The Iranian Times

Tuesday July 20 1999 / Tir 29, 1378, No. 772

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



1999 not 1979
Protest movement has no recognized leader

By Fereydoun Hoveyda
July 20, 1999
The Iranian

Most press reports have compared the six-day student demonstrations in Tehran to the street manifestations that toppled the Shah twenty years ago. It is true that the recent events were, in some ways, reminiscent of scenes of the 1979 revolution. And probably they constitute the worst unrest the Islamic republic has ever faced. But the differences are more striking.

For one thing, the turmoil did not overthrow the regime. Moreover it lacked open support among the bazaris, the workers, the clerics, and some layers of the population suffering from the disastrous economic situation. Finally, the protest movement has no recognized national leader ... GO TO FEATURE


Who is he?

The Intelligence Ministry claims Manouchehr Mohammadi, was one of the main instigators of the student protests.

In a televised broadcast Mohammadi has "confessed" to having been in contact with opposition groups in the U.S. So who is this man how credible are the accusations against him?

The daily Neshat compares the official description with an unofficial one. Detailed report ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Man Japoni hastam!


How do you do? Man japoni hastam. Please teach to me about Iran now. I'd like to know true story. Iran is favorite country.

Satou Kimie

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* Amazing American politicians

Afshin Afshari writes: ... It is truly amazing that, in the U.S., the MKO can manage to present itself as a serious alternative to the exisitng Iranian regime and claim the backing of more than a hundred American congreessmen.

I know American politicians are not the shrewdest people on earth when it come to foreign policy and history. But they wield enormous power. So do such mainstream media players sucb as the Washington Post.

Do we want the future of our homeland be dictated by the most vociferous, once again? Have we learned anything from history? I don't know what to do or how to do it. But at least we can devote some time and effort to thinking about it ... FULL TEXT

* The way it was

Yashar Basseri writes: I think it is about time that Iranians stood up against oppression and unjust laws. Although, I think that what happened was not enough. I was born in Tehran and now live in Virginia.

I would like to see the day when Iran returns to the way it was under the Shah, so that there will be peace, and that maybe, just maybe, we could all go back and relive our lost lives.

* Twin demons

Raoul Tschebull writes: I have spent enough time in Iran recently to grasp the following: The twin demons affecting this very interesting country are the 4% per annum population growth from early in the Islamic Republic's tenure and the lack of water resources.

These two impediments to growth are, of course, intertwined. The Iranian dovernment must effectively deal with them - and stop looking for external scapegoats.

* Life: Urgent need for bone marrow

Our very good friend, Amir Ghazanfarian, is in dire need of your help. Amir, who graduated from Stanford University last October with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, is suffering from an acute case of Lymphoma. He needs to receive a bone marrow transplant within the next 30 days. I urge you all to please help him by doing a simple blood test. Please note that it will take about two weeks for your test results to appear in the Bone Marrow Donation Registry data base. So, please get tested ASAP ... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

From this week we will offer books directly from Iran. They will include the best new and classic books available. You can also ask for special orders and we will try to find them for you. Tell us your order by email ( and we will send you payment information (check/creditcard). NOTE: Prices include shipping and handling.

* Siaah mashq-haa (1999)
Poems by H.A. Sayeh (Hoshang Ebtehaj),
363 pages.

* Raaport-haaye yomiyeh (1999)
By satirist Ebrahim Nabavi
382 pages.

* Qesseh-haaye nasreddin (1999)
By satirist Ebrahim Nabavi
180 pages

* Amineh (1998)
Historical novel by Masaoud Behnoud
382 pages.

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Revolutionary Guards denounce Khatami, students claim coup bid

TEHRAN, July 20 (AFP) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards denounced President Mohammad Khatami in a letter published Tuesday, saying his moves toward greater democracy were leading the Islamic republic into "anarchy." But Khatami said the "top secret" letter had been intended for his eyes only, raising fresh suspicions of a political power struggle as his student supporters claimed conservatives had staged last week's riots to topple him ... FULL TEXT

5 Iranian Pressmen Arrested for Role in Unrest

TEHRAN (July 20) XINHUA - Five persons working for moderate dailies have been arrested on charge of involvement in recent unrest in Tehran. An informed source said the five people are from Zan (women), Khordad (name of the third Iranian month), Neshat (Joy), and Azad (Freedom), the favorite dailies of the Iranian people, particularly of the youth, the pro-conservative daily Tehran Times reported on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Reza Pahlavi calls for end to differences

July 19th, 1999 -- From the private secretariat of Reza Pahlavi in reference to the imprisonment of Iranian students: The primary aim of the latest demonstrations in Iran, which as usual, was labeled by the regime as a foreign aided conspiracy and resulted in the serious accusations and imprisonments, was nothing more than a logical voice of dissent, wherein the students hoped to gain their fundamental rights ... FULL TEXT

Iran demands quick Turkish response on air raid

TEHRAN, July 20 (Reuters) - Iran has demanded that Turkey respond swiftly to its demands for an apology and compensation for what Iranian officials said was a Turkish air raid on an Iranian border region ... FULL TEXT

Kharrazi to discuss UAE dispute in Saudi

DUBAI, July 20 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will this week urge Iran to work with the United Arab Emirates to resolve a bitter territorial dispute that has blocked closer ties between Iran and its Gulf Arab neighbours, Gulf officials said on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

U.S. House reduces IAEA money for Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House voted Monday to withhold U.S. contributions to International Atomic Energy Agency programs helping Iran build a nuclear power plant ... FULL TEXT

Yazdanian's success in France

Tehran, (Neshat) - Payman Yazdanian recently took part in France's international music competition and won second place. But almost no one in Iran heard about his achievement. In this interview he explains ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iranian film wins in Portugal

Tehran, (Neshat) - Bahman Qobadi has won the top prize at a Portuguese film festival for his short film "Zendegi dar meh" (Living in a Fog) ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Divish masks

Tehran, (Neshat) - You've probably seen scary-looking African masks here and there. Or dramatic Greek masks. But how about Iranian masks depicting devilish divs? ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

New headcoach for Omid

Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Amir Qalehnoie will soon be named the new headcoach of the under-23 national "Omid" soccer team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Zarrincheh catches attention

Tehran, (Neshat) - Esteqlal's Javad Zarrincheh, who has for years been a strong defensive pillar for the national team, has caught the eye of a German coach during Esteqlal's friendly matches in Germany ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Where the hell are they?

Tehran, (Neshat) - While the qualifying rounds of the Asian championships begin in the near future, there is no sign of the Iranian national team. Where are the players? What are the team's plans? The signs are not encouraging ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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How long

How long do we have to be subjected to this trial run of democracy, which has turned into anarchy and puts the Islamic regime at risk?

-- 24 Revolutionary Guards write to President Khatami
July 20, 1999

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