The Iranian Times

Friday May 7, 1999 / Ordibehesht 17, 1378, No. 721


Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


    Rumi


Tehran

The energy man
"I felt something like a magnetic field around me"

Written and photographed by Siamak Namazi
May 7, 1999
The Iranian

He proceeded to move his arms around my face and head, his hands flying by fast and close, but never touching. I am not sure how to report the feeling. What I can say is that I felt something! As his hands passed me, I felt something like a magnetic field around me. Nothing so strong as to be vivid, but definitely unmistakable. After all, if the man could bend a spoon with his mental powers he could surely make me feel something on my skin. No, I don't think I was imagining it ... GO TO FEATURE


Outlook

Bahai Iranian appointed by Clinton to religious freedom commission

May 6, 1999, (White House) -- The President announced today his intent to appoint Laila Al-Marayati, Firuz Kazemzadeh and Charles Z. Smith as members of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Dr. Firuz Kazemzadeh, of Alta Loma, California, is Secretary for External Affairs of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the United States ... FULL TEXT


    Anyway

Iranian-American Marine

Dear sir,

My name is Capt. Sourna A. Daneshvar. I am an Iranian American and an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps. Do you know of other Iranian-Americans in the US military? Just curious?

[email protected]


More Letters

* This is who we are

Pedram Aleshi writes: In response to your letter (Babak Banaei)... Many people would agree that Islamic views are not all that you should see in Iranian culture. As much influence that Islam had in Iranian culture, I am surprised that you expect not too see any influence exerted on our culture by living in the U.S. This is who we are and the way we live here in the U.S. and this is reality. "Iran" and being "Irani" are not some small static definitions in a box. Culture is what we make of it. Culture is not a predetermined entity ... FULL TEXT

* Daylight robbery

Abbas Atrvash writes: Mr. Tehranian's story was really amazing ["Turkish coffee is good. But not that good"]. I have also been cheated, on a few occasions and in different cities including Istanbul ... This is what we call daylight robbery. If Visa did not have such a vast and obvious monopoly in the credit card business, many people, including myself, would have returned the cards over this incident ... FULL TEXT

* Seeking mother

Arghavan Sadeghpour writes: I commend Mr. Cyrus Rafaat's courage for his article on relationships ["Real Iranian girls?"]. Most people are probably not willing to openly show what asses they are ... It sounds to me like Mr. Rafaat is seeking not a wife, but a mother, and therefore cannot accept an Iranian-American woman who would be so different than his mother ... FULL TEXT


* Rights: In defense of Abbas Amir-Entezam, Berkeley

"In Defense of Abbas Amir-Entezam and in Protest to the Violations of Human Rights in Iran" ... Sponsored by: "The Committee for Freedom of Thought and Expression in Iran (Northern California)". University of California, Berkeley, May 8th ... DETAILS HERE


Book of the Week

    The Greco-Persian Wars
    By Peter Xerxes at Salamis Green

    The long and bitter struggle between the great Persian empire and the fledgling Greek states reached its high point with the extraordinary Greek victory at Salamis in 480 B.C. The astonishing sea battle banished forever the specter of Persian invasion and occupation. In this account, Green brilliantly retells this historic moment, evoking the whole dramatic sweep of events that the Persian offensive set into motion. 15 illustrations. 12 maps ... GO TO BOOK

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The dollar now offered at 800-814 tomans in the U.S. and 816 tomans in Iran

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