The Iranian Times

Friday, November 27, 1998 / Azar 6, 1377, No. 614

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Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

    Baba Taher


    Same old, same old
    Shiraz in the 1920s

    Seventy years after these pictures were taken, Shiraz has developed into a modern city with more buildings and streets. Shirazis dress a little differently, too. But has anything really changed. Have we changed at all?... GO TO FEATURE


Thawing US-Iranian ties

Boston Globe Editorial
November 27, 1998

he cultural exchanges first proposed last February by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami are well under way, and they hold out the promise of a gradual geopolitical change generated from the grass roots.

The Globe recently hosted a reception and dinner for visiting Iranian journalists, precisely the sort of sociable event envisioned in Khatami's initiative. One of the Iranian visitors expressed his country's preference for a gradual warming of relations by saying that one can exit a 10-story building fastest by jumping out the window, but the safest way to get back down to ground level is to walk down 10 flights of stairs... FULL TEXT


Foruhar petition drive

Petition drive by the Iran National Front, USA, in coordination with Iranian Human Rights Working Group and Democratic Network of Iran

To: The Honorable Mary Robinson
United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights
Geneva, Switzerland

We are outraged to learn of the brutal and gruesome killing of two prominent opposition leaders in Iran, Mr. Dariush Forouhar and Mrs. Parvaneh Eskandari-Forouhar on Sunday, November22, 1998. We are sending this fax/e-mail to you to ask for your expression of condemnation and outrage against this extra-judicial execution. We are also very concerned about the safety and security of other opposition members in Iran, including Mr. Abbas Amir-Entezam who remains in jail.... MORE DETAILS

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* Iranians exceptionally diverse

Massi Behbahani writes: I commend Alex Bettesworth for his attempted insight into the psyche of the Iranian, however, it is virtually impossible to classify Iranians into a personality category and apply adjectives to them, be they positive or negative. Our country and people are exceptionally diverse, and made even more so by the fact that a new generation of Iranians has grown up all over the world and integrated the Iranian culture with that of another. Some chose to integrate the negative aspects of their new culture, be that the American culture or that of another, with the negative aspects of the Iranian culture. If that is the case, they have chosen the worst of both worlds and suffer for it ... FULL TEXT

* Treated like a queen

S. Khanoom writes: I want to respond to C. Mohamadi about Iranians being "backstabbing." I am an American women with an Iranian boyfriend. I feel that your comment was unnecessary and unfounded about all Iranians. Not only did you make yourself look bad but also other American women. You do not deserve to be married to an Iranian man. All Iranians are not the same just like all Americans are mot the same either.

I am very happy with my relationship with my boyfriend. Not only do I love him but also his family. I have been treated like a queen by all members and I have never felt so much love. Maybe you should take a look in the mirror and try to find the real reasons.

* Forouhar meomrial:
- New York
- Washington DC
- Houston

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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Norway to send ambassador back to Iran

OSLO, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Norway said on Friday it would reinstate an ambassador in Tehran in the New Year after cutting ties in 1995 over a shooting connected with the Salman Rushdie affair. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry said Norway had decided to reestablish contacts after assurances in September from the Iranian government it would not assist or reward anyone carrying out the religious fatwa, or decree, permitting the killing of Rushdie. It said there had been ``other positive developments'' in Iran... FULL TEXT

Iran talks about American attack

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The 13 U.S. ``tourists'' attacked by Islamic militants in Tehran last week were members of a business delegation exploring investment opportunities, Iran disclosed today. Some of the Americans were injured when extremists chanting ``Death to America,'' used stones and metal bars Saturday to smash the windows of their bus... FULL TEXT

Militants back attack on Americans

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Hundreds of hard-liners in three cities showed their support Friday for an attack on a bus carrying Americans last week, burning 13 U.S. flags -- one for each person on the bus. The protests were in defiance of President Mohammad Khatami, who one day earlier had condemned last Saturday's attack as a national disgrace and ``an insult to the government.'' ... FULL TEXT

Iranian intellectual dies in suspicious circumstances

TEHRAN, Nov 26 (AFP) - Magid Sharif, an Iranian writer, journalist and translator close to liberal opposition circles, has died here in suspicious circumstances, it was learned here Thursday from associates and a newspaper. According to the moderate newspaper Hamshahri, the official organ of Tehran municipality, the 58-year-old Sharif "apparently died of a heart attack" on November 19. Sharif had left his home after telling his family that he was going to the eastern city of Mashhad to attend the funeral of an Iranian religious figure... FULL TEXT

Dissident clergyman released in Iran

London, November 26, (BBC) - A religious court in Iran has given a suspended prison sentence to one of the country's prominent dissident clergymen, Mohsen Saiedzadeh. He was arrested in June, but charges against him were never made public... FULL TEXT

"Iranian Orchestra of New Persian Music"

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Alireza Mashayekhi is the founder of the Iranian Orchestra of New Persian Music. Here's an interview ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Shahnameh guide published

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - A book listing all the names of persons and places in the Shahnameh has been published by Hossein Shahidi Mazandarani ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran, U.S. may play in late spring

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - If approved, Iran and the U.S. will play a friendly soccer match in the month of Khordad (Amy 22-June21 1999), said the head of the Iranian soccer federation in an interview ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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