The Iranian Times

Friday, September 4, 1998 / Shahrivar 13, 1377, No. 557

Art Arena

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr




    Missing the point?
    Another look at Iraj Mirza's famous poem on the chador

    When I bought "The Complete Poems of Iraj Mirza" from Iranbooks in Bethesda, just outside Washington DC, I went straight to the poem I had heard so much about over the years -- the one about his views on the chador, which was written some 50 years ago.

    I had already read or heard parts of it before. But I had never read it in its entirety. As I was waiting for a friend in the car, I read it all with great enthusiasm. What courage and wisdom, I thought. Iraj Mirza had made a strong argument against false chastity, but with great sense of humor and imagination. And he used adult language in a way rarely seen in Iranian literature, even today, outside Iran.

    When my friend got into the car, I asked her to give me a moment of her time. But before I finished the first page, she asked, "Isn't this the one about rape?"... go to feature


    Ben Bagheri writes:


    As you all know by now, yesterday (Sept 3) the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service carried out a coordinated arrest of all permanent residents (green card holders) who have three or more DWI (drunk while driving) convictions in their past. This is based on the Republican-sponsored provisions in a 1996 legislation.

    Fortunately, and based on announcements on KERA and KRLD radio stations yesterday, the list of about 211 people arrested in Dallas-Fort Worth area does not include any Iranians.


    Revolution: 1979-1999

     Farah Pahlavi reads to her children

    More Letters

* Farsi alphabet is easy

Brad Hernlem writes: In my opinion, it does not take much effort to master the Arabic/Persian characters for the purposes of reading Farsi. The hard part is learning the language and building vocabulary. As the Arabic/Persian characters are inherently phonetic there is no benefit to using the contrived transliteration schemes except for ease of printing documents... FULL TEXT

* Not all men are pigs

Fariba writes: I was really moved by reading this very emotional article ["Mommy's Boy"]... I always thought all men are pigs and I thanked god for not having any sons, but today after I read your true and honest emotions about your mother I think differently. May be I shouldn't be so pessimistic about all men. Thanks for your wonderful article... FULL TEXT

* Film: Mehrjui's "Leila," Ohio
* Conference: Challenges for Iranians Abroad, Indianapolis"

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Music CDs
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* Persian Classical Music
Hossein Omoumi / Audio CD / Released 1993

* Persian Classical Melodies, Volume 1
Maroufi & Khorram/ Audio CD / Released 1996

 More news 

Iran leaders assaulted by militants

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Hard-line militants assaulted an Iranian deputy president and the culture minister on Friday as they left a prayer service in central Tehran, witnesses said. About 80 militants chanting ``Death to liberals!'' scuffled with the two, both moderates, as they left Tehran University separately after Friday prayers, said the witnesses, who spoke on condition of anonymity... FULL TEXT

Afghanistan releases five Iranians

CHAKLALA AIR BASE, Pakistan (AP) - Five Iranians held by the Taliban army in Afghanistan have been released in a goodwill gesture toward their powerful neighbor, following the disappearance of 11 Iranian diplomats. The Iranians, all truck drivers, landed Thursday evening at the Chaklala military air base near Islamabad aboard a Pakistan air force plane... FULL TEXT

Must read: What if violence was checked in 1979?

TEHRAN, (Tous) - This editorial considers what may have happened if political violence after the revolution had been checked ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Human rights group calls for investigation

Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) - Noting the recent emphasis by the authorities of the Islamic Republic on the rule of law and building a civil society, the Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG) demands from the current administration in Iran... to launch a full investigation into the 1988 mass execution of political prisoners; to provide the public with the number and identity of the victims; and to reveal the burial sight of the victims ... FULL TEXT

Looking for a good coach

TEHRAN, (Hamshahri) - Speculations and commentaries continue on the future head coach of the Iranian national soccer team... FULL TEXT

* Traveling to Iran without worrying about military service

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Quote of the Day

Good life

Noosh khaahi, neesh baayad chesheed.

(A good life comes with hardship.)

Persian proverb


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