Curzon's last laugh
There's good reason for part of our anti-British 'paranoia'
By Manoutchehr M. Eskandari-Qajar
October 26, 1999
One of the most interesting, bewildering, endearing, frustrating, --
choose your most appropriate descriptive term here -- characteristics of
Iranians is that once they settle in for a good conversation over tea and
sweets, inevitably their thoughts turn to politics, and sooner or later
the topic of the British in Iranian and Persian politics takes center stage...
Yes, Persians constantly talk about the British and their meddling in
the affairs of their poor country, (present writer prominently included!),
but the sad part of it is that the "paranoia" is true. The British
did meddle badly in Persian affairs. They overthrew governments, toppled
dynasties, had prime ministers and other high officials assassinated, replaced,
exiled, set up, etc ... GO
Iran's Former Hanging Judge Now Sides With Reformers
By JOHN F. BURNS
The New York Times
October 23, 1999
QUM, Iran, Oct. 18 Much about Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali these days
his simple white smock, his bare feet, his shuffling gait, his concern
for his visitors' well-being -- speaks of an almost penitential gentleness.
Long gone are his days as the chief judge of Iran's revolutionary courts,
when his name was enough to strike terror, his word sufficient to set execution
squads to work with their gallows, their shootings and their stonings.
"Drink your tea; it will get cold; it won't be good for you,"
Ayatollah Khalkhali said, several times, to a visitor who dropped in unannounced
at his home ... FULL
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girls. And we should feel responsible toward their future as much as the
boys. This is more important because of the way girls are treated universally
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Her pictures capture the spirit and the radiance of those that she encountered.
Here is an example of an Iranian who has shown herself to be a world citizen.
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Iran thwarts hijacking of internal flight:
Oct 26 (AFP) - Iranian security forces thwarted the attempted hijack of
an Air Iran plane by suspected members of the exiled opposition People's
Mujahedeen movement, police said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency
... FULL TEXT
Khatami visit to France juggles detente,
PARIS, Oct 26 (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami can count
on his trademark as Iran's best man to mend ties with the West when he meets
French leaders on Wednesday, but he can also expect stormy protests over
his country's human rights record ... FULL TEXT
Tension mounts as France prepares for Iranian
PARIS, Oct 26 (Reuters) - France battened down the hatches on Tuesday
for a second human rights storm this week, defending its decision to host
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and closing its borders to Iranian exiles
hoping to come to protest ... FULL TEXT
Hundreds of Iranians refused entry to France
Oct 25 (AFP) - Several hundred people of Iranian origin have been refused
entry into France in recent days, because their plans to protest against
a visit by President Khatami present a threat to public order, the French
Interior Ministry said Monday ... FULL TEXT
Nouri faces hardline clerical court
TEHRAN, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Reformist cleric Abdollah Nouri, a vanguard
figure in Iran's pro-democracy camp, will on Saturday appear before the
Special Court for Clergy to answer charges of political and religious dissent
... FULL TEXT
Nouri says only prison can silence him
TEHRAN, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Reformist Abdollah Nouri defied his
conservative critics on Tuesday, warning Iran's hardline clerical court
on the eve of his dissent trial that the only way to silence him was to
throw him in jail ... FULL TEXT
Iranian and Italian companies sign 232
million dollar investment agreement
Oct 25 (AFP) - Iran's National Steel Company and Italy's Danieli company
signed a 232 million dollar investment agreement here Monday for a sheet
steel manufacturing plant, Iranian television reported. Under the agreement,
signed by the managing directors of the two companies, Italy will provide
the finance for setting up the plant, to be repaid over 10 years ... FULL
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - A review of Saman Moqadam's new film,
"Siavash" and a critique of "Dokhtari baa kafsh-haaye kataani"
(The girl with the sneakers) (PDF FILE) ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Preserving Qajar architecture
(Asr-e Azadegan) - Most of the 147 buildings registered for preservation
by the Cultural Heritage Foundation of Iran are from the Qajar period ...
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Third Iranian in Hamburg
Tehran (Iran daily) - Rasoul Khatibi signed a contract in Tehran
yesterday to join Germany's Hamburg soccer club. He is the third Iranian
in the team, along with Mehdi Mahdavi-kia and Vahid Hashemian ... FULL TEXT
Asian chess tournament
(Hamshahri) - Iran has four players -- three men and a woman -- in the ongoing
Asian chess tournamenet in Malaysia ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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A curse on the British and particularly on Curzon for all the misery
they caused us!
-- Manoutchehr M. Eskandari-Qajar
October 26, 1999
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