Pleasure in pain
Omar Khayyam's recipe for a smile in hard times
Photographs by Shahrokh Golestan
From The Wine of Nishapur (1988; reprint 1997);
Omar Khayyam poems translated by Karim Emami, original caligraphy by Nassrollah
Afje'i. ... GO TO FEATURE
Encounter With Global Con Artist Left Reston Firm Reeling
By David S. Hilzenrath
The Washington Post
Saturday, January 23, 1999
In the murky realm where business and espionage converge, the Iranian-born
arms merchant went by many names.
As Jamshid Hashemi, he made headlines in 1991 claiming to have helped
Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign negotiate to delay the release
of U.S. hostages in Iran until after the election.
A few years later, calling himself James Khan, he brokered a deal in
which Octagon Inc. of Reston would supply Iran with $72.6 million of satellite
phones. To Octagon's humiliation and near ruin, the deal evaporated, along
with about $1.3 million of the company's money.
In 1997, traveling under the name Signor Mario Cabrini, and carrying
a stolen Italian passport, he was stopped at the Dublin airport trying
to flee British prosecutors.
But it was by the name Jamshid Hashemi Naini that the ailing man in
his sixties appeared last month in London's Old Bailey and pleaded guilty
to swindling Octagon and other businesses in Europe, Asia and the United
States out of millions of dollars through a series of elaborate scams ...
Mountain of God?
I would be very much obliged if you could put me in touch with someone
who could inform me whether there is any geographical location in northwest
Iran which could be a local dialect or ancient translation of "Mountain
Michael S. Sanders
* Mixed message
Ashkan Yekrangi writes: I myself am an advocate
of freedom of speech and expression, but I was shocked to see that you
have linked to the Mojahedin
I persume, "The Iranian Times" just
like any other reliable news source tries to go through all efforts to
remove biases or propoganda. You may be well aware that the United States
recognizes the Mojahedin Khalq as a terrorist organization and by linking
to their radio station may, for some, give a mixed message that "The
Iranian Times" supports terrorism ... FULL
* Human rights: Arash Foruhat in Washington
The Alliance for Defense of Human Rights in Iran presents: Night of
Solidarity with the Iranian People. Program includes s peeches by:
- Arash Forouhar, Son of Dariyush & Parvaneh Forouhar
- Dr. Azar Naffisi, Professor at Johns Hopkins university
- US Representative of PEN
Also: Poetry & Music & Film of Demonstration in Iran
Date: Saturday January 30, 1999
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale Campus)
Ernst Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA. Exit
5 (Little River Turnpike-236) toward Fairfax-1/2 mile, college is on the
Book of the Week
The Tragedy of Sohrab and Rostam
From the Persian National Epic, the Shahname of Ferdowsi
By Jerome W. Clinton (Translator)
New! Books on Rumi
Explosion at "Khordad" newspaper
Jan 25, (BBC) - An Iranian newspaper renowned
for its outspoken criticism of the conservative clergy has been attacked
by unidentified assailants. The official news agency said two men on a motorobike
threw a stun grenade at the newspaper's offices in Tehran, shattering windows
and slightly injuring two reporters ... FULL TEXT
Rial loses 10 percent of value
Jan 25 (AFP) - The Iranian rial continued to plunge against major foreign
currencies on Monday, losing around 10 percent of its value in the past
two days. The rial which was trading on the illegal open market at 7,200
to the dollar on Saturday, slumped to 7,500 on Sunday and dropped further
to 7,900 on Monday ... FULL TEXT
BP Amoco confirms big Iran oil proposal
LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - BP Amoco has confirmed
that it has submitted a technical proposal to the National Iranian Oil Company
for one of the largest fields on offer in an Iranian international tender.
``We have submitted a technical proposal for the long-term development of
the Bangestan reservoir,'' a company spokesman said on Monday ... FULL TEXT
Rostam & Sohrab
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Pari Saberi, the director and writer of a
the play "Rostam & Sohrab" speaks to Hamshahri ... FULL TEXT
(Iran Sports) - Ahmadreza Abedzadeh was arrested after a soccer match in Isfahan,
charged with inciting the local fans ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Youngest Asian player in German league
(Iran Sports) - Twenty-one-year-old Dariush Yazdani has become the youngest Asian
player in the German soccer league ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated Jan 25
dollar now offered at up to 730-732 tomans
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Dedicated to ancient Parthia. There are sections on history,
geography, coins and a bibliography that exceeds 1,000 items.
The online counterpart to a traveling festival celebrating
films made entirely with digital technology. View terrific Quicktime clips.
There was once a drop of water; it joined the sea.
There was once a speck of dust; it regained the earth.
What's the significance of your entrance and exit from this world?
No more than the appearance and disappearance of a housefly.
"Pleasure in pain"
January 25, 1999
Photo of the Day
Musician of the Week
* Havaakhaah * Yousef * Hamdel * Biyaa jaanaa