Going back to Iran was the best thing I had done in my life
By Kaveh Sartipi
November 2, 1999
"If you were to pay me a million dollars, I would not go back."
This was what an Iranian co-worker said when she found out I was going
to Iran for a month this past summer. I could not understand why. I kept
telling her, this is your homeland, where you were born. Why would you
not want to go?
Although, I must say, that when my parents first told me that they were
putting in an application to get my Iranian passport, I was thinking the
same thing. Why would I want to go back?
Well, that was then. I have since gone to Iran and I can say that it
was the best time of my life ... GO
Political Winds May Be Blowing for Reformists
Iran's hard-liners appear destined to lose their grip on
power in parliamentary elections next year. Khatami advisor is favored
to lead the moderates.
By JOHN DANISZEWSKI
Los Angeles Times
October 30, 1999
TEHRAN-- The emotion Tuesday at Iran's Tehran University would suggest
the closing days of a heated political campaign. It recalled the tidal
wave of adulation two years ago when a little-known reformist candidate
named Mohammad Khatami swept aside his hard-line opponent to win the country's
The object of the applause this time was Abdollah Nouri, a key Khatami
advisor ... Judging from the reception he is already receiving, it is no
wonder that Iran's conservatives are frightened by what the next election
might bring ... FULL
My name is Sergey. I live in Russia in St Peterburg. I have Iranian
friend. His name is Mehrdad Roham. He is the student of Technical University.
I think it will be a big surprise for him to get some messages from Iranian
people. Our email Sun_nts@aport.ru
We are waiting.
* When will we learn?
Shirin Razavi writes: Last
Saturday, October 30, we went to a concert in Burlingame, California. The
two entertainers, Ebi and Bijan Mortazavi were great, and put in a lot
of effort, love and dedication to please the audience. What I don't understand
is why don't the organizers choose a more appropriate venue?...
The other problem was that after half an hour, when Ebi got real hot
and into it, people started getting up, and before long you had all but
like 10 tables (out of maybe 150 tables) standing up, and blocking everyone
else, and sure enough a fight started. I heard a security person say "I
knew something was going to happen."
It is so ridicules that after being in this country for over 20 years
our people have not learned to do things the right way. I truly believe
Iranians are extremely humble, and then there are those few who take advantage
of that and just do things that are beneficial to themselves, and others
don't count. What a shame ... FULL
* Francis Bacon
writes: Pictures of Halloween Iranian style in Washington DC ["Halloween
1999"] were so much like Francis
Bacon's paintings. Very interesting visually.
* Rights: Anniversary of the chain murders
To commemorate the first anniversary of the murder of prominent Iranians
Parvaneh Forouhar-Eskandari, Dariush Forouhar, Mohammad Mokhtari, Majid
Sharif, Mohammad Jafaar Pouyandeh and Pirouz Davani (missing and presumed
dead), a gathering will be held on Friday, November 19, 1999 7:30 p.m.
at George Marshall High School located at 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church,
Virginia. Speakers are:
- Mr. Arash Forouhar, the son of Parvaneh & Dariush Forouhar
- Dr. Karim Lahiji, President of League for Defense of Human Rights in
Iran and attorney for the Forouhar family.
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Shamsolvaezin, editor of Neshat, arrested
TEHRAN, Nov 2 (AFP) - Iran's press court finally arrested veteran
reformist newspaper editor Mashallah Shamsolvaezin Tuesday on a warrant
issued more than two weeks ago and jailed him pending trial on November
8, his lawyer said ... FULL TEXT
Press court jails students for "blasphemous"
Nov 2 (AFP) - Iran's press court handed down three year jail sentences to
two students charged with publishing an allegedly blasphemous play in a
university magazine Tuesday, Iranian radio said. A third student was given
a suspended sentence and a university professor was pardoned, the radio
said ... FULL TEXT
UN says freedoms of press & expression
decreasing in Iran
NATIONS, Nov 1 (AFP) - Freedoms of the press, expression and association
are on the decline in Iran since the repression in July of student protests
against the current regime, the United Nations said in a report released
Monday ... FULL TEXT
Students protest against mounting press
Nov 2 (AFP) - Some 600 students demonstrated in the provinces against the
mounting clampdown by the conservative courts on Iran's fledgling reformist
press, the government-run Iran paper reported Tuesday ... FULL TEXT
Students assess 20 years since embassy
TEHRAN, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Members of Iran's biggest student movement
gathered on Tuesday, 20 years after their forerunners seized the U.S. embassy
in Tehran, to review two decades of activism that has seen the movement
shed its militant image ... FULL TEXT
Khatami invited for landmark visit to Japan
hot on heels of France trip
Oct 31 (AFP) - Japan renewed an invitation for Iran's reformist President
Mohammad Khatami to visit Sunday hot on the heels of his landmark trip to
France, the official IRNA news agency reported ... FULL TEXT
Germany in Iran trade talks despite businessman's
Oct 31 (AFP) - A German business delegation concluded two days of talks
here Sunday on boosting trade with Iran despite the cloud over relations
posed by the continued detention of businessman Helmut Hofer ... FULL TEXT
Shajarian: Picasso award
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Mohammad Reza Shajarian has received the prestigious
Picasso award from UNESCO in recognition of his contributions to music ...
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Hamshahri) - A wide selection of the late Mohammad Ali
Jamalzadeh's works -- put together by Ali Dehbashi -- has been published
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Iran daily) - Iran's youth karate team snatched two gold
and three bronze medals to stand in fifth place overall at the world championships
... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Ali Mousavi's good showing at his German club
has caught the eye of Italian teams ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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