It's the civil society, stupid!
It's ugly and brutal - but true
By Mansoureh Haqshenas & Koorosh Bayat
July 21, 1999
- Okay, so here it goes... In early July thousands of Iranian students
in more than a dozen cities staged unprecedented rallies, demanding greater
- ... and the overthrow of the Islamic Republic.
- They did NOT ask for the overthrow of the regime!
- Yes they DID!
- Some of them condemaned Khamenei's support for the Ansar thugs. But there
was no "Death to the Islamic Republic".
- Doesn't matter. The whole movement was against the regime.
- Aziz joon! The students were very critical of the regime.
But most of them were pro-Khatami ... GO
U.S. reaction fuelled Iran hardliners
LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - The United States, keen to open a political
dialogue with Iran after 20 years of hostility, may have just missed a
golden opportunity to keep its mouth shut, diplomats say.
Washington's public comment on student demonstrations in Tehran last
week infuriated Iranian reformers and hardliners alike, gave a pretext
for a crackdown on pro-democracy activists and set back any prospect of
U.S.-Iran talks, they say ... FULL
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and some caries reseach by myself! ... GO
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* Moderate, practicing Muslim
Sanaz writes: I enjoyed reading "After
all, I am Iranian" and found it refreshing that people my age
are learning about Iranian culture and traditions. However, if I may add
my own opinion, being Iranian does not only center around one's customs,
traditions, or even language ...
As a moderate, practicing Muslim, I find it utterly shameful that we
Iranian Muslims cannot be proud of our faith. We don't need to be extremist
or even yield to one dogma. As a moderate Muslim, I wear my hijab in the
masjid, AND THAT''S IT. I am like a typical American girl outside and enjoy
the freedoms of being the first born Iranian-American in this great country
That is why I stress that it is important for Iranians, whether Jewish,
Christian, Zorastrian or Muslim to teach their children about religion
and culture together. For example, Iranians gave the Islamic world many
great scientific, artistic, and cultural traditions that have helped shape
our traditions. You cannot teach culture without religion ... FULL TEXT
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Iranian Times in relation to recent events has been clear and admirable.
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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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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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Khatami turns on hardline critics
July 21 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and his reformist
allies, accused of failing to defend the Islamic system during recent unrest,
on Wednesday moved against hardline publications that had challenged him.
The Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, firmly under Khatami's control,
said it had moved against three newspapers after they published a letter
by Revolutionary Guards commanders criticising Khatami and warning their
patience with ``insults against the system'' was running out ... FULL TEXT
Sobh-e Emrooz editor arrested
July 21, (BBC) - The editor of a moderate Iranian national newspaper
has been arrested for allegedly insulting Islam in an article. The editor,
Kazem Shokri, of the daily Emrooz was charged on Tuesday with having authorised
the publication of an article offensive to the Koran ... FULL TEXT
Students accuse conservatives of staging
July 20 (AFP) - Pro-reform Iranian students accused the regime's conservatives
on Tuesday of orchestrating last week's riots in a bid to topple President
Mohammad Khatami or seriously weaken his government ... FULL TEXT
Iran should release non-violent protesters
York, July 19, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today called on the Iranian authorities
to release the names of the hundreds of students and others taken into detention
following violent clashes last week ... FULL TEXT
Kharrazi meets Saudi crown prince
TAIF, Saudi Arabia, July 21 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister
Kamal Kharrazi arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for talks that an Iranian
official hinted could include discussion of Iran's territorial dispute with
the United Arab Emirate ... FULL TEXT
U.S. senator mpatient In absence of Iran
20, WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Richard
Lugar, R-Ind., Tuesday called on President Bill Clinton to immediately put
in place regulations that will allow U.S. companies to export agricultural
products to Iran ... FULL TEXT
U.S. should mind its own business
20 (National Post, Canada) - There is an additional, unfortunate "know
your client" rule at U.S.-owned Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., according
to a company memo leaked to me recently ... FULL TEXT
Foreign workers take $1.2 billion out of
30, (The Middle East Observer) - Mashad, Khorasan Province - A senior Labor
Ministry official said that over one million foreign nationals illegally
working in Iran take $1.2 billion out of the country annually ... FULL TEXT
Shamlu translates play
(Neshat) - Before his recent illness Ahmad Shamlu translated a play by a
South American writer which will be brought on stage in Iran ... FULL TEXT
Writer baffeled by sudden fame
Tehran, (Neshat) - Davood Ghaffarzadegaan is a young writer who
has made quite a name for himself with a series of novels and short stories.
He was one of the writers who recently received an award for his contribution
to literature during the last two decades. But he's baffled by the sudden
fame ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
U.S. basketball team to visit Iran for
TEHRAN, July 19 (AFP) - Iran 's basketball federation announced
Monday that five other countries will field teams for a tournament here
next month, including the United States. US and Iranian sides will join
teams from Belgium, Hungary, Russia and Yugoslavia for a week-long tournament
in Tehran beginning August 15, the federation said, cited by the official
IRNA news agency.
(Neshat) - Esteqlal has appeared poorly against two German teams. Esteqlal's
Russian headcoach says this is an opportunity to learn from mistakes ...
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
France looking for bargains
(Neshat) - While Iranian soccer teams train in Germany, French recruiters
are paying visits, looking into signing quality players for a fraction of
what they pay for European and South American stars ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
He's mine! NO! He's MINE!
(Neshat) - A fued beteween Esteqlal and Bahman clubs over star forward Sattar
Hamadani grows to ridiculous proportions ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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July 20, 1999
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