The Iranian Times

Wednesday, April 19, 2000 / Farvardin 31, 1379, No. 963

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Lost opportunities
Limits of U.S. support for constitutionalism in Iran

By Charles Kurzman
April 19, 2000
The Iranian

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Iranian pro-democracy movement looked to the United States for cooperation. The U.S. Congress laughed at the constitutionalists' appeal. Are we witnessing a repeat of this scenario in the early 21st century? I'd like to make four brief points about the limits of U.S. support for Iranian democracy in the early 20th century, then suggest how the U.S. government might avoid a repeat of this sad history >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Sixty-Three & Sixty-Four >>> GO TO FEATURE


Digital Revolution in Iran

The New York Times
April 29, 2000

I was working on my computer science graduate project in Tehran when the Islamic revolution broke out in Iran in 1979. It was so exciting; it's hard to describe the feeling. I was 28. Everyone took part in the revolution, hand in hand. There was no difference between religious people and those who had their own ideas. We just hoped for a better country.

I grew up in Tehran and got my electrical engineering degree from Shiraz University. If I hadn't gone into computers, I would have become a heart surgeon or maybe a university professor. But during my military training, for about 18 months I was working in an army computer center, and I really liked it. >>> FULL TEXT

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Pease let me know if there is any Persian karioke in the form of laser disk available in the market.

Javad Shokouhbin

More Letters

* Just so you know

Maziar Shirazi writes: In response to Liane Neshat's letter, I agree with you on the fact that the Albright thing is no big deal ["Albright in Tehran"]. Don't make an issue out of everything, right? But the fact is that the Iranian government is far worse than anything China could ever be. I hate the fact that people are ignoring the fact that my people are being oppressed by a bunch of faceless, retarded sub-scum for whatever reason.

What is oppressive about the government? How about the fact that religious and political apartheid is in full effect? That Zoroastrians cannot walk outside in the rain because they are "impure" and will pollute Muslim Iranis? That a man cannot speak of true democracy without getting threatened, beaten, tortured, and all too often killed by Hezbollah and other groups? That one women is half a man and cannot talk to a stranger in public?

As the family member of men and women who have been and are victims of this so-called government, I feel a need to let you know what is really going on. Didn't mean to make an issue of a comment, but just so you know a tiny piece of what is real yet oblivious to the people in this country, who have in ways helped bring it about.

* Since when?

Kimia Izad writes: As an avid reader of fiction and literature I think I'm forced to make a response to Mr. Farhad Bani's letter regarding the Iranian writer Salar Abdoh's recent intellectual thriller, The Poet Game.

While Mr. Bani concedes that Salar Abdoh's entry into the world of fiction in the West is something to be applauded and that his writing ability is something to make all Iranians proud, he seems to have trouble, however, with the writer's portrayal of fellow Iranians.

My question is: since when does a novelist have an obligation to portray anyone, including his or her own compatriots in a positive light? If this was so, germany's Gunter Grass would probably have never written a single novel and never won the Nobel Prize.

First and foremost Salar Abdoh is a novelist, and a pretty damn good one at that. I say this even though I'm only half way through the novel, The Poet Game. I saw a review of it in The New York Times and my curiosity was aroused. I didn't buy this book either to have the writer be my teacher or get didactic on me. I wanted to read a good story written by a professional, and that, I feel, is exactly what I got.

And besides all that, anyone who reads this book will right away notice that the writer has created a sensitive and thoughtful protagonist who just happens to be Iranian. Where exactly is the mean portrayal in that?

* Aryan dreams

Hafez Ameli writes: Regarding Fereydoun Hoveyda's "Mystery Report", Reza Shah was infected with Hitler's Aryan dreams. Hitler had promised Reza Shah to bring back the Arian glory of ancient Persia, with Reza Shah at the helm. Who knows, had Hitler conquered Moscow prior to the winter of his defeat, this email would have probably been in German.

Rest assures, Reza Shah was in full control of his government and ministers. He clearly hated the Russians as well as the British for exploiting Iran.

It was no coincidence that upon his abdication he had requested to be exiled to Argentina, the Nazi haven. Only mid way through the journey the British officers aboard the ship had informed him that the ship was going to South Africa.

Art: Iranian cultural program at Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco will present two cultural programs that offer unique insight into Iranian culture and Iranian American experiences. On Saturday April 29, local Iranian American authors will read selections from the recently published anthology, A World Between: Poems, Short Stories and Essays by Iranian-Americans, and on Sunday, April 30, the critically-acclaimed Iranian film, Gabbeh (The Carpet) will be screened >>> DETAILS HERE

Books & Music from Iran

Check our fourteen new books from Iran including an authoritative history of the Achamenid empire, writings by leading reformists, Forough Farrokhzad's complete works, exquisite books of classical poetry with miniatures, Manichaean psalms and more! >>> GO HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

My restless, seething cries he stopped: "I want you to be still."
My silence then he answered, "Come cry your fill."
Again I swelled with sound, again he said, "Be silent."
Mute I rested till, once more,
"Come let me hear your heart's flute." -- Rumi

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Independent producers at Cannes

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Elton John's flame burns bright in Tehran

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Ceremony for Sohrab

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Azizi: Bad boy

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Abedzadeh's teleConference with Galaxy

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Serial killings

Following reports in Iranian papers that evidence relating to the cases of serial politcal killings in Iran has been lost and a number of those arrested have been released, the Commity for the Victims of the serial killings has issued a statement. Behrouz Parsa spoke to Nasser Zarafshan, member of the commity and lawyer representing some of the victims.

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Kill them

They (reformists) insult Islamic sanctities. They attend a conference to say nonsense. Kill them wherever you find them. This is God's unchangeable tradition.

-- Ayatollah Abolqasem Khazali
April 19, 2000

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