The Iranian Times

Friday, October 30, 1998 / Aban 8, 1377, No. 595

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


    Baba Taher


Practice makes perfect
Iranian gets a break in American TV drama? Deegeh chi?

By Bruce Bahmani

Recently I have found myself looking forward to Sundays. I've become hooked on a TV drama called "The Practice" (9:00 pm Sundays on ABC). This past weekend in fact, I became a hardcore fan.

Last Sunday's episode ("The Battlefield") involved an Iranian woman who had sued her former boss. She had been fired from her position as manager of a dry cleaning shop. (Maybe it seems unlikely to you engineers and computer geeks out there that an Iranian would be a dry cleaning manager, but I have a very good friend in Wisconsin who gave up a career at Sun Microsystems to do just that.)

She was let go simply and outrightly for being Iranian? I was outraged. I began pacing back and forth not knowing whether to turn the TV off or to watch. I mean, this was yet another clear case of Iranian-bashing ... GO TO FEATURE


* New Farsi Service Aims To Present Balanced Information

By Shahran Tabari

Prague, 30 October 1998 (Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty) -- The following is a transcript of an interview with RFE/RL President Thomas Dine on the new broadcast service to Iran. The interviewer is Shahran Tabari of the new Farsi Service.

Q: Mr. Dine, how would you describe the aims and objectives of the new Farsi broadcasting service?

A: The goal, the major goal, of our Farsi broadcast service is to provide balanced, factual information. That's the definition of objectivity -- balanced, factual information. In doing so, we will provide news and information of interest to the Iranian people. This will be news and information about what is taking place within Iranian society as well as the areas around Iran, and international news that affects all of us as citizens of the globe. That means we're gonna have a variety of opinions, and a variety of opinions comes back to the definition of balance. We want to hear all points of view, we want to air those points of view -- government, non-government, opposition, academic. Hopefully we can achieve our objective... FULL TEXT


    Qabool baasheh eeshaalaa

    From Iran's Arya newspaper (October26, 1998)

    Helmut Hofer, the German businessman held in detention in Tehran's Evin Prison accused of having illegitimate relations with a young Iranian woman, attends the prison mosque three times a day for prayers. The inmates have nicknamed him "Haji Helmut."

    Thanks to Payman Arabshahi


    Revolution: 1979-1999

    Pro- and anti-Mojahedin expressions

More Letters


Reza Khavari writes: I am impressed, and happy that these delightful old pictures ["Laid back", "Cheri"] have been posted on the web. On the other hand I am depressed and saddened that our lives have changed so much.

Just a few minutes ago, at the dinner table, my eight-year-old son, who is very much interested in music, sat through three hours of Mr. Dariush's October 11 concert in Dallas. He calls Dariush a superstar and asked me if he held concerts back in Iran. He then asked my brother who has just come from Iran if there are concerts like that in Iran now. Of course his answer was NO.

Then my brother told him that they are not allowed even to play music on the radio that includes a female voice. How do you explain this to a young mind?


* Poetry: Lecture on Malek-o Shoara Bahar, Berkeley

"Center for Dialogue" presents: "Malek-o Shoara Bahar and the Issue of Modernity", a lecture by Professor Abbas Milani, Chair of Political Science Dept., College of Notre Dame.

Milani is the author of Tales of Two Cities: A Persian Memoir (Kodansha 1997) and Encounters with Modernity: Fragments of the Iranian Experience (Baztab Verlag 1994), among others.

Time: Friday October 30, at 7:30
Place: 2060 Valley Life Science Building
University of California, Berkeley
Lecture in Persian

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Khamanei blasts Arafat over Mideast deal

TEHRAN, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned the latest Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, using the 1,000th gathering of Friday prayers in Tehran to single out Palestinian President Yasser Arafat for a stinging personal rebuke. Khamenei, appearing before an overflow crowd of Moslem worshippers and dignitaries at Tehran University, branded Arafat a ``lackey'' of Israel and challenged his legitimacy as leader of the Palestinian people... FULL TEXT

Palestinians slam Iran over attack on Arafat

JERUSALEM, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The Palestinian Authority sharply condemned Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Friday for attacking Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's authority to sign his latest peace deal with Israel. ``The statements of Khamenei are baseless, irresponsible and lack credibility,'' the Palestinian official news agency WAFA quoted Tayyeb Abdel-Rahim, General Secretary of the Palestinian Presidency, as saying... FULL TEXT

U.S. begins broadcasts to Iran

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The United States Friday began radio broadcasts to Iran and Iraq, programming that is extremely controversial in both Tehran and Baghdad... FULL TEXT

Iranian exiles in UK court battle over charity

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - A group of Iranian exiles won the first round of a legal battle on Friday to stop the receiver of a charity from removing from its headquarters documents they feared could help Tehran identify its supporters.

Croation leads Tehran Symphony Orchestra

Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - A croatian conductor has led the Tehran Symphony Orchestra in performing three pieces by Mozart, Alireza Mashayekhi and Mendelson ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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