The Iranian Times

Wednesday March 7, 2001 / Esfand 17, 1379, No. 1180



Asghar Shah
I hereby proclaim myself King of Kings

By Asghar Agha
March 7, 2001
The Iranian

I read Mihandoust's article about Reza Pahlavi, "My friend", and I came up with an idea.


I hereby proclaim myself King of Persia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. I am Asghar, heretofore known as Asghar Shah, because we never had an Asghar Shah in our history.

During my last ski trip, some friends and I rented a condo and I insisted on sleeping on the couch. Such humility, rare among Iranians, should qualify me as King of Kings >>> GO TO FEATURE


Hadji Baba
Persian adventure made into Hollywood film

By Darius Kadivar
March 7, 2001
The Iranian

In the early 50's Hollywood director Don Weis was inspired by the main character in the classic novel, "The Adventures of Hadji Baba", written by 19th century British Ambassador to Persia, James Morier. Weis decided to adapt the story for the silver screen. He chose John Derek, the Leonardo Di Caprio of his time, to play the lead role, along with Elaine Stewart, and Paul Picerni >>> GO TO FEATURE


Paintings by Bita Vakili

March 7, 2001
The Iranian

My name is Bita Vakili. I am a paiter. I am an art student in the MA degree iprogram at Tehran University's College of Arts >>> GO TO FEATURE


Khatami to address parliament

BBC Persian Service

President Khatami is to address parliament on Sunday. He is expected to defend his government's performance. There is also speculation that Mr Khatami could use Sunday's speech to announce his decision on whether to run for office again in the presidential election in June >>> LISTEN

Powell Pays Tribute to Iranian Honorees

By Nora Boustany
The Washington Post
March 7, 2001

On Friday, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell paid tribute to the Encyclopedia Iranica Foundation and its honorees in books, film, photography, literature, technology and the arts by sending just such a message of hope to its annual gala >>> FULL TEXT


Worth a look

I've gotten emails from at least a dozen people with a photo attacjment showing a man on a donkey talking on a cell phone. I was going to use it as a Photo of the Day feature. But I figured practically everyone has already seen it. This, however, is a NEW version worth a look >>> SEE

More Letters

* Did you visit the same country?

Farhad Nikkhah writes: Having recently spent a few weeks back in Iran after a two-year absence, I was saddened to read Eli's account ["Not going back"] of her holiday in Iran. I wonder if she even went to the same country as I did. I am sorry Eli, but yours was not an objective and fair assessment of Iran. The account of your trip is full of stereotypical Iran hating nonsense. I can assure you I would not judge American people to be crazy like those on the Jerry Springer show or gun-crazy idiots like the 15-year-old San Diego school-boy >>> FULL TEXT

* Really got on my nerves

Niloufar writes: I would like to express my opinion regarding an article that I read today on your website that kind of upset me ["Not going back"]. My name is Niloufar and I am a young Iranian. when I read the article written by an American woman who recently traveled to Iran, I couldn't help getting very frustrated. She had a lot of good points about the poverty, religion, freedom and the fact that people are not treated equally. However There were some stuff in there that made me extremely angry and upset >>> FULL TEXT

* What if god forbid...

S. Nasehi writes: I think your idea is a wonderful one ["Let's go"]. However I wanted to know a couple things. Will there be any older chaperones? If not who is your contact there if god forbid you get into any problems with the Komite? Or if not the Komiteh, the Basij?

I am writing this email out of concern. I am a 26-year-old female who was raised in Iran. I think it is an excellent idea what you have put together and I would like to send my niece and nephew, but although they are 18 and 19, who will be responsible for them?>>> FULL TEXT


Bradley J. Hernlem writes: A word of advice to Setareh Sabety ["No ordinary congressman"], don't think that your views don't matter simply because your representative in Congress or senator are not the people you would have elected.

Ironically, one of the most responsive senators that I have ever dealt with was Jesse Helms. There is a man with a machine to handle constituents' concerns and yet he is, I am sure, to most Democrats, the epitome of an "ultra-Republican".

Never forget (and don't let them forget it either): Your representatives work for YOU >>> FULL TEXT

* Weeping and moaning

Mansour Fahimi writes: This is my two cents regarding the review of the recent concert of Mohammad Reza Shajarian by Yari Ostovany ["Shajarians carry the night"]. Yari praises Shajarian for his masterful adaptation of Mehdi Akhavan Saless's poem "Zemestan". Contrary to Yari Ostovany, I think this adaptation of Zemestan has completely missed the boat >>> FULL TEXT

* I know this feeling

S. Bahar writes: Recent letters rave about "The mirror and the book".
My curiosity is peaked.
I start to read.
A tingly sensation takes over me.
I know this feeling.
I recognize it.
I am familiar with the symptoms that will soon follow.
A lump, the size of a Persian lime in my throat >>> FULL TEXT

Noruz: Charshanbeh souri, College Park, MD
Noruz: UC Berkeley Iranians
Film: Iranian films at UCLA


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Delicate moon, who ripens the harvest of life,

    At my little window you show your face.

    My garden of life, bright light of my eyes,

    When will I hold your light in my embrace?

    * Also see more Rumi translations

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

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