The Iranian Times

Wednesday, January 6 1999/ Dey 16, 1377, No. 638

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Vahshi Bafqi


    Khuzestan in San Diego
    Meeting a former "enemy" thousands of miles away from home

    January 6,1999
    The Iranian

    You pack your bags and leave Khuzestan. You've been through years of war with Iraq; the battles, the bombs, the destruction, the refugees, the revolution.

    You settle, thousands of miles away, in San Diego, in southern California. One day you meet an Iraqi. How would you react?

    This is the setting in Ali Hosseini's Sayeh va Shen (Shadow and Sand), one of the short stories in Ja be Ja (Dislocation; 1998 Passin Publications, Cambridge, MA). Both characters remember the war years and display emotions arising from separation from the land of their birth and ending up in the United States.

    Hosseini's sentences -- unlike so many works of Iranian writers these days -- flow beautifully. This creates a certain intimacy with the reader, who is already absorbed by Hosseini's powerful stories.

    Some of the stories in this collection are re-writeen versions of those published in "Barrasi-ye Ketab," "Pouyeshgaran," and "Daftra-haaye Shanbeh" magazines. The following is an excerpt from Sayeh va Shen (in Persian): ... GO TO PAGE ONE


Iranian Snapshot: Idle Townsmen, Hocus - Pocus

The News York Times
December 5, 1998

HARIS, Iran -- Aziz the Magician pulled into town in his rattletrap Russian truck and waited for the crowd to gather. It did not take long. There are no theaters in this depressed town of 14,000 in northwest Iran, no satellite dishes, not even a full-size soccer field. And so even before Aziz hauled out his primitive loudspeaker and makeshift bag of tricks, men and boys had hurried by the dozens to the muddy lot to see what Aziz would do.

The worn sweaters and lined faces composed a scene that could have come from any moment in the last 50 years. But it is present-day Iran, where, far from the big cities, people are grateful for any entertainment they can get ... FULL TEXT


NOT "Persian"

"Persian Zebra" breeding plan
Ey kaash man ham yek goor-e khar boodam...

The Environmental Protection Agency in Yazd Province has spent 20 million tomans to breed "Persian Zebras" in the province, IRNA reports.

Two males and four females (male Zebra's CAN have more than one wife) were brought to the province from their natural habitat in Shahroud and set free in a protected 130 hectar area.

The "Persian Zebra's" distinctive features are its "chocolate or brown color with a black stripe in the back and a white belly," according to the observant IRNA reporter in Yazd ... IRNA report in Persian

More Letters

* Success speaks for itself

Deep Dish (AKA Ali 'Dubfire' Shirazinia & Sharam Tayebi) write: this is in response to the thursday, december 17 letter with respect to the piece which was written about us in and later displayed in the pages of the letter, titled 'deep crap', was unbelievably negative in tone. we get press clips sent/e-mailed to us everyday. some are less insightful than others. we refrain from responding to them directly. but none have been as humorous and ignorant as this recent comment so we just couldn't resist...

i don't really know how informed or qualified you are about anything remotely to do with 'legitimate' music but being unpredictable and original is how we came to land a lucrative recording contract with deconstruction (UK) and arista (USA) and enjoying the fruits of our labor in the form of a highly successful and critically acclaimed remixing/producing discography. not to mention being awarded the best international DJ award at this year's muzik magazine award ceremony in london where the likes of noel gallagher (oasis) were presenting. oh, and we also run a successful record company called yoshitoshi ... FULL TEXT

* Conference: US-Iran Relations: Has the Time Come?

The American-Iranian Council in conjunction with the Asia Society and the Asian American Center at Queens College is proud to present a lecture and discussion panel with the Honorable Cyrus R. Vance, former Secretary of State:

US-Iran Relations: Has the Time Come?


