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Like it or not

We are - whether we like it or not - heirs to a nationality that is fallen into ill-repute. We can knock ourselves unconscious by blaming others, but the problem is in Teheran, not in U.S. airports, nor in Turkish hotels.

-- Ramin Tabib
Letter to The Iranian
January 19, 2001

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