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Monday July 26, 1999 / Mordad 4, 1378, No. 776

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Getting away from it all

Photos by Rasool Nafisi
July 26, 1999
The Iranian

Rasool Nafisi, dean of the department of general studies at Strayer University in the Washington DC area, went to Iran last month to interview "religious intellectuals" for his book on the re-secularization of Iran.

Midway, he decided to take a short trip to Taleqan, which is about an hour-and-a-half's drive from Tehran. He took these photographs with a Nikon N70 , a Nikon 28-120 lens and Kodad ASA 200 film ... GO TO FEATURE

Widening gap
Reflections on the student uprising

By Rasool Nafisi
July 26, 1999
The Iranian

When the son of Mohsen Rezai, the secretary of the Expediency Council and one of the main players in Iranian clerical politics, surfaced in Washington last year and asked for political asylum, it was obvious that the youth had had it with the paternalistic structure of the Iranian state. Recent events supported this view. A simple incident -- banning of a popular newspaper, not un uncommon event in Iran -- ignited the wrath of the youth. Six days of demonstrations and rebellion followed in more than a dozen cities. Lives were lost and many casualties occurred. Why did it happen now? ... GO TO FEATURE


Students place hopes in general election

TEHRAN, July 25 (Reuters) - Iran's pro-democracy students, whose campaign suffered a setback during recent street riots in Tehran, said on Sunday they expected February's parliamentary elections to deliver a blow to hardliners opposed to reforms ... FULL TEXT

An uprising or riot or neither?

Hamid-Reza Jalaie-Pour's column on the student protests ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Jaasem joke


Yeh baar Jaasem tuy-e khiyaabun raah miraft va mikhandid. yeki behesh mireseh va migeh pas cheraa daari mikhani? jaasem javaab mideh: kho daarom baraay-e khodom jok ta'rif mikonom. chand ghadam un taraf-tar jaasem yeho mizaneh zir-e khandeh taa kabud misheh. miyaan soraaghesh va behesh migan pas chet shod? Jaasem migeh: volek een jok ro nashnideh budam.

More Letters

* Wishful thinking

F. Rafat writes: I couldn't be more agree with Mr. Hoveyda ["1999 not 1979"] about needing a leader in the recent demonstrations in Iran. The Los Angeles-based Radio Iran in reply to most of the listners' comments suggested that people should rise and continue the fight until the present government is overthrown and then Reza Pahlavi or Banisadr would step in and take over. Wishful thinking!

As for Mr. Khatami, he reminds me a lot of Mehdi Bazargan whose inability to govern broght such havoc upon us. Mr. Khatami has betrayed the people once again by giving nice promisses to his constituents, knowing that he has no power to fulfil them.

* Women in Islam

Farina Yasmin Chaudry writes: I understand as an artist you have the right to express yourself but the way that you express yourself should have some limitations. Some of your art I think is truly poetic and beautiful ["The gun and the gaze"]. I really do respect your talent. I do however strongly disagree with how you portray women with rifles and blood.

I can not believe you would portray Islamic women like they were some type of extremist missionaries. If you knew anything about Islam you would know that Islam is a religion based upon peace and respect for women. Islam was the first religion to give women true rights. Before Islam came around pagans were burying their daughters in the sand. Islam was the first religion to give women rights. It gave women the right to vote, it gave women the right to own property. They say heaven is beneath your mothers feet and the prophet himself told people to treat your mother better than your father ... FULL TEXT

* Discussion: The Crisis in Iran

SPEAKERS: Darius Rejali (Professor of Political Science, Reed College), Goudarz Eghtedari (Iranian Human Rights Working Group - U.S.A). TIME: Noon-1:30 pm, Wednesday, August 25, 1999. PLACE: The Governor Hotel, SW 10th and Alder, Portland, Oregon ... DETAILS HERE

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Clerics court convicts reformist publisher

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's special clerical court Sunday found the publisher of the leading pro-reform newspaper Salam guilty of printing classified material and defamation, the official IRNA news agency said, raising the prospects the influential daily will be silenced for good. The agency said Mohammad Mousavi-Khoeiniha, a powerful leftist cleric, had also been found guilty of publishing insulting language and misleading the public ... FULL TEXT

Iran reformists hit ruling on moderate daily

TEHRAN, July 26 (Reuters) - Pro-reform Iranian newspaper editors on Monday condemned the guilty verdict of a clerical court against the editor-in-chief of the leading daily Salam. Mohammad Mousavi-Khoeiniha, a leftist Shi'ite Moslem cleric, was convicted on Sunday for publishing an allegedly classified document, slandering officials and linking MPs to a rogue secret agent accused of masterminding murders of dissidents last year ... FULL TEXT

Nationalist opposition leaders arrested

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's secret service said it had arrested the leaders of a nationalist opposition movement in connection with recent social unrest in Tehran. The Intelligence Ministry said in a communique published in newspapers Monday that three senior members of the small Iran Nation Party (INP) had been in custody since the outbreak of street riots in Tehran in mid-July, following pro-democracy demonstrations. It identified the three as Khosrow Seif, Bahram Namazi and Farzin Mokhber. Another activist of the movement, Mehran Abdolbaqi, is also in detention, the ministry said ... FULL TEXT

Official says Iran unlikely to buy U.S. grain

TEHRAN, July 26 (Reuters) - An Iranian trade official said in remarks published on Monday that Iran was unlikely to buy grain from the United States and would purchase U.S. goods only if Washington allows imports of Iranian products. ``We have have never given serious consideration to buying grain from America, as prices are generally falling in world markets and we do not need to buy goods from America,'' newspapers quoted Deputy Trade Minister Masoud Karbasian as saying ... FULL TEXT

Turkey says diplomacy will solve Iran row

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, July 26 (Reuters) - Turkey's president and prime minister on Monday both played down a row with Iran, stressing their will for good neighbourly relations with Tehran. The two sides have exchanged increasingly angry words in the past week. Iran said Turkish warplanes and soldiers had violated its border in two separate incidents, and demanded an apology... FULL TEXT

Report: Iranian spy in Berlin

July 24, 1999 BERLIN (AP) -- Prosecutors have arrested an Iranian man accused of infiltrating Iranian opposition groups in Germany, a magazine reported Saturday. The man, a former student, was arrested in mid-July in Berlin and is being held on spy charges, Der Spiegel said, without citing sources ... FULL TEXT

Nabavi on Kubrik

Tehran, (Neshat) - Ebrahim Nabavi, Neshat's satirist whose earlier journalism involved film reviews in various magazines, has written a feature on the genius that Stanley Kubrik was ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran, (Neshat) - There are at least three plays based on Ferdowsi's Shahnameh currently on stage in Tehran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran, (Neshat) - A catalogue listening the works of Iranian animators has just been published. Iran's first international animation ("pooyaanamaaee") festival was held last February ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Abedzadeh speaks out

Tehran, (Iran Daily) - Excerpts from a four-hour interview with Ahmad-Reza Abedzadeh on the past and future of the national soccer team... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Constitutional freedoms

I say from the bottom of my heart and soul that our Islamic republic system can only carry on if it guarantees the maximum of legitimate freedoms within the framework of the constitution.

-- Salam publisher Mohammad Mousavi-Khoeiniha
July 25, 1999

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