The Iranian Times

Friday, November 13, 1998 / Aban 22, 1377, No. 605

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


    Baba Taher


Forget shomal
Dazzled by the surprising beauty of the desert

By Ali Parandeh

After driving about ten kilometers we stopped and decided to settle for the night. By the time we put up the tents and got ready, it was nearly 6 o'clock. We had less than a few minutes to have everything prepared for dinner before it got dark. We also wanted to go for a walk as the air had cooled. After making the cooking area, it had become dark already but still some of us decided to go for a walk.

We saw one of the most beautiful sunsets, followed immediately by a clear sky full of stars. I had never seen so many stars in my whole life. But even this was nowhere as scenic as the Milky Way, so clear and so astonishing. The sky was so beautiful that we were looking up half the time and thus constantly losing the trail. The walk back to the camp wasn't exactly easy, since it was behind a hill and the folks who had stayed back had not started a fire yet. So we just used my little torch, which I had gotten with a gift certificate after eating a whole box of Kit Kat!

After arriving back at the camp, we grouped together to chat the night away. Soon conversation led to jokes and guestimates of everybody's age. (Of course, you all know that I'm 18!)... GO TO FEATURE


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The amazing things we're capable of...

Video scene showing a man being stoned to death in Iran in 1991. The video clip, available on the Mojahedin Khalq web site, is extremely disturbing. Not recommended ... VIDEO CLIP HERE

More Letters

* Aviation history

Peter Lewis writes: Very interesed to read your aviation history ["Balloons to Boeings"], especially the earliest years. The early aircraft you describe were probably Dominie (not Domino). These were twin-engined aeroplanes made in England by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. We still have two of these aeroplanes flying in New Zealand as museum pieces.

* Blind patriotism

Jafar Dehghan writes: I think Mr. Khalili ["Farewell cherry tree"] has brought up an interesting point in Iranian history, the Iran-Iraq war. Also, through his story and the response from "Aroosie Khooban," we now have hit an important point... The story that Mr. Khalili described only goes on to show the magnitude of the tragedy, the IRI has called, "sacred defense." Not only we lost thousands of our youngsters to a meaningless war, but we also lost thousands of others, who did not want to be part of this show, to foreign lands... FULL TEXT

* Film: Mehrjui and pre-79 cinema in New York

Mark your calendars: During November 13 - December 3 Walter Reade Theater in New York will present a retrospective of Dariush Mehrjoui's films plus films by other directors made before 1979. Be there... PROGRAM INFO

Thanks to Babak Nassirian

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Quake kills four in southern Iran, official says

TEHRAN, Nov 13 (Reuters) - A strong earthquake rocked southern Iran on Friday, killing at least four people and injuring up to 40 others, an Iranian official said. The interior ministry official told Reuters the earthquake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale, hit an area near the town of Khonj in Fars province in the afternoon.... FULL TEXT

SaddamIran says strikes target Iraqi people, not Saddam

TEHRAN, Nov 13 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian cleric on Friday condemned possible U.S. strikes against Iraq, saying they targeted the Iraqi people and not President Saddam Hussein. ``What sin have the Iraqi people committed, they who even lack daily food..., to deserve to be threatened by rapidly arriving new naval forces and military aircraft?'' Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said in a prayer sermon carried on Tehran radio... FULL TEXT

Bulgaria, Iran seek to revive economic ties, trade

WASHINGTON, DC (Search for Common Ground) - Six of Iran's foremost women film-makers will visit the U.S. in November as part of a continuing effort to foster greater American-Iranian understanding. The visit is being organized by Search for Common Ground (SCG), a Washington-based conflict resolution organization, and Khaneh Cinema, a professional association for film-makers in Iran, in close cooperation with the Film Center at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and the Film Society at Lincoln Center in New York... FULL TEXT

1.6 bln of goods smuggled to Iran a year-official

TEHRAN, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Each year more than $1.6 billion worth of goods are smuggled into Iran, making up 50 percent of the country's underground economy, a top economic official said in remarks published on Thursday. ``More than $1.6 billion worth of goods are annually smuggled into the country,'' Iran Daily quoted Deputy Economy and Finance Minister Morteza Qarebaghian as saying... FULL TEXT

200 race horse in Kish

Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - Kish Island will host the second national horse racing championships. More than 100 riders and 200 horses will take part (?) ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Basketball team selected

Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - Members of the national basketball team has been selected on the verge of the team's dispatch to the Asian Games in Thailand ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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