The Iranian Times

Wednesday July 14 1999 / Tir 23, 1378, No. 768

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Student protests, the government and the constitution

By Guive Mirfendereski
July 14, 1999
The Iranian

Iran is in the grip of the early stages of a constitutional reform movement, which is brought about, inevitably and unavoidably, by a constitution which, as a friend has put it, is a blueprint for gridlock. Gridlock, maintained for too long, even if it is in the natural order of constitutional checks and balances, is a recipe for disaster, because nothing of good can get accomplished, while everything evil remains unaffected ... GO TO FEATURE

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A Worried U.S. Says Little About Iran's Rising Turmoil

The New York Times
July y 14, 1999

The administration had hoped that the demonstrations would strengthen the hand of Iran's popular reformist leader, President Mohammad Khatami, by making clear the public's support for democracy and the rule of law, these officials said.

They said Khatami also appeared to be alarmed by the possibility that the protests had spun out of control. In a televised statement Tuesday night, he warned that he would use force to end the demonstrations, even though many of the protesting students are among his most passionate supporters ... FULL TEXT


Iranian science fiction

By Baktash Khamseh-Pour
16 Mehr 8477 A.Z [After Zoro?]
8 october 1997 A.D

Mahnaz walked towards him and stood face to face in front of him. She looked deep into Arman's eyes and said. - I dont promise you anything but you know today is 1st of Mehr 8592. Why not travel back only four years ago and discover something which is the most precious thing in the whole wide world. Arman stood puzzled. He didn't have a clue what she was talking about. Mahnaz turned back and left his room. Arman walked towards the window and looked outside. He noticed two birds close together on their nest. He turned back and walked into the Zurvanvand (Time machine). He then set the destination time on 1st of Mehr 8488 and adjusted the destination place to Shiraz ... FULL TEXT

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* Will civil society grow?

Nader Pakdaman writes: It is hard at this stage to predict the outcome of these recent events ["Great pain"]. This is only the most recent culmination of democratic efforts against the clergy (a battle with over 150+ years of recorded and bloody history) that begun long before the recent revolution of 1979 and has accelerated since Khomeini's death ...

The question for the rest of us is: Will the language, culture and politics of tolerance (not compromise) and the effort to define civil society in the context of Iran grow (and perhaps prevail) in this round? Or will our society swing from one extreme to the next? One way or another - even if these recent events do not translate into the significant change we all hope for - they will pave the way towards that goal ... FULL TEXT

* Restless

Naghmeh writes: I feel so helpless as I read the news about the Iranian students ["Great pain"]. I was only nine years old during the Islamic revolution, and now I feel the desperate need to be back in my homeland and take part in what is happening. I have read article after article, listened to the news, but still feel pretty restless. I don't know how other Iranians feel, but I will keep all the hamvatans in my heart.

* Rallies: Demonstrations in U.S. in support of student movement

- Washington: Saturday July 17, 3:30, George Washington University-Funger Hall, Corner of "G" and 22nd Street. Organized by Solidarity Committee with Students Movement for Democracy in Iran.
- Los Angeles:
Thursday July 15, 5 pm, Wilshire Blvd, in front of the Federal Building. Information: (310) 828-0404 and (818) 704-9825.
- San Francisco: Thursday July 15, 2-2 pm, Union Square. Call Persian Radio 415-673-4726.
- New York: Friday July 16, 6:30 pm, Hamilton Hall , Room 602, Columbia University, 116 th. Street & B'Way , Manhattan. Organized by Kanoon-e Iran.
- San Jose: Thursday, 15, 12-2 pm, in front of Fairmont Hotel in downtown.

