The Iranian Times

Wednesday, January 26, 2000 / Bahman 6, 1378, No. 903

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Dethroning Akbar Shah
The genie is out of the bottle -- almost

By Mehdi Ardalan
January 26, 2000
The Iranian

All eyes are now set on the parliamentary election due to be held on February 20 considered to be the most significant turning point for Iran defining her place in the world and setting her agenda for many decades to come.

Meanwhile, Rafsanjani has quickly found that, by Western standards, a mildly questioning public opinion is making Iran's political scene a non-friendly place to be even for crafty political survivors like himself.

This time around Rafsanjani's prospects for a sweeping victory is not a foregone conclusion as the hitherto silenced questions of his pro-reform critics are coming back to haunt him; questions ranging from his role in the mysterious string murders of over 80 dissidents and intellectuals during his two terms of presidency (1988-1996) to the shortcomings of his economic liberalization policies in that same period >>> GO TO FEATURE


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What Montazeri said

Mideast Mirror
January 20, 2000

Iran 's leading dissident cleric -- and one-time heir apparent to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeiny -- believes the supreme leader should be accountable to the people, the Guardian Council should not vet out election candidates, and the president should have powers commensurate with his responsibilities

Mideast Mirror has obtained a transcript of the remarks made by Iran 's leading dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, which caused a sensation when they were first reported by Western news media on January 13, during the buildup to next month's crucial parliamentary elections (see Mideast Mirror, January 13). >>> FULL TEXT


Exam night in Iran... yikes!

Vahid Oskooie writes to The Iranian:

salam talaa, chetory balaa?

man Vahid hastam. daneshjoo hastam va fardaa ham emtehaan daaram va hanooz darsaamo nakhoondam!!! komakkkkkkkkkam kon ...

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* Selectively polite

NN writes: Since when has it been recorded in the short history of Iranians in America where a guy goes up to an Iranian woman to introduce himself, and gets anything other than a rude, arrogant response? ["Most polite people in the world"]

I should qualify this: since when has it been recorded where a man, NOT driving a BMW or other expensive car, goes up to a good-looking Iranian woman and gets anything other than a rude, arrogant response?

This I want to know. Or MAYBE beautiful Iranian women reserve their haughtiness, arrogance, and complexities only for Iranian men. It's a different story for those fortunate khaareji men who have a decent look about them.

As for Mr. Guillen, all I have to say is that yes, Iranians are very polite people, but only to non-Iranians.

My friend, if you knew Iranian culture any better you'd realize how some Iranians treat their fellow countrymen/women, and it is anything but 'polite' and 'classy'.

* Sad joke

Raha Zand writes: I read that article on discrimination against Iranians in U.S. border posts, fingerprinting and stuff like that.

Now, this is a new discovery, they would not only make Iranian citizens miserable to get all kinds of U.S. visas but they would also keep a spouse from coming to U.S. to gurantee that his wife would go HOME after graduation.

And this rule does not apply if the husband is the student. YES.. Only WOMEN have to CONVINCE the consular officer that they need to share their moments with their husband. Because it's set by DEFAULT that men do... No questions asked. Equal opportunities...Just another SAD joke.

Academic: Teach Persian literature at Berkeley

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Khamenei rejects criticism

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Karbaschi to launch new paper after receiving pardon

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New CIA Iran assessment sows confusion

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Alleged plane hijacker tried in Iran

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Iran says Qatar seeks joint consortium

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Italian firms to boost Iranian steel industry

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Iran militia seize 700 decoders for "satanic dishes"

TEHRAN, Jan 26 (AFP) - Iran's Islamic militia seized 738 decoders for banned satellite television reception in the south of the country, the daily Jomhuri-Eslami reported Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Reza Abbasi Museum

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Reza Abbasi Museum, one of the better museums in Tehran, has been closed for some 18 months for rennovations. It will open soon >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran daily) - Want to know how much you have to pay to get into the Fajr film festival? IF you can find any tickets >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Vaa! Khodaa margam bedeh

Tehran (Mosharekat) - "Cheshm-haayash" is a film directed by Faramarz Qaribian. It tells a story of a middle-aged man who has been in prison for 15 years and falls in love with his 20-year-old cellmate >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

No Baqeri

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Maryam in goal

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Ali Musavi

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Musavi's contract with his current German club is just for three months. Then he might go another German team or rejoin Esteqlal >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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The person in charge of the Islamic government does not make mistakes and if he does he will not be the supreme leader from that moment.

-- Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
January 26, 2000

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