The Iranian Times

Friday, January 8 1999/ Dey 18, 1377, No. 640

Unique Travel

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Vahshi Bafqi


Inaccurate but ratings-grabbing portrayal of Iran

By Armin Alaedini

A couple of months ago (November 25), I got home one night and turned on the TV. On the bottom of the screen it said "Dasht-e Kavir, Iran"! Could this be a documentary on Dasht-e Kavir? Well, not exactly.

I soon found out that what I thought to be a National Geographic special is actually an episode of the TV series JAG, an adventure drama on CBS about two officers trained as lawyers dealing mostly with crimes in the military.

In that episode, a U.S. stealth plane had crashed into the Iranian desert. The two stars of the series soon foud themselves involved in a mission to rescue the plane and the pilot, who was now in the hands of the Iranian government and was to be tried for espionage ... GO TO FEATURE



Iranian Institute for Contemporary Historical Studies presents:

A special feature with startling photos from the Reza Shah period when women were ordered to get rid of the chador.

Some consider the Shah's decree as the beginning of women's emancipartion, others saw it as coersion in the name of reform (in Persian)... GO TO FEATURE

Forwarded by Pedram Missaghi


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Kidding around with Iran's intelligence agency

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The MOI has been in charge of providing internal, external, extraterrestrial, and heavenly peace and security for the martyr-bearing nation of Iran since the early days of the glorious Islamic revolution of 1978/79, with only occasional lapses and minor deviations in path.

The MOI has constantly aimed to foster an atmosphere of security and freedom in Iran, and to free the Iranian nation from those elements who aim otherwise ... FULL TEXT

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More Letters

* I can feel the sunshine

Mehdi Jami writes: What a lovely dream ["Abadan: Back home"]! Whether a dream or just fantacizing, it is very powerful. The power comes from your strong and sincere feeling about your town.

I went to Abadan once. That was 23 years ago and it is still with me. I can feel what you say. I can feel the sunshine in that picture of Maydan-e Alfi and the world that went passed us which we miss. Those were the days.

* Braim, Alfee, Annex, and, and, and...

Ron Mogadas writes: I particularly liked your Abadan section. You see, my uncles used to live in Abadan and Khorramshahr. One of my uncles owned Sina pharmacy on Amiri Street next to an alley where there was a local merchant named Namakee (anyone remembers?).

My uncle's name is Dr Hossein Taghaddos. We traveled many times to Abadan and Khorramshahr (I am from Ahvaz), and I remember Braim, Alfee, Annex, and, and, and...

I could totally relate to those pictures of birthdays as I have similar ones from the same era taken in Ahvaz.

* Film: Mehrjui retrospective in Chicago

During January, the Film Center of the Art Institute of Chicago will be showing eight of Mehrjui's films. These films not only provide an intriguing overview of Iranian life from 1969 through 1998, but also show how an artist's work can be profoundly influenced and shaped by the political events surrounding him.

The Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is at Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Call 312-443-3733 or 312-443-3737 ... MORE DETAILS

Also in Washington DC

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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Khamenei: Inquiry must go on

Jan 8, (BBC) - Iran's spiritual leader has said the investigation into the killings of dissident politicians and intellectuals should continue. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the killings as part of a bigger plot by foreigners. He asked how anyone who cares for the Islamic Republic could kill harmless opponents. He referred to two politicians who were stabbed to death, Dariush and Parvaneh Foruhar, as former friends and later opponents who were harmless ... FULL TEXT...ALSO AUDIO: KHAMENEI'S SPEECH

Author seeks stay in Norway for security

OSLO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - An Iranian author, two of whose colleagues were among a number of dissidents recently killed in Iran, is seeking to stay in Norway, a Norwegian group for freedom of expression said on Friday. Mansour Koushan, fearing his life could be at risk if he goes back to Tehran, ``will apply for permanent residence in Norway,'' said Carl Morten Iversen, head of the Norwegian Forum for Freedom of Expression ... FULL TEXT

Iran Khodro introduces new car

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Iran Khodro, which is producing a record number of cars (111,000 last year), has started producing new models with a Peugeot frame and a Paykan engine. Price: 4.5 million tomans ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Nargess& Hafez

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - A feature on references to nargess (primrose) in the poetry of Hafez ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Film center for youth

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - A center for supporting films about children and youth has opened in Tehran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Wrestling: resignation brings chaos

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - The resignation of the head of Iran wrestling program has brought turmoil among team members, some of whom have threatened not to take part in matches... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Human Rights

New mailing list

I have started a new mailing list called "Ascent." The aim is to address humanitarian issues on the verge of the 21st century. I am trying to promote it and attract members.

To subscribe, send an email to and type "subscribe ascent" in the body of the message.

Camelia Akbari

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Updated Jan 8

The dollar now offered at up to 713-715 tomans

Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777

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The Web



The art work of Mahmoud Zenderoudi (not to be confused with the famous Hossein Zenderoudi).

Beyond Iran

The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit

"Ode to the Motor City" by one who loves it well.

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Quote Unquote

Those who kill

Forouhar was our friend before the revolution; our colleague after the revolution; and our harmless enemy after the wave of plots against the revolution started. He was not popular nor had he any influence. To be fair, he was not a wicked man, particularly his wife. Those who kill a person like Forouhar cannot be friends of the government.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Friday Prayers
January 8, 1999

Photo of the Day

Az mo aks beegeer!

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