The Iranian Times

Monday March 5, 2001 / Esfand 15, 1379, No. 1178


Cover story


Paradise divided
Photos from Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

By Mehdi Jami
March 5, 2001
The Iranian

Mehdi Jami has recently returned from a trip to Central Asia where Persian culture has a strong presence. Here are fifty photos of the people, landscape and monuments >>> GO TO FEATURE


Shah Hassan at Price Club
Actually, Reza Pahlavi at National Press Club

By Karim Azari
March 5, 2001
The Iranian

"Did you see the Shah's son speaking at the Press Club a few days ago?" I asked casually, making sure to use an impartial tone.

He raised his eyebrows and his jaw slowly dropped. His incredulity gave me the impression that this was much bigger news than I initially thought.

"Ehhhh?" he replied, still awestruck. "You saw Shah Hassan at de Price Club?" >>> GO TO FEATURE


My friend
Reza Pahlavi's humility and friendliness has never changed

By Mihandoust
March 5, 2001
The Iranian

I have known Reza Pahlavi since we were both ten-years old. I come from a middle-class, educated family. I did well at school. We had a common teacher who recommended me to attend Reza's school. I am writing this because I feel my compatriots may possibly gain some useful insight into the real personality of one of their public figures >>> GO TO FEATURE


Workers protest in Isfahan

BBC Persian Service

Over five hundred workers of Simin textile factory in Isfahan took part in demonstrations to object to their working conditions. The factory is owned by the powerful right wing Bonyad Mostazafan. Massoumeh Torfeh reports >>> LISTEN

Activists Push for Iranian American Vote

Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2001

Three Sherman Oaks attorneys have joined forces to help reverse what they say is a trend of political apathy among Iranian Americans in Southern California. Shahin Sedaghat, Mehrnaz Taheripour and Vafa Khoshbin have launched an aggressive voter registration drive targeting Iranian Americans, the first of its kind for this growing community based largely in the San Fernando Valley and the Westside >>> FULL TEXT



U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's message to the Encyclopaedia Iranica fund-raising gathering in Washington DC, March 2, 2001 >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters


* No liberator

Fereidoon Matin writes: I am sympathetic toward Mr. Reza Pahlavi, as I am toward all unemployed persons. However, finding a job with no work experience in his forty years as a prince, as implied in the article, is rather difficult, especially in today's economic environment >>> FULL TEXT

* Eminem: Artistic expression

Iran Javid Fulton writes: I liked your article and I like Eminem ["Here & there"]. In response to my best friend's comment who said she hopes her daughter will never be exposed to anyone like Eminem, I said this: I know what you mean about his lyrics, but no matter what, he is very talented and his choice of words are just an artistic expression. His words are not any worse than the high action pact movies that are out there that everyone loves, it's only in a form of music >>> FULL TEXT

* Father: Reza Nemati

Michael Jones writes: Could anybody help me trace my father REZA NEMATI? He was on board the Zaal in barrow in furness England between 1969-1971 and left for Portsmouth, England. I have not heard anything since we heard the Zaal sunk in the Persian Gulf but we don"t know for sure. PLEASE HELP.

* Always Iran

John Mohammadi writes: So, "Even without documented proof of this story, it is difficult to think of another reasonable explanation" for the name change from Persia to Iran? PLEASE! Try this one: The name of the country is Iran, and has always been Iran, as far as Iranians are concerned >>> FULL TEXT

Noruz: Reno, Nevada


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    My heart wanted only a kiss from you;

    The price you asked for that kiss was my soul.

    Heart jumped in the deep and flowed alongside soul,

    Advising, 'Close the deal. The price is cheap.'

    * Also see more Rumi translations

    Rumi book

Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis

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Quote Unquote

Democratic process

I think we've never been much for the democratic process because of what we went through in our country. We shy away from government because we were [betrayed] by our own government.

-- Shahin Sedaghat, Los Angeles lawyer encouraging Iranians to register to vote
Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2001

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Music artists index


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Geotales from Around the World
By Fereydoun Kian

Eshgh va marg dar aasaar-e Sadegh Hedayat
By Mohammad Baharloo

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