The Iranian Times

Monday, September 28, 1998 / Mehr 6, 1377, No. 571

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



    Cover Story

    The nice artist
    A young artist who's talented AND pleasant

    There's a lot of truth in the popular impression that artists are an unusual lot. They are also often seen as be bad tempered, frequently depressed and arrogant. I saw none of that when I met Behnam Farahpour last month. He was as pleasant as can be, smiling, and modest about his talent.

    But he has plenty of time to change, I guess. He's not even 20-years old yet. He's in his first year of art school at Pittsburg's Carnegie Mellon University, one of top American art schools.

    While still in high school in Bethesda, Maryland, Behnam's work were displayed in a number of art shows. Here are some of his best... GO TO FEATURE

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    An Iranain magazine publisher recalls:

    An Iranian employee of the International Monetary Fund told me that on a recent visit to Iran he was stopped at Tehran's Mehrabad airport as he was about to catch a flight back to the U.S. He was told he was not allowed to leave Iran and had to go to the Intelligence Ministry to clear up the matter.

    The IMF employee was terrified even though he knew he had done nothing wrong. He made an appointment to see someone at the Intelligence Ministry.

    The intelligence officer was a polite young man who asked a series of questions about IMF policies, the world economy and Iran's role in the IMF. The man answered the questions as much as his knowledge allowed. Finally, the officer thanked him and said he was free to leave the country.

    The IMF man was confused. He said he wanted to know why he was prevented from leaving the country. The young officer's reply was that he had to write a paper for his economics class at the university and needed some expert opinion.


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    Shah and Farah playing volleyball

    More Letters

* Ghosseh nakhor azeezam...

Afshar writes: The proverb in your quote of the day on Friday, Sept 25, "khoshaa aan keh khar aamad-o gaav raft" (happy he/she who was born an ass and died a cow: The more stupid the happier), reminded me of the following poem by someone whose name I have forgotten:

Del- aazaadeh-am oftaadeh dar daam-e pashimaani,
pashimaanam vali soodi nadaarad in pashimaani.

* Opponents of reconciliation

Hormoz Ameri writes: In light of the ongoing anti-Iranian sentiments expressed by the U.S. congress it would be beneficial for your readers to get relevant information regarding the political interest groups opposing any improvement in the U.S.-Iran relations on Capitol Hill. Providing a link in your web site to the American Israeli Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC) at should provide a sobering experience for your readers.

* Play: Berkeley play based on Hedayat's story

BEHIND GLASS WINDOWS is a play written and directed by Torange Yeghiazarian based on a short story by Iranian writer, Saadegh Hedaayat, which will be staged in Berkeley, California, from October 17th through November 8, 1998.

Every body thought that the strangest thing Behrooz had ever done was to fall in love with a mannequin. But that was only the beginning_ BEHIND GLASS WINDOWS, a shattering love story that questions our perception of love and reality... DETAILS HERE

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Kharrazi calls for change in U.S. policy

NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) - The United States must change its behaviour toward Iran, including lifting sanctions that harm the country's economic development, if it wants a serious political dialogue with the government in Tehran, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Monday ... FULL TEXT

"Tous" and "Jaameh-ye Saalem" banned

September 29, 1998 (BBC) - Iranian television says a Tehran court has banned two publications for insulting the country's late spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khomeini. The court revoked the publishing licenses of the Iranian daily "Tous" and the monthly "Jameah-e Salam"... FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani's daughter on trial over press charges

TEHRAN, Sept 28 (AFP) -Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, appeared before a court on Monday, accused of "lies" in her newspaper, witnesses said... FULL TEXT

Majlis in favor of first non-government bank

TEHRAN (Hamshahri) - A bill calling for the formation of the country's first non-government bank since 1979 has been approved in its first reading by Majlis deputies ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iranian film awarded in Spain

TEHRAN (Hamshahri) - Abolfazl Jalili's "Dan" wins the juror's prize in a Spanish film festival... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Piroozi 0, Fajr Siyasi 0

TEHRAN (Hamshahri) - Piroozi in an embarrassing draw with Fajr Siyasi of Shiraz in front of 60,000 fans... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Baaz gardad beh asl-e khod har cheez.

(Everything will go back to its origins.)

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