1999 not 1979
Protest movement has no recognized leader
By Fereydoun Hoveyda
July 20, 1999
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
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
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.
* 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
* 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
These two impediments to growth are, of course, intertwined. The Iranian
dovernment must effectively deal with them - and stop looking for external
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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
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will send you payment information (check/creditcard).
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* Siaah mashq-haa (1999)
Poems by H.A. Sayeh (Hoshang Ebtehaj),
* Raaport-haaye yomiyeh (1999)
By satirist Ebrahim Nabavi
* Qesseh-haaye nasreddin (1999)
By satirist Ebrahim Nabavi
* Amineh (1998)
Historical novel by Masaoud Behnoud
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Video of the Week
An award-wining film by Mohsen Makhmalbaf who runs an ad in Tehran newspapers
indicating that he needs a few actors for his new movie. Several days later
few thousands young Iranian boys and girls show up for auditions. This
film portrays a unique side of Iranian society and the dreams and desires
of the young generation.
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Revolutionary Guards denounce Khatami,
students claim coup bid
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
5 Iranian Pressmen Arrested for Role in
(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
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
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
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
(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
(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
(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
(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?
(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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Feeling much better now, thank you.
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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