The Iranian Times

Friday March 16, 2001 / Esfand 26 1379, No. 1187



Something to smile about
Yes, thank God for Noruz

By Najmeh Fakhraie
March 16, 2001
The Iranian

It's near. You can tell by just walking in the street, or looking up at the sky. You can feel it without even catching a glimpse.

Memories of Noruz past wash over me like a wave, and how amazing it is that I remember all of them, from the time my brain first started holding on to the most precious of times. Even the name sounds pretty >>> GO TO FEATURE


Lalehzar lives

By Mahmoud M.
Updated March 16, 2001
The Iranian

Can't help becoming more and more impressed with Mahmoud M's cartoon. They are so light and playful and funny. Here are his latest >>> GO TO FEATURE


Persian cooking

March 16 2001
The Iranian

This week's recipe >>> GO TO FEATURE


What Khatami got from Russia

BBC Persian Service

Russia and Iran have said they will continue to cooperatei n peaceful uses of nuclear energy despite objections from the United States. The comments came in a joint statement issued at the end of a visit to Russia by the Iranian President, Mohammed Khatami. The statement said that the deal on arms sales was not directed against third countries. Lara Petrossians looks at what Khatami's visit achieved >>> LISTEN

Young Iranians party amid bonfires

Financial Times
March 16, 2001

TEHRAN As bonfires burned and streets echoed with fireworks, young Iranians took control of entire neighbourhoods of Tehran earlier this week, venting their frustrations through an ancient festival of fire that this year degenerated into vandalism and sporadic clashes with security forces >>> FULL TEXT


New weapon

It seems almost every day I get a call from one of the million phone companies out there trying to sell some new service. I don't even listen to their sales pitch anymore. I say "Not interested!" and hang up. End of story. But today, just by chance, I discovered a whole new tactic. Someone called from Verizon. I said, listen, I'm moving to California, so there's no point in offering me whatever. "Are you serious?" she said, "Wow! I hope you have a wonderful time there. Good luck." Hmmm. When I move to California next month, I'm sure I'll get similar calls. Instead of getting all pissed off, I'll just lie. "I'm moving to Australia. Yeah! Next week. You should've called earlier. I really wanted to benefit from your special two-dollars-a-minute calling rate to Iran."

More Letters

* Shah was French

FFN writes: I liked your article "Shah or president?" Democracy is a learned behavior. You must grow up learning from the small society of the household how to come into consensus with your immediate family members. After the revolution when I started reading more about the social decay of the Iranian society and its key players, starting from the Shah, I realized that the Shah was more of a French fellow than an Iranian.. I don't think he really knew who the Iranian people were >>> FULL TEXT

* Your mother too?

Mitra writes: You must be quite lonely to be such an ass regarding women ["The hell with romance"]. It is people like youwho give Iranian men a bad name. You fit the stereotype of the sexist pig that just f*#$%s for selfish pleasure -- oh and reproduction of course >>> FULL TEXT

* Utterly beautiful

Glayol Banaie writes: I just wanted to say I really enjoyed the poem "Boro". It was so full of emotions. Very innocent, sad and yet utterly beautiful. I read it three times. I cannot believe it's from a high school student in America. So proud of you!

Music: Noruz North Carolina, Raleigh


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    When first that beauty stole my love from me,

    My crying kept the neighbors up all night.

    But now my love has grown, my crying ceased:

    The fire that gets more air will smoke the least.

    * 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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Noruz cards

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Quote Unquote


Noruz is the only day of the year when ALL Iranians, no matter where in the world they live, no matter what group, religion or political party they belong to, can rejoice and laugh with a fellow enemy without planning to shoot him afterwards.

-- Najmeh Fakhraie
"Something to smile about"
The Iranian
March 16, 2001

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