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A Persia Legend of the Magi

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This exquisitely illustrated story spins anew the famous tale of the Magi. It is a retelling of the Persian legend, as told to Marco Polo in the 13th century, whereupon three astronomers, Jasper, Melchior, and Balthasar, who are also healers and holy men, follow a bright star in the sky to witness the birth of a king. Upon greeting the child, the three men present gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh. The child accepts their gifts, but also endows the three men with his own offeringa stone. It proves to be a solid symbol of belief that gives off a fervor of fire. Daly's illustrations perfectly capture the arid landscapes and the starry night sky, and her intriguing perspectives and inventive use of the page combine ancient, simplified forms with more elegant lines. The book has broad appeal, giving a fresh new shape and texture to a familiar story -- Kirkus Reviews ... GO TO BOOK

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Khamenei tells militia to crush unrest

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader has given free reign to the Islamic youth militia Basij to crush the violent rioting which followed a week of pro-democracy student unrest. ``My Basij children must reserve the necessary readiness and be present at any scene they are needed to intimidate and crush the base enemies,'' Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a message to the nation late Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Big rally backs Iran's Islamic system

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Iranians, many clutching portraits of the late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, marched through Tehran Wednesday in support of Islamic rule after six days of growing unrest. The unity rally, called by the clerical establishment and backed by most moderate groups, ended peacefully about two hours after it began ... FULL TEXT

Security official says Iran could execute rioters

TEHRAN, July 14 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official cautioned on Wednesday that some of those behind the recent violent disturbances in Tehran could be executed. ``Those involved in the last days' riots, destruction of public property and attacks against the system will be tried and punished as moharaeb (those fighting God) and mofsed (those spreading corruption),'' said Hassan Rowhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Iran's top security body ... FULL TEXT

Britain urges calm in Iran

LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) - Britain on Wednesday expressed concern about the situation in Iran and urged security forces and demonstrators in Tehran to avoid further violence. ``It is primarily a matter for the Iranian people to resolve within Iran, but clearly we would urge all groups in Iran to refrain from violence,'' Foreign Office junior minister Geoff Hoon told parliament ... FULL TEXT

Iran warns countries backing social unrest

TEHRAN, July 14 (Reuters) - A top Iranian security official on Wednesday warned foreign countries voicing support for Iran's current social unrest that Tehran would retaliate. ``Speeches made by certain countries about the events of the past several days will be recorded in our files,'' said Hassan Rouhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Iran's highest body dealing with internal and external security ... FULL TEXT

Human rights group warns of excutions

July 14, (Iranian Human Rights Working Group) - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in a statement issued at early hours of Wednesday 14th July (local time), threatened all those who take part in these demonstrations to the death penalty on charges of "fighting God" and "corruption on earth". This means that all those who have already been arrested are in danger of losing their lives on these bogus charges. We appeal to all human rights groups and international bodies to help prevent perpetration of this human tragedy ... FULL TEXT

U.S. hikes Iran wheat import forecast to 6 mln tons

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran's wheat imports could double in 1999/2000 to 6.0 million metric tons because of drought,the U.S. Agriculture Department said Tuesday. In its monthly Grains: World Markets and Trade report, the USDA said it had raised its previous 1999/2000 import forecast by 500,000 metric tons because the Iranian wheat crop would be even smaller than previously expected ... FULL TEXT

New York University's taziyeh expert in Iran

Tehran, (Neshat) - Peter Chelkowski is a renowned expert on Islamic religious plays, particularly taziyeh. Chelkowski who teaches at New York University, visited Iran to take part in taziyeh arts festival. He spoke to Hamshahri's arts correspondent ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

National Orchestra to perform in Isfahan

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - The 95-member Iranian National Orchestra will perform in Isfahan on July 20th. The lead vocalist will be Mohammad Reza Shajarian. This is only the second time since the revolution that orchestra is doing a public performance ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Persepolis loses star player

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The fact is that we have little ability any more to monitor what's happening on the ground or influence events in Iran. And any time we open our mouths about Iran, the hard-liners seize on it as evidence that we're trying to interfere with their domestic politics.

-- Senior U.S. Administration official
New York Times
July 14, 1999

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