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Thursday, June 1, 2000 / Khordad 12, 1379, No. 992

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The reformists and the new Majlis

Interviews by Jahanshah Javid
June 1, 2000
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The reformists have a commanding majority in the new Majlis. But will they be able to carry out their promises? Will they be able to realize the electorate's demand for change? Will they be able to legislate reforms despite expected opposition from the conservative Council of Guardians? Here are the views of two political scientists (RealAudio in Persian) >>> GO TO FEATURE




Iran reformers make bid for parliament leadership

By Mehrdad Balali

TEHRAN, May 31 (Reuters) - Liberal allies of President Mohammad Khatami said on Wednesday they would mount a fresh challenge for leadership of Iran's new parliament after an initial loss to veteran revolutionaries.

``We will definitely take over part of the leadership after the vote for a permanent presiding board,'' an aide to Mohammad Reza Khatami, the president's brother, told Reuter >>> FULL TEXT

People? What people?

May 29, 2000 (Bahar) -- Ayatollah Khazali, former ultra-conservative member of the Council of Guardians explains why he believes what the people want is not important >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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I'm very sorry

I'm very, very, very sorry. I just could not resist >>> LISTEN HERE

More Letters

* Not so simple

P.M. writes: I'm way too busy to write a detailed reply to Farzaneh Roudi's piece ["Numbers don't lie"]. It is amazing how many of our intellectuals try so hard to "make sense" of something so complicated and multi-dimensional with a short and easy answer often with attention to one or two aspects.

There's no question that the "reform movement" ( I don't necessary agree with that term either ) has benefited greatly from the support it gets from the youth, but there are so many other angles and twists to this phenomenon that trying to establish clues or reasons behind it with such simple explanations in 100-200 words is a injustice. I Honestly wish it was as simple as she put it, but it just aint.

* One thousand Times

Masoud Modaress writes: In a few days you will publish your 1000th edition of The Iranian Times. Any celebrations or special programs? Send us some interesting back issues, like the first edition or... Either way I would like to be the first to congratulate you for wasting your time and your life for the benefit of the rest of us.

Lecture: Ali Dabashi, publisher, in New York

On Wednesday, June 7th, from 4-6 pm Iranian writer and publisher Ali Dehbashi will be speaking at Columbia University in Room 511, Kent Hall. Dehbashi is a noted critic, and publisher of the contemporary literary publication "Bukhara". He is visiting the U.S. from Iran, and this is a rare opportunity to engage in discussion on issues relating to contemporary Iranian literature and society with a figure who is a central actor in these fields today in Iran. The event is free and open to the public.

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

When your love and my joy conspire to spill my blood

My soul flies from the cage that shapes this human mud.

He's a godless infidel who has the chance to taste

The sin of your sweet lips, and lives on, chaste.
-- Rumi

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