The Iranian Times

Tuesday, October 20, 1998 / Mehr 28, 1377, No. 587

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr




    Delkash in London
    First public performance in more than 20 years

    By Baqer Moin

    A pioneering Iranian actress and singer, Delkash, appeared in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall two weeks ago as part of a European tour which brought her back to the stage for the first time in almost twenty years.

    Women have been banned from performing in public in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Delkash's current tour marks the first time she has sung in public since then. Now in her mid seventies, she is remembered for her energetic and dominant voice. (To hear Delkash songs click here.)

    The very appearance of the diminutive, hunchbacked woman leaning on a stick provoked a standing ovation from her nostalgic admirers.... GO TO FEATURE


    Farewell cherry tree
    During the Iran-Iraq war thousands of boys were sent to Europe. I was one of them.

    By Ali Khalili

    Sweeping through Iranian sites on the Internet I have yet to see one that tell the story of thousands of young Iranian boys, many barely teenagers and some even younger, who left Iran during the Iran-Iraq war for the less than friendly confines of Europe.

    As a young, emotional and patriotic boy, it was a tough saying goodbye to my land. It was quite painful to say goodbye to all my soccer pals and my school mates. It was impossibly painful to say goodbye to my parents and relatives, wondering when , if ever, I would get a chance to see any of them again. As I said farewell to the cherry trees in our yard, the soccer field, my street, my house and all the people, tears came and went. I felt so horrible that throughout my flight, I had a headache that seemed to be blowing my head apart.

    I entered Frankfurt airport where, in the past, I had visited as a little tourist. As I hopped on the train, I could only feel one thing: sheer pain and sadness and I wondered what I had done to deserve this, but soon I began to realize that my journey had only just begun. I was in a new world that would question my very existence and challenge me at every opportunity. I would no longer be the professor's son. And as I soon learned, I wasn't alone. There were many Iranian boys like me in Germany and across Europe... GO TO FEATURE


    JAG this

    Hello. I am a set designer working on a Paramount television series "JAG." I am doing research for our new episode which takes place in Iran. I need to see photos of a holding cell or jail; minister's office, Hilton Hotel, a Bedouin camp, etc., so that I can design a few sets to resemble the area.

    If you are able to help in this area I would be most appreciative. This has to happen today or tomorrow as we move from episode to episode weekly. Time is of utmost importance. Thanks so much.

    L. King
    Set designer


    Revolution: 1979-1999

    Cheers on the day of the revolution

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* Seduction, not rape

S.D. writes: I don't think this [Iraj Mirza's poem on the chador] is about rape. This is about ignorance. She thought that nejaabat is the same as putting on the chador & roobandeh, even in the middle of fornication! I do agree that Iraj Mirza seduced her, but I don't see rape in the picture.

The first major exhibition to explore visual arts in Persia during the Qajar Dynasty, focusing on extraordinary large-scale court and popular religious paintings, will be presented at the Brooklyn Museum of Art from October 23, 1998, through January 24, 1999. Providing a window into imperial as well as daily life of a vanished culture, Royal Persian Paintings: The Qajar Epoch, 1785-1925 will comprise 106 exceptional works. It includes important loans from thirty-six internationally renowned private and public collections in seven countries. Among the lending institutions are The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg; the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington; and the Musee de Louvre in Paris. Also included in the exhibition will be a selection from the Museum's collection, which contains the most important holdings of Qajar art in North America... FULL TEXT

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Riot police break up rally

Tuesday, October 20, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Riot police broke up a pro-democracy rally Tuesday at a Tehran stadium after hard-line vigilantes and protesters began scuffling.The fighting began as Gholamhossein Karbaschi, the suspended mayor of Tehran, was urging the 3,000 people at the stadium to take part in Friday's elections for the Assembly of Experts, a body that elects the country's supreme leader. A few hundred people from both sides shoved and pushed each other -- and at least a half-dozen were beaten -- before police intervened... FULL TEXT

Iran says no Taleban talks until killers punished

TEHRAN, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Tehran said on Tuesday it would not agree to talks to ease tension with Afghanistan's ruling Taleban militia unless those responsible for killing Iranian diplomats were punished, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported... FULL TEXT

MKO says fought Tehran gunmen in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The Iraqi-based Mujahideen Khalq Iranian opposition group said on Tuesday that Iranian agents opened fire on a group's vehicle on a road north of Baghdad on Monday. It said in a statement that Iranian ``terrorists'' had opened machinegun fire on a Mujahideen vehicle near the city of Khalis, 60 km north of the Iraqi capital, in an attempt to kill Mujahideen passengers. The statement made no mention of any casualties... FULL TEXT

Gas production to increase

TEHRAN, (Hamshahri) - Domestic natural gas network capacity is to increase by 10 million cubic meters with the completion of the Aghar project in Fars province next year - one year ahead of schedule, according to an oil ministry official... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Pourheidari says still Iran's head coach

TEHRAN, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Iranian Mansour Pourheidari said he would remain head coach of Iran's national soccer team, even after German Hans-Juergen Gede joins the side's coaching staff, the official news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday. ``The national team's staff includes several coaches...and Gede will be working with the side just like the other coaches. I have been assigned the main and the technical responsibility of the team,'' IRNA quoted Pourheidari as saying on Monday ... FULL TEXT

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"Dar pass-e har geryeh aakhar khandeh ast."

(Tears will eventually end in laughter.)

From "Zarbol-masal-haaye shirin-e faarsi" by Yousef Jamshidi-pour

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