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Monday December 13, 1999 / Azar 22, 1378, No. 866

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Young democrats
Khatami addresses increasingly outspoken students

By Afshin Molavi
With photographs by Siamak Namazi
December 13, 1999
The Iranian

Like a rock star performing before adoring fans, President Mohammad Khatami took to the stage on Sunday, offering his familiar, much-loved tunes of democracy, freedom, and liberal reform to a cheering, banner-waving throng of approximately 15,000 Iranian university students in his first major domestic speech since the jailing of a key ally by a conservative court.

"We are seeking to build a system based on the will of the people," Khatami said to deafening cheers from the highly-charged students packed shoulder-to-shoulder into a hot and crowded hall at Tehran's Science and Technology University. "We are determined to build this model society by fighting against exploitation and dictatorship in the hope of establishing a free society and government," he added ... GO TO FEATURE


The Peacock Fades

By Jonathan C. Randal
The Washington Post

Street demonstrations in Iran had built into a crescendo by December 1978, and the question was how long the Shah could hold on. Islamic militants seeking to drive the King of Kings from his Peacock Throne laid plans for a final round of confrontation with the Shah's security services. The protests exploded as planned, and the Shah fell from power and fled Iran a little more than a month later, on Jan. 17, 1979. An excerpt from The Post of Dec. 10, 1978:... FULL TEXT


Can you say "I love you" 17 times?
... Even if you don't mean it?

December 13, 1999, TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian police have arrested a man who stole money from 17 women he had made his concubines, a newspaper reported Monday. ... FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Just very beautiful

Sepideh Golesorkhi writes: Poopak jan, did you say ["Unsympathtic"] you do not understand the function of Hossein Samiei's essay ["A moon of our own"]? If I may write on behalf of Mr. Samiei, I don't think his essay was looking to serve a function. Still he has provoked two people to think and respond to his piece. I would think that is a very good result for a functionless essay, no?

Mr. Samiei is just sharing a historical moment of his life with us. Historical both on a personal and global level. The essay made me think where I was when Apollo 11 landed on the moon and also when was the first time I ever fell in love. It does not matter what his background is. You do not have to be a part of his social class to be able to understand the feelings he is describing. I wish I could express my feelings with the same honesty and beauty.

Yes, It might look self absorbed but they are his feelings. The same way that your response to him is based on your observations and your social background, right? Does that make you guilty of the same crime? No. I enjoyed your thoughts on the essay. I respect them and you also made me think about other things.

I think the best way is to read this essay and try not to analyze it. It is just a very beautiful innocent piece of writing. There is a poetic flow to it. Not everything in life is supposed to have a logical function. Love is not a logical act don't you agree?

* Glen Allen?

Mohammad Ali writes: Regarding the article "No plain Jane", a friend of mine has changed his name from GHO-LAAM-ALI to "Glen Allen". We always laugh at him and even he says it's funny ... :-)

* Celebrate: Yalda, Seattle

Christmas is great, but we Iranians have our own winter solstice celebration that's even more ancient. Come celebrate Yalda, the longest night of the year on Tuesday Dec. 21st at the Northwest Center, 9825 NE 24th Bellevue, Seattle, Washington. Tel: 425-452-6046. Tickets are $10 at the door, and include, reception of tea, sweets, fruit, "shab chareh", and "aajeel". We'll have music, dancing and you can try your fortune at the poetry of Hafez. Mark your calendar and tell your friends.


Books of the Week

* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh

* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi

* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar

* Mumia va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour

* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan

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More than 300 candidates sign up for general elections

TEHRAN, Dec 12 (AFP) - A total of 324 people, including seven women, handed in their candidacies on the first registration day Saturday for Iran's key parliamentary elections in February, the interior ministry announced Sunday. Prospective candidates have until December 17 to hand in their applications to stand to the interior ministry in Tehran or to one of 207 provincial and local government offices across Iran ... FULL TEXT

Staff of banned Khordad newspaper bring out new title

TEHRAN, Dec 11 (AFP) - The staff of Iran's reformist daily Khordad brought out a new title, Fath (Conquest) Saturday, only two weeks after their previous paper was banned and its chief, Abdollah Nuri, was jailed for five years ... FULL TEXT

Students rally in support of Abdollah Nouri

TEHRAN, Dec 13 (AFP) - Thousands of Iranian students of both sexes rallied outside Tehran University mosque Monday in support of jailed reformist Abdollah Nuri ... FULL TEXT

Iran Jewish MP lambasts "lack of information" over Jewish spy case

TEHRAN, Dec 11 (AFP) - The parliamentary representative of Iran's Jewish community has deplored the lack of information over the case of 13 Jews arrested in Iran for alleged spying for Israel, a press report said Saturday ... FULL TEXT

Karbaschi meets Rafsanjani and returns to prison

TEHRAN, Dec 13 (AFP) - The former reformist mayor of Tehran, Gholamhossein Karbaschi, imprisoned for corruption, returned to Evin prison Sunday after taking an authorised week of leave, the daily Asr-e-Azadeqan said Monday ... FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani sets out consensus platform ahead of February polls

TEHRAN, Dec 10 (AFP) - Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who is to stand as an independent in key parliamentary elections in February, on Friday set out a consensus platform ahead of the polls ... FULL TEXT

Conservative hails Rafsanjani's decision to stand in elections

TEHRAN, Dec 11 (AFP) - Habibollah Assgarolladi, a leading Iranian conservative, welcomed Saturday the decision of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsandjani to stand in next February's parliamentary elections ... FULL TEXT

Head of electrical manufacturer arrested on fraud charges

TEHRAN, Dec 13 (AFP) - The former chairman of Iranian domestic electrical appliance company Arj and several of his colleagues were arrested and remanded in custody Sunday for alleged fraud, the courts said Monday ... FULL TEXT

Czech firm contracted to install ventilation in nuclear reactor

PRAGUE, Dec 13 (AFP) - A Czech firm is on the verge of signing a contract to install a ventilation system for a controversial new Iranian nuclear power station, the Czech magazine Respekt reported Monday ... FULL TEXT

Khatami privatisation plans run into trouble

TEHRAN, Nov 29 (AFP) - Iranian President Khatami's ambitious privatisation plans have fallen foul of a conservative constitutional watchdog, press reports said as the reformist president prepared to present his next budget ... FULL TEXT

Kiarostami praised

Tehran (Iran daily) - French press praise Kiarostami's new film "The wind will take us there. Also, Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani has congratulated Kiarostami for being chosen by the international film festival directors as the director of the decade ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

5,000-year-old giant

Tehran (Iran daily) - Remains of a tall male (nearly 2 meters) has been found during archaeological digs in a 5000-year-old town in Sistan-Baluchetsn ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

33 players

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Thirty-three players (including eight who play in foreign clubs) have been called to join the national soccer team training camp ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Then & now

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Looking back at the Iran-U.S. match in France and what should be expected when these two teams meet again in Los Angeles on January 16 ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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No turning back

There is no turning back now. We will fight for democratic reform to our last breath. We are young. Time and numbers are on our side. I am sure that my children will live in a democratic Iran.

-- Student comment during President Khatami's speech at Tehran University
"Young democrats"
The Iranian
December 13, 1999

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