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Thursday, March 2, 2000 / Esfand 12, 1378, No. 930

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High hopes
Am I dreaming, or is this the new Iran?

Written and photographed by Siamak Namazi
March 2, 2000
The Iranian

I've made it a habit not to comment on the photographs that I submit to The Iranian. But today's event at Tehran's Hosseiniyeh Ershad, the famous setting where Dr. Ali Shariati once delivered his lectures, were too moving not to write something about the photographs.The gathering was one of the now regular meetings organized by teh reform movement. This particular one was supposed to discuss the role of the press in the recent Majles elections...

Try to take in the wide shot: a group of reform-minded figures in Iranian politics, with varying ideologies, are talking completely candidly with thousands of people. Nothing is off limits. NOTHING >>> GO TO FEATURE

Books from Iran

This week's new books from Iran include a fascinating history of the Iranian students confederation from 1953 to 1979, Simin Behbahani collected works,a critique of fascism in Iran by leading reform columnist Akbar Ganji , and >>> GO HERE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Twenty-Five >>> GO TO FEATURE


Not given up

March 2, (Sobh-e Emrooz) -- Two leading figures of Iran's notorious pressure groups talk about how they should spread violence to defeat the reform movement >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

Andy Warhol in the New Tehran

By Howard Schneider
Washington Post
March 2, 2000

TEHRAN -- Scraggly-haired and slightly ghoulish, the four Andy Warhol silkscreens of Mick Jagger stared at 23-year-old Fatimah Noorbasch like cave paintings from a lost world, and made about as much sense to her.

He was a British rock-and-roll singer, a fellow visitor to Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art informed her. He was associated with wild sex and drugs and all sorts of misbehavior. Many men in America would like to be him.

"I'm sorry," she responded in a polite deadpan, as she processed this new bit of information about Western culture.

"I'm really surprised such a person has been put here." >>> FULL TEXT


laa elaaha elalaah

Pershia Networks? Are we having spelling problems there in Iran? Hmmm... >>> GO HERE

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* Zendeh baad!

Ben Bagheri writes: I just wanted to render my unconditional BRAVO again for a wonderfully professional job, week in and week out! I've really enjoyed your coverage of Iran's recent elections and the related pieces you have presented.

* Mordeh baad!

Nana Farshad writes: Recently I sent you an article about the accomplishments of my nephew which was not only in the newspapers, but it got him interviews with Voice of America, ANT, the Today Show and more.

But unfortunately our own people didn't even acknowledge his accomplishments to show the Iranian readers that there are many Iranian children who are academically successful.

You are a shame not only to Iranians but to the country of Iran.

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This week's new books from Iran include a fascinating history of the Iranian students confederation from 1953 to 1979, Simin Behbahani collected works,a critique of fascism in Iran by leading reform columnist Akbar Ganji , and >>> GO HERE

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* Taherzadeh, Manochehr: Aakharin barg * Eyvazi, Mohammad Reza. : Rangin kamaan * Banan.: Shaakh-e gol (2) * Ta'rif, Sadiq: Maah baanoo * Lachini, Fariborz: Paaeez-e talaaee ... >>> GO HERE

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Iran sends expelled Egyptian Islamists back to Germany

CAIRO, March 1 (AFP) - Iran refused entry to two Egyptian Islamists expelled there from Germany and has sent them back, the lawyer for Egypt's largest Muslim militant group, the Gamaa Islamiya, said Wednesday. The German authorities "put the two militants and their families aboard a plane bound for Tehran, telling them that Iran was going to grant them political asylum," Montasser al-Zayyat told AFP. >>> FULL TEXT

Newspaper calls for legalization of satellite TV dishes

TEHRAN, March 2 (AFP) - An Iranian newspaper called Thursday for the newly elected pro-reform parliament to reverse the ban on satellite television dishes so the country can join the 21st century >>> FULL TEXT

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Jews' trial expected to last one day: judge

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Police chief in Jews spy case killed in helicopter crash

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PARIS, March 2 (AFP) - Three leaders of one of the main secular opposition groups in Iran, the Iranian nation party, have been sentenced to long prison terms, the League for the Defense of Human Rights in Iran (LDDHI) said Thursday.>>> FULL TEXT

Oil exporters hesitate on output increase

By Andrew Mitchell LONDON, March 2 (Reuters) - Major oil exporters meeting on Thursday kept consumer nations on tenterhooks, saying they need more time to decide how much extra crude to supply to ease sky-high prices >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Ettelaat) - Iranian films win the most awards (two gold, one silver and four bronze) at the Cairo international children's film festival >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Office 2000

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Microsoft Office 2000 guidebook in Persian hits bookstores in Iran >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Hamshahri) - More about book distribution problems and brief reviews of new books >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Coach talk

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Jalal Talebi's interview after his appoint to head coach of the national team. He talks favorably about Ahmadreza Abedzadeh. But does that mean the celebrated goalie will be back >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Esteqlal goalie

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Hadi Tabatabaie is still the number one goalie of the national team. But the poor guy also defends Esteqlal's goal. He's optimistic >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Reza Shahrudi has no complaints about sitting on the Persepolis bench (sort of) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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Try to take in the wide shot: a group of reform-minded figures in Iranian politics, with varying ideologies, are talking completely candidly with thousands of people. Nothing is off limits. NOTHING. Not even the past failures of the panalists. In the front corner, a political prisoner is being approached by admiring people who want to shake his hand and to chat with him. I thought, Am I dreaming, or is this the new Iran? If it is the new Iran, how long will it last?

-- Siamak Namazi
"High hopes"
The Iranian
March 2, 2000

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