January 13, 1999
Eftar Reception: 5:30-7:00pm
(Hosted by Mondoil Corporation)
Lecture and Panel: 7:15-9:00


Asia Society
725 Park Ave
New York, NY
Phone: 212-327-9292

The January 13th lecture marks the first occasion Secretary Vance has spoken on US-Iran relations since 1980 when he left his post as President Carter's Secretary of State. This event will open the American-Iranian Council's Distinguished Speaker Series ... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

To See and See Again
A Life in Iran and America

By Tara Bahrampour

From A beautifully written memoir that delivers much more than the story of a young woman's life. Bahrampour, a Princeton Ph.D. candidate in sociology, grew up in two culturesAmerica and Iran very much in conflict. The daughter of an Iranian father and an American mother, she claimed American habits as her early norms. However, the young Tara grew attached to Iranian ways, so when the family returned to the U.S. due to the Islamic Revolution (she was 11), the author's sense of dislocation only heightened. - Kirkus Reviews

Also read the New York Newsday review of Bahrampour's book

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Secret services badly shaken by role in murders

TEHRAN, Jan 6 (AFP) - Revelations of the involvement of intelligence agents in the murders of dissident intellectuals are seen as a blow to Iran's dreaded secret services and a potential boost to President Mohammad Khatami's efforts to carry out reforms. In a stunning admission, the intelligence ministry said Tuesday that "some renegade, irresponsible and misguided colleagues" carried out the high-profile kidnappings and killings of several liberal writers early last month. The announcement was welcomed by others here as a sign of the ministry's "courage," given its long tradition of secrecy and repeated complaints that the secret services have overstepped their mandate and acted above the law ... FULL TEXT

U.S. praises Iran murder arrests

Jan 6, (BBC) - The United States has welcomed the arrest in Iran of intelligence agents said to be responsible for the assassination of several liberal writers and intellectuals. The arrests were announced on Monday by the Intelligence Ministry, and were praised by Iranian President Mohammed Khatami. Supporters of the reformist president are now calling for the resignation of Intelligence Minister Qoorban-Ali Dorri-Najafabadi ... FULL TEXT

Assailants attached bomb to Iran cleric's car

TEHRAN, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Iran's Interior Ministry said on Wednesday that Tuesday's attack on Ali Razini, head of the Tehran judiciary, was carried out by two people on a motorbike who attached explosives to his car. In a statement faxed to Reuters in Dubai, the Mujahideen implied it was responsible for the attack ... FULL TEXT

Iran releases Montazeri supporters - magazine

TEHRAN, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have released four backers of dissident Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri who were detained for protesting against the senior cleric's house arrest, a weekly magazine reported. The moderate weekly Aban said Hadi Hashemi, Montazeri's son-in-law, and Abbas Ali Fateh, an official at the senior cleric' office, were among the freed. It did not elaborate. Fateh was reportedly held last month along with six students of Montazeri who had distributed pro-Montazeri leaflets ... FULL TEXT

Iran state body blocks liberal law on trade zones

TEHRAN, Jan 6 (Reuters) - A top Iranian state body on Wednesday blocked new legislation which would have provided investment guarantees to woo foreign funds to Iran's free trade zones, the official news agency IRNA said. It said the Guardian Council, a body of Moslem clerics and lawyers which vets bills passed by parliament, objected to provisions in the law allowing majority-owned foreign and private banks and insurance firms in the trade zones ... FULL TEXT

More digs at the "Burnt City"

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Archaelogists are conducting more digs at the site of "Shar-e Sookhteh" (Burnt City) which is thought to date from 3200 BC. Located 55 kms southwest of Zabol in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, "Shar-e Sookhteh" is among the oldest examples of urbanization in the Middle East ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Esteqlal 3 - Bank Melli 1

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Esteqlal pulls off a badly needed win even without its key players, some of whom may start playing in the German league. And you know who's coaching Esteqlal? Nasser Hejazi ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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A few of our colleagues -- irresponsible, devious and obstinate persons -- were among those arrested.

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