The Iranian Times

Monday May 24, 1999 / Khordad 3, 1378, No. 732

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Taste of Cherry


From revolution to freedom
The young generation fights for what should be theirs

Written and photographed by Aria Mehandoost
May 24, 1999
The Iranian

I finished some work, ate lunch, and left the office around in the early afternoon. When I got to the entrance of Laleh Park, all seemed calm. A few steps in, and still, everything was quiet and ordinary. A distant sound could gradually be heard as I approached the center of the park. Then suddenly I saw a few dozen security forces, and behind them, a few thousand people, mainly young students, listening to a speech.Two hours later my respect for the youth of Iran had grown exponentially...

This young generation is not so quick to run. They fight. They fight for what should be theirs. They fight for the very basic rights I have enjoyed outside Iran for so many years without always appreciating just how precious they are ... GO TO FEATURE


Moderation in Iran is still a mirage

BY: Reza Alizadeh
The Dallas Morning News
May 22, 1999, Saturday

Two years into Mr. Khatami's presidency, there is no sign of "moderation," and there have been no reforms. The facts are clear: The Iranian people's conflict with their dictatorial rulers is irreconcilable ... FULL TEXT


Amoo Sibiloo


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* Jews & Bahais are Iranians

Committee for Religious Minority Rights in Iran in Los Angeles writes: Clearly the authors of this story, do not consider Jews and Bahaiis as Iranians ["I must be a Jew"]. Otherwise why do they confront a Jew with an "Iranian" and not a "Moslem" or other kind of Iranian?

It is about time for all concerned Iranians to realize that being Iranian should not be equated to being Moslem, and non-Moslems have not been foreigners, even though up until today it has been so in the minds of most Iranian Moslems, including Religious ones, Leftists and Nationalists.

* Isfahan or Iran's problems?

Mahin Witkowski writes: I read the article on "My city, Isfahan" by Mohammad Ali and I'm still trying to see how "the bad and theugly" that the writer gripes about are necessarily Isfahan rather than Iran's problems. And what about "the good" about Isfahan -- such as food that "are to die for" -- that he briefly mentions and leaves suspended?...

What this article obviously brings out is that, the more things have supposedly changed in Iran during the last quarter of a century, the more they are the same -- countrywide and not in Isfahan alone ... FULL TEXT

* Play: The 8th Voyage of Sinbad

Written By: Bahram Bayzaie
Translated By: Bella Warda and Zara Houshmand
Directed By: Jim Cave
Location: South Berkeley Community Church, Berkeley, California

A joint production by Darvag and Shotgun Players (also based in Berkeley California). Opening Night: Saturday, June 12, $20... DETAILS HERE

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Khatami welcomes conciliatory Clinton remarks

DOHA, May 23 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami welcomed as "courageous" on Sunday recent conciliatory remarks by US President Bill Clinton but called on him to back up his words with deeds. "I think that the point of view expressed by Mr. Clinton was courageous, without knowing to what extent he was convinced of what he was saying or whether it was just a tactic," Khatami said in an interview with the Qatari satellite television channel Al-Jazira ... FULL TEXT

Khatami vows reform two years on

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami Sunday vowed to press on with democratic reform on the second anniversary of his election but warned that abuse of freedom could undermine clerical rule in the Islamic republic ... FULL TEXT

Rally marks anniversary of reforms

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of local councilors, elected three months ago in Iran's biggest experiment in grassroots democracy, rallied in a giant sports stadium Sunday to celebrate the second anniversary of President Mohammad Khatami's landslide election ... FULL TEXT

Reformist Iranian MP gets six months for threatening conservative

TEHRAN, May 24 (AFP) - A reformist Iranian MP has been sentenced to six months in jail for using a gun to threaten a conservative member of the supervisory boards which oversaw February's local elections, newspapers reported Monday ... FULL TEXT

Iranian speaker warns against unchecked "freedoms"

TEHRAN, May 24 (AFP) - Iran's conservative speaker of parliament, Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri, warned Monday that unchecked "freedoms" were threatening the ideological foundations of the Islamic Revolution ... FULL TEXT

Khatami the key to closer Iran-Arab ties

DUBAI, May 24 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, the moderate leader of the former pariah of the Gulf, is the key to further improving ties with Iran's Arab neighbours, diplomats and Gulf officials say ... FULL TEXT

Iran protests to NATO over damage to mission residence in Belgrade

TEHRAN, May 23 (AFP) - Iran filed an official protest with NATO on Sunday over damage to the residence of the Iranian mission in Belgrade in a NATO air raid, the official IRNA news agency said. ... FULL TEXT

Russian co. to drill for oil in Iran

Monday, May 24, 1999, MOSCOW (AP) -- A joint Russian-Belarus oil company has signed a contract to drill and service oil wells in Iran, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported Monday ... FULL TEXT

Esteqlal takes second place

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Esteqlal clinched second place in the Azadegan League but only barely. It won the title by virtue of goal difference with Sepahan ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Get lost

Faashist boro gom sho!

("Get lost, you fascists!")

Slogans shouted against radicals at a rally in Tehran
"From revolution to freedom"
The Iranian
May 24, 1999

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