The Iranian Times

Monday, January 11, 1999/ Dey 21, 1377, No. 641

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Vahshi Bafqi

    Cover story

Dear Googoosh
Letters to the most-loved Iranian alive

You may have always doubted Googoosh's talents as an entertainer. You may think she is a false idol whose influence on pop culture died with the 1979 revolution. You are in a very small minority.

Googoosh has not perfomed in 20 years. She chose to remain in Iran after 1979 and has kept a low profile. Yet she sells more CDs and tapes than any other Iranian artist. Hikers sing her songs on Tehran's mountain trails. Children who were born after she stopped singing, listen to her tapes on Walkmans at school. And she is practically worshipped in Tajikistan, where many speak Persian. She is, without a doubt, the most-loved Iranian alive.

The following are letters written to her on the website: ... GO TO FEATURE


The blame game
Iranians are masters of finger pointing

By Guive Mirfendereski

According to reports by the Associated Press, on Friday, January 8, 1999, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, placed the blame for the murder and disappearance of a number of prominent writers and political activists on foreign intelligence services such as the CIA, Britain's MI5 and MI6 and Israel's Mossad.``You will be shocked to learn about the scope of the crimes, assassinations, bombings and intimidations committed by these intelligence services," he said.

However, it is doubtful that any foreign intelligence agency was behind the recent events. What seems to be at play here is the art of distraction, finger pointing, blame assigning, and misdirection, to each of which Iranians may well have a legitimate claim of exclusive ownership. The art of misdirection has been a national sport in Iranian political culture for some time. It is always somebody else's fault ... GO TO FEATURE


Month of Day
This month in Iranian history

- Constitutionalist "Soor Esrafil" newspaper launched
- Referrendum called for the Shah's White Revolution
- World champion wrestler Takhti dies under mysterious circumstances
- Rastakhiz Party in emergency session
- A commentary attacking Ayatollah Khomeini appears in Ettela'at newspaper
- Western leaders meet to discuss crisis in Iran

Presented by the Iranian Institute for Contemporary Historical Studies (in Persian) ... GO TO FEATURE

More Letters

* Revolution's secular nature changed

Hamid Tadjvara writes: [Regarding H. Jalili's letter: "The Shah made mistakes...":]

I completely and angrily object to your attempts at glorifying the previous regime and despising the 78-79 movement. I may agree with you in part, but would not attempt to forget about the crimes of the past dynasties.

The current reime did steal the revolution from the people and changed its historical, secular identity. It's hardly any justification for the ill deeds of the Shah and his N. American supporters.

* Art: Yari Ostovany in group show, Berkeley

Yari Ostovany in group show at Berkeley Art Center on January 17 - February 21, 1999.
- Artists' Reception: Sunday, January 17, 2 to 4 pm
- Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, noon to 5 pm
- Address: 1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, California (in Live Park)

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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Montazeri wants secret police purged

TEHRAN, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Iran's most prominent dissident cleric called in a statement published on Monday for a thorough purge of the country's secret police after revelations of death-squads in the organisation. Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, whose statement appeared in the moderate daily Khordad, called for a ``deep and complete purge of the (Intelligence Ministry) personnel.'' ``This purge is an immediate necessity and should not be delayed. This action will regain the people's confidence,'' said Montazeri, who has often complained about police pressures ... FULL TEXT

Factions debate minister's fate after murders

TEHRAN, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A factional debate raged in Iran on Sunday after revelations of death-squads in the secret police as a newspaper said the conservative intelligence minister was unlikely to resign despite pressure by moderates. Backers of moderate President Mohammad Khatami have called for a thorough purge of the Intelligence Ministry after it revealed last week that some of its agents were linked to a recent spate of killings of dissidents ... FULL TEXT

Iran's MAPNA considers Caspian pipeline partners

DUBAI, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Iranian project management company MAPNA said on Monday that it had won a $347 million deal to build a Caspian Sea oil pipeline to the country's northern refineries and was considering consortium partners. MAPNA regional manager Reza Ebadzadeh told Reuters that his firm had been informed by the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) that it won the contract, beating Italian, British, German, Russian, South Korean and Saudi competitors ... FULL TEXT

Tehran Film Festival

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Deputy guidance minister in charge of films detailed some of the plans for this year's international Fajr Film Festival which will be held in next month ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Ferdosi & Iran's youth

Tehran (Hamshahri) - A commentary on Mohammad Ali Eslami Nadoushan's research regarding Ferdosi and the impact of the Shahnameh on Iran's youth ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Soccer: Planning for the future

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Yes, we won the Asian Cup. But what about the future? Is the Iranian national team ready to face new challenges? Commentary from Hamshahri ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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