The Iranian Times

Wednesday, December 30, 1998 / Dey 9, 1377, No. 634

Jahan Book

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Vahshi Bafqi


    In the ring
    Pulling no punches even in the face of defeat

    Domal ("The Abscess") is a collection of nine highly-charged short stories and novellas in Persian by Shirindokht Radi (1998 Khorshid Publishing, San Jose, CA). Many deal with issues facing Iranian women under strict Islamic rules and traditions.

    Unlike what you would expect from an Iranian author, Radi does not hide behind symbols. There are no veiled references; Radi's descriptions of characters and incidents do not tax your imagination. Her engaging style makes the reader think and take sides. She takes you with her into the ring even when defeat is certain; what's more important is the fight itself.

    The following pages are from a chapter titled Aasemaan-haaye doordast ("Faraway skies") ... GO TO PAGE ONE


The real C.I.A.

In the TV documentary, "The Real C.I.A.: Enemies, Secrets and Spies," which aired on Showtime on November 29, the people most knowledgeable about America's most famous (and infamous) intelligence service told what the Central Intelligence Agency really is, and what it really does. It's both a 50-year history and an up-to-the-minute snapshot of the C.I.A. -- "the good, the bad, and the ugly," in the words of Oliver North.

Based primarily on that documentary, this special section in The New York Times features extensive video excerpts from the program as well as additional text written by Tim Weiner and past coverage of the C.I.A. from The New York Times archives.

In the 1950's the agency went to work in a hundred other nations, always seeking to advance American power, sometimes trying to overthrow governments it saw as threats. It ran coups in Iran in 1953 and in Guatemala in 1954, installing pro-American leaders who ruled, sometimes brutally, for decades ... FULL TEXT WITH VIDEO CLIP

Forwarded by Farhad Sepahbody


Send this guy to Mashhad

LETTTER: I'm Edmond. I want Persian pigeons

good afternoon, i am located in los angeles, and my name is edmond. i did visit iran five times with my family. i am looking for persian high-flying pigeons, i cant find any here. i am asking u if u do know of anyone in the U.S. that may have any persian pigeons please do email me <>. i would appreciate it alot. thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

NEWS: Iranian pigeon lovers may be jailed

TEHRAN, Dec 29 (AFP) - Iranians who keep pigeons as pets will face prison terms in the northeastern city of Mashhad, where an overabundance of the birds has turned them into pests, the paper Qods reported Tuesday ... GO TO FEATURE

More Letters

* The shah made mistakes. But who doesn't?

M. Jalili writes: This is a response on the letter "Another Shahanshah? No thank you." I was only six-years old when the revolution took place. I left Iran nine years after witnessing a horrifying war and having both my parents jailed and tortured at Evin "university." Both my parents were "purged" and many other members of my family experienced the same ordeal. Let me tell you my mother was a midwife and in my family there were teachers, doctors and engineers. On top of that we were denied to get a passport and leave the country. In those days of war, blood and long lines for basic necessities of life, I was always reminded of the days when Iranian singers and dancers entertained people with our rich culture.

Let me save you from any prejudgment. I am not a monarchist. No member of my family enjoyed favor with the previous regime. We were as apolitical as one could be. We were Iranians who were not SHI'ITE Muslims. Since 1979, that has been a crime in Iran. I am not writing this to defend monarchy or the late Shah. I am here to remind my distinguished countryman that he is wrong to assume that everything was terrible in pre-1979 Iran and that everything was fine between 1979-80 ... FULL TEXT

* Film: Mehrjui retrospective in Washington, DC

Dariush Mehrjui's Films - A retrospective :

The Pear Tree - Friday February 5, 1999, 7:00 PM, Sunday February 7, 1999, 2:00 PM
The Cycle - Friday February 12, 1999, 7:00 PM
The Cow - Sunday February 14, 1999, 2:00 PM
Hamoon - Friday February 19, 1999, 7:00 PM
The Tenants - Sunday February 21, 1999, 2:00 PM
Sara - Friday February 26, 1999, 7:00 PM
The School We Went To - Saturday February 27, 1999, 2:00 PM
Leila - Sunday February 28, 1999, 2:00 PM

Freer's Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW, Washington DC -- 202-357-4880 Admission: Free - two per person - one hour before program begins Info: 202-357-4880 Details:

Dariush Mehrjui His film have been banned by both the Shah, and the Islamic Republic, but film critics in Iran recently voted directory Dariush Mehrjui on eof the country's greatest filmmakers. This retrospective is organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and is presented in corporation with Farabi Cinema Foundation, Tehran. All films are in Persian with English Subtitles.

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Jean Chardin's Portrait of a Seventeenth-Century Empire

'Isfahan is half the world' was the proud boast of the seventeenth-century capital of Persia. One of the travellers attracted to Persia was Jean Chardin, a young French jeweller who spent most of his time in Isfahan. During this time, he became intimate with the city; he was invited into people's houses and entertained; he visited gardens and participated in hunts; his knowledge of court affairs was extensive, and he travelled many miles, visiting other towns and villages during Safavid Iran.

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TEHRAN, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Iran's major reformist political groups supporting President Mohammad Khatami have joined forces against conservative rivals for upcoming municipal council elections, newspapers reported on Wednesday. ``All the groups and individuals who joined hands (in Khatami's presidential campaign in 1997) will be active in this tremendous movement,'' said a statement by 16 centrist and leftist Islamic groups, which was published in newspapers ... FULL TEXT

Liberal dissidents to commemorate Foruhar

TEHRAN, Dec 30 (AFP) - Around 300 liberal political personalities said Wednesday they will gather at a Tehran mosque on Thursday to commemorate the violent murder of a nationalist leader and his wife last month. The dissidents said in a notice published in moderate Etelaat newspaper that they will meet in Fakhr mosque in northern Tehran to mark the 40th day after the deaths of Daryush Foruhar and his wife, Parvaneh. The couple were stabbed to death in their Tehran home by unidentified intruders on November 22 ... FULL TEXT

IIC urges Clinton to allow food sales to Iran

Washington DC, December 25, 1998, (IIC) - Iranians for International Cooperation (IIC) welcomes Senator Craig's initiative to persuade the Treasury Department to grant necessary license for the $500 million worth of farm exports to Iran. In a letter to President Clinton, IIC's Chairman urges the US administration to hear the request of the US lawmakers and allow sales of food commodities to Iran ... FULL TEXT

Zarrincheh going to LA Galaxy?

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Javad Zarrincheh looks to be heading to Los Angeles to join the U.S. Major League Soccer team, The Galaxy... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Aadam-e gedaa, een hameh adaa?

(For a beggar you've got a lot of attitude.)

From Simin Habibian's "1001 Persian-English Proverbs"

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