The Iranian Times

Wednesday November 3, 1999 / Aban 12, 1378, No. 840

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The truth sets you free
It did. Even during the hostage crisis

By Ali Hosseini
November 3, 1999
The Iranian

[After the American hostages crisis in Tehran], everything took a different turn. Most Americans knew Iran as a land of flying carpets, Omer Khayyam, and oil . They saw it as a friendly country. Now, overnight, Iran was the enemy. As mistrust, suspicion, and paranoia grew, I became more self-conscious about my black hair and dark appearance and could often feel that people were staring at me.

After a few harassing phone calls, I disconnected my phone, limited my normal everyday activities, and stayed in closer touch with my friends. Some of us decided to say we were from Pakistan if we were ever confronted. Denying my own identity - just thinking about it was painful ... GO TO FEATURE


Hopes & dreams

When Zan-e Ruz magazine published its last feature on Miss Iran finalists in 1978, it included notes from each of the girls. They wrote about their interests and aspirations, as well as their hight weight! For the next few days these notes will be featured in the Nostalgia section. Here's the first one from Roya Aqaie... GO TO


Iranian Revolutionaries Preach a New Creed: Democracy

By Afshin Molavi
The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 3, 1999

TEHRAN-When a group of radical Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy here 20 years ago and took Americans hostage, they shocked the world and changed the course of Iran's revolution. Today, some of the most prominent leaders among those students are changing history again--but this time as reform advocates, playing key roles in Iran's nascent democracy movement.

Abbas Abdi, one of the most conspicuous student leaders in 1979, is more likely these days to be shaking the hand of an American diplomat than burning an American flag. He now calls himself a liberal democrat and advocates a civil society, freedom of speech and the formation of political parties ... FULL TEXT


Iranian National Ballet

Dear compatriots,

I am glad to be able to present to you the project of recreating the Iranian National Ballet, which has been dissolved after the revolution of 1979 in our country. "Les Ballets Persans" as an internationally touring ballet ensemble intends to present a repertoire including works inspired from our golden culture and arts ... FULL TEXT

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* Happiness in their eyes

Mandana Asadi writes: I saw the Halloween photos ["Halloween 1999"]. They are a little bit spoiled but you can see the happiness in their eyes; they makes me cry . I've been in Spain for more than three years and it's like that I'm living in a glass bubble.

* Bii yoo tii fool

Mehdi writes: Your pictures ["Halloween 1999"] are so weird and bii yoo tii fool! And the most dangerous thing is that some of them are so blasphemous. I'm afraid the hezbollah might find another target!

* Art: Yari Ostovany's paintings, Emeryville

Gallery Ovissi presents Yari Ostovany: paintings from the series "Conference of the Birds" Jan Eldridge: paintings of malta Joan Wortis: calligraphic meditations Saturday , November 6 from 5 - 8 p.m. (Drinks & appetizers) On view until December 25, 1999 1425 Park Ave, Emeryville, California, USA Hours: Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Books of the Week

* Moraba-ye shirin (1998)
By Houshang Moradi Kermani
92 pages.

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MKO, Iraqis, suffer casualties in blast

BAGHDAD, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Iranian opposition forces based in Iraq have suffered heavy casualties in a explosion they say was caused by a Scud missile fired from Iran. Iraq's account of the Tuesday evening blast blamed the seven Iranian and Iraqi dead and the 78 wounded on ``a foreign state,'' without naming Iran or mentioning missiles ... FULL TEXT

Moderate students hold counter-rally to mark US embassy seizure

TEHRAN, Nov 3 (AFP) - Several hundred moderate Iranian students gathered outside the Tehran university mosque on Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the hostage-taking at the US embassy here in a "spirit of dialogue." ... FULL TEXT

Khamenei denounces US, students march for peace

TEHRAN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran with a denunciation of those who sought reconciliation with the ``Great Satan.' ... FULL TEXT

Washington ready to build bridges with Iran, but not to forget

WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (AFP) - Twenty years after Iranian students stormed the US embassy in Tehran and held 53 US diplomats hostage for 444 days, US State Department officials here believe the time has come to turn the page in relations between the United States and Iran ... FULL TEXT

Nouri vows to defend rights

TEHRAN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Maverick Iranian reformist Abdollah Nouri, on trial for political and religious dissent, pledged in court on Wednesday to defend citizens' constitutional rights ... FULL TEXT

Iran right divided ahead of key polls

TEHRAN, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Iran's conservatives, having failed to turn back President Mohammad Khatami's liberal reforms, face growing dissent in their own ranks and it could hurt their chances in forthcoming parliamentary polls ... FULL TEXT

Oil heads higher as OPEC keeps supply tight

LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Oil prices resumed upward progress on Wednesday as signs emerged that export cartel OPEC had kept up tight compliance with supply curbs through October ... FULL TEXT

Will Majidi get the Oscar this time?

Tehran (Iran daily) - Iran's Culture Ministry has introduced Majid Majidi's "Color of Paradise" to the Oscar committee to be considered in the Best Foreign Language Film category ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Acting or family life?

Tehran (Cinema) - Iraj Qaderi is making a new film. "Shorat" (Celebrity) is the story of a woman who has to choose between acting or starting a family ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Esteqlal, Persepolis tied for first

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Esteqlal defeats Chuka 2-0, thus joining Persepolis on top of the Azadegan chart. However, the performance against Chuka showed that Esteqlal still has many weaknesses ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Mayeli-Kohan at Saipa

Tehran (Iran daily) - Former national team headcoach, Mohammad Mayeli-Kohan has been named the headcoach of Saipa ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Taking the hostages say that our people do not want to be under the domination of the United States ... But today, after 20 years, we must take a new look. Relations with the United States is not a nightmare or an unreligious act, but at the same time re-establishing ties will not solve our problems overnight. Having or not having relations with the United States must be based on our national interests.

-- Hashem Aghajari, a founder of the Office to Consolidate Unity, which led the takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran
November 3, 1999

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