The Iranian Times

Wednesday March 14, 2001 / Esfand 24, 1379, No. 1184


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Politics

Shah or president?
We should reject hereditary systems of government

By Fereydoun Hoveyda
March 14, 2001
The Iranian

Reading the articles and letters in favor or against the restoration of the monarchy in Iran, it seems many Iranians abroad are still flabbergasted by what happened in 1979. A quarter of a century after the ascent of Ayatollah Khomeini and his totalitarian theocracy, expatriates still air anti-shah rhetoric or feel nostalgia for a father-king. Yet recent history in Iran (and elsewhere) teaches us that there's more to a government than its appearance >>> GO TO FEATURE

Monarchy

Royal openings
Join the court of Asghar Shah

By Asghar Agha
March 14, 2001
The Iranian

As part of the activites of Our newly formed Empire of Eye-Ran, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, maa eraadeh kardeem and We are sending out the following farmaan to all of our subjects.

We have the following job openings. Forward your resume and we shall mansoob you, should you be deemed worthy of service to Us. (Remember: khodaa, shaah, mihan - so We are next in line to khodaa.) >>> GO TO FEATURE

Poetry

By Mahdiyeh Javid
March 14, 2001
The Iranian
>>> GO TO FEATURE


Outlook

Khatami Visits Russia's Space Mission Control

KOROLYOV, Russia (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami visited Russia's mission control center on Tuesday, taking the opportunity to watch live pictures of U.S. astronauts working in outer space >>> FULL TEXT

Sharif beats Harvard

Students from Iran's Sharif University took ninth place overall -- ahead of Harvard University -- in the Association for Computing's ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian fears deportation

By Bruce Schreiner
The Associated Press
March 13, 2001

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Mahin Ashki has built a family and career in the land she has called home for 25 years since leaving her native Iran. It may all be uprooted by a deportation order that immigration officials are ready to enforce >>> FULL TEXT

    Thanks to Akbar Mahdi


    Anyway

Aakharesh chand?

I would like to know some information about ROYAL FAMILY DECORATIONS, or find anybody who would be interested in purchasing some of these decorations >>> SEE HERE



More Letters

* Farhad seriously ill

Miriam writes: Farhad Mehrad, better known as Farhad, is seriously ill with hepatitis C. He is 58. His most likely course of treatment is believed to be a liver transplant, a very expensive operation.

Farhad is very private person, and it is only because of the severity of his condition that his wife, Pouran, has agreed that his case can be publicised. The hope is that those who have heard and loved his songs, and perhaps the Iranian authorities, would do something to save his life >>> FULL TEXT

* Hire a maid

Mojdeh Safayee writes: I believe Mr. Baniameri may be better off switching to the other side ["The hell with romance"]! Yes, Siamack, I believe you are better off dating your own kind, MEN. How long have you been in the closet?

I have to give you credit though, proposing on the net that you would like to bond more with men, buying them candy and roses, to pat other men on their back! You have thought about this for a while haven't you! >>> FULL TEXT

* Decriminalizing marijuana

Hamid Ageorlo writes: IN RESPONSE TO NAGHMEH'S DISAPPOINTMENT REGARDING THE COVER PICTURE OF A MAN SMOKING MARIJUANA, HERE IN CANADA CANNABIS IS NOT REALLY CONSIDERED A DRUG ANYMORE BUT A MEDICINE. IN THE LAST SURVEY HERE 73% FAVORED LEGALIZATION AND EVEN MORE FAVORED DECRIMINALIZATION, AND IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL THIS BECOMES LAW >>> FULL TEXT

* Personal attacks

Mihandoust writes: Asghar Agha, I appreciate your comments ["Asghar Shah"] on my article ["My friend"]. Your sense of humor is truly wonderful. I also thank you for reemphasizing the point of my article. The issue is that nobody challenges Reza Pahlavi on the substance of his program >>> FULL TEXT

* Pahlavi's wealth

Nariman Neyshapouri writes: In response to "My friend", the author claims that neither Reza Pahlavi, his mother, nor his father, have any substantial wealth. Gee, I seem to remember Reza Pahlavi having lost $25 million several years ago as a result of some bad investments. And despite this he's still living fairly comfortably >>> FULL TEXT

* America needs Iran

Eamon writes: My name is Eamon. I am an Iranian-American living in Austin, Texas. And I just have to say that the sanctions against Iran aren't helping anyone, but they are hurting America. If Bush can do one thing right (even though he proboably won't) I hope it is to re-establish friendship with Iran >>> FULL TEXT


Music: Shahram Nazeri & son in New York


    Poem

    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    Hide the faults of others deep in the earth

    If shame is what their actions make you feel.

    But if you mirror both their good and bad

    Then you yourself must be like polished steel.

    * Also see more Rumi translations

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Rumi: The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis


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