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The ballot box
Majlis elections mark new era

Written and Photographed by Dokhi Fassihian
February 21, 2000
The Iranian

There is excitement on the streets of Tehran. Democracy has arrived with a vengeance. All over town, people are talking about the latest results of Friday's vote and making predictions for the final makeup of Iran's sixth Majles. In taxis, homes, restaurants, and parties, politics rules supreme.

In a stunning victory, reformists belonging to the Islamic Iran Participation Front (pro-Khatami factions) have swept Tehran, Mashad, Esfehan and Shiraz and other major cities. Following in second place are independent candidates, and coming in last with a small minority are the conservatives >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Fourteen >>> GO TO FEATURE


Now comes the hard part for Iran reformers

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN, Feb 21 (Reuters) - For President Mohammad Khatami and his reformist allies, big winners in Iran's parliamentary polls, now comes the hard part: satisfying years of pent-up demand for profound social, cultural and political change.

On the face of it, Friday's general election could not have gone better for the reformist camp.

But analysts say transforming this mandate into fundamental reform within the Islamic system will prove far more difficult >>> FULL TEXT


Nabard-e Khalq

What does the radical left think of the Majlis elections? >>> GO HERE

More Letters

* He will be missed

Sanam Ansari and Parasto Saadat write: We wanted to inform you of the recent death of Nader Naderpour, a well-known comtemporary poet and writer. Mr. Naderpour was a well-known member of our community and held many poetry sessions at UCLA. His poetry and words have touched us all and have served as true inspiration for many.

His work covered many subjects making him admirable to a wide audience of Iranians and non-Iranians. His will truly be missed and his work will continue to serve educational and inspirational purposes to all who encounter any of his pieces. We give our condolences to his family and wish them all the best.

* Is there a solution?

Kianoush N. writes: I am a sixteen year old student in Seattle, Washington. And, "beh omid khoda", I will go to college next year in New York or Washington D.C.

My family and I have visited Iran eight or nine times since we first came here in 1985. Until this past summer, Iran was heaven to me. All my cousins and family would surround me when I visited. We would go to Shomaal and eat balaal kabaab shodeh by the Caspian or play takhteh in my uncle's comfortable villa. And of course, my girl cousins and I would go on our daily pesar-bazai adventures : )

But this year, I experienced a different side of Iran. My cousins and a couple of our friends were walking in the street when we were confronted by the Komiteh. They harrassed us for almost an hour, threatening that the minibus was on its way to take us to the Kalantaari. At one point, I started crying, which was even more humiliating >>> FULL TEXT

* Enjoyed Moonlight

Mcharry writes: I enjoyed reading [Gina Nahai's "Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith"]. I would like to know more about the author's interest in Magical Realism.

Celebration: Charshanbeh Soori!

The Association of Iranians in Washington State would like to invite you to the following events in our community in Seattle: 1) Charshanbeh Soori. It's a FREE event! Tuesday night March 14th, 2000 at 6:30 PM. 2) For the occasion of Norooz, Shamaie-Zadeh will present a concert on Monday March 20th, 2000 >>> DETAILS AT


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Tehran joyous but calm as reformers romp to victory

TEHRAN, Feb 21 (AFP) - By previous standards of celebration, Tehran residents have been relatively subdued as Iranian reformers romped to victory at the polls, but no less joyous. When President Mohammad Khatami was elected in 1997, "it was so unexpected, we danced. When Iran beat the United States (in the 1998 World Cup), there was an explosion of fierce national pride. We were a reborn country," said 35-year-old draughtsman Iradj Tabei >>> FULL TEXT

Iran upholds death sentence on student leader in riots

TEHRAN, Feb 21 (AFP) - Iran's courts have upheld the death sentence on a student leader found guilty of instigating deadly riots in Tehran last year, a newspaper reported Monday. The courts upheld the sentence against Akbar Mohammadi, one of three students sentenced to die for their role in July's disturbances, the Asr-e-Azadegan paper said.

Reformers win the battle, but voters say: show us the money

TEHRAN, Feb 21 (AFP) - All the votes have yet to be counted but Iranian reformers are quickly learning one of the oldest lessons of democracy in the book: the people don't stay happy for too long >>> FULL TEXT

Abdollah Nuri hails landslide victory in Iran

TEHRAN, Feb 21 (AFP) - The landslide victory of Iranian reformers in last week's parliamentary elections will save the Islamic regime, their jailed standard-bearer, former interior minister Abdollah Nuri, said Monday >>> FULL TEXT

US welcomes "historic" Iranian vote showing support for greater freedom

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (AFP) - The United States on Monday welcomed results of the Iranian vote showing the people "overwhelmingly" support greater freedom and openness. "The results are of course not final but all indications are that this election is an event of historic proportions," US State Department spokesman James Rubin said in a statement >>> FULL TEXT

European countries hail Iran election results

Feb 21 (AFP) - European countries Monday hailed the sweeping victory of reformist candidates in elections to the Tehran parliament as a positive step in Iran's development, but reactions from its Arab neighbours were conspicuous by their absence >>> FULL TEXT


Feb 20, (Par Daily) - The poet Nader Naderpour passed away in Los Angeles Sunday >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - Historic estates in various parts of the country will be turned into "hotels" -- a great idea to attract tourists >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Music & religion

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Music is not against religion, says Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani. Is there a debate going on, still? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran daily) - Mehdi Fathi won the best supporting male actor award at the Fajr film festival for his performance in Masoud Kimiaie's "Eteraaz". An interview >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Off to Cyprus

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - The national soccer team will set up its next training camp in Cyprus in three weeks or so. They will get ready for preliminary Asian Cup matches in Syria >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Mehdi Monajadi, the coach of the national youth soccer team is looking for stronger and more experienced platers. The Asian championships are not too far off >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Senior managers at Persepolis claim there are no internal problems, no arguments between players and coaches, but >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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New era

It is an intense happiness. For me and my family, it is a second revolution. We want to finish this chapter of our history and start a new era. Now it's possible.

-- Iradj Tabei, 35-year-old draughtsman
February 21, 2000

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