The Iranian Times

Thursday March 15, 2001 / Esfand 25, 1379, No. 1185

Flower delivery in Iran



New old tradition
A taste of Chaarshanbeh Suri in California

By Yasaman J
March 15, 2001
The Iranian

I have wonderful childhood memories of Chaarshanbeh Suri. So I decided to give a taste of it to my son Roshan here in California, far away from Iran.

After some thinking and planning I invited a few of his little friends and their parents. We started the evening by coloring hard-boiled eggs. Easter being around the corner, it was not too hard finding the coloring kits >>> GO TO FEATURE


Drawings by Mina Ghaziani

March 15, 2001
The Iranian

Mina Ghaziani received her M.A. in art from Tehran University in 1996. She also taught drawing and elements of design at Azad University for five years. She has held numerous individual and group exhibits in Iran and the U.S. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Culture complex

By Yasmin Assemi
March 15, 2001
The Iranian

There's a face peering out of the mirror at me
A face that shifts with the changing tides
One that can assemble
Our kind belong in 2 worlds
One Iranian
One "farangi"


Khatami Visits Russia Nuke Plant

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - The president of Iran on Thursday toured a Russian factory that makes nuclear reactors, amid U.S. protests that the plant is helping Iran develop nuclear technology. Dressed in flowing robes, President Mohammad Khatami visited the Izhora factory in St. Petersburg, trailed by aides and Russian officials. He stopped to admire workers polishing a huge, cylindrical reactor core for Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant >>> FULL TEXT

The face of Iranian feminism
Western stereotypes do disservice to Muslim women fighting for change

The Gazette (Montreal)
March 15, 2001

Some of the biggest challenges for those of us who teach courses on women's issues are combatting Western stereotypes of Muslim women that are deeply entrenched in our students' minds. The movie The Circle, reviewed glowingly by The Gazette (March 9) and other Montreal media, only reinforces those stereotypes and, in turn, will feed racism in the name of feminism >>> FULL TEXT


Noruz greetings

Noruz is coming and so are those generic electronic greeting cards. Once in a while though -- if you're lucky -- you'll get an original ecard, like this one by Sournea Mohammadi >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Content over form

Massud Alemi writes: I couldn't agree with more ["Shah or president?"]. Once again you've hit the nail right on the head and I find myself in the fortunate position of having a partner in politics. Especially when you say: "The real problem facing Iran is not choosing between monarchy or republic. The problem is how to reject theocracy and backwardness." That just brings tears to my eyes, because for the past 20 years I have been saying the same thing and begging the all-so-important- figures in the opposition in my town to not make themselves so preoccupied with form at the cost of forgetting content >>> FULL TEXT

* Fossilized issues

Maziar Taleshi writes: As a response to the elaborate discussion on "Shah or president?" I can only say that I am shocked that we even spend time and energy discussing such fossilized issues. Just because the present government seems to be insistently directing itself as if we still live in the era of Mohammad does not give us a right to indulge nostalgically in what is gone and will never be recovered. The Shah's regime was also a filthy and corrupt, although it did not even come close to the barbarism and inhumanity of the present one >>> FULL TEXT

* Monarchy no answer

Sina Yousefi writes: My memories of Iran are not ver clear. My knowledge of Iran is incomplete. But I do know this: a return to monarchy is not the answer for Iran. I think it is unfortunate that so many Iranians regard the Shah's regime with such nostalgic affection. Iran doesn't need a secular dictatorship to take the place of the current theocratic dictatroship. Iran also doesn't need a constitutional monarchy filled with symbolic figureheads and royal families that do nothing but attend charity dinners >>> FULL TEXT

* Unfortunate fact

Simin Habibian writes: I don't agree with Naghmeh about the cover picture in The Iranian. I am also a mother. The picture of a young Iranian man doing drugs may not be a good sight to look at and enjoy, but it definitely is an unfortunate fact. We can't ignore the facts. There are the bad, the good and the ugly about every society.

I do like; I am actually addicted to it. I have had a few sleepless nights when I did not receive my issue on time. I think for some reason the editor chooses not to print the bad news or crimes committed by the Iranian community outside of Iran >>> FULL TEXT

* What's the point?

Maryam Tehrani writes: I have recently started browsing The Iranian web site and reading the articles. Through them I have discovered the new attitudes, thoughts and opinions of my community. I have, however, been saddened more than once. I do not think it is the responsibility of media to determine attitudes, but I do not think it would be wrong for you to set high standards for our community. We are after all Iranians. And I am still proud to be one, despite what I have read recently >>> FULL TEXT

* Total shock

Bijan Rais writes: I must admit that the first time I visited I was in total shock. Your site is so orginal and tasteful that I refer it to some of my frinds (non-Persian). These days it's the first site that I read when I am on my PC. Keep up the good work.

Music: Shahram Nazeri & son in New York


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    I am hungry, I am sated with joy.

    I'm a fox with a lion's great, dark fame.

    The merest phantom takes my breath away,

    But don't be fooled by that: my soul is brave.

    * 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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