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Democracy is paramount
Lessons from the aftermath of the '53 coup

By Asghar Massombagi
June 23, 2000
The Iranian

A few weeks ago The New York Times printed the CIA's history of the 1953 coup that toppled the government of Dr. Mossadegh. These papers allegedly show the extent of the United States involvement in organizing and leading the coupe, as well as the full co-operation of the British Intelligence service and the royalist elements in the Iranian army...

What is really interesting in this whole story is a re-examination of the legacy of the coup, which is something that has never really been discussed in Iran. The coup ended a period of relative freedom of the press and political activities >>> GO TO FEATURE


Protest is a little safer when silent

The Economist
June 24, 2000

FOR the past half-century, Iranian students have been in the forefront of radical movements. In the past, they ranged themselves against western imperialism and its local allies. Now, once again, they are pushing for change, and being punished for it. But this time their enemy lies within.

Without much publicity, but across the country, students are being arrested for demonstrating publicly for more freedom. The latest crackdown began late last month after students held rallies to commemorate President Muhammad Khatami's electoral victory three years ago. Their crime was slogan-shouting, a harmless kind of protest but one that risks immediate retribution in Iran. >>> FULL TEXT

CIA's 53 coup names uncovered

Cryptome has learned from messages on Intelligence Forum and other mail lists that other persons have been able to read material edited from the [secret CIA report on the 1953 coup published in The New York Times]. Now that the edited information has become public Cryptome is publishing the full unedited report to make it more widely available, in particular to those named in it until now known by a few hostage holding "historians." >>> FULL TEXT

Iranians "Entrepreneur of the Year"

LA JOLLA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2000--Brothers Massih and Masood Tayebi, who emigrated from Iran in 1995, came to San Diego with a dream and some borrowed money to start a business. But, what they lacked in funds, they made up for with a unique leadership style and a vision, resulting in a high tech company that last year was the 10th most successful Initial Public Offering in history >>> FULL TEXT

    Left hook

    Germany visit

    International Haftegi: Khatami will be visiting Germany. Guess what kind of protests he'll face >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


For the record

The names of some who were allegedly involved in the first unsuccessful coup attempt in 1953 >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* I supported Shah's return

H.H. writes: I am not Shaban Bimokh. But I participated in the uprising to bring the Shah back. And I did not care who paid for it or who did it. But I was one of the crowd. Do you want to know why?

On one of the last days of the Mossadegh government, in Koocheh Berlin off Lalehzar Avenue in Tehran, the Islamic hooligans threw acid on the face of my eight-year-old niece and my sister, ruining their faces for the rest of their lives. My sister could not bear her predicament; she committed suicide. Do you or Mr. Rafat understand the pain in our family? >>> FULL TEXT

* Small-mindedness

Massud Alemi writes: Nemattullah's letter brought tears to my eyes. He is not quite right in his assertion that we treat Afghans like Americans treat Iranians. We treat them worse.

Our historical hatred of Afghans is only second to that of the Arabs. With a thousand and one bonds that exist between our two nations, our hatred can only testify to our small-mindedness. A big nation strives to swallow others and make them its own, no matter what the creed, color, religion or even language may be.

It is the worry of puny nations that always seek purity and isolation and cannot lend a helping hand even to neighbors in need lest they lose everything >>> FULL TEXT

* Better observer than grown-ups

Merhdad Valibeigi writes: I truly admire the ability and style of Ms. Fakhraie. I don't think her articles belong to the children's section. In fact her ability to critically and elegantly express her observations of the social and personal issues is outstanding, and certainly much better than those of many grown ups ["Tehran's good side"].

I think her articles deserves to be where they appear now. At the same time, I don't think her observations about the goods and bads of the current Iranian society is biased, or unrealistic. Perhaps, you have not been in Tehran recently.

* Az Seyed Ali natarseh

Khosh Teep writes: LOL, Kofi baayad bereaghseh, az Seyd Ali [Khamenei] natarseh :-) ["Kofi Annan busts the move"]

Award: Journalism in the Middle East

Search for Common Ground and the European Centre for Common Ground request submissions for their annual competition to recognize and encourage journalism that contributes to better understanding between people in the Middle East >>> DETAILS HERE




The Golden Age of Persian Art, 1501-1722 : 1501-1722
By Sheila R. Canby
2000, Harry N Abrams Publishers

From Horn Book: The golden age of Persian art was the era of the Safavid dynasty. In this time of dynamic religious and political developments, painting and textiles achieved new heights of brilliance and opulence >>> GO HERE


Haft zan, haft daastaan
Seven stories by seven women

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

She smiles so, this beauty, that your hand reaches out.

She offers you the cup just so, you can't help but touch.

And when, from behind her veil, an eyebrow peeks out,

That angel's rainbow beckons so, you can't help but touch.
-- Rumi
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Judge said to issue verdict in spy case

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Jailed professor given leave to prepare exams

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Khatami cautions against globalization and unipolar dominance

BEIJING, June 23 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, on the second day of a five-day visit to China, called Friday for an "Asian convergence" aimed at standing up to Western dominance and its "current process of globalization." >>> FULL TEXT

Guardian Council cancel election result for western parliamentary seat

TEHRAN, June 23 (AFP) - The conservative-dominated Guardians Council has annulled the parliamentary election victory of a pro-reform candidate in western Iran, the official IRNA news agency said Friday >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says it killed seven MKO guerrillas

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Iran denies responsibility for Iraqi blast

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China, Iran eye closer economic and trade ties

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Jiang Zemin and Iranian President Mohammad Khatami vowed to boost trade and revive the Silk Road that linked their ancient civilizations, Chinese state media said on Friday. >>> FULL TEXT

Oil deal with China may have hit a snag

(Radio Free Europe) -- Iran is celebrating President Mohammed Khatami's visit to China this week, but one of Beijing's biggest investments in Iran's oil industry appears to have hit a major snag >>> FULL TEXT

Best in Yazd

Tehran (Bahar) -- Winners of the Yazd film fest have been annouced. Best Film: Majid Majidi's "Color of Paradise" >>> FULL TEXT IN PERESIAN

Makhmalbaf & Co make film on democracy

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Samira: Jury in Venice

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- After her spectacular success at the Cannes film fest, Samira Makhmalbaf has been invited to be a jury member at the Venice film fest. Mammamia! >>> FULL TEXT IN PERESIAN

Persepolis to hire three foreign players?

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Persepolis is looking to add three Croation players to its squad, plus a new goalkeeper. Karim Baqeri may also join the club, if >>> FULL TEXT IN PERESIAN

Mansourian leaving Esteqlal for bitter rival?

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Just as Mehdi Hashemi-Nasb deserted to Esteqlal, Alireza Mansourian may very well quit Esteqlal for Persepolis >>> FULL TEXT IN PERESIAN

Majidi score twice in Vienna match

(Iran Sports Press) -- Majidi scored the first trwo goals in Rapid Vienna's 11-3 thrashing of amateur club SC Melk. Majidi played the first half, with Rapid's A-team. In second half the B-team played >>> FULL TEXT


Foreign policy

Review of Iran's foreign policy Achievements, shortcomings and hurdles in the Iran's foreign policy under President Khatami >>> LISTEN HERE

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There should be no ambiguity in terms of the goals and objectives of a future democracy in Iran. Once a comprehensive democratic platform is defined, you're either in or out. No half-way measures, no maybes or buts. Respect for democracy is paramount.

-- Asghar Massombagi
"Democracy is paramount"
The Iranian
June 23, 2000

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