The Iranian Times

Tuesday, December 22, 1998 / Dey 1, 1377, No. 629

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Baba Taher


I dream of you still
Lying in a pool of black ink

By Khordad

I remember the night I found you. It had been a long day and I was looking forward to being alone. I'm ashamed to say that I was relieved to find the lights off when I first got home. When I did find you though, lying there, lifeless, in the dark, it took me a few seconds to realize what had happened. The reflection of light made it seem as if you were lying in a pool of black ink. My first reaction was to clean up. Clean the house, clean the bathroom. Clean you. Dress you. I wanted to cover your naked body that left you so vulnerable. I wanted to make you presentable, before a hoard of strangers accosted our house to find you lying there, as I had, lifeless, drenched, in your own blood ... GO TO FEATURE


    A Persian Love Machine
    Madonna, Demi, Goldie and Deepak are mad for Rumi--the hottest dead Sufi poet in Hollywood

By Patricia King
December 21, 1998

Move over, Brad and Leo. The newest love machine is a 13th-century Persian mystic poet named Jalal al-Din Mohammad Balkhi--or Rumi for short. A mere 700 years after his death, Rumi's got two hot releases out: a CD called "A Gift of Love," with celebrities like Madonna, Martin Sheen, Demi Moore and Goldie Hawn reading their favorites among his poems, and a best seller (for a book of verse) called "The Love Poems of Rumi," edited by mind-body guru Deepak Chopra--also a huge fan. And his fame is spreading fast. A few weeks ago Chopra was outside the Memphis airport wrestling with his suitcases when a 19-year-old skycap suddenly realized he had a celebrity at hand. "Aren't you the dude who is talking about Rumi?" the skycap asked Chopra. "Deep stuff, man. It's cool." ... FULL TEXT


    Top ten

Top ten subjects searched on Yahoo, AOL and Excite search engines this month and referred to The Iranian:

1 - Googoosh
2 - Iranian/Persian names
3 - Iranian webguide
4 - Nimrooz
5 - Iranian music/songs
6 - Iranian sex
7 - Iranian news
8 - Iran radio
9 - Mojahedin
10- Iranian periodicals

More Letters

* Canonizing martyred writers

Arazoo Dorosti writes: Iranians, like all other human beings, too easily forget the events of the recent past ["In the name of the pen"]. I think it is important that a "List of Martyrs for A Civil Society" be kept on The Iranian for those who have died in the IRI since Khordad of 1997. People can then go and see that Iran's struggle toward "civil society" is real, painful, tragic, and embarrassing ... FULL TEXT

* Cold and cheated

Salian writes: It was nice to see that you had a photo of the late Mohammad Mokhtari ["In the name of the pen"]. You also had him as the "feature," meaning that there would be articles about him, his work, what he said, life story... something!

Instead you have links to other media announcements form various sites. Which is okay, and I found information that I had not found before, but you are mislabeling your front-page.

I felt a bit cold and cheated. I expected a lot more out of your website.

* Conference: Persian Gulf: Present realities

The Center for Persian Gulf and Middle East Studies at the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) intends to convene its ninth International conference on the Persian Gulf under the title "Persian Gulf: Present Realities and Future Perspectives " on February 22-23, 1999.

Distinguished scholars, university professors, researches, and specialists will discuss political, international, economic, security as well as cultural, and energy issues relating to the present situation in, and pertaining to future cooperation among the countries of the Persian Gulf region.

The main topics of the discussion are as follows: ... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

Closed Circuit History

The illustrations of Ardeshir Mohassess

Ardeshir Mohassess is recognized internationally as Iran's leading caricaturist and graphic artist (see feature in The Iranian). Yet, as the powerful images on the following pages show, neither appellation fully describes the breadth, depth, intricacy, and complexity of his art and vision. In his drawings, be they detailed tableau or simple, primitive sketches, Mohassess quite literally dissects his characters with his pen and then peels away the conventional facade to expose the underlying reality of his world... -- Ali Banuazizi

Recent featured books


New! Bestsellers
New! Books on Rumi

More news

Court won't free Karbaschi

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian court has rejected an appeal by the former mayor of Tehran who was sentenced to five years in jail for corruption. Gholamhossein Karbaschi's appeal was reviewed by three judges, and the ``charges and the cases of conviction remain the same,'' Iran's official news agency reported Tuesday. It quoted judiciary spokesman Fotovat Nasiri-Savadkouhi ... FULL TEXT

Iran forms panel to probe killings

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The chief of Iran's hard-line judiciary has ordered the formation of a committee to investigate a spate of dissident killings, Tehran newspapers reported Tuesday. The official, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, said the committee would improve coordination of information and evidence concerning the cases, the Farsi-language Iran and other newspapers reported. No other details were available ... FULL TEXT

Iran eyes agriculture measures amid drought fears

TEHRAN, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami called on Tuesday for measures to modernise agriculture and curb consumption as a senior official cautioned about the possibility of a new drought due to low rainfall. Khatami, quoted by the official news agency IRNA, said Iran needed to boost mechanisation and modern technology in agriculture to limit reliance on food imports ... FULL TEXT

Report: Stray U.S. missiles land in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Two stray cruise missiles from the U.S.-British attack on Iraq last week fell on a port city in southern Iran, the Tehran Times reported today ... FULL TEXT

Art & fantasy

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Parvaneh Etemadi's fantastic art work goes on display at the Niavaran Cultural Center ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Soccer: The positive side

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - A look at the positive aspects of Iran's gold medal in soccer at the Asian Games ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

$ Rate

The dollar now offered at up to 710-717 tomans

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Business news

The Web


Hassass nuts

A nuts and dried fruits company established by Asadollah Asgaroladi (Habibollah Asgaroladi's brother?) with a "turnover of $70,000,000 during1997."

Beyond Iran

Flights of Inspiration

The Franklin Institute of Science Museum presents an interactive look at pioneering efforts in aviation history.

More web sites

Quote Unquote


It is ironic that the country which gave birth to and claims Hafez, Sa'adi, Khayyam, Rumi, Ferdosi, Attar, Nezami, Sohrevardi, Dehkhoda, Bahar, and on and on is now systematically allowing its next generation of greats be buried without a pause or gasp or shreak.

Arazoo Dorosti
Letter to The Iranian
December 22, 1998

Photo of the Day

Tank magazine

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Musician of the Week


* Soghaati * Neshaaneh
* Man ham raftaniyam
* Khodaa haafez

Music artists index

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