The Iranian Times

Friday January 26, 2001 / Bahman 7, 1379, No. 1153


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


The mirror and the book
Till we meet again, till we part again

By Hossein Samiei
January 26, 2001
The Iranian

I hear the ever-questioning, the unyielding voice from that distant corner of mind. But time is short. I bring my head down and feel the Book's velvet cover with my lips and smell its old age. I walk under the tray to the other side, turn around gently, and look into the mirror again. I kiss the Book and let my forehead touch it fleetingly, before I pick up my suitcase and walk outside >>> GO TO FEATURE


Holiday confusion
I think I will stick to birthdays and Earth days

By Iran Javid Fulton
January 26, 2001
The Iranian

My relatives used to give me the guilt trip if I didn't call them on Noruz and say "Eid-e shomaa mobaarak" but they have pretty much accepted that it's not going to happen. It's hard to get into Noruz when no one else around you is into it! >>> GO TO FEATURE


I'll call
Short story

Kaveh Sartipi
January 26, 2001
The Iranian

I received and email from a close friend, Nooshin. She had met this really cute girl and thought that I should give her a call. At first I laughed.

"Come on, who are you kidding? You want me to call up a girl I've never met?" I wrote. "I can barely talk to the girl who sits next to me in my speech class." I pressed send and laughed some more and went on to the next email. >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

The murder of Reza Mazlouman >>> GO TO FEATURE


More journalists in Iranian jails than rest of Mideast

Reporters Sans Frontieres
January 24, 2001

Iran is now the Middle East country keeping the most journalists in prison. Reporters Without Borders is launching a campaign to bring the facts to public attention >>> FULL TEXT

UK lawyers protest against the Berlin Conference sentences

BBC Persian Service

UK lawyers protest against the Berlin Conference sentences The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales has expressed extreme concern at the sentencing of a number of leading Iranian activists for taking part in a conference held in Berlin in April 2000. Maria Sarsalari talks to Rupert Skilbeck, an executive of the Bar Human Rights Committee >>> LISTEN


The conservative Kayhan newspaper's commentary on Majid Tehranian's open letter in The Iranian >>> FULL TEXT

    Thanks to Payman Arabshahi


No I don't

Dave & Angie Mueller write to The Iranian: I have been searching for the answer to this question: "What happens on May 33rd, but only in a leap year?" Do you know?

More Letters

* Monarchy not archaic

Cyrus Kadivar writes: Read your editorial with mixed feelings and hope it will generate a decent debate ["Citizen Pahlavi"]... As for the monarchy as a form of system I for one do not see it as archaic writing from London where the country this summer will be celebrating the Queen's Jubilee. In Spain the restoration of Juan Carlos was not seen as backward after the dictatorship of Franco and in Bahrain and Afghanistan talk of a return to monarchy is on quite a few lips >>> FULL TEXT

* One more wake-up call

Amoo Sam writes: FLASH -- Now the Russians are poised to sell the Mollas $7 billion in weapons.

FLASH-- The political / economic scene in Iran has become so ludicrous that even the "Young Shah" has emerged from the basement disco-bunker he has lived in for the past 20 years to declare a return to the monarchy as the road to democracy and prosperity for Iran ["Citizen Pahlavi"] >>> FULL TEXT

* Never claimed to be more than Citizen Pahlavi

S.B. writes: This is in response to your editorial ["Citizen Pahlavi"]. Reza Pahlavi never claimed to be more than Citizen Pahlavi. He has always stated his view, as a responsible citizen. He has never proposed different; his goal is for people to decide, even if they decide against his inherited monarchy >>> FULL TEXT

* Give him a chance

Sherry writes: This is my opinion about the editorial comments ["Citizen Pahlavi"]: It is true that at this time and age nobody is willing to go back to the monarchy, but between all the opposition forces which talk about changes for IRAN, Reza Pahlavi is the only one with the education and training for running the country >>> 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




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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Daily my head is filled with desire for your love.

    Daily I'm restless, drunk with the wine of your love.

    A drunkard drinks till he's drunk for all of a day.

    I'm drunk on your love day after day after day.

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Ganji says remarks "distorted" -- agency

TEHRAN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji, in prison after being convicted on dissent charges, has said remarks he made to Reuters and two Western newspapers were "distorted," his brother told the official IRNA news agency on Friday. IRNA quoted Asghar Ganji as saying his brother's prison interview, carried out earlier this week in writing through an intermediary, was misrepresented >>> FULL TEXT

Reformists allege violations

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Reformists in parliament have formally accused the judiciary of violating citizens' rights by ordering illegal detentions and prison terms for pro-democracy activists and politicians, a lawmaker said Thursday. About half the lawmakers in the 290-seat Majlis, or parliament, had signed a letter to the judiciary to demand that it ``reconsider its behavior and stop violation of legal rights,'' lawmaker Mohammad Reza Tabesh told The Associated Press >>> FULL TEXT

Putin voices hope for compromise

MOSCOW (AP) - Reasserting a tough stance on Russian-U.S. relations, President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites) on Friday spoke out against NATO (news - web sites) expansion and Washington's plans for a national missile defense system but voiced hope for a compromise on both issues >>> FULL TEXT

Rumsfeld-'Raw and random violence' threatens U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pledged on Friday that the Bush administration will push to protect America from new threats ranging from suitcase bombs to the ``raw and random violence of the outlaw regime.''>>> FULL TEXT

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