The Iranian Times

Wednesday, January 19, 2000 / Dey 29, 1378, No. 888

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The last great revolution
Early passions have been replaced by a hard-earned pragmatism

By Robin Wright
January 19, 2000
The Iranian

Like the world around it, Iran has been -- and still is -- going through a transformation. Early passions have been replaced by a hard-earned pragmatism, produced in part by revolutionary excesses that backfired against the clerics and exhausted the population. Arrogance has given way to realism. The "government of God" is ceding to secular statecraft. The passage of time has also helped to restore perspective. The shift is visible even at the tomb of the soulful Imam [a term of reverence given a Shi'ite religious leader by popular consensus rather than by formal appointment or vote. Its use is rare] who in 1979 led a widely disparate movement that ended 2,500 years of monarchy and then, over the next decade, defined what would replace it >>> GO TO FEATURE

New section: Art

From today The Iranian Times will have a new permanent section: Art. Like the photo, satire and nostalgia sections, the art section will have an image -- sort of like "Artwork of the Day", which will be linked on the bottom of the right column. With so much great art around, there won't be a shortage of material. Today's artwork: Tanavoli's bronze "Hich".


Reformists prepare candidate list

By Guy Dinmore in Tehran
Financial Times
Jan. 18, 2000

Iran's loose coalition of 18 reformist factions supporting Mohammad Khatami, the moderate president, is close to agreeing a joint list of candidates for next month's parliamentary elections, when they hope to overturn the conservative-held majority.

Ahmed Bourghani, a prominent reformist candidate, on Monday denied reports that the May 23 Front, named after the day of Mr Khatami's unexpected landslide election victory in 1997, was in danger of falling apart over its choice of names >>> FULL TEXT


The following is a partial list of Internet domain names registered by Karl Rove, a strategist for George W. Bush's presidential campaign, in an attempt to prevent others from establishing mock Web sites:,,,,,, ...

From Harper's Magazine (February 2000)

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* Swiss advice

Peter Brunold writes: I'm puzzled about Mustafa Khan's anger for the result of the poll concerning the Iranian of the century. It seems you don't understand the word "poll". A poll is the opinion of a large number of people and is set on the basis of freedom of speach and expression.

I am a citizen of Switzerland and lived quite a long time in Iran (after the revolution, notably). I have seen and experienced all the different problems and upsets in your country but I have seen also the recent fruitful developments towards a modern country. Of course those developments are done only in very small steps but they are gradually increasing. Unfortunately as long as such people like you will express such intolerant thouhgts, all efforts will be in vain.

My country is a democracy since a very long time and it's still doing very well. We learned to accept different opinions and to live with different people. Unfortunately we also have more and more intolerant people affecting the long lasting peace with their crazy and weird behavior.

Dear Mustafa, don't behave in the same extremist way as many people do but try to give your constructive effort to build up your beautiful country into a better future.

* Jealous

Manijeh Hajizadeh writes: Thank you very much for the pictures ["Rosy Sunday"]. You have done a great job for us who couldn't be in Pasadena. I am really jealous of the persons who had the honor of watching the game at close quarters.\

I am very proud of our team -- "teameh-melliyeh-Iran" -- which always gives me and other Iranians such incredible feelings of excitement, joy and pride. Bache-haa moteshakerim!!! Bache-haa moteshakerim!!!

* Who cares?

Alex Vaughn writes: Please spare us from these dopey articles ["Most polite people in the world"]. Who cares if some grease-ball Mexican likes an Iranian girl and what he thinks of us? Is that really improtant now. Do we have to ask every ethnicity and nationality for approval on our behavior or culture or anything?

* Seminar: Iranian elections, Washington

THE IRANIAN TRADE ASSOCIATION AND THE AMERICAN IRANIAN COUNCIL PRESENT: The Iranian Elections & the Future, February 4, 2000, 8:00am to 12:00pm at 2168 Rayburn House Office Building Capitol Hill, Washington, DC >>> DETAILS HERE


Books & Music from Iran

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Abdollah Nouri's defense in court; the complete works of Forough Farrokhzad and Akhavan Sales; Reza Shah during and after his downfall; the life and times of Amir Abbas Hoveyda; Rumi's Shams Tabrizi >>> GO HERE

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Shadmehr Aghili: Dehaati; Farhad: Khaab Dar Bidaari; Heydazadeh: Mesl-e Hichkas; Ahmad Shamloo: Khoroos Zari >>> GO HERE

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Khatami appeals for fair parliamentary poll

TEHRAN, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, who has seen a number of his allies banned from running for parliament next month, appealed on Wednesday for fair elections. ``If we have a correct and clean election and the parliament is more representative of the people, there will be a better relationship between the government and the people,'' the state news agnecy IRNA quoted Khatami as saying >>> FULL TEXT

Reformist ally of Khatami slams Rafsanjani's candidacy for poll

TEHRAN, Jan 19 (AFP) - One of the leading figures of the radical Iranian movement of the 1980s and ally of reformist President Mohammad Katami hit out Wednesday at the candidacy of former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani for February's legislative elections >>> FULL TEXT

Prosecution demands suspended sentence for Iranian on spy charge

BERLIN, Jan 19 (AFP) - The German prosecution Wednesday demanded an 18-month suspended jail sentence for Hamid Khorsand charged here with espionage in Germany against members of Iran's political opposition in exile >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami seeks end to foreign Gulf presence

TEHRAN, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami called on Wednesday for an end to the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf, saying regional countries were capable of policing the oil-rich area >>> FULL TEXT

Iran begins production of Russian anti-tank missile

MOSCOW, Jan 19 (AFP) - Iran has begun mass production of the Russian anti-tank missile 'Concours', Russian military sources said Wednesday, cited by Itar-Tass agency. The 9M113 Concours, patented by the military KBP factory in the town of Tula, south of Moscow, has a range of up to four kilometres (2.4 miles), the sources said >>> FULL TEXT

Central bank intervention boosts rial to near eight-month high

TEHRAN, Jan 19 (AFP) - Intervention by Iran's central bank in foreign exchange markets over the last two days has boosted the rial to near eight-month highs against the dollar, foreign exchange dealers said >>> FULL TEXT

Censorship & theater

Tehran (Mosharekat) - Why are youngsters in charge of reviewing (i.e., censoring) plays written by veteran theater directors? A commentary >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Nasser Khosro

Tehran (Hamshahri) - A new book tries to paint a more detailed picture of the poet/travelor Nasser Khosro, based on his own writings >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran daily) - The tale of Siavash, one of the "most important" stories of the Shahnameh, has been edited by Abdolali Adib Boroumand. Why? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Back home

Jan 19, (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian National Team arrived in Tehran's Mehrabad Airport early Wednesday morning after its historical trip to USA. The team was greeted at 2:00am by hundreds of soccer fans and sports officials >>> FULL TEXT

Asian All-Stars

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - The Iranian national team will play friendly match in Tehran Friday against the Asian All-Star team >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Parvin on preprations for the Asian club matches. He also gives more comments on how he thinks the national team can improve >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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East AND West

Although thoroughly Islamic with several unique twists, Iran has become a modern republic based on a unique blend of Islamic and European law, most notably borrowing ideas from France and Belgium.

-- Robin Wright
"The last great revolution"
The Iranian
January 19, 2000

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