June 21, 1998 |
Was this what the Ayatollah Khomeini had in mind? Iran's soccer team at the World Cup, staying in a chateau that serves as a school for pastry chefs, with a coach from California whose wife runs Beau Visage, a skin-care business/vegetarian restaurant in Palo Alto, Calif.? Iran will play the United States today in Lyon in a match whose political contrasts seem almost too easy. But while at least one of Iran's players acknowledges that "it is imperative we win against the U.S.A.," nobody in camp has called the opponent the "Great Satan.
November 7, 2015 |
Hana Saeidi, the bright young niece of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, climbs into the taxi that her uncle is driving on the streets of Tehran. She is holding a camera, excited about her first film class in school. Her teacher has provided a list of rules to make a "distributable" movie. Among the key rules: "No sordid realism. " In the small and brilliant Jafar Panahi's Taxi , the internationally renowned director has been reduced to making his own brand of "sordid realism" on the sly - that is, realism free of the restrictions of Sharia law. With a small camera mounted on the dashboard of a car, Panahi drives along, picking up passengers and recording them as they debate politics and religion, crime and punishment, Woody Allen and Akira Kurosawa.
September 12, 2003 |
Yesterday, as the nation commemorated the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, another group of survivors and their families were celebrating a victory in the first terrorist attack against the United States 20 years ago. A federal judge in Washington ruled on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic of Iran financed and carried out the April 18, 1983, car bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, and awarded a first group...
July 28, 1988 |
Uncle Sam seems to fear the Islamic Republic of Iran because the revolution in Iran could becoming the catalyst for the resurgence and re-establishment of the Islamic Empire. Iran is the only nation among those with a Muslim majority to declare itself an Islamic Republic. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, Egypt, Iraq etc., all rule their subjects with an eclectic smorgasbord approach. They might use a little socialism, mixed with a smattering of monarchy, a pinch of democracy and an occasional dash of Islam to keep them in power.
September 28, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - A new Israeli government report published in local media on Thursday concludes that international sanctions are hitting Iran hard and called for another round, adding a new wrinkle to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that tougher action is needed to prevent the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons. The Foreign Ministry report - which surfaced on the same day Netanyahu made his case before the U.N. General Assembly - adds to the cacophony of voices coming out of Israel over the showdown with Iran.
March 8, 2012 |
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's supreme leader ordered the creation of an Internet oversight agency that includes top military, security, and political figures in the country's boldest attempt yet to control the Web. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that the Supreme Council of Cyberspace would be tasked with preventing harm to Iranians who go online, state TV reported. The report did not specify the kinds of dangers the council would tackle. But officials have in the past described two separate threats: computer viruses created by Iran's rivals aimed at sabotaging its industry, particularly its nuclear program, and a "culture invasion" aimed at undermining the Islamic Republic.
March 27, 2009 |
If you want to know how President Obama is changing America's foreign-policy strategy, watch the short video in which he wishes Iran's people and leaders a happy Nowruz. Nowruz is the Persian new year, an ancient holiday celebrated on the first day of spring. The president's greeting (www.whitehouse.gov/nowruz), broadcast last Friday, shows how he intends to fulfill his pledge to reach out to Iran. Obama's Nowruz message was striking for what it included - and what it omitted.
January 30, 1991 |
Iran took steps yesterday to assure the United States that it was remaining neutral in the Persian Gulf war and that an estimated 90 Iraqi aircraft that have sought sanctuary on Iranian territory will be impounded until the end of the conflict. But an Iraqi transport plane that had taken refuge in Iran has returned to Iraq, congressional sources said. The sources, who spoke after receiving a military briefing, said they did not know whether the plane was military or civilian.
April 16, 1992 |
In this city of ornately tiled mosques, where portraits of unsmiling ayatollahs grace palaces built by shahs, one of the biggest crowd-pleasers is the Shaking Minarets. Young men in leather jackets and open-necked shirts show off by climbing the steep circular staircases up the minarets. With a show of bravado, they poke their heads out the window and wave. Then they grab the walls and shake so hard that the minarets, thanks to the soft soil underneath the mosque, sway visibly.
June 16, 1997 |
The Jewish women in the back rows of the synagogue wear long garments in the traditional Iranian style, but instead of chadors, their heads are covered with cheerful, flowered scarves. The boys in their skullcaps, with Hebrew prayer books tucked under their arms, scamper down the aisles to grab the best spots near the lush, turquoise Persian carpet of the altar. This is Friday night, Shabbat - Iranian style, and the synagogue in an affluent neighborhood of North Tehran is filled to capacity with more than 400 worshipers.