The Iranian Times

Thursday, March 11, 1999/ Esfand 20, 1377, No. 684


Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



160 degrees
A reversal of sorts in attitudes towards human rights

    By Hossein Bagher Zadeh

The pivotal themes of the ongoing debates ... are civil society and the rule of law. Both these themes are used by their proponents as instruments to discredit violence - the latter being a hallmark of the revolutionary power since the foundation of the Islamic Republic. And the remarkable thing is that they seem to be actually winning the argument. Today, even the most hard-line elements inside the regime are trying to forward their positions by resorting to the principle of the rule of law, and rejecting violence in words - though not in deeds.

This in itself is a major achievement: the language of violence is being discredited under the Islamic Republic. Today, not only the reformists, commonly known as the "2nd of Khordad Front", condemn violence and lawlessness but also their opponents are increasingly trying to distance themselves from any act of violence ... GO TO FEATURE


Molla or not
Concern over Mohsen Kadivar's arrest, even though he's a clergyman

    By Emami

    Could [the] lack of sensitivity [towards Kadivar's arrest] be attributed to the penchant for the dead and the martyrs which is so engrained in our psyches that even after many years of living in the west one would still react to injustice and brutality when someone is actually killed? Or is it, perhaps, the anti-religious, modernist outlook of so many of us that militates against defending a molla and getting unduly involved in some "in-fighting" that is going on out there? ... GO TO FEATURE


Pope meets Khatami

March 11, (BBC) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Pope John Paul II have held a historic meeting at the Vatican. Mr Khatami, a moderate Shi'a Muslim cleric, is Iran's most senior religious leader to visit the Pontiff. He is also the first president of the Islamic Conference - a pan-Muslim organisation uniting 55 Islamic countries - to visit the Vatican." ... FULL TEXT

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    Chador, dull? Kee meegeh?!
    Iranian magazine deplores women's "dull" Islamic clothes

TEHRAN, Feb 6 (AFP) - An Iranian magazine described Islamic clothes women have been forced to wear since the 1979 Islamic revolution as "dull."

"There are colourful fabrics in shops but most people wear dull-coloured clothes on the streets," said Iran-e-Javan (Young Iran), a weekly magazine for the young, published by the official IRNA news agency.

"The colour black is like a dark hole swallowing all the world's colours," it said, referring to traditional black body-length cloaks or chadors many Iranian women wear every day.

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* Cheer up, James Bond

Ali Chaquorzahi writes: Mr.B.Moore, in reference to your anger at having a hard time obtaining a visa to go to Iran, we Iranians have to pay to get a visa to England too... as for being labeled a spy, don't feel too bad, James Bond. What about us? We get finger-printed when we arrive in the U.S. because of the so-called [threat of] terorrism ... FULL TEXT

* Fridays: Art and jazz at Gallery Ovissi, Emeryville

Gallery Ovissi invites you to spend an evening with us at JAZZ GALLERY: where art and jazz come together. Every Friday Evening we feature the sounds of Top Bay Area Jazz Artists among Gallery Ovissi's Fine and Unique Works of Art Showtimes: 9 p.m and 11 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10 donation (drinks and hors d'ouevres included) ... DETAILS HERE

* Fire-jumping: Chahar-Shambeh Soury in Maryland

Tuesday, March 16, 1999 6:00 PM Oregon Ridge Park (near Baltimore), Sequdia room. Iranian-American Cultural Society of Maryland will host a Chahar Shambeh Soury celebration, complete with dancing, food, and fire jumping, on Tuesday night, 6:00 PM ... DETAILS HERE

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Khatami ends landmark visit with papal meeting

VATICAN CITY, March 11 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami held 25-minute talks here on Thursday with Pope John Paul II on the final day of a landmark visit to Italy. The pope called the occasion "important and promising" while Khatami appealed for "the victory of peace and reconciliation." The pope personally welcomed Khatami on the threshold of the Vatican's private library. Before their talks started, Khatami joked with the pope and introduced his delegation. In Farsi, he told Iranian photograhpers "not to upset the pope." ... FULL TEXT

U.S. wary of Iranian president's visit to Italy

WASHINGTON, March 11 (AFP) - The United States expressed worry Thursday that Iran might try to use its president's visit to Italy to promote its international trade. "We believe Iran should not enjoy the benefits of normal international commerical relations until it ceases activities that violate international norms," a State Department official said ... FULL TEXT

Khatami rebukes Europe for backing Rushdie

TEHRAN, March 11 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami broke from his pro-Western message in Italy to deliver a stinging rebuke to European nations which have supported author Salman Rushdie. Khatami criticised European nations for backing "a person who has desecrated ... the feelings of more than one billion Moslems" around the world, the official news agency IRNA reported ... FULL TEXT

MKO charges ambush

March 11, 1999, BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- An Iranian opposition group in exile said Thursday that armed gunmen ambushed its members traveling in a convoy in southern Iraq, and that one assailant was killed in retaliatory fire. The attackers, who worked for the Iranian government, fired machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades on the vehicles Wednesday near Amara, 250 miles southeast of Baghdad, the Iraq-based Mujahedeen Khalq Organization said in a statement ... FULL TEXT

Conservative calls for impeachment of interior minister

TEHRAN, March 11 (AFP) - Iranian conservatives stepped up the pressure Thursday to overturn their defeat in last month's municipal elections as an MP called for the impeachment of the interior minister over the handling of the polls. Interior Minister Abdol-Vahed Mussavi-Lari "must be impeached because he has no intention of abiding by the law," influential conservative MP Ahmad Rasoolinejad said ... FULL TEXT

Iran stresses opposition to Turkmen pipeline project

TEHRAN, March 10 (AFP) - Iran's oil ministry reiterated its opposition Wednesday to Turkmenistan's plans for a natural gas pipeline under the Caspian sea that would bypass the Islamic republic. Iran is the "best and cheapest route," said Deputy Oil Minister for Caspian affairs Ali Majedi before leaving for an international oil and gas conference that began Wednesday in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabad ... FULL TEXT

Persepolis vs. Pass

Tehran (Iran Daily) - Two of the top teams of the Azadegan League are going to battle at Azadi Stadium on Friday. Here's a review of both teams ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

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Revolution from within

It is part of the "us" people that has now started to challenge its own past and break with it. It is the ex-sepahis, basijis, intelligence ministry officials, para-military groups, state functionaries, hostage-takers, members of the infamous Cultural Revolution Council and ayatollahs with revolutionary credentials, who are now spearheading this drive. It is a revolution from within - and hence almost next to impossible to stop it.

Hossein Bagher Zadeh
"160 degrees"
The Iranian
March 11, 1999

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