The Iranian Times

Thursday January 25, 2001 / Bahman 6, 1379, No. 1152


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


Citizen Pahlavi
Holding on to the monarchy will not do him any good

January 25, 2001
The Iranian

Reza Pahlavi has many things going for him. Thanks to the religious fanaticism of the clerical establishment, there's an undeniable sense of nostalgia towards his late father, Mohammad Reza Shah.

The people who voted overwhelmingly for reform in recent elections, have become deeply disillusioned, as all avenues for peaceful progress appear to be blocked. Whatever hope there was of seeing the Islamic Republic gradually transform into a democracy has evaporated to a large extent. But the good news for Reza Pahlavi ends just about there >>> GO TO FEATURE


Democractic republic or...
Reza Pahlavi says it's up to the people

January 25, 2001
The Iranian

Audio excerpts from Reza Pahlavi's press conference at the National Press Club in Washington on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

The godfather mafia >>> GO TO FEATURE


MPs criticise Judiciary

BBC Persian Service

More than 150 reformist MPs have condemned the recent wave of arrests of journalists and the closure of reformist newspapers. In an open letter to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi-Shahrudi, the deputies expressed their deep concern over what they said were the illegal actions of the judicial system. Behrouz Parsa reports >>> LISTEN

Persian music masters

By Geoff Chapman
The Toronto Star
January 25, 2001

Go to fabled Persia. Head for gloried India.

Or stay in Toronto to enjoy a taste of their magnificent music.

Four of Iran's most celebrated musicians perform tonight and tomorrow at the Toronto Centre For The Arts (formerly the Ford Centre) to kick-start their first North American tour as a group >>> FULL TEXT



The first person to ask a question at Reza Pahlavi's press conference at the National Press Club in Washington DC. What is he TALKING about? >>> LISTEN HERE

Donkey hunt

TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - Farmers in the southern Iranian city of Roudan, frustrated over "stray donkeys" ruining their fields, have requested that officials provide them with arms, press reports said Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Offending chadoris

Abdy writes: I read your opinion on the chador and those wearing it in Iran ["Those eyes"]. What Saman, the cartoonist, and you should bear in mind is that there have been women wearing chador prior to the revolution, and are yet those who do so regardless of any political mode.

Your comment is an obvious violation of women's rights and could well be offending to those who genuinely believe in wearing the chador as a tradition or means of reflecting their religious beliefs.

* Let me go to Iran

Maral writes: In response to "Hell no", I have to agree in some ways with the author. I am a young Iranian living in the U.S. and I cannot stand it. Unfortuanatley I have never been to Iran, but that does not mean I do not want to go there. I have probably asked my parents every day to let me go. If you think it was hard growing up Iranian in Europe, try growing up Iranian in the U.S. >>> FULL TEXT

* My Iranbian of the day

Babak Nikain writes: My Iranian of the day is ALL my fellow countrymen worldwide, specially those who still live in Iran, despite all the difficulties and problems -- problems which we left behind, but they face every single day. They manage to make a living and make us proud.

I would like to kiss the ground they walk on. I am sorry but I don't have any pictures to send with this letter so I hope you can find an appropriate picture for my Iranian of the day nominee.

* My father wants to volunteer

Ali Kravis writes: I was wandering if any business or organization catering to the Iranian community in New York City, Long Island or New Jersey require volunteers to help out with anything.

My father speaks English, is healthy, and willing to do almost anything. He does not require any salary. He just wants to volunteer his time to anybody who needs it >>> FULL TEXT

Politics: Jebheh Melli on state & religion, Colorado

Colorado Persian Society is inviting Jebheye Melli's US representative, Mr. Kambiz Ghaem-Magham to give a talk on Friday, Feb. 9, 2001. The title of the talk is: "Evolution of Iranian National Front's positions towards the relationship of state and religion". It will be held at Aurora's Community College. This will be the first of a series of talks given in order to study the Iranian situation as our country enters another critical period in its history >>> DETAILS




Essays on the Islamic Republic
By Ervand Abrahamian



Delaavaraan-e zand
By Nosrat Nazmi

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I said I would take my heart back from you, but I can't,

    Or that I would live on without this pain, but I can't.

    I said I would banish desire for you, but I can't.

    I swear to you, as I am a man, I can't.

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Iran progressive movement expresses "deep concern" for religious reformer

TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - The progressive Islamist party, the Movement for the Liberation of Iran (MLI), expressed its "deep concern" over the fate of a religious reformer jailed for apostasy -- punishable by death in Iran. "We have deep concern for a man who merely defends freedom of thought," AFP was told by an official from MLI, which is banned but tolerated in Iran and was founded by former prime minister Mehdi Bazargan >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami warns regional countries against Israeli threat

TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami said Thursday that Israel was the greatest threat and danger to the Muslim world and urged countries in the regioni not to forget that, the IRNA news agency reported. Speaking to visiting Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sayed Fahd bin Mamud al-Said, Khatami said Israel represented the "biggest crisis, threat and danger in the region and in the Islamic world," the state agency said >>> FULL TEXT

Iran sends recovered Palestinians home, welcomes more wounded

TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - Ten Palestinians, including one woman, injured by Israeli forces in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are due to arrive in Tehran late Thursday for treatment, officials told AFP. Ramezan Sharif, spokesman for the Tehran-based Organization in Defence of the Intifada, said nine other Palestinians who had recovered from their injuries after treatment in Iran were flown back home earlier during the day >>> FULL TEXT

Construction of Armenia-Iran gas pipeline to begin this year: Yerevan

YEREVAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - The construction of a gas pipeline that would transit Iranian gas to the former Soviet republic of Armenia will begin this year, Armenian Energy Minister Karen Galustyan said Wednesday. The 140-kilometre (48-mile) pipeline should cost some 138 million dollars and should be completed within months, Galustyan said >>> FULL TEXT

Mansourian: Mr. nice guy

Tehran ( sports clip) -- Alireza Mansourian should receive the "Nobel Peace prize in sports" because of his good manners as a player for Hamburg FC >>> FULL TEXT

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