The Iranian Times

Monday, January 25, 1999/ Bahman 5, 1377, No. 651


Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


Cover story

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.


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 ... FULL TEXT


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 of God."

Michael S. Sanders

More Letters

* 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 radio station.

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 TEXT

* Human rights: Arash Foruhat in Washington DC

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 left.

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Explosion at "Khordad" newspaper office

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

TEHRAN, 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 IN PERSIAN

Abedzadeh arrested

Tehran (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

Tehran (Iran Sports) - Twenty-one-year-old Dariush Yazdani has become the youngest Asian player in the German soccer league ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Updated Jan 25

The dollar now offered at up to 730-732 tomans

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Quote Unquote


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.

Omar Khayyam
"Pleasure in pain"
The Iranian
January 25, 1999

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