The Iranian Times

Thursday, February 17, 2000 / Bahman 28, 1378, No. 919

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Voting for change
Skeptical Iranians will vote to defeat conservatives

Written & photographed by Dokhi Fassihian
February 17, 2000
The Iranian

On my first day in Tehran, two days before the sixth parliamentary elections, the city was bustling with activity. On this particularly bright and sunny winter day, Tehranis went about their business as they were constantly interrupted on the street by hired hands passing out thousands of tiny fliers advertising for the many candidates vying for Majlis seats.

"I don't want to vote this time, but my friends say we should at least choose the better of two evils and keep the likes of [former president Aytollah Akbar] Rafsanjani out of power," a young cabbie told me on the way to this Internet cafe from where I an writing in northern Tehran. "But I will vote, just to support Khatami and what he is trying to do." >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
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By Bernace Charles
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Chapter Ten & Eleven >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran's Young Voices for Change
Generation Hungry for Freedom Likely to Hand Parliament to Reformists

By Howard Schneider
Washington Post Foreign
Thursday, February 17, 2000

TEHRAN, Feb. 16-The music started and the crowd was on its feet, dancing and shouting, boys and chador-draped girls mingling freely in the small auditorium. They cheered their candidate in a raucous campaign rally that was a hallmark of the new political season in Iran--a time when many young Iranians have become convinced that Friday's parliamentary elections can help mold this Islamic country into a place where they have more freedom to think, do and say what they want >>> FULL TEXT


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* Khayli ham modeh

Davood writes: Reading the articles in Iranian papers, one can not miss the fact that using verses from Quran, or other Arabic phrases without its translation, has become very fashionable. Using Arabic words even though the Persian versions of them exist, is an indication of one's knowledge of the religion and consequently is a score for the author. The tune of writings very much resembles molla-speech on the manbar.

Also Iranians who live abroad, like yours truly, are hard at work to forget even the colloquial day to day Persian, never mind the proper version of it. In my last visit to Iran, I had a discussion with one of the university professors. During our discussion, I apologized for using too many English terms in our Persian conversation. And the person's respond was " Negaraan nabaash, khayli ham mode-h" >>> FULL TEXT

* Saheb ekhtiyar

Cyrus Kadivar writes: This is a reply to the gentleman who said that in my article ["High spirits"] I was confusing Iranians with Indians for using the word "sahib" which is really "saheb" like "saheb ekhtiyar" or "sahebkhaneh", etc. That was how the story was quoted by Dr Wills who had spent a few years in India. Mu apologies for any misunderstandings.

* Dynamic woman

Hormoz Hormozi writes: Thanks for information about Bahieh Khamsi's photographs of Equator ["Red orange black blue"]. I had a short stop in the Washington DC area, and had a chance to view her photographs and the team of her work. What a dynamic young Iranian women.

There is a lots of hope for all of us with these future mothers. I was proud and exited to see a young Iranian dedicating one year of her life doing humanitarian work in Ecuador.

Thanks Bahieh. Keep up the great work.

Appreciation: Celebrating Ardeshir Mohassess

In recognition and celebration of the life of Ardeshir Mohasses, the vanguard of the Iranian modern art of caricature there will be a gathering in Rockville, Maryland on February 25. Guest Speaker: Esmail Khoi. Messages from : Ahmad Shamlou, Javad Mojabi, Reza Barahani >>> DETAILS HERE


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Iran goes to the polls for Khatami's "day of destiny"

TEHRAN, Feb 17 (AFP) - Millions of Iranians will take to the ballot box to elect a new parliament Friday in what President Mohammad Khatami is calling a "day of destiny." Facing a crucial juncture in his presidency, Khatami has made no secret of his desire to overturn the conservative majority in the legislature which has hampered his ambitious programme of liberalising reforms >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami urges big Iran vote turnout

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's president has urged his supporters to turn out in large numbers for Friday elections in a drive to end the domination of parliament by hardliners who have hampered his campaign for social and political reform. Opponents to President Mohammad Khatami's liberal reforms called on voters to cast ballots for conservative candidates to uphold the virtues of Islam, which now dictate nearly every aspect of Iranian life >>> FULL TEXT

Even in conservative bastion, some residents to vote pro-reform

TEHRAN, Feb 17 (AFP) - Iranians go to the ballot box Friday to elect a new parliament in what is being touted as a pivotal battle between reformers and their opponents, yet many here don't see much difference politically. "To a great extent it's like choosing between two kinds of cola," says political analyst Khosro Abedi. "There's not a big difference between many of the candidates >>> FULL TEXT

Reformers confident before Friday poll

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's reformers were confident on Thursday of victory in parliamentary elections as campaigning was suspended for a mandatory 24-hour ``quiet period'' before voting begins. Friday's race for 290 seats in the expanded parliament is seen as a referendum on President Mohammad Khatami's reforms aimed at creating a civil society within Iran's Islamic system >>> FULL TEXT

Leading reformist wants to see women take up ministerial posts

TEHRAN, Feb 17 (AFP) - Tehran's leading reformist candidate in this week's parliamentary elections, Mohammad-Reza Khatami, said on Thursday he was in favour of women taking up ministerial positions in the next government >>> FULL TEXT

Karbaschi puts new paper on streets

TEHRAN, Feb 17 (AFP) - A new daily established by the capital's former mayor, Gholamhossein Karbaschi, hit the streets of Iran Thursday, on the eve of crucial parliamentary elections. "Who will the people vote for tomorrow?" >>> FULL TEXT

North Korea, Iran jointly develop missile

TOKYO, Feb 17 (AFP) - North Korea and Iran are jointly developing an advanced version of a Chinese cruise missile sold to Tehran in the mid-1990s, a Japanese daily said Thursday. The missile is based on China's C-802 cruise missile which has a range of 120 kilometers (74 miles), the Sankei Shimbun said quoting Western military sources >>> FULL TEXT

Foreign oil deals seen after Iran polls

Feb 16, 2000 LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Iran 's slow grind towards new oilfield deals with foreign energy firms could finally pick up pace once Friday's parliamentary elections are out of the way, oil executives said on Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Hamshahri) - If you haven't read enough about "Aroos-e aatash" -- the people's choice at the Fajr film festival -- here's a talk with the director Khsoro Sinaie >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Sadeq Tabatabaie

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Remember Sadeq Tabatabaie? Ayatollah Khomeini's son-in-law who was in the provisional government of Mehdi Bazargan? He's back in the limelight -- as an author >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - The 8th century B.C. treasures discovered in the Arjan region of Khuzestan 17 years ago are now on display >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Persepolis and Esteqlal will faceoff this Sunday. Here's a history of their battles, plus other interesting info on Iranian club soccer >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Sunday is the day: Mansourian and Majidi will not play in the Persepolis-Esteqlal match but Yazdani is in extraordinary form >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Esteqlal's coaches are trying to get rid of the team's weaknesses prior to the Persepolis match >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Keep him out

I don't want to vote this time, but my friends say we should at least choose the better of two evils and keep the likes of [former president Aytollah Akbar] Rafsanjani out of power.

-- Tehran taxi driver
"Voting for change"
The Iranian
February 17, 2000

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