The Iranian Times

Thursday, September 17, 1998 / Shahrivar 26, 1377, No. 565

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Sehaty Foreign Exchange

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    Cover story

    Afghan survey: Comments
    Part Two
    Another forty-four comments from people on the Afghan crisis

    Two samples:

    * Ideal situation for conservatives

    I don't think the situation in Afghanistan should be reduced to a Shi'ite and Sunni conflict. My heart goes to all people of Afghanistan. The gravity of the situation is highlighted by the fact that compared to the Taliban, the Islamic Repbulic does not look that bad. At the same time I hate seeing people like (Revolutionary Gaurds Commander) Raheem Safavi flexing their muscels (this is the ideal situation for their faction in the power struggle).

    * A few surgical strikes

    No war is a good one, an in the end, one nation looses a bit more than the other. There is no such thing as a winnable war anymore. In Iran vs Afghanistan, I truely believe a few surgical strikes should teach those barbarians a lesson they will not forget for a long time. To hell with their twisted ideology... GO TO FEATURE


    Iran Weekly Press Digest report (August 30, 1998):

    A senior Iranian Ayatollah termed conversation between girls and boys as a sin, the Tehran daily Zan reported Sunday. "The nature of any relations between girls and boys is illegitimate and even a conversation between the two can be a sin," Ayatollah Marashi Najafi was quoted by the women daily as saying. "Girls and boys are like cotton and fire, looking at each other might be out of desire, that's why I believe that men and women should be separated in academic centres and public organizations for not turning these centres into centres of immorality," the Ayatollah said.


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* Bravo!

Linda Novenski writes: Wonderful ["The little emigre"]! Yasmine's story captures the essence of a budding young woman and the shock of cultural upheaval, and weaves these threads into a humorous and heartfelt story of growing up. Bravo, Yasmine

* Obey rules

Forootan writes: Iranian officers at the Interest Section of the Islamic Repubic of Iran in Washington DC are courtious and polite ["If you must know"]. I have visited that office many times, and in the case of my military draft they even arranged for my exemption, when I did not even know about it.

I have witnessed people who became frustrated and yelled and screamed there, but it was because they would not follow the rules. In my many years of travel, one thing I have learned is that if you follow local rules, everything would follow easily. Just like mooshmooshak, "Aasteh raft, va Aasteh oomad".... FULL TEXT

* Reply: Obey ALL rules? I don't think so

Siamak Namazi writes to critics of his article "If you must know": A citizen has three basic choices in dealing with her country: (1) To not care what goes on, put her head down and follow only her best interest. (2) To take arms and create terror and violence against injustices or perceived injustices. (3) To engage in discussion and critique against what she thinks is not just. I have chosen the third option. That is a reflection of my love for Iran and the gheyrat I have for my motherland... FULL TEXT


* "Adam barfi" ("The Snow Man) in Berkeley

San Francisco Cine Club and Iranian Film Society present: "Adam barfi" ("The Snow Man). Monday Sept 28, fine art cinema, 2145 Shattuck Aave, In Berkeley, California. Show times:5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 pm.

* Religion: Dr. Mirza Aghassi in the Bay Area

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Kharrazi to attend Afghan meeting with U.S.

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi will take part in an eight-nation meeting in New York next week that will also be attended by U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, U.S. officials said on Thursday... FULL TEXT

Khatami to show Iran's new face at U.N. assembly

TEHRAN, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's trip to the U.N. General Assembly this weekend will provide a rare opportunity for the moderate Shi'ite Moslem cleric to expand on his proposed ``dialogue of civilisations.'' ... FULL TEXT

Washington's Iran exiles row precedes Khatami trip

DUBAI, Sept 17 (Reuters) - A Washington furore over support for Iranian guerrillas adds to the delicate nature of President Mohammad Khatami's forthcoming address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, political analysts said on Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Iran art works out after 20 years

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Like buried treasure, scores of original works by Picasso, Gauguin, Renoir and other Western masters have lain hidden in the vaults of a museum in Iran for nearly 20 years. But for the first time since the 1979 Iranian revolution, the rich collection is expected to go on display early next year ... FULL TEXT

Pass looking to defeat Omani team

TEHRAN, (Hamshahri) - National soccer league champions Pass will play Oman's Al-Sab in a return game tonight. Pass won the first leg in Tehran 10-1. A win will take Pass to the next round of the Asian Cup-holders champinship ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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