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Wednesday, March 8, 2000 / Esfand 18, 1378, No. 933

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Czech respect for human life and passive resistance

Written & photographed by Rasool Nafisi
March 8, 2000
The Iranian

Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution was initiated with a demonstration to commemorate the deaths of eight students killed by the Nazis in WWII; a reference to the value of the individual in Czech society, and an act which was possibly a take off of the Iranian revolution of 1979. We may observe the same Czech appreciation of human rights in the continual commemoration of the two students killed by Soviet forces in the Prague Spring of 1968.

This civility and the respect for life are in sharp contrast to our governments' view of life. For example, after the recent savage murders of scores of intellectuals by some out-of-control secret police members, Iranian authorities maintained that the death of a few "unimportant" figures did not deserve all the commotion and brouhaha created by the press >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Twenty-Nine >>> GO TO FEATURE


Revealed: role of a president in the murder of his people

By Robert Fisk in Tehran
The Independent (London)
8 March 2000

In the wave of half-freedoms that have followed last month's pro-reformist elections in Iran, the dark and sinister political role of ex-president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani ­ once the most powerful man in the Islamic Republic ­ is at last being revealed in Tehran.

Mr Rafsanjani, who first disclosed the Iran-Contra scandal, is being linked to at least six senior Iranian government officials who, during his presidency, ordered the secret execution of more than 80 dissidents, intellectuals and criminals. The ex-president, it now transpires, also appointed members of his own family to high positions in the lucrative oil ministry in Iran. >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili


Beel meeram

Khadang writes to The Iranian:

salam daei enshaalluh ke kefen yukhje olsun . man sanin ber hamshahrevam ke sannan ertebut bargarur elamisham. javubemim yadennun chekhmusen.

More Letters

* Scientology

Ban Ban writes: You think the Anthony Robbins thing is bad? I was working for a professional translation company and those guys put me in touch with this F R E A K who calls me asking me if I would translate L. Ron Hubbard's "Dianetics" -- the Scientology Bible -- into Persian!

I told the guy... Boro Aghaa khejaalat bekesh ... Irooniaa beh andaaze-ye kaafee pedareshoon az dasteh deen dar oomadeh.

The guy then tells me that that is exactly the reason they need Scientology back in Iran -- to free themselves of Islam. So I said, you know, sorry I'm a heathen and don't believe in replacing one addiction with another.

* Broken promises

Mehrdad S. writes: My coming to America was a dream. I once thought I was lucky to a country with lots of hope. My mother didn't want me to leave. She had raised me single-handedly for twelve years under harsh war-timeconditions. She raised me without my father, without the help of a single family member or friends. She dreamed that some day I would become somebody -- somebody who could make her proud.

The sad part is that I was tempted -- tempted to see, to know, and to experience what was happening on the other side of the world. I chose the U.S. over my mother, my loved one, and the only person who could understand me. I left her only because of money, greed, and lack of family.

God, I miss those days when I would wake up in the morning and ask my mother to give me 10 tomans, so I could go to the noonvaii and by two barbaris. God I miss the days I came back from school and there was always delicious food waiting for me, and my mother was waiting for me at the door to greet me and say " azizam chetory, madreseh chetor bood?"

Well, I made a choice. I left Iran to experience something new. However, no matter how amazing those experiences were, to me the experience of being with my mother was the best. I was just a victim of promises.

Art: Fifty Iranian artists in U.S.

Three Iranian art gallaries are bringing 150 works of art by 50 Iranian masters to the U.S. "Evolving Perceptions" will host the shows in the U.S. The art tour starts in New York with a show on March 9-13 at the Art Expo in the Jacob Javitz Convention Center.


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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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Iranians allowed to celebrate Chaarshanbeh Soori

TEHRAN, March 8 (AFP) - Iranians are being allowed to celebrate an age-old fire festival, condemned by the clergy as irreligious, for the first time since the Islamic revolution of 1979, the government daily Ettelaat reported Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

2,000 Iranian workers in fresh protest over controversial labour law

TEHRAN, March 8 (AFP) - Some 2,000 disgruntled Iranian workers rallied outside parliament Wednesday in renewed protests against recent legislation enabling employers with fewer than five staff to strip them of social security. The demonstrators, gathered under the flag of workers' groups close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami, accused parliament of having "humiliated the workforce with its anti-worker law.">>> FULL TEXT

Tehran hails hints of ease in US sanctions

TEHRAN, March 8 (AFP) - Iran's foreign ministry has welcomed hints of an easing in US economic sanctions, official media reported Wednesday. "If the American government has made such a decision we welcome that," an Iranian foreign ministry official told the state news agency IRNA >>> FULL TEXT

Second round of elections set for April 21

TEHRAN, March 8 (AFP) - The second round of Iran's parliamentary elections will take place on April 21, the interior ministry said Wednesday. Sixty-four of the 290 seats in the parliament remain to be contested in the run-off between two candidates for each seat >>> FULL TEXT

Iranian Jews pick lawyers ahead of spy trial

TEHRAN, March 8 (AFP) - At least ten out of 13 Iranian Jews facing trial on charges of spying for Israel and the United States have selected their lawyers, the daily Aftab e-Emruz said Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Czech lawmakers block export of nuclear plant equipment to Iran

PRAGUE, March 8 (AFP) - The Czech parliament's lower house voted on Wednesday to block the export of ventilator systems and other equipment destined for use in the Iranian nuclear power station at Bushehr. >>> FULL TEXT

Oil falls on signs Iran may agree to output hike

NEW YORK, March 8 (Reuters) - World oil markets went into a tailspin Wednesday, losing nearly $3 a barrel, amid signs OPEC hardliner Iran may agree to a production hike by the cartel to help ease soaring prices and rebuild depleted global stocks. >>> FULL TEXT


Tehran (Mosharekat) - Jafar Panahi's "Daayereh" does not have a screening permit. But there's talk of entering it in the Cannes film festival. Impossible? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Mosharekat) - Masoud Kimiaie's latest film "Eteraz" has caused quite a stirr. What's all the fuss about? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Mosharekat) - Jafar Panahi's "Daayereh" does not have a screening permit. But there's talk of entering it in the Cannes film festival. Impossible? >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Please, please?

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Persepolis club managers have begged Jalal Talebi NOT to invite too many red shirts to the national team >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Reading Jalal Talebi's mind as he begings to put together the national soccer team for its important matches in Syria >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Reza Shahroudi and Alireza Emami have been penalized by the soccer federation >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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