The Iranian Times

Monday January 22, 2001 / Bahman 3, 1379, No. 1149


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Something missing
Paintings by Laleh Mizani

January22, 2001
The Iranian

The passion play in Laleh Mizani's paintings (many of them) is tortured. There's plenty of love (lust?) but something's either missing or there's an element of sadness -- things that people who are in touch with their senses -- and the real world -- can perfectly understand >>> GO TO FEATURE


Failed policy?
A book chronciles U.S. sancxtions against Iran

By Bruce Zagaris
January22, 2001
The Iranian

Hossein Alikhani's Sanctioning Iran: Anatomy of a Failed Policy (2000, I.B. Tauris Publishers) masterfully weaves a colorful discussion of the start and evolution of U.S. sanctions against Iran. The success of the book is the way it blends the various components of U.S. sanctions policy towards Iran: history, diplomacy, economic policy, military policy, the technical evolution of the laws and administrative sanctions and the way in which U.S. agencies have enforced their unique sanctions against Iran >>> GO TO FEATURE


Export strategy
Analyzing the structural framework of Iran's exports

January 22, 2001
The Iranian

The essence of formulating an export strategy is in relating the country's national and industrial resources, capabilities and constraints to develop its core export competencies. Relating core competencies towards the achievement of competitive advantage leading to competitive export strategies >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Economic favoritism and hoarding wealth >>> GO TO FEATURE


Majlis files complaint against press court judge

BBC Persian Service

Majlis files complaint against press court judge A parliamentary committee that heard a complaint by Iranian journalists in jail last week, has filed a complaint against the press court judge. Judge Mortezavi ordered the journalists' arrest before their trail and held their trial without a jury being present. Mohammad Dadfar, an Iranian MP and a member of the committee tells Behrouz Parsa why he believes the right wing dominated judiciary will listen to the committee >>> LISTEN

Former Iran Hostages Mark 20 Years

AP National Writer

January 19, 2001 (AP) -- Amid the pomp of Saturday's inauguration of President-elect Bush, Bruce Laingen can be excused for thinking about another inauguration, 20 years ago >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Designer Morteza Pashai Has Couture Under Control

Fashion Wire Daily Paris January 19, 2001 - A few days before his second haute couture collection, Morteza Pashaï opens the door to yet another photographer, kindly asks him to wait a few minutes and continues with his interview >>> FULL TEXT

    Thanks to Reza

    Boxing ring

    Kayhan: What's the real story about "The Left" and "The Right"? >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

    International Federation of Iranian Refugees: Iranian refugee found dead >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Not necessary

Real horror stories happen in Iran almost daily and often they are proudly announced by the regime itself. So there's no need to fabricate stories >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to R

More Letters

* Dictators & taryaakis

S. Mashadi writes: Dictators have a way of lasting a long time ["What rule of law?"]. And the reformists are taryaakis; better at writting than doing. Like the rest of us. But let us hope that more repression leads to constructive anger. This is the kind of features you should write more often. Barikalaah.

* Fat but rich

MJF writes: I kept reading ["Marrying me"] and waiting to see why she married him. Finally it came: "I drive a nice car, have a good salary..." Enough said!

* Hung and stuffed with The Iranian Times

L.Dahesh writes: Thanks for printing this ["Please stop"]. I had a good laugh on a dreary monday morning.

I'm sure once I sober up I'll feel really down at the fact that some people can be really stupid and have the intelligence of cockroaches to write something like what they have written. I am of course talking about the rude responses to being taken of your list, not the polite ones >>> FULL TEXT

* Things I didn't get from my husband

T.J. writes: THANK YOU! What a wonderful web site. So much information on many things I wanted to know but my husband is not very detailed.

But from reading your site your direct and honest information has help me understand many things.

I am also a blonde. I still stand out in a Persian group but was always welcome. Thanks again!

Music: Shahin & Sepehr, Washington

Wednesday, Jan 24 at 12:30PM · Shahin & Sepehr · At Olsson's-Metro Center in Washington DC, 1200 F St., NW, 202-393-1853 >>> DETAILS

Politics: Reza Pahlavi press conference, Washington

EVENT: National Press Club "Newsmaker News Conference"

The son of the late Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, will discuss the current political conditions of his country...

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. >>> DETAILS




Sanctioning Iran
Anatomy of a Failed Policy
By Hossein Alikhani



Shenaakht-naamehye Shamloo
By Javad Mojabi

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Last night I called your parting from me cruel,

    and cursed the age that makes its business loss.

    I saw myself coupled with your fantasy,

    And so I took my dream of you to sleep with me.

