Iranian of the Year
... in favor of "real democracy"
The following are comments in favor of Vice President Abdollah Nuri
as the Iranian of the year. He was impeached as the interior minister by
the conservative-held Majlis
... for human rights
The following are comments in favor of Maraym Namazie as the Iranian
of the year. She is a member of the board of the Committee for Humanitarian
Assistance to Iranian Refugees (CHAIR) in New York.
"She went through hell and crawled and climbed up"
The following are comments in favor of popular singer Delkash, as
the Iranian of the year. She performed for the first time in 20 years in
London in October 1998
"A queen in exile"
The following are comments in favor of Farah Diba Pahlavi, the wife
of the late Mohammad Reza Shah, as the Iranian of the year
The following are comments in favor of various individuals as the
Iranian of the year
Committee to Protect Journalists
Country Report: Iran
As of December 31, 1998
Since President Muhammad Khatemi took office in August 1997, Iran's
press has benefited from his agenda of social and political reforms. Newspapers
are now tackling political subjects that would have been unthinkable only
a year earlier. But almost as quickly as journalists realized their new
freedoms, the press found itself the target of a relentless attacks from
hard-line supporters of Iran's spiritual guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ...
Hello and happy new year (nowroozetan mobarak),
My name is Kamal Penhasi (from Israel) and I'm working on a book about
dogs in Iran (in history, culture and the breeds of iran). would you please
send me (if you can) some photos or information?
Anyway, thank you very much.
* Beyond wonderful
Farhad (an Afghan) writes: I
went to see "Children of Heaven" last Friday night with my father,
and again I saw it Thursday night with a friend. I cried both times when
I saw the film. "Wonderful" can not describe the film! It had
a deep insight of what life is and how we can overcome obstacles of life
without giving up. The entire cast did a superb job; I salute Mr.Majidi
for his version and drive to tell a simple but rich story of a poor brother
and sister with such heart.
* Conference: Iranian studies
Call For Papers: The Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, May
25-28, 2000, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bethesda, MD; organized by the American
Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) and The Society for Iranian Studies
Book of the Week
From 550 Bc to 650 Ad
By Josef Wiesehofer
Josef Wiesehofer, one of the most respected scholars of the ancient
world, provides here a comprehensive survey of the Persian Empire under
the Achaemenids, the Parthians and the Sasanians. By focusing on the indigenous
sources - written, archaeological and numismatic evidence from Persia -
he avoids the traditional Western approach which has tended to rely so
heavily on foreign and sometimes prejudiced Greek or Roman sources. Part
of the freshness of this book comes from its presentation of a historical
discussion of pre-Islamic Persia from a Near Eastern perspective.
Copyright © 1997 Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights
Reserved. May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Iran's top judge threatens crackdown on
TEHRAN, March 26 (Reuters) - The conservative head of Iran's judiciary
on Friday threatened a crackdown on liberal critics and the moderate press,
accusing them of seeking to undermine Islam and the 1979 Islamic revolution.
``There is no freedom for you to write and say anything you like. Our people
do not want such freedom if it is against the tenets of Islam,'' Ayatollah
Mohammad Yazdi said in a sermon at Tehran University ... FULL TEXT
- Also: Yazdi's Friday prayer sermon... IN
PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT
Saudi prince orders airport open for Iran
TEHRAN, March 26 (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, in a
special gesture to Iran, ordered an airport reopened to allow the last batch
of Iranian pilgrims to attend the annual haj, Iran's official news agency
IRNA said on Friday. It quoted Iran's ambassador to Saudi Arabia as saying
Jeddah airport, closed since Monday at the start of haj, was reopened on
Thursday to receive planes carrying 2,500 Iranians as well as Iraqi and
Afghan refugees ... FULL TEXT
Iranian pilgrims denounce Israel, US at
JABAL ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia, March 26 (Reuters) - Iranian pilgrims
denounced the United States and Israel as ``enemies of God'' at a rally
in Saudi Arabia at the climax of the annual haj pilgrimage on Friday. ``Death
to America...There is no God but God, and America is God's enemy,'' thousands
of Iranian pilgrims chanted at a 90-minute rally held inside their compound
on Mount Arafat, site of the last sermon by Prophet Mohammed 14 centuries
ago. The rally ended peacefully ... FULL TEXT
Updated March 24
dollar now offered at 785-805 tomans in the U.S. and 815 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
2 TV, Iran
Live from Tehran. Note that this station does not have 24-hour
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"We have experimented with the Web to discover its
potential for creative, collaborative expression, and to explore and sculpt
the boundaries between physical space and cyberspace."
Keh ey bikhabaraan, raah nah aan asto nah in.
Comment in favor of "aaqaaye haaloo" as the Iranians of
March 26, 1999
Photo of the Day
Musician of the Week
"Sound of Music" - in Persian