The Iranian Times

Thursday, December 24, 1998 / Dey 3, 1377, No. 631

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Vahshi Bafqi

Dear Subscribers:

There will be no Times tomorrow (Friday). A very Merry Christmas to all you who believe... and Happy Holidays to the rest of us. jj


Not even a mouse
Mom would always read " 'twas the night before Christmas..."

By Khordad

It seems that every year I reject more and more those things I label American. In recent years, I have been boycotting the idea of Christmas. Since I am not Christian, the religious aspects of it have never really appealed to me. It's the commercialization and the Americanism of Christmas I have chosen to reject. But inevitably, every year, at the last minute, I get sucked in.

This Christmas though was a little different. As I was aimlessly attempting to find my car on the wrong level of the parking garage at Pentagon City, dragging around this enormous box of dishes I had bought for my sister and cursing the store clerk for not heeding my command to pack the dishes in two smaller boxes, I had a stark epiphany.

I should have seen it coming. It had been building up for weeks. You see, this whole season, I had been remembering a time when Christmas was nice. Quite a different memory than those I have had since I have been in the United States. This year, for the first time in a long while, I remembered Christmas in Iran ... GO TO FEATURE


Iranian Christians celebrate Christmas in the middle of Ramadan

By Kianouche Dorranie

TEHRAN, 24 Dec (AFP) - Nativity scenes, Father Christmases, and pine trees fill the streets of Tehran as Iran's Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ in the middle of the holy Moslem month of Ramadan.

While Iran's Moslem majority is spending the daylight hours fasting, Christians are busily preparing their own ceremonies in Tehran and across the country.

In the Armenian quarters of Tehran, hundreds of pine trees placed along the walls of the buildings remind people of the approach of the "January festivals."

Families are crowding into the centre to buy Christmas presents in shops with gaily decorated windows, often with a Christmas crib at the centre.

In the city centre and in the Armenian districts, Father Christmases jostle with the crowd .... GO TO FEATURE

Forwarded by Laleh Khalili


    Okay, I give up

A magician worked on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The audience was different each week, so the magician allowed himself to do the same tricks over and over again. There was only one problem: the captain's parrot saw the shows each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick.

Once he understood, he started shouting in middle of the show: "Look, it's not the same hat!" "Look, he's hiding the flowers under the table." "Hey, why are all the cards the ace of spades?" The magician was furious but couldn't do anything. It was, after all, the captain's parrot.

One day the ship had an accident and sank. Floating over water, the magician found himself on a piece of wood in the middle of the sea with, as fate would have it, the parrot.

They stared at each other with hatred but did not utter a word. This went on for a day and then another.

On the third day, the parrot could not hold back: "Okay, I give up. Where's the boat?"

Forwarded by Ramin Tabib

More Letters

* More by saying less

Mosalemy writes: ... Mr and Mrs Forouhar, along with the assassinated writers, are the victim of their own miscalculations. This in no way should suggest that they deserved to be killed. As a matter of fact these killings have caused a deep sense of grief among thousands of Iranians inside and outside of Iran. Yet this pain and anger unfortunately does not qualify the murdered victims as heroes or people's martyrs.

When reality is complicated and one simply does not hold all the pieces to the puzzle, the freedom to remain silent ["Freedom not to react"] can be more informative than repeating whatever other people and groups are saying about these murders. I myself would have remained silent on this topic, if Mr Roshanvaran's letter ["Where are the strategic thinkers?"] had not asked for a public debate about this issue! ... FULL TEXT

* Totally nonsense

K. Mirfakh writes: The response of Mr. Mirfendereski ["Freedom not to react"] to Roshanravan's letter ["Where are the strategic thinkers?"] is totally nonsense. He could not give a proper response because he doesn't have a proper response to this very credible question. My suggestion to him is, you have the freedom to keep quite, but we know you very well, in other words, you can be a good KHAR RANG KON, but who is the KHAR?

* Christmas: Party in Washington, DC

C H R I S T M A S N I G H T P E R S I A N B A S H !

FRIDAY Night, December 25th, 1998 9:00pm

With EURO-DJ Ali Sabaii mixing the BEST and NEWEST European, Persian, Latin, & Arabic Dance Music.

Celebrate The Holidays in STYLE at: P A N G E A Lounge, 2134 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, (Between 21st & 22nd Streets), Washington, D.C. Tel: 202.337.0222

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

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Karbaschi's lawyer will appeal again

December 24, 1998, TEHRAN, Iran (BBC) - An Iranian appeal court has reduced a prison sentence passed on the mayor of Tehran, a reformist and close ally of the country's president, Mohammed Khatami. Gholam-Hossein Karbaschi, convicted of embezzlement in July, had his sentence cut from five years to two years. Mr Karbaschi's lawyer told the Reuters newsagency that he would pursue a final appeal to the Supreme Court... FULL TEXT ... Also: BBC's Jim Muir audio report

Iran says six-month non-oil exports down seven pct

TEHRAN, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Iran's non-oil exports, which Tehran has been trying to boost to counter a fall in its oil income, fell seven percent in the six months to September 22, figures released on Thursday showed. The Iranian news agency IRNA quoted a report by Iran's customs as saying the exports amounted to $1.3 billion in the six-month period, down seven percent year on year ... FULL TEXT

Iran: Leaps to 27th in the world

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - The Iranian national soccer team has jumped from 44th in the world to 27th, according to the latest FIFA rankings ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Sadeq Hedayat

So little about such a great writer. But this site still has some interesting information including about Hedayat's relatives.

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Closer to Noruz

Although, Christmas continues to be a marker in time -- getting me one step closer to the Iranian new year.

"Not even a mouse"
Feature by Khordad
The Iranian
December 24, 1995

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