Thursday, February 11, 1999/ Bahman 22, 1377, No. 664
By Laleh Khalili
Twenty years ago, I remember we all defied Shah's nightly curfews to climb on top of the roofs and sing revolutionary songs and give revolutionary slogans. Twenty years have now passed, the new generation is constantly scolded for its short memory and for its infidelity to the grand values of the revolution -above them all martyrdom- and reflections on the political character of the revolution and the post-revolution society have echoed more loudly outside the borders of Iran than within.
So, today, I wanted to see whether the celebrations in Tehran matched the foreign expectations. I dragged my cousin -who at 18 years old has never attended any demonstrations- along with me towards the Azadi (Freedom) Square, the imposing background of all patriotic and revolutionary demonstrations ... GO TO FEATURE
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Women Without Men
By Shahrnush Parsipur
(Kamran Talattof Jocelyn Sharlet, translators)
Party's over, Tehran faces testing times ahead
TEHRAN, Feb 11 (AFP) - The climax of 10 days of lavish 20th birthday celebrations Thursday highlighted the durability of Iran's Islamic regime, but daunting challenges remain to be tackled if this durability is to give way to real stability. The mass rallies attended by hundreds of thousands of Iranians in cities across the country displayed the regime's continuing ability to mobilize large numbers of the population 20 years after the revolution. But the Iranian press grows daily bolder and more open in expressing concern about the declining living standards and mounting disenchantment of ordinary people ... FULL TEXT
Ayatollah Azari Qomi dies
Feb 11, (BBC) - Reports from Tehran say that a prominent member of the Iranian clergy, Ayatollah Ahmad Azari Qomi, has died of a stroke, at the age of seventy four. Ayatollah Azari Qomi was a leading theologian who served as a revolutionary prosecutor after the overthrow of the monarchy in 1979. He supported the conservative faction and backed the formalisation of theocratic rule. But, correspondents say Ayatollah Azari Qomi recently came under attack from the conservatives after he criticised -- in an open letter -- the leadership of Ayatollah Ali Khamanei.
Arafat congratulates Iran on anniversary of revolution
GAZA CITY, Feb 11 (AFP) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Thursday sent messages congratulating Iranians on the 20th anniversary of the Islamic revolution which toppled the Shah, the Palestinian news agency reported. Arafat sent one message to President Mohammed Khatami and a second to former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Wafa reported ... FULL TEXT
U.S.-Iran exchanges sensitive to political climate
WASHINGTON, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Little by little, especially after Iranians elected Mohammed Khatami as president in 1997, sportsmen, academics and tourists are trying to bridge the gap that still exists between political leaders in Tehran and Washington. And Iranians, in smaller numbers and with greater hesitation, are coming the other way despite a risk that on their return they may run into trouble with the Iranian authorities ... FULL TEXT
Israel says Iran exaggerating missile capability
JERUSALEM, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Arens said on Thursday Iran was experiencing problems with its missile programme and had made exaggerated statements about its capability. But Arens said with more help from Russia and other countries, Iran's long range surface-to-surface missiles would become operational ... FULL TEXT
* Iran, Oman promote links in water, electricity
ABU DHABI (Feb. 11) XINHUA - The Sultanate of Oman and the Islamic Republic of Iran are taking steps to promote links in water and electricity, a Gulf News report said on Thursday. Sheikh Al Qatabi, Omani Minister of Electricity and Water, revealed this on Wednesday on his return from a three-day visit to Iran during which a memorandum of understanding was signed, the report said ... FULL TEXT
Khatami underlines commitment to women's sports
TEHRAN, Feb 10 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami inaugurated a vast new sports complex for women and children on Wednesday, as part of his reformist government's commitment to get women out of the home. "Iranian society is more than ever in need of vitality," said Khatami, whose election victory in 1997 was mainly due to the votes of women and youngsters ... FULL TEXT
Persepolis and Esteqlal in next round
Updated Feb 10
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Rejoice! The Iranian Sports Homepage has gone through major changes, for the better. Must see!
Time to leave this lousy planet...
Last night, when at 7 o'clock, people were invited to their roofs to chant "Allah-o-Akbar," I opened the windows to a silent darkness.
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