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The Iranian Features
May 24-28, 1999 / Khordad 3-7, 1378

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Friday,
May 28, 1999

    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

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Thursday
May 27, 1999

Life

Photo by Nader Davoodi.

Two incidents
Further evidence of the erosion of idealism

By Fariba Keshtgar Hamadani
May 27, 1999
The Iranian

I knew once I decided to come to Iran after 22 years, I would inevitably face the Komiteh in some form. The environment had no doubt improved during Khatami's presidency, but I knew well that events were always unpredictable here. Although I had tried to prepare for it, when it happened I felt completely helpless as I had never lived in Iran and was unskilled at ways to get myself out of such trouble ... GO TO FEATURE

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Wednesday
May 26, 1999

Opinion

Ripple effects of Iranian diplomacy
The view from Washington

By Alidad Mafinezam
May 26, 1999
The Iranian

The vast majority of Arab countries have rejoiced at the thought of putting their troubled past with Iran behind them, welcoming the chance to work with Iran for their mutual benefit and greater unity in the Muslim world. But looking at these events from Washington -- where the Washington Post managed to all but ignore the trip -- a more complex picture emerges with U.S.-Iran relations at its core. ... GO TO FEATURE

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Tuesday
May 25, 1999

Arts

Talking pictures

By Yasmine Rafii
May 25, 1999
The Iranian

Last year, I started writing short narratives for my own amusement. The Iranian has featured a couple of them and since my other love is images, it seemed natural to combine the two.

The six pages you see here are the first in a series of what is to become an illuminated manuscript. I love the tradition of "faal gereftan", and kept that in the back of my mind as I was working ... GO TO FEATURE

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Monday
May 24, 1999

Cover story

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

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Cover story

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

Written and photographed by Aria Mehandoost

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