The Iranian Times

Monday, April 24, 2000 / Ordibehesht 5, 1379, No. 966

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Anger & despair
Possible reactions to the political crisis in Iran

April 24, 2000
The Iranian

The following are fictional interviews about recent events in Iran, particularly the closure of reformist newspapers by the conservatives.

Alireza, 36-year-old real estate agent living in Los Angeles since 1985:

Q: What's your reaction to the latest news from Iran?

Alireza: What news? >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
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By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Final chapters: Sixty-Seven & Sixty-Eight >>> GO TO FEATURE


Last words?

Editorials in Mosharekat about the closure of more than a dozen other pro-reform newspapers and magazines. Plus a statement from the 2nd of Khordad Front:

* Editorial (1)
* Editorial (2)
* 2nd of Khordad Front statement


Rostam & Afrasiab

A computer nerd's version of Ferdosi's poem >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

More Letters

* Age of Reason vs. Dark Ages

Nazenin Ansari writes: I enjoyed reading Charles Kurzman's article in relation to the American support for democracy in Iran in the 20th century and the 21st century ["Lost opportunities"]. I should, however, like to state the following observations.

1. It would be misguided to compare Iran's Constitutional Movement (1904-1909), which was progressive and modernist in nature, to President Hojatoleslam Khatami's attempt to prolong the life of the Velayat-e-Faghih through revisionism. Whilst the former ended centuries of autocracy, the latter is an attempt to prolong two decades of theocracy >>> FULL TEXT

* Bloodshed

Behzad Djazaeri writes: Nice summary ["For God's sake"]. Yes a climax is approaching. It's difficult to know which side will come out on top. A coup d'etat may produce temporary relief, but risks precipitating a catastrophic end to the regime. On the other hand, this present confrontation is untenable. I fear some bloodshed is on the cards, as the protagonists have become highly polarized.

Pressure cooker
* Stollen money

By Banafsheh Zand

We all know that each and everyone of these akhoonds have lined their pockets with millions and millions that belong to the devastated people of Iran. None of that wealth belongs to these reprobates and none of them should be permitted to abscond with their booty. As time of their demise nears, the more shamelessly they scramble to feather their nests. This reminds me of the Germans' appropriation of Jewish property and then fleeing to South America after WWII.

I propose we begin searching high and low for the banks and investment firms that are handling these funds. As Iran's assets were frozen after the revolution, so should these. In view of the misery wrought by this consortium of self-proclaimed divine messengers, we should actively and with solidarity, be pursuing avenues to block their present and future exploits >>> FULL TEXT

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

Please join us for the opening of THE SILENT BRUSH: Selected Works of Prominent Contemporary Artists from Iran. Opening: May 4, 2000, 6pm-9pm. Gallery Talk: Sunday, May 7, 2000 1:30 p.m at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC Atrium Gallery. Major sponsorship by CHEVRON CORPORATION. Organizers: Aria, Vali, and Nour galleries, Tehran/Iran, Gallery Ovissi, (CA) Evolving Perceptions, Desho Productions, Iranian American Cultural Association, Iranian Studies Foundation (Washington DC), and Iranian American Council For more information please contact: Aisha D. Davis at 202-986-7885 >>> DETAILS HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

The ravishing moon last night upon me shone --
Not tonight, I told her, go away.
As she left, I heard her say: Well done, my moody one,
You don't even open the door when riches come. -- Rumi

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Quote Unquote

Beginning of the end

The conservatives have signed their own death warrant by closing down newspapers. They don't know this is the beginning of the end for them.

-- Elderly man in Tehran, angry that his daily Asr-e Azadegan was no longer for sale.
April 24, 2000

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Newspapers shut down
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