The Iranian Times

Tuesday, January 12, 1999/ Dey 22, 1377, No. 642

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Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Vahshi Bafqi


Cut from the source
The Shah seeks advice from intellectuals, but it's too late

Excerpt from Saideh Pakravan's "The Arrest of Hoveyda" (Blind Owl Press, 1998). The following is a fictional account from Ebrahim Moradi (playwright; died in Paris a few years after the revolution). It is one of five accounts loosely based on events and characters surrounding the events which led to the fall of the Pahlavi monarchy in 1979.

I had just been released from jail when I was blackmailed into taking part in these meetings. In fact, I was told it was that or else. I don't think the Shah was aware of that, or even knew I had recently been in jail. He knew of my existence -- I was well-known -- and I thought he wanted to add legitimacy to the newly-granted freedoms by having someone like me participate in his sessions.

I soon realized, though, that they were not held for propaganda purposes and were not to be publicized but, on the contrary, to remain quite private, almost secret. Actually, he wanted to hear the views of an intellectual. That I should live to see the day! God knows he had tried hard enough to stifle us. He had even coined a word for us, or had it attributed to him, a play on the first syllable of the word intellectual. In Persian, it's pronounced an, which means shit. He substituted a synonym, goh, and called us gohtellectuals. Nice. Gives you a sense of the man's way of thinking ... GO TO FEATURE


Pro-Khatami students rally against political violence

TEHRAN, Jan 12 (AFP) - About 300 Iranian students staged a rally here on Tuesday accusing opponents of President Mohammad Khatami of trying to obstruct his investigation into the recent murders of writers and dissidents.

The protestors gathered inside the Tehran University campus, shouting slogans in support of Khatami and calling for the resignation of conservative Intelligence Minister Ghorban-Ali Dorrie Najafabadi, witnesses said ... FULL TEXT


The only way to deal with Microsoft OS problems

This film footage at an office in the U.S shows a guy having a problem with Windows 98. I'm sure many share his feelings. (in MPG format. May take 1 to 5 minutes to download).

Forwarded by Zahra Mahloudji

More Letters

* Rajavi & his "lunatic cult"

Mahmoud-Reza Hussaini writes: [In reply to Roshanravan's letter]: After reading your letter posted in The Iranian, I was astonished to notice your mentioning of the so-called "egg-throwers." You see, the Iranian people are not stupid. There is a distinction between traitors that cozy up with Saddam (during the war years and even today) and the people that are struggling to change the nature of Iranian society.

We have a chance with Khatami, we have our hopes with Khatami. No matter how much the Iranian exile community today hates the Islamic Republic, we will never ever consider Rajavi, his lunatic cult, and their Iraqi overlords as a possible alternative.

* Wonderful "Scenes"

D. B. Little writes: I just received Tabrizi Zadeh's "Scenes". I bought his CD after listening to the RealAudio clips you have on the music page, so thanks for the recommendation. It's a wonderful album.

* 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)

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Book of the Week

The Arrest of Hoveyda
Stories of the Iranian Revolution

By Saideh Pakravan

"Besides evoking Iran's unique atmosphere [The Arrest of Hoveyda]... proves that history can most tellingly be told when the key syllables of the word are taken as the last two: story... This book is essential for all who want to understand Iran." -- Peter Avery

"... a remarkable fiction. The author comes to political maturity in the midst of the absurd and tragic events leading up to the overthrow of the Pahlavi monarchy, the murder of her father, and the consolidation of the power of Ayatollah Khomeini." -- Marvin Zonis

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10 arrested for murders of dissidents

TEHRAN, Jan 12 (AFP) - Ten people have been arrested in connection with the murders of intellectuals and dissidents in Iran in which the intelligence ministry has been implicated, a committee probing the killings said Tuesday. "Ten people have been arrested and questioned over the affair," said the committee set up by President Mohammad Khatami in a statement read on state radio and television. "The case, very complicated, has taken on a national dimension and conducting a correct and healthy investigation is a heavy duty," it said ... FULL TEXT

Intelligence chief faulted

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - More than 500 students demonstrated Tuesday to demand the dismissal of Iran's intelligence chief following the disclosure that 10 agents were arrested in the killings of five dissidents. The slain dissidents were critical of Iran's ruling clergy and sympathetic to the political and social reforms of President Mohammad Khatami, who faces opposition from hard-liners. The students chanted slogans and carried banners seeking the resignation of Intelligence Minister Ghorbanali Dorri Najafabadi ... FULL TEXT

Councils elections: 326888 men & 7251 women sign up

Tehran, jan. 11, IRNA - Islamic councils elections will not be held in six percent of the country's villages because of insufficient number of candidates, it was announced here sunday. javad qadimi zakeri, interior ministry director general in charge of elections affairs said that 268,123 applicants have enrolled for islamic councils elections at villages ... FULL TEXT

U.S. punishes 3 Russia institutions

Jan 12, WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States imposed penalties on a Moscow university and two other Russian institutions Tuesday, accusing Russia of failing to stop its scientists from helping Iran and other states develop nuclear weapons. National Security adviser Sandy Berger, in announcing the economic sanctions, said Russia needs an export control system that is ``designed to work and does.'' ... FULL TEXT

Iran draft budget based on $10/barrel oil-deputy

TEHRAN, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Iran's 1999/2000 draft budget bill is based on an ``optimistic'' crude oil price forecast of $10 per barrel, the head of a parliament commission was on Tuesday quoted as saying. ``The commission has ratified the optimistic assumption of $10 per barrel of oil,'' the Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Morteza Nabavi, head of one of the commissions which handled the budget bill, as saying ... FULL TEXT

Oldest cemetery in Iran found

Tehran (Hamshahri) - A cemetery dating 4000 years "before the iron age" has been discovered in the Talesh region of Gilan Province ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Piruzi & Esteqlal

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Piruzi is doing much better in the Azadegan League matches than Esteqlal. Why? Read a commentary from Hamshahri's sports desk ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Human Rights

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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 11

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



Iran's "cheapest" Internet server (WWW access, ftp and email: 110,000 tomans or $150 per year PLUS usage fee).

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The folks at Hollywood Online have inaugurated the Golden Hitch awards--to reward excellence in movie trailerdom.

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Quote Unquote


If you don't know how the people think, you cannot rule over them. Iranians are interesting people. Pragmatic and at the same time poets, total dreamers. You can learn so much by simply observing them. Of course, if you have only contempt for them, as the Shah did, you don't observe, which is a shame. Cut yourself off from the source and you're dead.

Saideh Pakravan
"Cut from the source"
The Iranian
January 12, 1999

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