Iranian New Year's ideological roots
By Massoume Price
March 15, 2000
Noruz times for this New Year are:
Sunday, 19 March 11:35.14 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Monday, 20 March 02:35.14 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
Monday, 20 March 07:35.14 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time
Monday, 20 March 08:35.14 a.m. Paris Time
Monday, 20 March 11:05.14 a.m. Tehran Time
Noruz, or new day, is the celebration of spring equinox. It is the most
cherished of all the Iranian festivals and is celebrated by all. This occasion
has been renowned in one form or another by all the major cultures of ancient
Mesopotamia. What we have today as Noruz with its' uniquely Iranian characteristics
has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years and is deeply rooted in the
rituals and traditions of the Zoroastrian belief system in the Sassanid
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Call for peace
Eight Iranian organizations in the U.S. and a
top entrepreneur have published a full-page ad in today's The New York
Times calling on Americans and Iranians to "meet in the field"
March 15, 2000 (Hamshari) -- Noruz according to
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* Nothing has changed
Arya Abedin writes:
Like many concerned Iranians in the United States, I have been paying
close attention to developments in Iran for years now. This is partially
why I do not find the recent parliamentary elections to be a surprise.
Everyone from CNN's Christianne Amanpour to the fellow expatriate next
door have heralded this election as the dawn of a "new" Iran
I suggest Mrs. Amanpour and Iranians in general (especially Iranian-Americans)
wake up. The political system set up 20 years ago has not changed at all.
Many critics of the Islamic Revolution (or any revolution in Iran) have
always stressed on the shortcomings of the promises of the revolution.
It is ironic how quickly we all forget the fact that Iran was in a war
for eight years during which the nation's very integrity was threatened.
This does not leave much time for social introspection or many "domestic"
issues when you have Mr. Hussein attempting to annex Khuzistan.
In addition to the Iraqi-Imposed War, Iran has suffered from the economic
aftermath of the war (that we are still witnessing) and the rapid inflation
and destruction of the infastructure of the economy.
Khatami was elected under the system set up after the Islamic Revolution.
The new parliament has also been elected under that same system. Nothing
has changed in Iran.
When the country is no longer at war and is now recovering from the
economic impact of that war, the Iranian people can concentrate on reforms.
This includes the purging of opportunists in a democratic government (ex.
I have always had faith in democracy, Islam, and the Iranian people
and know that, eventually, the major problems that are present in the country
will be solved through the existing democratic Islamic government.
* C U soon
nEgAr Mortazavi writes:
among ourselves", a letter to President Khatami, from Roozbeh
Shirazi, was traslated into Farsi and published in "Mosharekat"
newspaper (Thursday, 19th of Esfand. Page 6 : "Javaan" page),
one of the most important Iranian dailies.
C U here in Iran, soon. =)
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March 15 (AFP) - Doctors treating shot Iranian reformist politician Said
Hajarian were more upbeat on his condition Wednesday, saying there was growing
hope he would pull through. Iranian neurologist Ghahramani Ghadjar, who
was flown in from New York, said Hajarian's brain was functioning and there
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Human rights progress in Iran, but improvement
still needed: report
March 15 (AFP) - The human rights situation in Iran has significantly improved
in a number of areas but the law relating to it needs improvement, a UN
report said Wednesday. "Iran is a dynamic society and in the period
under review, significant progress has become evident in a number of areas,
but not in all," the report by special representative Maurice Danby
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Rafsanjani accuses US over recent attacks
March 15 (AFP) - Iran's former president Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani on
Wednesday accused the United States of being behind the recent wave of violence
in the country, in a bid to destabilise the regime. Rafsanjani drew a common
link between a February mortar attack that damaged his offices in Tehran,
Sunday's assassination bid against leading reformist Said Hajarian and Monday's
mortar attack in the capital. One way or another, they were all organised
by Washington, he said >>> FULL TEXT
Building destroyed, 40 hurt, clashes with
police in Tehran fire festiva
March 15 (AFP) - Police riot squads clashed with young Iranians celebrating
an age-old fire festival frowned on by the regime's conservatives, local
residents said Wednesday. Groups of youths in the western Tehran suburb
of Pars smashed shop and bank windows when police tried to stop them lighting
bonfires or throwing firecrackers in the street. Before dispersing they
shouted slogans hostile to Iran's leaders >>> FULL TEXT
Iraq says it shot down Iranian drone
March 15 (AFP) - Iraq shot down an Iranian pilotless reconnaissance aircraft
near the border on Wednesday, the official news agency INA reported. "Our
heroic anti-aircraft defence today at 9:36 (0636 GMT) shot down an Iranian
drone plane which violated our airspace," the air defence commander
told INA, which did not name him >>> FULL TEXT
Iran denounces delivery of "ultra-modern"
US missiles to Israel
March 15 (AFP) - Iran denounced the United States on Wednesday for destabilising
the Middle East balance of power by delivering "ultra-modern"
missiles to Israel. Defence ministry spokesman Keyvan Khosravi said the
delivery of the missiles came as the US was trying to limit the conventional
defence activities of other states in the region, without regard for their
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Iran reiterates need for Caspian Sea legal
March 15 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami again pressed the case
for a Caspian Sea legal agreement in a meeting with Azeri Foreign Minister
Vilayat Guliyev Wednesday, Iran's official IRNA agency reported. Khatami
said that a uniform Caspian Sea legal agreement would protect the interests
of the states and "ensure that the sea's God-given resources are available
to future generations." >>> FULL TEXT
German editors return to Iran for book
fair in sign of thawing relations
March 15 (AFP) - For the first time in a decade, German editors plan to
attend a book fair in Tehran in May, in the latest sign of a thawing in
bilateral relations. The editors will attend the Tehran Book Fair from May
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We think the escalation in violence and attacks in Iran for several weeks
now is part of a plot stirred up by the Americans.
-- Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
March 15, 2000
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