The Iranian Times

Friday, June 9, 2000 / Khordad 20, 1379, No. 998

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Minority status and discrimination

By Poopak Taati
June 9, 2000
The Iranian

Many of us have asked ourselves questions such as how could Iranians living in the U.S. organize a lobbying force? Or how could they fight discrimination? These questions have a tendency to bypass the essential analysis of whether such organizations are needed at all. Should we have an anti-discrimination organization simply because every other ethnic group has established one? Is there a need for us to have a lobbying organization? If so, why? What could we accomplish with such organizations? >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iranian Radicalism Said to Be Waning As Reform Spreads

By Howard Schneider
Washington Pos
June 9, 2000

CAIRO ­­ Although the U.S. government still regards it as the world's "most active state sponsor of terrorism," Iran appears to have moderated its radical behavior in the last three years as its domestic reform movement has grown increasingly influential.

Evidence is accumulating that official tolerance and backing for terrorist activities abroad have been waning since the 1997 election of reformist President Mohammed Khatemi, according to Western diplomats and other analysts >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Reza

Ex-pop singer beams TV signal into Iran

LOS ANGELES, June 8 (Reuters) - A former Iranian pop singer on Thursday formally launched an independent television station beamed into Iran and its large expatriate community in Europe, Canada and the United States. Zia Atabay, 57, who was a teen singing sensation in Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, said his 24-hour National Farsi language Iranian Television (NITV), was already being watched by "several million people" inside Iran on illicit satellite dishes and millions more around the world. >>> FULL TEXT

Also: NITV's official web site

Thanks to Mehran Azhar

    Left hook

    Mashhad protests

    International Haftegi: Thousands take part in anti-government demonstration in Mashhad >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


    If I go crazy...

Whenever I hear "Kryptonite" on the radio I crank up the volume >>> LISTEN... >>> LYRICS

More Letters

* Disloyal to a loyal servant

F. Rafat writes: I wonder how Mrs. Pahlavi can justify her husband's disloyalty to his most favorite and loyal servant ["The fall guy"]. Did he feel that Hoveyda was also endangering the country like Dr. Mossadegh or jailed him so that he may save himself by sacrificing those who served him?

By the way, would it not have been better if the Shah had stayed in the country trying to save his regime? He knew he was going to die soon so what better than staying on? And even if he had been killed by the revolutionaries, he would have been a martyr in the eyes of his people? Was he too scared?

* Ashamed

Mani Shahrokni writes: I am ashamed at the way Iran treated and repatriated these poor Afghanis ["Not welcome"]. Most of them had come to Iran as war refugees, worked hard in the construction industry to feed their families and survive in camps. I myself am an Iranian with a refugee background, and I am very sensitive to this issue.

These people will probably face enormous problems back home in Afghanistan. They are going to a country still at war. I know Iran is facing an extremely tough economic situation, but treating these people this way is not going to help Iran's economy or image.

One more thing: there are an estimated one million Iranian refugees in Turkey.

Music: Showing Berlin Conference in Washington

Featuring a videotape of "The Berlin Conference" "The Committee to support the employees of the banned press in Iran" will feature a videotape of "The Berlin Conference" in Washington DC. Date: Sunday June 11, 2000. Time: 4:00 P.M. Location: Ward Building at American University, Nebraska and Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC. Admission: $10.00. All proceeds will be contributed to the employees of the banned press in Iran.

Books & Music from Iran

Check our fourteen new books from Iran including an authoritative history of the Achamenid empire, writings by leading reformists, Forough Farrokhzad's complete works, exquisite books of classical poetry with miniatures, Manichaean psalms and more! >>> GO HERE

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

When we're together, her face is my smiling flower;

When we're apart, it's the faith I hold in my heart.