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Reformist charged in riots

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian court charged a key ally of reformist President Mohammad Khatami with slander and incitement to riot Sunday for his alleged role in unrest last summer. Mostafa Tajzadeh, a deputy interior minister who is supervising the presidential election scheduled for June, said he was charged with ``slander and provoking people to disturb public security and order.'' >>> FULL TEXT

Journalists warn "illegal" crackdown will be bad news for regime

TEHRAN, Jan 22 (AFP) - The guild of journalists said Monday that the "illegal" crackdown on the press shows no signs of letting up and warned the end result could be bad news for the Islamic regime. In a statement carried by the state IRNA news agency, the guild said the conservative-led courts were refusing to give a straight answer to its complaints over the closure of newspapers and the arrests of reporters >>> FULL TEXT

Reformists want convictions overturned in Berlin conference case

TEHRAN, Jan 22 (AFP) - The leftwing reformist Participation Front called Monday for the convictions of 10 people sentenced to jail terms for taking part in a Berlin conference deemed "un-Islamic" to be overturned. "The courts must take the law into consideration, to win the confidence of public opinion and acquit the condemned participants," said a statement from the Front, which is led by the brother of President Mohammad Khatami, Mohammad-Reza >>> FULL TEXT

Political plot against Khatami uncovered by Shiraz police

TEHRAN, Jan 22 (AFP) - A "huge plot" aimed at politically discrediting President Mohammad Khatami was uncovered recently in the southern city of Shiraz, and "suspect elements" have been arrested, press reported Monday. "There was premeditated action on a large scale against the president," according to Hadi Pejuheh, a security official from Fars province quoted by the pres >>> FULL TEXT

Conservatives blast vote overseer, want "fair" elections

TEHRAN, Jan 22 (AFP) - A leading conservative group on Monday called for the June presidential elections to be "free and fair" after the reformist official overseeing the vote was hit by a variety of court charges. The Islamic Coalition Association (ICA) said in a statement carried by the press that voters would only turn out if there were "propitious conditions and a fair competition between the candidates >>> FULL TEXT

MKO launch rocket attacks in capital

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian opposition rebels launched a mortar attack on judicial headquarters in the capital on Sunday but there was no immediate word on any casualties. The official IRNA news agency said ``four mortar shells rattled northeastern Tehran'' without giving further details. A statement from the Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) faxed to Reuters in Dubai said the group's guerrillas had fired mortars at the headquarters of the chief prosecutor's headquarters and the city's Islamic Revolutionary Courts >>> FULL TEXT

Iran, Cuba discuss cooperation

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi and his Cuban counterpart met Monday and called for boosting cooperation between their countries, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported >>> FULL TEXT

Parliament gives go-ahead for largest oilfield

TEHRAN, Jan 21 (AFP) - The parliament Sunday gave the go-ahead for foreign investors to develop the country's richest oilfields in the Azadegan area of southwest Iran. The move, approved despite the opposition of several conservative deputies, authorises the oil ministry to sign "buy-back" contracts worth 2.8 billion dollars in foreign investment for the development of the Azadegan fields >>> FULL TEXT

Fugitive gets pardon

He wintered in St. Moritz and summered in Spain, but Aspen remained off limits, and that was a bummer. But Marc Rich, the fugitive financier, will suffer no longer, not after receiving a last-day-in-office pardon from President Clinton. All told, the government charged that he evaded more than $48 million in U.S. taxes. Rich was also accused of trading oil with Iran during the U.S. hostage crisis in 1980 >>> FULL TEXT

Kuwait and Iran sign cooperation accord

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 22 (AFP) - Kuwait and Iran signed a cooperation agreement here Monday on the transfer of workers, social affairs and vocational training, the KUNA news agency reported >>> FULL TEXT

"Suvashun" on stage

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Manijeh Hamedi has directed a play based on Simin Daneshvar's classic novel "Suvashun". The play was performed for two nights at the Fajr theater festival in Tehran >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Unorganized, as always

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- The Fajr theater festival, like previous years, is chaotic and journalists are treated like... >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Best books

Tehran (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Nominees for the best books of the year in various categories have been announced >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Persepolis edge by Fulad Ahvaz

Tehran - January 22 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Persepolis edged by a determined Fulad Ahvaz 2-1 on Mondayin Week 14 of the Azadegan League. Infront of 15,000 spectators at Azadi Stadium, Amirhossin Aslanian gave Persepolis the lead in minute 8 when he drove from the mid field area towards the Fulad goal, single handedly scoring against Fulad keeper >>> FULL TEXT


History of Iranian performing arts

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

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I especially feel the one who wrote in Farsi [to unsubscribe from The Iranian Times] should be taken to a dungeon, hung, drawn and quartered and stuffed with printouts of The Iranian Times so he (or she) doesn't come up with disgusting language like that again.

-- L. Danesh
Letter to The Iranian
January 22, 2001

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