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Wednesday January 5, 2000 / Dey 15, 1378, No. 879

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Iranian of the century

Reza Shah
Internet survey

January 5, 2000
The Iranian

Reza Shah got the third highest number of votes (11%) in The Iranian survey. Voters, most of all, applaud him for trying to turn Iran into a modern state. See comments >>> GO TO FEATURE

Iranian of the century

Mohammad Khatami
Internet survey

January 5, 2000
The Iranian

The fourth highest number of votes (10%) in The Iranian survey went to President Mohammad Khatami. His supporters say he has given Iran a human face with his rational and democratic policies. See comments from voters >>> GO TO FEATURE

Iranian of the century

Mohammad Reza Shah
Internet survey

January 5, 2000
The Iranian

Mohammad Reza Shah got the fifth highest number of votes (4%) in The Iranian survey. "He infused Iranians with pride and revived our culture," one voter wrote. See comments from voters >>> GO TO FEATURE


Soccer takes political role as Iran team flies to US

Financial Times (London)
January 5, 2000

TEHRAN -- Iran's national soccer team flies out today to play in the US for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution, another sign that ties between Tehran and the "Great Satan" are slowly improving.

At a last practice match at the national stadium yesterday Iran's players, using the language of soccer stars the world over, described the January 16 encounter with the US team at the Rose Bowl at Pasadena, California, as "just another game" >>> FULL STORY


Is that your final answer?

Arasta on the Iranian of the century:

Reza Shah is my final answer, and I do not need to call a friend.

More Letters

* Respect for other's opinions

Ali Parsa writes in response to Behrouz Sadigh who wrote: "Please remove my name from your mailing and subscription list. I can and will not support a publication who lists a communist ["Mohammad Mossadegh"] as its man of the century. I believe the Shah of Iran was deserving of that title, but since you own the publication and not I, it would be better if I were removed from your listing. "

I would have been happy if our friend presented some evidence as proof of his claim rather than cancelling his subscription just because The Iranian reported a piece of news. It did not appear to me that this was the Times' decision at all.

The first lesson we should learn in this free society is respect for other people's opinion and tolerance for opposing points of view. This intolerance of others is unfornunately the sign of our time. I constantly notice that more and more American readers of newspapers and journals cancel their subscription because they see something in those publications they do not like! >>> FULL TEXT

* Human rights violators

Sohrab Sepehr writes: One thing that was not mentioned about these "Men of the Century" and all their accomplices is that they took Iran to a much higher plateau that deserves the highest recognition in the field of Human Rights Violation. But who is interested in that?!

History will tell in time what these people did . To expose a blinded folded nation to light after being in such absolute darkness is bound to lead to mass blindness. Their motto has been, "If we can't see them, they can't see us".

* No relation

Simin Habibian writes: Nematollah Aghasi is not Andy Madadian's father. A lot of people make that mistake. Andy is Armenian and has become very well known specially in the Spanish community. The Los Angeles Times and People Magazine had articles about him a couple of times. Because of the rumor, the two met for the first time last year and are planning to have a concert together this year.

Editor: The mistake has been corrected. Thanks.

* Music: Persian music in Queens, New York

Queens Borough Public Library International Resource Center and The World Music Institute Present A Lecture & Musical Demonstration by Masters of Persian Music: Kayhan Kalhor, Ardavan Kamkar, & Ziya Tabassian. DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 22, 2000 3.00 p.m. PLACE: Flushing Library Auditorium 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, New York TEL: (718)661-1229/661-1230. ADMISSION IS FREE.


Books of the Week

* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh

* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi

* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar

* Mumia va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour

* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan

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US welcomes Iranian soccer team

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va, Jan 5 (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday welcomed a visit by the Iran ian national soccer team, saying it was a ``great example'' of unofficial exchanges Washington is encouraging with the Islamic state. State Department spokesman James Rubin, speaking to reporters during Israeli-Syrian peace talks here, confirmed that the United States had relaxed some immigration controls normally imposed on visiting Iranians >>> FULL TEXT

Reformers dealt election blow

TEHRAN, Iran ­­ Candidates who did not attend pro-clergy rallies will be disqualified from Iran's upcoming parliamentary elections, a hard-line council ruled in an apparent attempt to undercut reformers, newspapers reported Wednesday. Two "trusted supervisors" will decide whether candidates took part in the recent rallies to show support for the ruling Islamic establishment, the reformist Fath newspaper reported >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami asked to ensure fair Iran elections

TEHRAN, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Iranian reformers, fearing liberal candidates may be barred from parliamentary elections next month, called on President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday to ensure the ballot is fair. The 30 dignitaries, mainly leaders of leftist Islamist groups, reformist clerics and MPs, voiced ``deep concern'' in an open letter published by newspapers on Wednesday over new rules imposed by the Guardian Council which could bar all but the most devoted revolutionaries from running in the polls >>> FULL TEXT

Kharrazi to visit Britain next week

LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi will visit London next week on the first official trip to Britain by an Iranian minister since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, officials said on Wednesday. Kharrazi is due in Britain on Monday for talks with Foreign Secretary Robin Cook. He may also meet British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the officials said >>> FULL TEXT

German MPs to visit Iran head of businessman's new trial

TEHRAN, Jan 5 (AFP) - Mmebers of the German parliament are to visit Iran next week, ahead of a new trial facing German businessman Helmut Hofer, jailed in Iran for most of the past two years, the official news agency IRNA said Wednesday. The Bundestag delegation, led by the chairman of the parliamentary foreign policy committee, Hans Ulrich Klose, will meet Iranian parliamentary speaker Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri, his deputy Hassan Ruhani and Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi, IRNA said >>> FULL TEXT

Iran hopes for cooperation with Russia under Putin

TEHRAN, Jan 4 (AFP) - Iran looks forward to further expanding its ties with Russia under its new acting President Vladimir Putin, said President Mohammad Khatami said in a message Tuesday congratulating Putin on his appointment. Khatami's message also expressed the hope that the conflict in Chechnya, "which has been a cause of worry to all the Muslims in the world" would be solved peacefully, the official IRNA news agency reported >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says drug lord killed in clash with troops

TEHRAN, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Iranian troops have killed a notorious drug lord in a clash in eastern Iran, a key transit route for drugs smuggled to Europe from Afghanistan, a senior army official said on Wednesday. The official said Fazl Ahmad Barikzehi, whom he accused of having led 400 armed drug smugglers, was killed in recent army operations, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported. The official did not give the date of the operations >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Cinema) - Musicians pay tribute to Varoozhan -- the legendary music composer >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Cinema) - Hard to believe that there are actually unemployed actors in Iran these days >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Pop, Pop, Pop musik!

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Latest news from the world of music in Iran, including a Pop performance for Eid-e Fetr! >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Reform & censorship

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Abbas Milani's "Tajadod va tajadod-setizi" has reached Iran. Also there is a new book on censorship in the Pahlavi era >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Khadijeh Khatoon

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The tomb of Khadijeh Khatoon (believed to have been a daughter or grand-daughter of Imam Sadeq), on the road between Qom and Isfahan, has been registered as a historcal landmark >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Tough match

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Before leaving for the U.S., the Iranian national played a tough match against Saipa. The national team won, but just barely >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Americans insist

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Although many foreign teams have cancelled their participation in the Takhti international wrestling matches in Tehran, the Americans still want to come >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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His smile

[I choose Mohammad Khatami as the Iranian of the century] for simple reasons like his smile which won the heart of millions of Iranians, his compassionate speeches [and] his calm and peaceful demeanor...

-- Saghi Zarinkalk
"Mohammad Khatami"
The Iranian
January 5, 2000

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