Friday, February 12, 1999/ Bahman 23, 1377, No. 665
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
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Women Without Men
By Shahrnush Parsipur
(Kamran Talattof Jocelyn Sharlet, translators)
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
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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