The Iranian Times

Friday, March 26, 1999 / Farvardin 6, 1378, No. 694

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Iranian of the Year

He changed
... 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

Tireless advocate
... 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.

Free spirit
"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 ... LISTEN HERE


Iranian dogs

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.

Kamal Penhasi
Holon, Israel

More Letters

* 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 ["Pioneer"] 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 (SIS)... DETAILS HERE

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Iran's top judge threatens crackdown on liberals

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 pilgrims

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 haj rally

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

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Keh ey bikhabaraan, raah nah aan asto nah in.

Comment in favor of "aaqaaye haaloo" as the Iranians of the year
The Iranian
March 26, 1999

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