My heart and I are at war together over her,

My heart and I each claim her as my idol.
-- Rumi

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Guardian Council overturns result, raises fear of demonstrations

TEHRAN, June 9 (AFP) - Iran's polls watchdog has overturned the election of a reformist candidate in favour of his conservative rival in a southwestern city, raising fears of protest demonstrations, the official news agency IRNA said Friday. The Guardians Council, which is overwhelmingly conservative, quashed the election of Rahman Karghosha in the industrial city of Arak because of numerous complaints and discrepancies in the ballots, IRNA said >>> FULL TEXT

UN women forum wtruggles with abortion, sex rights

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - In the last hours of a U.N. women's conference, delegates from 180 nations struggled on Friday to resolve controversial issues on abortion, sexual rights and sex education for teen-agers. The so-called Beijing-Plus-Five meeting, which began Monday, has been torn by charges from more liberal groups that the Vatican and some Islamic countries are trying to roll back gains for women articulated five years ago in China >>> FULL TEXT

Factional make-up of new Majlis

BBC Monitoring, source: Hamshahri -- The followings are estimates of the number of seats held by various groups in the Majlis based on the election of the interim Majlis presidium: Iran 's Partnership Front Party has 77 seats (30 per cent of votes), Militant Clerics Society 67 seats (27 per cent of the votes), the right-wing faction 60 seats (20.6 per cent of votes), [Islamic] Labour [Party] 20 seats (7.7 per cent of votes), the independent [Majlis deputies] 20 seats (7.7 per cent of votes), the Servants of Construction Party 15 seats (5.6 per cent) >>> FULL TEXT

Rafsanjani condemns "western media conspiracy" over Lockerbie revelations

TEHRAN, June 9 (AFP) - Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani accused the western media Wednesday of being behind the "repugnant story" of an Iranian who claimed to have been involved in the planning of the Lockerbie airliner bombing of 1988 >>> FULL TEXT

Cairo-Tehran ties still not thawed

June 8, CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Only a handful of the hundreds of tourists who flock daily to the 19th century Al-Rifa'i mosque in the Medieval part of Cairo bother to step inside the remote room housing the tomb of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The scarcely visited white marble tomb, the final resting place of the deposed shah of Iran , also is a monument to two decades of the poisoned relations between Egypt and Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Transport and trade in oil and gas top ECO summit agenda

TEHRAN, June 9 (AFP) - The Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit which starts here Saturday is expected to come up with a framework agreement on "means of transport and exchange of energy resources" between member countries, the IRNA news agency reported Friday >>> FULL TEXT

Fans' tribute to Golshiri

Tehran (Bahar) -- Special report on funeral procession by thousands of fans paying their respect to Houshang Golshiri >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Pouri Banaie can start acting again

Tehran (Bahar) -- Pouri Banaie say authorities have said they have no objections to the resumption of her acting career. Also, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's documentary on veteran actress Iran Daftari has been screened after a five-year ban >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Makhmalbaf on Iranian cinema

Tehran (Bahar) -- Interview with Mohsen Makhmalbaf on the state of Iranian cinema. He says the film industry is in need of reform, just like the society itself >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran beats Macedonia, takes third place

(Iran Sports Press) -- With video: The Iranian National Team clinched third place at the LG Cup on Friday after defeating Macedonia 3-1. Iran, who had suffered a undeserved loss in penalty kick shoot outs to Egypt in the semi-final game, managed to dominate the game and defeat the Macedonians >>> FULL TEXT

Daei and Azizi: "Younger players did well"

(Iran Sports Press) -- With video: In an interview with "We, You and Sports" program on Thursday, hosted by IRIB's Khiyabani, Iran star strikers Ali Daei and Khodadad Azizi discussed the present state of the Iranian National Team and their thoughts on the upcoming Asian Cup in Lebanon >>> FULL TEXT

Tribute to Iranian football

(Iran Sports Press) -- With video: In past twenty years four goals stand out as the most significant in Iran's football history. While other goals and goal scorers are also valuable, four goals propelled Iranian football into a new and brighter era >>> FULL TEXT


Overturning Majlis results

Iranian Interior Ministry has objected to the Guardian Council's decision to annul 31 ballot boxes in Arak constituency, which resulted in replacement of a reformist candidate by a conservative >>> LISTEN HERE

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Organizations which can gain legitimacy are those that can successfully articulate the interests of Iranian Americans, but also demonstrate a deep understanding of American values and its political and social institutions.

-- Poopak Taati
"Long way to go"
The Iranian
June 9, 2000

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