The Iranian Times

Monday, February 8, 1999/ Bahman 19, 1377, No. 661

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


Cover stories

* Peaceful, gradual change
Results of a survey on "the most important" lessons of the 1979 revolution ... CLICK HERE

    * Blood & fire
    Photos from Rooz-haaye aatash, rooz-haaye khoon: gozaaresh-e msavvari az piroozi-ye enqelaab-e eslaami-ye iran ... CLICK HERE

    * Slogans
    Slogans from the 1979 revolution published in Rooz-haaye aatash, rooz-haaye khoon: gozaaresh-e msavvari az piroozi-ye enqelaab-e eslaami-ye iran ... CLICK HERE

* Declarations
Declarations issued by Ayatollah Khomeini in the summer of 1978 ... CLICK HERE


    BBC Persian

    BBC expands net presence

    The BBC Persian Service has upgarted its web page. You can now listen to the morning "dawn" program on demand (before it was only available during the actual broadcast). The evening "Jam-e Jam" program will also be available on demand soon ... GO THERE

    Also check out these new BBC features:

    - Story of the revolution
    - Delkash concert in London


    If there was more political openness...
    Farah Pahlavi talks about what could have prevented the revolution

    Feb 7, 1999 (National Public Radio) -- Empress Farah: This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Iranian revolution and the ousting of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - the Shah of Iran. For one\nlook back we spoke to Farah Pahlavi, the only woman ever crowned queen in 2500 years of Persian history. The Shah's widow has been in exile since 1979 and she speaks to us from her apartment in Paris. She says she too was as surprised by the rapid turn of events as history was. (10:00) ... Listen in RealAudio

    And if you have any comments, send her an


    Revolution: 1979-1999

    MKO's anti-Shah demonstration

More Letters

* Mixed feelings

Sohail Shakeri writes: Obviously we Iranians still have mixed feelings about the revolution ["1979 survey"]: how can a majority believe that "that peaceful and gradual change is better in the long-run," and still be of the opinion that "revolutions are good if they have good leaders"? Aren't revolutions by definition abrupt, and often non-peaceful?

* Islam & democracy

Sohail Shakeri writes: [Regarding the 1979 survey] if you guys knew anything about Islam, then you would realize that an Islamic Republic is very democratic and carries all the virtues of a "democratic republic."

* Persian: Literature conference, Standord

Shahnameh Learning League with sponsorship of Persian Student Association at Stanford University is proud to present Dr. Omidsalar and Dr. Daryaee on panel of experts in the first Persian Literature Conference of Northern California, on the upcoming February 21 1999 at Stanford University Tressider Union see details and map on www/

Book of the Week

The Priest and the King
An Eyewitness Account of the Iranian Revolution

By Desmond Harney

An extraordinary and riveting diary of the events that led to the Shah's overthrow... Harney conveys superbly the ups and downs, the rumors and speculations, the paranoia, ... as the old order was undermind. You can hear the helicopters whirring frightening the impotent. -- The Sunday Times

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Intelligence minister resigns - paper

February 8, 1999 (Theran Times) - Information Minister Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi yesterday went to President's Office to submit his resignation to President Seyed Mohammad Khatami, a reliable source said yesterday. The source, talking to the TEHRAN TIMES on condition of anonymity, said the President has accepted his resignation. Also yesterday, Yunesi was appointed as minister of information by the President and he is now busy preparing his future agenda as country's intelligence chief ... FULL TEXT

Montazeri calls for studying re-establishing U.S. ties

TEHRAN, Feb 6 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian dissident cleric, in remarks published on Saturday, called for Iran to study re-establishing ties with the United States, saying the two countries' estrangement did not need to be permanent. "This issue should be studied by foreign policy experts...away from factional considerations, and one should act resolutely if they conclude that it is in the interest of the country to re-establish relations," the daily Khordad quoted Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri as saying ... FULL TEXT

Iran sends condolences, protest to Jordan

TEHRAN, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami sent condolences to Jordan's new King Abdullah on the death of his father King Hussein, Tehran radio reported on Monday. Khatami expressed condolences to ``the Hashemite (royal) family, the government and the people of Jordan,'' in a message on Sunday, it said ... FULL TEXT

Iran to test motor for new space rocket

TEHRAN, Feb 7 (AFP) - Iran announced on Sunday that it is to test the motor for a new space rocket, just six months after the successful launch of a medium-range missile sparked concern in the United States and key regional ally Israel. The test will be carried out by the armed forces on Tuesday, just two days before 20th anniversary of the Islamic revolution which overthrew the pro-Western shah, Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani told a news conference here ... FULL TEXT

Winners of Iran's book awards

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Compilers of a children's encyclopedia have won Iran's top book award ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

Talks for Iran-U.S. match in Washington

February 6, 1999 (Washington Post) -- The U.S. Soccer Federation is working with the State Department to stage a match between the national soccer teams of the United States and Iran this summer at RFK Stadium, a high-ranking USSF official said here today. "If it goes the way I'd like it to go, we'll play them at RFK," Hank Steinbrecher, the USSF's secretary general, said today. "Talks are at a very high level right now." ... FULL TEXT

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Quote Unquote

Times change

The late Imam (Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini) called America the 'Great Satan' and generally rejected all ties with it, but it is obvious that such a ruling is temporary and could change according to economic and political conditions.

Ayatollah Montazeri
"Montazeri says U.S. ties possible"
February 6, 1999

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