The Iranian Times

Thursday, January 28, 1999/ Bahman 8, 1377, No. 654

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



"I had to see it with my own eyes."

By Siroos Hozhabri

    As the plane descended through the clouds, I had my first glimpse of the land I missed so much, that beautiful flat land. We touched down at Mahshahr Airport, walked out and the first breath of air, the salty, humid air, brought back all the memories that were tucked away for more than twenty years.

    My father and I hired a car and drove to Abadan, about an hour away. As we got closer, my heart started to beat faster and I became rather nervous as if I was about to meet a blind date. Our driver friend Mr. Khorshidi narrated our visit telling us that Abadan had been rebuilt. And thank God for that. I don't know if I could endure seeing my town in ruins ... GO TO FEATURE


Turbulent priest who shook world

By Paul Taylor

LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - A frail, white-bearded man sat cross-legged on a Persian rug in a suburban bungalow near Paris and spoke in a faint monotone into a cassette-recorder. And the world trembled.

Twenty years ago next week, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, an ascetic Shi'ite Moslem clergyman, returned to Iran to a tumultuous welcome to lead one of this century's great upheavals -- the first Islamic revolution.

Exploiting a national network of mosques, the Shi'ite cult of martyrdom and the strange indecisiveness of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Khomeini replaced one of the Middle East's richest U.S.-backed oil monarchies with an austere theocratic state ... FULL TEXT


Italians will weep

By Peyvand Khorsandi
Editor, E-RUN magazine

Every posh Brit I have met in the last decade has joked: "Oh, so you're Iranian? Fan of the Ayatollah? Ho! Ho! Or do you prefer Salman Rushdie? Ha! Ha!"

Ten years ago Not Without My Daughter was published and we spent much energy convincing people that Iranians aren't all lunatics. One year later Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the death of Salman Rushdie, an act which sent many Iranian teenagers scrambling for Sicilian roots. Rushdie may have lived in hiding, but he never had to pretend he was kidnapped from a village outside Palermo just as he was learning how to spin a mouthful of spaghetti onto a fork.

But today, thankfully, Uncle Khatami is changing things. We can now bask in the fresh clerical cool. He's so hip we'll soon be wearing designer turbans and chadors. Italians will weep... FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Foreign interference no myth

Maijd Abedi writes: While I must admit that conspiracy theories is prevalent in popular Iranian culture, I was surprised that Guive Mirfendereski in "The blame game" cited the American-organized coup against Mossadegh as one such example.

Putting aside the issue of whether Mossadegh's goverment would have survived with or without the coup, it is well recorded by both American and British archives that the events leading to the overthrow of Mossadegh were directly orchestrated by the American Embassy with the aid of unscrupulous Iranians who were paid handsomely ... FULL TEXT

* Sponsorship: Learn Persian in Iran

From: William Hanaway <>

The American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) hopes to sponsor an eight-week course in the Persian language this summer at the International Center for Persian Studies of the Dehkhoda Institute in Tehran. The course would be open to U.S. citizens who have had at lease one academic year of training in Persian and who are enrolled in a doctoral program where a knowledge of Persian is essential to the student's research. AIIrS hopes to be able to provide travel, tuition and maintenance for each student. The course would begin on about July 1.

Interested students should apply to the below address, describing the general topic of their dissertation research and giving their reasons for wishing to attend such a course. They should also supply names, addresses and email addresses of two referees, one of whom should be the student's academic advisor.

Dr. Brian Spooner
Middle East Center
839 Williams Hall/6305
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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In five intriguing stories, the formal detachment of Daneshvar's prose reinforces her subtle revelation of repressive features in Iranian society. . . . These seemingly simple stories disclose a rich culture in a time of ferment and change, of women in chadors, held in contempt by the men who control their lives. . . . This volume is a valuable addition to our knowledge of Persian culture and the political complexities of modern Iran.
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Board rejects moderate candidates -papers

TEHRAN, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A conservative screening board has barred several prominent moderate backers of President Mohammad Khatami from running in Iran's first nationwide local elections next month, newspapers said on Wednesday. The daily Salam said Abdollah Nouri, a key Khatami ally and former interior minister, moderate newspaper editor Saeid Hajjarian and pro-Khatami student leader Ebrahim Asgharzadeh were among about 50 Tehran candidates rejected by the board dominated by the president's opponents ... FULL TEXT

Restrictions on Montazeri lifted - paper

TEHRAN (Jan. 28) XINHUA - Iranian authorities have decided to lift restrictions on Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri, the disgraced designate successor of the late Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Musavi Khomeini. An Iranian daily Tehran Times reported on Thursday that an informed source revealed the decision to it, but did not give details of and the reasons for the decision ... FULL TEXT

Letter to UN Human Rights Commissioner

25th January 1999, (IHRWG) - Dear Mrs. Robinson, we, the Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG), would like to strongly urge you to take action regarding the atmosphere of terror that has engulfed Iran as a result of the disappearances and extra-judicial killings of dissident intellectuals in the recent past ... FULL TEXT

Petition: Call for U.S. grain sales to Iran

(Iranians for International Cooperation) - URGENT ACTION: Support Senator Craig's initiative to persuade the U.S. Treasury Department to permit grain exports to Iran. Permitting sales of food commodities to Iran is an excellent way to both relieve hardworking US farmers from depressed earnings and open up healthy economic ties with our former ally Iran ... FULL TEXT

Details of Iran's participation in international soccer games in Canada

Thursday, January 28, 1999 (Canadian Soccer Association) - The Canadian Soccer Association is pleased to announce that the 1999 Canada Cup of Soccer will be held in Edmonton, Alberta between Wednesday, June 2 and Sunday, June 6. Canada, Brazil U-23 Olympic team, World Cup finalists Iran and Costa Rica will be competing in the four-team round-robin tournament at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium ... FULL TEXT

Esteqlal concentrating on Asian Cup

Tehran (Iran) - Esteqlal head coach Nasser Hejazi says he does not care as much about the Azadegan league as he does about winning the Asian Cup ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Wrestling matches for national team

Tehran (Iran) - Veterans and hopefuls are battling it out to secure a place in the national wrestling team, although some notable names are missing ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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