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Friday May 28, 1999 / Khordad 7, 1378, No. 736

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    Free speech

    Tehran spring
    There is freedom of speech, but at a price

By Laleh Khalili
May 28, 1999
The Iranian

The newspapers may be critical, but they are also cautiously observing boundaries set by the Islamic Republic itself and are operating within a confined and exclusive circle, entry to which requires some sort of allegiance to Islamic governance or at least Islam itself. While the outcry in defense of Mohsen Kadivar by all the "lefty" newspapers was admirable, there was no such similar outcry in defense of Abbas Amir-Entezam...

Perhaps the newspapers are testing the waters and are still afraid to jump in whole-heartedly in defense of human rights for ALL, not just those inside the Establishment. ... GO TO FEATURE


Iranian town marks anniversary of legendary Turkman poet

By Bruce Pannier

Prague, (RFE/RL) -- Today marks the anniversary in Turkmenistan of the birth of celebrated 18th-century poet Makhtum Kuli.

Festivities began Monday in the village of Haji-Gowshan in present-day Iran, where the poet was born in or around 1733.

So important is the poet to the Turkmen people that President Saparmurat Niyazov made a rare trip outside his country to attend the ceremonies. Also in attendance was Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ataollah Mohajerani ... FULL TEXT



Tashkent, Uzbakistan, May 27, 1999 (Hamshahri) -- Mohammad Talaie, a member of the Iranian free-style wrestling team, was taken to hospital after he smashed his head against a concrete wall. He was upset because he lost a match to a Kazakh opponent ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

More Letters

* Revolution is maturing

Laleh Khalili writes: I read with great interest your letter in The Iranian about the death of the revolution, and I just wanted to make a few small points in reply, which I hope you accept as graciously as you have offered your opinions.

First off, I really don't think the revolution as an idea is dead, since it obviously still occupies such vast tracts of the psyche of Iranians inside Iran and outside. Revolutions are only similar to living organisms in that they go through a lifecycle, and I believe that the Iranian Revolution of 1977-1979 is in its maturity stage ... FULL TEXT

* People are maturing

Ali Sajjadi , editor, Par magazine writes: Dear Ms. Khalili, ... Revolution, by its nature, which is nothing more than war, chaos,terror, etc., never "matures", what you refer to as maturity is in fact the maturity of the Iranian people, who are not looking for another revolution and want to have peaceful change. Credit for a peaceful movement goes to the Iranian people and not to the revolution... FULL TEXT

* Amazing ignorance

Sepehr Sohabl writes: Mr. B.M.'s emotional commitment to ignorance is amazing. The statement that not one Bahai died during the Iran-Iraq war or Bahais and Jews don't help during hard times are so ridiculus. What is your proof and how can you substantiate such statments? ["I must be a Jew"]

What is well-documented is what all the minorities in Iran have been and are going through whether there is a war going on or not: Bahais have lost their lives since the begining of their religion, and guess who took these lives? I rather be a Bahai than a blood-thristy nationalist.


* Class: Iranian Culture and Civilization

Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak writes: I am pleased to inform you that the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington in Seattle has approved Iranian Culture and Civilization as a core departmental offering in term "a" of its summer quarter 1999 program. Classes run from June 21 to July 21, 1999, and meet MWF, 1:10-4:30 p. m. For more information, contact the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at 543-6033 ... DETAILS HERE

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