The Iranian Times

Wednesday, November 25, 1998 / Azar 4, 1377, No. 613

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Baba Taher


The Shadowboxer

By Bahman Towfighi

I'm sprawled across the ring flat on my back. There is a faceless man standing over me. His arms raised to the heavens in a gesture of glory and victory. As he is being pushed aside by the referee to a neutral corner I sense they are both screaming at each other then at me. The canvas is tumbling with vibrations of powerful waves. I hear nothing. Tonight, I'm in the center of the most boisterous arena on earth but can't even phantom a vile sound of silence. As I try to gather my senses I notice the referee has moved directly over me. He appears to have his fingers moving in a wanton slow motion while looking down at me with a gaze that's piercing deep through my eyes. I tell myself, he must be counting over me!

What got me down on the canvas? The last thing I remembered was fighting in the trenches. I figured that the best way to fight my opponent was to meet him in the center of the ring. To move forward with every punch. To bend at the waist and roll with every retaliatory punch. No more dancing, feigning and circling around the ring. No more retreats into the ropes where my foe delivered his most deadly combinations. No, I was going to fight on my terms. I was not going to hold anything back. Remarkably I no longer felt pain or fatigue. The burning in my longs from exhaustion and heat subsided and nearly disappeared. My legs felt fresh and nimble. My arms feeling heavy and weary with pain earlier now struck honest and true. Swift and with precision. I was forcing my opponent back with every strike in midst of my second wind. Then ...... GO TO FEATURE


Day of mourning for the Forouhars, Washington DC

When? Saturday November 28th, 1998, at 7:30PM
Where? American University, Ward II building, Washington DC

Iran National Front, USA hereby declares November 28, 1998 (7th day of Azar, 1377), the 7th day after the assassination of Dariush and Parvcaneh Forouhar, as a national memorial day in their honor. In Washington DC, we invite all Iranians to participate in a gathering at the American University, Ward II building, on Saturday November 28th, 1998 at 7:30PM. Your presence will show the solidarity of all Iranians around the world with the people in Iran, in disapproving terrorism. We express support for liberty-loving people, who are horrified by this barbaric terrorist deed. We believe this issue will not pass easily. It is up to all of us to take all measures necessary to uncover the true perpetrators of these assassinations.

Iran National Front, for democracy (INF)
Dept. of International Affairs
Director: Shahram Kheyltash
P.O. Box 447
Falls Church, VA 22040-0447, USA
Tel: (703) 266-4114
Fax: (703) 471-1101


Always thinking big

HESPERIA, Calif., Nov 13 (Reuters) - Iranian architect Nader Khalili dreams of building homes on the planets, and he knows what materials he would use -- sandbags and barbed wire.

He is already using them on Earth to build houses so stable they have won official approval from city building authorities on California's seismic fault line.

Khalili is the founder of the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth) in Hesperia, 80 miles (120 km) northeast of Los Angeles in the Mojave desert, where he and his colleagues are refining a technique he calls ``superadobe.''

``Superadobe has evolved over 23 years of looking for the simplest way to build, the simplest way needing the least time, the least money,'' Khalili told apprentice builders at a recent workshop at Cal-Earth.... FULL TEXT

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* Relative freedoms not enough

Reza Khalili writes: In response to Mr K. Sani's letter I would like to say the following: If our dream is to restore " the nice and rather free days of the first year of the revolution," then I believe that we are destined to fail. In fact those days were not very nice. Although Iran enjoyed some relative freedoms at the time, let's not forget the kangaroo courts, executions, and false and unfounded accusations... FULL TEXT

* Seminar: Iran-Taliban seminar, New York

The Open Society Institute's Central Eurasia Project invites you to attend :

The Stakes of the Iran-Taliban Confrontation

Central Asian Open Forum
Thursday, December 3, 1998
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street (conference room 4D)
New York, NY 10019

You must RSVP in order to attend.
RSVP to Katya Nadirova (212) 548-0612 fax (212) 548-4607

Book of the Week

Soon: Tales from Hospice

By A. G. Mojtabai

Zoland Books, 1998

The Boston Globe writes: Mojtabai had led an unconventional but cosmopolitan life in New York, Iran, and Cambridge, where she held an appointment at Harvard; in Amarillo she unexpectedly found home. For several years she has been a volunteer worker in the hospice at St. Anthony's Hospital in Amarillo, and the 17 miraculous stories in ''Soon'' come out of that experience... READ MORE

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Iran arrests suspects over dissident murders

TEHRAN, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Iran's police said on Wednesday it had arrested a number of suspects in the killing of a veteran opposition leader and his wife, as supporters of the dissidents called for a mass funeral. The official Iranian news agency IRNA quoted police spokesman Colonel Ali Moqaddam as saying ``a number of suspects have been arrested in connection with the slaying'' of Dariush Forouhar and his wife Parvaneh... FULL TEXT

Iran says will punish killers of opposition veteran

TEHRAN, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Iran has said it will find and punish the killers of a veteran opposition leader and his wife, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. IRNA quoted Intelligence Minister Qorbanali Dorri Najafabadi as saying on Tuesday that security forces and the judiciary were investigating the weekend stabbings of Dariush Forouhar, leader of the small opposition Iran Nation Party, and his wife Parvaneh... FULL TEXT

Iran vows to bring bus attackers to justice

TEHRAN, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Iran has vowed to bring to justice militants who attacked a bus carrying U.S. citizens and other foreigners in Tehran last weekend, the official news agency IRNA reported. Intelligence Minister Qorbanali Dorri Najafabadi condemned the ``ugly act by unidentified assailants,'' the agency said late on Tuesday. ``Those involved in the incident will be decisively dealt with...We shall decisively counter such an ugly and disdainful act and follow it up legally,'' Najafabadi told IRNA... FULL TEXT

Marchers condemn visit by U.S. citizens

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Thousands of students from Iran's main Shi'ite Muslim seminaries marched Wednesday to condemn a visit last week by a group of Americans, whose bus was at one point attacked by militants, Iranian media reported. Students wearing white shrouds, symbolizing their readiness to die in the struggle against the United States, dragged a U.S. flag on the ground as they led the march in the holy city of Qom, south of Tehran, the official news agency IRNA said... FULL TEXT

Khatami says freedom is vital to Islamic Iran

TEHRAN, Nov 25 (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday issued a strong plea for freedom of thought within Iran's Islamic system, warning the country's newpaper barons that any other course would lead to social explosion. ``Thought could be blocked for a short while, but it would only be driven underground and eventually lead to social explosion,'' said Khatami, a moderate Shi'ite Moslem cleric and himself a former newspaper publisher... FULL TEXT

Iran says Afghan Taleban free last Iranian captive

TEHRAN, Nov 25 (Reuters) - The Afghan Taleban, involved in a bitter row with neighbouring Iran, released their last Iranian captive on Wednesday, state-run Tehran radio reported. It quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry as saying the Iranian, Manouchehr Amiri, was handed over to a ministry representative in the western Afghan city of Herat for repatriation... FULL TEXT

National team arrives in Bangkok

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - The national soccer team has arrived in Bangok, a week ahead of the Asian Games. None of the practice matches with foreign teams materialized ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Revolution or freedom?

Those who are concerned about the revolution's values are correct, but didn't our revolution take place in order to create a free society in which human beings enjoy respect?

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