The Iranian Times

Monday, May 1, 2000 / Ordibehesht 12, 1379, No. 971

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Three steps back
Experts discuss the political crisis in Iran

By Jahanshah Javid
May 1, 2000
The Iranian

The conservative assault against reformists in recent weeks was a hot topic at a conference in Washington, DC, this past weekend. Here are interviews and comments from some of the participants at the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis' (CIRA) 18th annual conference (April 28-29) >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iranian reformers counter with silence

By Scott Peterson
Christian Science Monitor
May 1, 2000

TEHRAN, IRAN Political battles in Iran have long complied with Newton's third law of physics: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. But the next step for beleaguered Iranian reformists flies in the face of such conventional wisdom ... Will reformists loyal to President Mohamad Khatami's reform agenda exercise their popular mandate by fighting back on the streets? Not yet. >>> FULL TEXT


Shattering my femur

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* Keep personal life out of reporting

M. Sarafraz writes: I am an Iranian businessman living in Europe and USA and I am ashamed of Ms. Christian Amanpour for the pictures of Iran that she showed the world.

After 20 years of being closed to the world she takes the CNN cameras to the ugliest parts of Tehran and shows crumbled houses with domesticated animals in the yard.

The least she could have done was to show a balanced picture of Tehran with some of the nicer and cleaner neighborhoods in north Tehran. I don't give a damn about the home she grew up in and her personal memory.

She should keep her personal life out of her reporting. I am ashamed of Amanpour and don't think she is anything special at all. she is a shame to Iranians, just like the mollas.

* Albright in Tehran!

Farrokh Javid writes: Today, I had a two-hour show on Radio Sedaye Iran (KRSI), and performed a Persian version of Mrs. Albright's April Fools interview ["Albright in Tehran"] along with my friend and colleague, Ziba. She played the role of Albright, and me the interviewer.

It was fantastic, and at least three times, we gave full credit to The Iranian with mentions of the Web site and everything. It was really fun reading it, and we received quite a few compliments from listeners.

And you know something? At the time, one of our anchormen had really believed the story and mentioned it quite seriously as a first hand report in his radio talk show!

Conference: Iranian studies, Washington DC

The Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, sponsored by the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) and the Society of Iranian Studies (SIS) will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The conference will begin on the evening of May 25, with on-site registration, the opening of the Book Exhibit, and the inauguration of an art exhibit featuring works from the collection of the Encyclopaedia Iranica >>> DETAILS HERE

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My turban, my cloak, and myself-
they've valued all three
at a little bit less than a cent.
You've never heard my name in the world.
I'm nobody,
or a little bit less than that. -- Rumi

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