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Tuesday November 2, 1999 / Aban 11, 1378, No. 839

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True awakening
Going back to Iran was the best thing I had done in my life

By Kaveh Sartipi
November 2, 1999
The Iranian

"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 TO FEATURE


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.

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 presidency.

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 TEXT



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 We are waiting.

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* 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 TEXT

* Francis Bacon

Nargess Shahmanesh 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 - Virigina

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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