Truth & justice
Interview with Arash Forouhar
By Haleh Vaziri
November 23, 1999
Vaziri: Are you saying that Khatami lacks the power to pursue a thorough
investigation of your parents' murders?
Forouhar: My parents' murders, the disappearance of other intellectuals
-- these are acts against us, against the movement that opposes the Islamic
Republic. These acts are not against President Khatami. Whoever did this
had my parents' under 24-hour surveillance, because they worried that my
father was leading the students and serving as a source of inspiration
or as an alternative to the government ...
Whoever killed my parents had planned it for months. They tried to pressure
my parents -- to break their souls. But my mother and father believed in
what they were doing and would not stop just because of this pressure.
These people watched my parents and waited until they were alone to attack
them. These people were afraid of my parents ... GO
Appeal court upholds death sentences
November 23, (BBC) -- The Iranian appeal court has reportedly upheld
death sentences on three alleged ringleaders of the violent unrest which
swept Tehran in the summer.
Another alleged instigator of the disturbances is said to have been
acquitted on the grounds of insanity.
A revolutionary court had sentenced the four to death in September for
their role in two days of riots that followed a wave of pro-democracy demonstrations
in July ... FULL
TEHRAN, Nov 23 (AFP) - An Iranian military pilot had a lucky escape
Tuesday when his training plane developed a technical fault -- and so did
the inhabitants of a south Tehran suburb. The single-engined plane missed
the airport at Ghalemorghi, and came down in the middle of an avenue barely
wider than the wingspan ... GO
* Strange experience
writes: You can not do this to us! I was sitting here in front of the
computer trying to get some work done and then I received The Iranian
Times with all th Abadan
photos. I could not work after looking at the pictures. I don't think
any person who lived there could!
The pictures were so different from the last time I visited Abadan about
nine years ago. At the time most places were unrecognizable because of
the war damage.
No matter how it looked, the earth and the sky were there and the connection
to the past was as present as it could be. I also went to 110
Braim. At the time they were working on the house. When we arrived
nobody was there and the door was open. So I walked inside.
The walls had just been painted white. The rooms were all empty. I stood
there in the small hallway next to the entrance door. It took me just a
few seconds before I could see all the things that used to be there: the
paintings, like the one of Persepolis and another one that was my favorite
but I can't remember the name.
Needless to say, it was a strange experience being there. Even talking
about it now, I can still feel it all.
* What am I?
Gelareh Asayesh writes:
Apropos of the census
brief in The Iranian Times, I wonder if the magazine can ask
a question that surely a lot of Iranians want to know the answer to --
what racial/ethnic category are we?
It seems to me that "Iranian" does not qualify because it
encompasses a number of races and ethnicities. If I am not Kurdish or Turkish
or Arab, what am I?
There's probably some professor somewhere who knows the answer, but
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Video of the Week
A new documentary that goes where Western camera s have never before
gone: into an Iranian divorce court. The film is directed by award- winning
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United States seeks consular visits to
WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - The United States wants reciprocity
from Iran on visits to Iran by U.S. consular and other officials, the U.S.
State Department said on Tuesday. But it denied it had proposed basing American
officials in Tehran permanently at the office looking after U.S. interests
... FULL TEXT
Court hands down jail term to fourth person
over "blasphemous" play
Nov 23 (AFP) - An Iranian press court handed down a four-month jail sentence
Tuesday to a student charged with publishing an allegedly blasphemous play
in a university magazine, judicial sources said. Hamed Ahangari became the
fourth person to wind up with a prison sentence over the play, which outraged
conservatives by appearing to mock the belief of Iran's Shiite Muslims in
a "hidden" imam who will return to usher in an age of justice
... FULL TEXT
Accused Jews 'may be freed'
23, (AFP) -- The head of Iran's Revolutionary Court, Gholamhossein Rahbarpour,
has said some of 13 Iranian Jews charged with spying for Israel may be freed
in the national interest ... FULL TEXT
Trade body head seeks Western ties
Nov 23 (Reuters) - Iran's leading business advocate said Western countries
could guarantee normal relations with the Islamic republic by establishing
deep-rooted economic links. Ali-Naqi Khamoushi -- president of Iran's Chamber
of Commerce, Industries and Mines -- also said Iran had no choice but to
attract foreign investment to boost its troubled economy ... FULL TEXT
Iran says oil rally will not rattle OPEC
DUBAI, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Giant oil producer Iran said on Tuesday
that the current oil price rally and Iraq's decision to halt oil exports
after a dispute with the United Nations would not prompt a sudden OPEC production
increase ... FULL TEXT
Tehran (Iran daily) - Male teachers have been banned from teaching
at girls high schools ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Saheb Qaraniyeh Palace
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Saheb Qaraniyeh Palace, the 153-year-old summer
residence of Nasserdin Shah has been opened to the public ... FULL TEXT
Tae Kwan DO
Tehran (Hamshahri) - The Iranian university tae kwan do team won
first place in international competitions in Germany ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
SPORTS NEWS CORRECTION: In yesterday's Times, there was
a news item about the death of former national soccer team headcoach Parviz
Dehdari, who died SEVEN years ago. Sorry about that!
Giving Esteqlal a break?
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Will the punishments against Esteqlal be softened
for its role in the big brawl in Shiraz? Possibly ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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I hold Khatami responsible for anything that happens to any citizen of
Iran, and he has to investigate my parents' murders until the end. Khatami
would do this if only he is willing to put his own life in danger. He doesn't
have enough power.
-- Arash Forouhar
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