The Iranian Times

Thurssday November 4, 1999 / Aban 13, 1378, No. 841

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Time to move on
Twenty years after the hostage crisis

By J. Javid
November 4, 1999
The Iranian

Interview with Bruce Laingen, former U.S. charge d'affaires in Iran who was one of the American diplomats taken hostaage at the American embassy in Tehran 20 years ago this day. (RealAudio) ... GO TO FEATURE


Analysis: Hollow ring to familiar chants

By regional analyst Tarik Kafala

November 4, 1999 (BBC) -- The 20th anniversary of the siege of the United States embassy in Tehran has been marked in familiar fashion - American flags are being burnt to chants of "death to America".

The demonstrations are familiar, but expressions of hatred towards the US - "the Great Satan" - will ring hollow to many Iranians looking forward, not to the past.

This anniversary comes against a background of changing Iranian-American relations and a struggle in Iran between the conservatives and the reformists. ... FULL TEXT


Harmless American

Dan Quayle is a poster boy for U.S. computer products in Iran ... SEE PHOTO

More Letters

* Thinking small

Duke Beeler writes: I read some of the articles on your site. America is a great country and I'll kick anyone's butt for trying to run over my country! I try to have no hatred towards any man but when your people live in the past and continue to burn our flags and shout out "Death to American" it causes nothing but hatred towards your people from Americans.

We just look at Iran as a bunch of ignorant individuals who are jealous of our country and our life styles and can't handle life as it is. They are people that live in the past and have nothing to look forward too. If they would open their eyes and look for a future of good living and stop blaming the world for their past failures then maybe they would have a life of opportunity and prosperity to look forward to.

As for the British, yes, we did have a revolution against them and yes, we did win and break away from Britian but any and all of those hard feelings have since vanished and are forgotten where as if it were Iran, they would still be boo-hooing about it! I do feel sorry for the people in Iran because they do have a real big problem of thinking small.

* Mocking the chador

Isa Tanha writes: I am writing this letter in regard to your article ["Halloween 1999"]. Apparently, the pictures show some young people dressed in different costumes at a Halloween party. From what I see in those distorted pictures, some of the costumes also appear to depict the traditional Iranian dress -- the chador (veil). If this is the case, I like to express my deepest disappointment in the attitude of such young compatriots who humiliate and demean a traditional dress worn by our mothers and great grandmothers ...

Those who wear chador BY CHOICE are not ignorant as some may think. They know what they are doing. What kind of message are we implying by mocking them? Such displays are as bad as those who force women to wear the chador, and those who forcefully prevented them to follow their belief ... FULL TEXT

* Academic: CIRA call for papers

Center For Iranian Research and Analysis (CIRA) is pleased to announce The 18th Annual CIRA Conference at Hyatt Regency Bethesda, Maryland, USA April 28-29, 2000 The theme of the conference is IRAN 2000: "The Challenges Ahead". Submission of papers and proposals for organizing sessions on all topics related to Iran, the Middle East, and Central Asia are encouraged. Please send abstracts or proposals before December 15, 1999 to: Dr. Kamran Dadkhah, Northeastern University, Economics Department Boston, MA 02115 - or - Dr. Mehrdad Vallibeigi, American University Economics Department, 4400 Mass. Ave., Washington DC, 20016. For further information you can contact Dr. Valibeigi at 703-690-9400, or


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TEHRAN (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Iranians rallied outside the former U.S. embassy Thursday, the 20th anniversary of the hostage crisis, burning American flags and vowing to renew the struggle against the ``Great Satan.'' Demonstrators also burned Uncle Sam in effigy while chanting ``Death to America'' and ``Death to Israel,'' familiar cries in the streets of Tehran over the past two decades ... FULL TEXT

Nouri says Iran can't ignore US forever

TEHRAN, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Maverick Iranian cleric Abdollah Nouri on Thursday told a court trying him for political and religious dissent that Iran could no longer ignore the United States' position as biggest player in the international arena ... FULL TEXT

Americans held hostage by Iran forgo bitterness

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (AFP) - The memory of his 444-day imprisonment at the hands of Iranian revolutionaries remains etched in his mind. But 20 years to the day after his capture, former US diplomat Michael Metrinko says: "The time for bitterness is past." ... FULL TEXT

Drug traffickers kill 35 Iranian police on Pakistan border: UN

TEHRAN, Nov 4 (AFP) - Thirty-five Iranian policemen were killed in a clash with armed drug-traffickers near the border with Pakistan Wednesday, United Nations official Antonio Mazzitelli told AFP Thursday ... FULL TEXT

MKO vows revenge for missile attack

BAGHDAD, Nov 4 (AFP) - Iranian opposition group the People's Mujahedeen on Thursday vowed revenge against Tehran for a missile attack on one of its bases that left six dead and scores wounded ... FULL TEXT

INTERVIEW-Shell plans moves into Saudi Arabia, Iran

LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell is poised for a breakthrough in the Middle East where it hopes to nail down new projects in Iran and Saudi Arabia, company chairman Mark Moody-Stuart said on Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Moghaddam "better than others"

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Saman Moghaddam, the director of the critically-acclaimed "Siavash" -- has boasted that his first film is better than those by current well-known directors. Here's an indepth interview (PDF file) ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Generational gap

Tehran (Hamshahri) - "Siavash" looks at the gap between two generations: the 1979 revolutionaries and their children in 1999 ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Parvin: father figure

Tehran (Iran daily) - Persepolis headcoach Ali Parvin explains why he was tough on Behrouz Tahbari-Far. "I love all the guys like my own son," Parvin said ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Basirat on Sepahan

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Majid Basirat who plays in the national team and Sepahan talks aboutwhy Sepahan has been a successful non-Tehrani team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Moving on

It's time to put it behind us. High time to put it behind us

-- Bruce Laingen, former U.S. diplomat in Tehran

The Iranian
November 4, 1999

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