The Iranian Times

Wednesday March 21, 2001 / Farfardin 2, 1380, No. 1188



A glass of Iran
The power of a fistful of soil in northern Virginia

By Jahanshah Javid
March 21, 2001
The Iranian

My daughter Mahdiyeh woke me up at 7 in the morning, an hour an a half before saal tahveel. I sat behind the computer and checked my email. There were a dozen or so Noruz ecards from friends and total strangers. Some of them were not emailed to me personally, but to a whole group of people. I know it's practical. But...

I searched for Aref's email. I found it but there was no home address. He had invited some friends over for a Noruz breakfast. I really wanted to go, but I didn't even have his phone number. What to do... what to do... >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Esmail Nooriala
March 21, 2001
The Iranian


Don't run
Khatami should throw in the towel

By Hamid Zangeneh
March 21, 2001
The Iranian

In the last few weeks we have been bombarded with speculations about President Khatami's future. Will he or won't he run again? Should he or shouldn't he? Must he or mustn't he? In my opinion, he would do himself and the country a great service by not running >>> GO TO FEATURE


Celebrating Noruz behind prison doors

BBC Persian Service

Last week Iranian judiciary officials refused to grant leave to the country's political prisoners, including the reformist journalists, to join their families for the Noruz holidays like many other Iranian prisoners. Their family members held the traditional New Year ceremony at the gates of Evin prison. Mrs. Baghi, the wife of Emadeddin Baghi, a prominent journalist, tells Behrouz Parsa how it went >>> LISTEN

Iran Says Cautiously Optimistic on U.S. Ties

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said it was cautiously optimistic about future relations with the United States and was closely watching the moves of the new administration in Washington, state news agency IRNA reported Wednesday



According to "Zen" means: "To figure out something by meditation or by a sudden flash of enlightenment. Originally applied to bugs, but occasionally applied to problems of life in general." Hmmm. Okay. This is a haft-seen inspired by Zen philosophy >>> SEE HERE

Thanks to Ramin Tabib

More Letters

* Khaak to saret konan

Sepehr writes: This is in response to the BS that was published a while ago called "Citizen Pahlavi". Firstly, I would like to bring to the attention of all the readers of and the person who wrote "Citizen Pahlavi" that the only time that Iran and the people of Iran lived a life just as luxurious as any other European family was when the SHAH was in power. Reza Pahlavi doesn't have to apologize for his father's mistakes, because his father never mad any mistakes. The only thing he did wrong was not kill all those mollas that deserve to burn in hell, and their followers, people such as you >>> FULL TEXT

* Deal with today

Hamid K writes: From those who bringup the issue of monarchy vs. presidency in Iran ["Shah or president?"], I would like to ask what is the real problem here? And what is your point? Good or bad, the Shah and his regime are gone. What happened in 1979 and why it happened, though important to understand, it has already happened. We now have the "Islamic Republic" to deal with >>> FULL TEXT

* Parvaaz kardam

Raha Rezai writes: Khanoom-e Kiani, man yeki az shaagerdaa-ye ghadimitoon hastam keh alaan too aalmaan dars mikhoonam. raastesh emrouz roouzeh eideh va raftam az yeki az site-haaye iraani baraa-ye doostam kaart befrestam keh neveshteh-ye qashang-e shomaaro didam ["Rooz-haaye aakhar-e saal"]! nemidoonam cheraa vali parvaaz kardam beh oonja >>> FULL TEXT

* Girls do NOT poop

Floppy McGee writes: I asked my girlfriend if she poops ["Girls poop"], and she confirmed it: Girls do NOT poop. I will watch her to comfirm, but she rarely lies. So my question to you is, why are you publishing lies? :-(

Art: Contemporary Art of Iran, Washington DC


    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    A thousand moon-flowers filled the garden;

    There were violets and musk-scented roses.

    The stream was not those drops that trickled slow,

    A mere excuse. He was himself the flow.

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