The Iranian Times

Friday, February 12, 1999/ Bahman 23, 1377, No. 665


Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



1979 Survey: Comments

    We have posted comments from respondents to the 1979 survey, unedited. Each comment is from a different individual whose name and email has been withheld. Below are a few samples. To see all the comments ... GO TO FEATURE

    - We create great dictators: It is the nature of Iranian culture that produces great dictators to rule the country. Our family structure, social behavior, political views, economical infrastructure and misunderstanding of a real democratic system have resulted in generation of so many dictators throughout the history of Iran. Only in the past couple of centuries, there have been several attempts to topple the dictatorship systems, some of them succeeded, but in every single case a new form of dictatorship replaced the old one, because democracy is an unfamiliar intruder that is threatening our culture...

    - Strongly favor gradual change: ... I strongly favor gradual change, so that the ordinary people don't get walked over and there is at least the minimum amount of stability in the society for it to function without being in shock. I strongly believe that if we go forward from here with the hope that we can gradually change our country for the better - together - we can both help our society grow, and provide our country for the first time a government that has no special interest agendas for itself...

    - Can not wait to see them hanged: I can not see the Islamic Republic of Iran ruling Iran for much longer. In the past few months they appeared to have been digging their own graves which is ironic since they have been hiding their tracks so well for the past 20 years, shame some would say but as for me I can not wait to see them all hanged in public for their crimes and injustice and cruelty which has been taking place during their reign of terror ... GO TO FEATURE


Iran local elections test reformists

By Robin Allen in Abu Dhabi

Feb. 12, 1999 (The Financial Times ) - For millions of Iranians the 20th anniversary of the Iranian revolution this week is a cause for celebration. For many others, however, including President Mohammad Khatami and his reformist supporters, the forces spawned by the Islamic revolution - creatures of the underground alliance of wealthy merchants and Shia clergy - have become one of the greatest threats to the reforms espoused by the president and supported by more than 70 per cent of the electorate which swept him to office in May 1997 ... FULL TEXT


11-year old Googoosh
In a film from 1958

"Fereshte-ye Farari" (Angel on the run), which was made in 1339 (1958), was directed by the Egyptian Ahmad Fahmi which later changed his name to Gorgi Ebadia. It's the story of a young couple, played by Ebadia himself and Mahin Deyham, who get separated after a tragic event in their life. Father and daughter (played by 11 year old Googoosh) move to Esfahan and leave the mother in Tehran. See a RealAudio clip on Pedram Missaghi's Iran Media site.

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* Like bungee jumping

Brad Hernlem writes: The article "Traffic immitating life" brought back memories of my trip to Iran in 1995 (I am American, BTW). The traffic was one of the most frightening things in Tehran (besides the pollution). ... There is a certain exhilaration about the traffic though, either as a pedestrian or a passenger, probably not too different than that experienced by bungee jumpers or sky divers (hmmm.... I wonder if anyone has thought about arranging travel packages to Tehran for thrill seekers?)... FULL TEXT

* Ruling elite not homogenious

J.N. writes: The ruling elite of Iran is not homogenious and many people in the high echelons of power have personal gain in mind rather than the good of the nation . Mr. Khatami's govenment has many opposing factions and groups to contend with . One wishes for their survival at this stage ... FULL TEXT

* Film: Iranian film festival in Houston

The series offers three powerful feature films from the quality cinema made by veteran directors Mehrjui and Panahi and by newcomer Parviz Shahbazi. It also features a remarkable full-length documentary co-directed by an Iranian anthropologist and a well-known British filmmaker. Together, these films offer affectionate and devastating glimpses of contemporary life in Iran... MORE DETAILS

Book of the Week

Women Without Men
A novella

By Shahrnush Parsipur

(Kamran Talattof Jocelyn Sharlet, translators)

The significance of Parsipur's work transcends the realm of literary activities. Her works were among the first feminist-conscious enunciations that appeal in the postrevolutionary period in response to limitations imposed on women by the state ideology... The following stories [reflect] the role that the rise of feminist-consciousness may play in the course of cultural change in Iran." -- Introductuon

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Jurists urge Iran to give ex-deputy PM a free trial

GENEVA, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said on Thursday its observer had been barred from the trial of a former Iranian deputy prime minister and urged the authorities to ensure the proceedings were fair. The Geneva-based ICJ, which promotes the rule of law, said the trial of Abbas Amir-Entezam, a deputy prime minister just after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, is due to begin on February 16 ... FULL TEXT

Iran pardons 75 prisoners

February 12, 1999, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, pardoned 75 prisoners on Friday to mark the the 20th anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Pardons marking religious and national events are common in Muslim countries. In Iran, they generally are given to prisoners convicted of minor offenses.

Pride, grumbles mingle on Iran anniversary

TEHRAN, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The streets bear martyrs' names. Giant murals of murdered religious leaders and fallen war heroes festoon the walls. Blood red is the dominant colour on the 20th anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution. But Tehran's streets are also draped with colourful party lights, and millions of Iranians have something to celebrate on Thursday, although economic crisis means many are grumbling more openly than at any time since the 1979 upheaval that toppled the Shah's dictatorship ... FULL TEXT

Iran: post-revolution developed sick economy

Prague, 11 February 1999 (RFE/RL) -- At the start of the Islamic Revolution, Iran's ruling clerics methodically set about destroying the capitalist economy of the Shah to build a paternalistic welfare state free of ties to the West. But two decades later, revolutionary central planning is giving way increasingly to free market mechanisms in the face of growing economic difficulties. While reliable statistics are hard to obtain, many analysts say the country now suffers from unemployment of 20 percent or more ... FULL TEXT

Iran warns Azerbaijan against welcoming any NATO base

TEHRAN, Feb 12 (AFP) - Iran warned neighbouring Azerbaijan on Friday to drop any plans to welcome a NATO base on its territory to counter alleged Russian support for its rival Armenia. "Azerbaijani officials should know that any NATO base in the Caspian Sea region will be extremely dangerous and constitutes a threat to peace and development," said Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president who is now a top aide to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ... FULL TEXT

Iran's Oscar-hopeful director wins home film award

February 10, 1999, TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- A film by Majid Majidi, the man who directed the first Iranian film to be nominated for an Oscar, has won the top prize at Iran's premier film festival, newspapers reported Wednesday. "The Color of God," the story of a blind boy's difficult relationship with his father, won the prize as the best film in Tehran international Fajr film festival's competition section on Tuesday, the newspapers said ... FULL TEXT

Wrestling developments

Tehran (Hamshahri) - At the Takhti international wrestling matches in Tehran, the Iranian team won first place in the Greco-Roman category, but there are continuing questions about the status of some of the top free-style wrestlers ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Prof. R.K. Ramazani Speaking at a conference at Georgetown University on the 20th anniversary of the revolution
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