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Monday November 27, 2000 / Azar 7, 1379, No. 1113


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Clinging to the past

November 27, 2000
The Iranian

Hamed Sahihi is only 20, but he has already been featured in eight group exhibitions and one solo exhibition in Tehran. His style very much resembles that of his prominent tutor, Hanibal Alkhas >>> GO TO FEATURE


Making a hero
Heroes are neither self-selected nor eternal

By Ali Akbar Mahdi
November 27, 2000
The Iranian

The trials of Akbar Ganji and Ebrahim Nabavi in the Islamic Republic of Iran have caused many Iranians to reflect on the political and personal characters of these two political prisoners.

Heroes are neither self-selected nor eternal. Extraordinary behavior or posturing may bring someone quick recognition as a hero. However, such an honor may be taken away as quickly as it was granted. Being a hero is an ephemeral reality. It is a quality defined by and residing in the minds of others, rather than by and with the hero himself/herself >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

November 27, 2000
The Iranian

Akbar Ganji is one Iran's leading investigative journalists. He is currently in prison facing charges of undermining Iran's national security.

Starting today, his best-selling book, "Aalijenaab-e sorkhpoosh" will be serialized in The Iranian >>> GO TO FEATURE


Head of Judiciary's response to Khatami

BBC Persian Service

The Head of the Judiciary has called for setting up a constitutional court in Iran to look into the violation of constitutional law. Dr. Mohammadi Esfahani, a university professor in Tehran tells Maria Sarsalari that Mr Shahroudi's remark is a response to President Khatami's statement about his lack of authority to implement the constitution >>> LISTEN HERE

Khatami admits 'lack of power'

By Guy Dinmore in Tehran
Financial Times (London)
November 27, 2000

President Mohammad Khatami of Iran, his pro- reform policies under severe attack from hardline opponents, on Sunday admitted he was powerless to prevent violations of the constitution and criticised the conservative- controlled judiciary for its handling of political and press cases.

Addressing a special commission set up to monitor implementation of the constitution, Mr Khatami's frank speech confirmed his public image of a popular but at the same time relatively powerless president >>> FULL TEXT

Ummm ...

M Romeo writes to The Iranian:

I have kind of a weird question. I was wondering how I would go about finding out who Iran represented in the Miss Universe pagent in the 1980's. I guess what I am wondering if you have any way to get me a listing of the Miss Iran winners for the year's 1980-1989. A weird question I know but any help you can give me would be much appreciated.

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* Deny satisfaction to the Black Menace

Shahriar Zangeneh writes: The prerequisite for gaining admission into the Iranian political folklore, more often than not, has called for fortitude to bear physical and/or psychological pain ["Dictators create heroes"]. Pain inflicted at the hands of the henchmen of various regimes struggling to elongate their master's despotic rule >>> FULL TEXT

    * Heroes are true essence of our lives

Kambiz Ameli writes: Thank you for your article, "Defiance vs. regret". Anyone can speak or write about reform and progress. What separates ordinary men from genuine heroes however, is the steadfast preservation of one's convictions through the ugly and horrid flavor of places like Evin >>> FULL TEXT

* Harshness repels

Mahmood Kara writes: I feel very sorry to read your story, "Generation gap". Recently I was in Madina, and I remember reading the Ayat of the Quran where Allah says to our beloved Prophet that "We made you kind and gentle, and had we made you 'harsh hearted' then you would have repelled most of the people" >>> FULL TEXT

Journal: NOJUM: Write or subscribe

The monthly Iranian Journal of Astronomy (NOJUM) is in its tenth year of publication. Professors Mansour Vesali, Reza Mansouri, and Bobak AminTafreshi are among the Editorial Board Members of this novel periodical, read by a large number of intellectuals and novice alike. To subscribe or submit manuscripts to this journal email vesali@ or




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Challenges facing Khatami

President Khatami's remarks on the lack of authority to carry out his reforms during his term in the office is widely reflected in Iran's political and press circles. Deputy Majlis Speaker Behzad Nabavi has also mentioned restrictions the parliament and the administration face. In an interview with a reformist journalist Fatemeh Govaraaie, Maria Sarsalari asks why Mr Khatami's remarks came so late? >>> LISTEN HERE

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