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Wednesday, March 22, 2000 / Farvardin 3, 1379, No. 943

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Deli diplomacy at Purim
Iran, America & Iranian Jews

By Guive Mirfendereski
March 21, 2000
The Iranian

The story of Noruz is one of renewal, of the triumph of light over darkness. The story of Purim is about triumph of negotiation over obstinacy, of good over evil, of getting along. Where is the next Esther? Is there an Ahashuerus in the house? Perhaps, Iran and the United States next should appoint each a negotiator to meet periodically in a third country to define and review further areas where tension may be reduced between the two countries. The Deli Diplomacy at Purim is in a dire need of a sequel. >>> GO TO FEATURE


Who to blame
Can Iran be solely responsible for hostage ordeal?

By Bradley J. Hernlem
March 22, 2000
The Iranian

On 17 March 2000, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced the partial lifting of import embargoes against Iran. This policy decision has been criticised by Terry Anderson, former Associated Press reporter and hostage in Lebanon, who has an outstanding lawsuit against the Iranian government. The following is a letter that I sent to Mr. Anderson almost a year ago when I learned of his decision to sue Iran under the 1996 Antiterrorism Act >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
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The Iranian

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Freedom of speech
Hajjarian on the virtues of free speech

March 23, (Mosharekat) -- Saeed Hajjarian, who is recovering from an assassination attempt, gave a talk on the benefits of free speech at a seminar on freedom back in 1996 (PDF file) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


What do Iranian women do?

Audra D Liswith writes to The Iranian:

To Whom it May Concern:

What does a typical Iranian women do in a day. For example, cooking, cleaning, working, etc. What types of food do they eat and how is it prepared? How is laundry done? What are the responsibilies of the Iranian women in the home? Are there any other resources into the daily lifes of Iranian women? Books, etc.

Thank you for your assistance.

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* Don't deify Khatami

Cyrus Kadivar writes: In response to Abdy Hashemi's letter I should add that had the Shah and his supporters "eradicated" their opponents there would have been no revolution. Or at worse, there would have been a civil war.

When Dr Bakhtiar persuaded the Shah to leave Iran "temporarily" in order to find a "political" solution to the crisis he also released the 2,300 so-called political prisoners in the imperial jails (not the 100,000 claimed by Western reporters and the Iranian Confederation of Students and other opponents of the monarchy).

Nevertheless, Dr Bakhtiar had his throat cut under the noses of the French police in Paris and this was ordered by the Ministry of Intelligenece in Tehran. The remaining 158 or more assassinations were part of a plan by Rafsanjani's governmnet to "exterminate" so-called counterrevolutionaries.

Khatami was aware of these atrocities and knew about them. He reminds me less of Ghorbachev and more of Khruschev who tried to save his cronies from blame by turning on the Stalinists a clever deflection. So let us not kid ourselves.

However, Khatami has ushered a significant change and I support anybody who helps our countrymen. But let us not deify him until we see complete freedoms. Will he allows women to unveil themselves in public as they did in the 1920s? That would be a day to celebrate.

* Hope Khatami is not Khomeini

R. Khalili writes in response to Abdy Hashemi who wrote: "[President Khatami] respects oppositions; always reciting 'long live my opponents' .....Now Khatami, as a true follower of Khomeini, is leading the same people to their final destination - DEMOCRACY!"

Do you see any irony in the above sentences? I do not know if some people recall the past or they forget the past the moment they change from former hostage takers and executioners to modern day reformers, but let it be clear, that you can not be tolarant of your opponent and at the same time be a "true follower" of Khomeini!!!

Ayatollah Khomeini is the same person who executed 100,000 people, who ruined a nation, and whose reign led to the departure of over two million Iranians. Under his reign, which was the darkest hours of our nation, most people did not dare to speak. His reign of terror was so massive that even today many Iranians fear to express their ideas.

There wasn't a day where someone somewhere would get arrested or executed or tortured under his reign for often unfounded accusations and for the simple reason of not believing in his way!

We lost a generation to him and we fell hundreds of years behind as a result of him. I hope to God that whoever Mr Khatami is and will be, his legacy would not resemble that of Mr. Khomeini.

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Student gunman shot Hajjarian: IRNA

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Reformist press hits at news black-out on Hajjarian affair

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Iran says U.S. 'insincere' in dealing with Tehran

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US-Iran detente could help UAE

ABU DHABI, March 22 (AFP) - US moves to improve ties with Tehran could also help resolve the territorial dispute between Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a US official said Wednesday. "The US efforts for an overture toward Iran could serve ... to settle the problem of the three Gulf islands," Assistant Secretary of State Edward Walker told the Emirati newspaper Al-Ittihad >>> FULL TEXT

Belgium & Ali Akbar Rafsanjani

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Large earthquake hits northwest

TEHRAN, March 22 (AFP) - An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook the northwestern Iranian province of Ardebil Tuesday, IRNA reported. No casualties or damage have been reported >>> FULL TEXT

Persian rugs' future in U.S. unclear

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hundreds of exquisite Oriental rugs line the walls of Sol Kalati's dim Manhattan warehouse. Rolled and upright, the thick trunks of these masterpieces -- likely the only art made to be trod on -- burst with ivory arabesques and crimson medallions >>> FULL TEXT

U.S.: OPEC will up production

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Dancing is good

Tehran (Iran Javvan) - While winning major political victories, reformists are also trying to get rid of cultural taboos. One is the ban on dancing. In its main feature -- "Joy, dancing, religion and youth" -- Iran Javan magazine says there's nothing wrong with dancing (PDF file) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN -- Part one -- Part two -- Part three -- Part four -- Part five -- Part six

War movie, with a twist

Tehran (Iran Javvan) - The critics chose Khosro Sinaie's "Aroos-e aatash" as this year's best film at the Fajr film festival. Here's an interview with Sinaie (PDF file)>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN -- Part one -- Part two -- Part three

Iran 0 - Cyprus 0

Iran Sports Press - The Iranian and Cypriot nationalteams met in their first ever meeting. The match ended in a scoreless draw. The Iranian team did not have in its possession Karim Bagheri, Ali Daei, and Khodadad Azizi for this game (see video clip) >>> FULL TEXT

Bagheri scores against Al-Jazira

Iran Sports Press - Iranian national Karim Bagheri scored for Al-Nasr on Wednesday in the match against Al-Jazira in UAE cup. The final result was 2-0 for Al-Nasr, this result puts Al-Nasr in the quarter finals of UAE cup. Both goals came in the first half >>> FULL TEXT

Asian Cup table

Iran Sports Press - Asian Cup qualification schedule and table >>> FULL TEXT


Interview with Mohsen Kadivar

Reformist Mohsen Kadivar, after obtaining leave from prison where he is serving an eighteen month sentence, where he is serving an eighteen month sentence for what the Special Clergy Court called "insulting islam", went straight to the hospital to visit Saeed Hajjarian. Mr. Kadivar sounded very optimistic about Mr. Hajjarian's recovery, today, March 19 2000. Maria Sarsalari talks with him.

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