The Iranian Times

Thursday, December 3, 1998 / Azar 12, 1377, No. 618

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Lunch with Khomeini
How a former SAVAK chief saved the ayatollah's life

Excerpts from Memoirs of Fatemeh Pakravan: Wife of General Hassan Pakravan: Army Officer, Chief of the State Intelligence and Security Organization, Cabinet Minister, and Diplomat, edited by Habib Ladjevardi (1998 Iranian Oral History Project, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University):

My husband told me, "You know, I had lunch every week with the ayatollah." I said, "Yes. I knew that but you never told me what was the atmosphere of these meetings." He said, "Very good. Very cordial. Very friendly. The ayatollah used to say in this very flowery Eastern way, 'Timsar, I count the days until we reach the day of our luncheon.'" I asked, "How was he?" My husband said, "He was very handsome. And I'm sure he's not as old as they say. I'll tell you why. He was very handsome. He had extraordinary presence, a power of seduction. He had a great charisma." ... GO TO FEATURE


Pipeline Dreams In the Caspian

By David J. Kramer
Thursday, December 3, 1998
The Washington Post

The region around the Caspian Sea has assumed a large role in the Clinton administration's strategy toward Russia and the other new independent states in the area, as well as Iran and Turkey.

The key to this strategy is promotion by the administration of a pipeline from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Ceyhan, Turkey. This route, in bypassing both Russia and Iran, would accomplish three U.S. foreign policy goals: strengthen the independence of the Caspian states by reducing their dependence on Russia for energy exports; exclude Iran from any possible windfalls; and solidify ties with Turkey, a NATO member. (From Turkey's perspective, it also would cut down on traffic through the crowded Bosporus Straits.)... FULL TEXT



"Tonboon-e faati" -- the title of yesterday's feature -- refers to the issue of dowry and why women and their parents in Iran insist upon it. It is a play on the proverb: "een baraay-e faati tonboon nemeesheh," i.e. love is not enough to make a woman in Iran feel secure in accepting marriage, because she has so much to lose if a man opts for divorce.

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* Overdue self-critique

Guive Mirfendereski writes: Ali Reza-qoli's book ["Who's next?"] is a timely and at the same time overdue beginning to what may be a fruitful and constructive exploration of our self as a nation and as an individual, enlightened self-critique and evlauation toward self-betterment and improvment of our human environment as well ... FULL TEXT

* Lecture: Student leader in Berkeley

Manouchehr Mohammadi founder and leader of the Society of Intellectual Students in Iran will be speaking at UC Berkeley.

Sponsered by Center of Near Eastern Studies and Radio Havaye Tazeh. Saturday Dec 5 @ 7:00 PM , Room 145 Dowenell Hall. UC Berkeley info.(415)673 4726

Book of the Week

The Assassin Legends : Myths of the Isma'Ilis

By Farhad Daftary

Since the twelfth century fantastical tales of the Assassins, their mysterious leader and their remote mountain strongholds in Syria and northern Iran have captured the European imagination. These legends first emerged when European Crusaders in the Levant came into contact with the Syrian branch of the Nizari Ismailis, who at the behest of their leader were sent on dangerous missions to kill their enemies. Elaborated over the years, the legends culminated in Marco Polo's account according to which the Nizari leader, described as the 'Old Man of the Mountain', was said to have controlled the behaviour of his devotees through the use of hashish and a secret garden of paradise.

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New reformist Iranian paper hits the streets

TEHRAN, Dec 3 (AFP) - The first edition of reformist newspaper Khordad, run by a close associate of President Mohammad Khatami, hit Tehran's news stands on Thursday. The paper takes its name from the date Khatami was elected in May 1997. The 12-page colour newspaper is run by former interior minister Abdollah Nuri, who was ousted in June after a censure motion by the conservative dominated parliament amid a tense power struggle between the regime's moderate and hardline factions ... FULL TEXT

Press watchdog says Iranian journalist disappeared

PARIS, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders) expressed deep concern on Thursday about what it said was the disappearance of a journalist in the Iranian capital Tehran. The group said in a letter to Iranian President Mohammed Khatamai that Pirouz Davani, editor-in-chief of the moderate left-wing publication Pirouz, had been missing since the end of August. IT said another Iranian newspaper, Kar o Karagar, wrote on November 28 about rumours that he had been executed. The press group asked Khatami, a relative moderate, to investigate the matter.

Germany denies report of new Hermes loans for Iran

BONN, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Germany denied reports on Thursday that it was about to extend new loans to Iran through its export credit guarantee agency, HERMES. A spokesman for the Economics Ministry in Bonn said that Germany had not extended Iran HERMES loans nor were there plans to supply new lending. "There are no credits for Iran and nothing is planned," the spokesman said.

Lawmakers cite Iran drug problems

WASHINGTON, December 3, 1998 (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers who monitor international drug issues are urging President Clinton not to remove Iran from an official list of 30 drug problem countries. Citing news reports that Iran will be dropped from the list, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Benjamin Gilman, R-N.Y., said there is no basis for suggesting Iranian drug enforcement has been strengthened... FULL TEXT

Iran offers to help resolve row over Ocalan

ROME, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Thursday his country was willing to help resolve the row between Italy and Turkey over what to do with Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan. ``As duty president of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Iran is willing to collaborate in ending the crisis,'' Kharrazi told a news conference at the end of a two-day visit to Rome ... FULL TEXT

Hamid Mossadegh's last words

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - A review of Hamid Mossadegh's last book of poems ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Next opponent: Laos

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - The Iranian national soccer team will face Laos in the second round of the Asian Games. Many scoring opportunities expected against this weak team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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My husband said to the shah, "You know, you're giving him the means. You give him an international platform." The shah said, "No. No. I think he promises that he will keep quiet."

Fatemeh Pakran
On General Pakravan's opposition to Ayatollah Khomeini's exile to Turkey
"Lunch with Khomneini"
The Iranian
December 3, 1998

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