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Thursday October 19, 2000 / Mehr 28, 1379, No. 1089


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Not presidential material
But your votes on November 7 will still be important

By Babak Yektafar
October 18, 2000
The Iranian

Did I learn anything about the candidates at the conclusion of these debates? Well, I learned that Mr. Bush is the governor of a "big" state (he emphasized that in every debate, as if size matters -- in this case). I also learned that he likes to use the word "fuzzy", and that he does not trust the government and if we trust him by voting for him, then he would turn around and trust us back by giving us all the money we want to do with it as we please.

If I had the chance to ask a question from Mr. Bush, I would want to know why he is spending millions of dollars to head an entity that he does not trust? >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Mohandes
October 18, 2000
The Iranian



Eshkevari "not an apostate"

BBC Persian Service

Ayatollah Mohammad Sadeghi Tehrani of Qom Seminary says that accusing Hassan Yusefi Eshkevari of apostasy is wrong.He adds that bringing such charges would have many negative consequences. Behrouz Parsa talks to him >>> LISTEN HERE

Iran's last chief of staff under Shah dies in France

PARIS, Oct 19 (AFP) - General Abbas Gharabaghi, the last chief of staff under the Shah before he was toppled by the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, has died in France, his daughter announced Wednesday.

Gharabaghi died at a Paris hospital last Friday, at the age of 82. The general was named chief of staff on January 4, 1979, in the final days of the rule of the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi >>> FULL TEXT

Women and personal law in Iran

Editorial: Asghar Ali Engineer
The Hindu
October 19, 2000

WOMEN HAD played a very active role in Iran's Islamic revolution from the beginning. The Shah had imposed modern secular reforms and had abolished the veil and western dress was encouraged. However, these reforms were quite superficial as women had no freedom to participate in political activities. It was more an imitation of western culture than true freedom for women. Women too, therefore, joined the Islamic revolution.>>> FULL TEXT

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More Letters

* Punk with bad manners -- not feminist

Mashadi writes: Maybe the "feminist" Blind date was reacting to a father like the one in your previous piece who wanted her daughters virginity swone up ["A private matter"]!

Plus I can stomach a little exaggeration for the sake of good prose but out right lying in the name of describing a "type", i.e "Iranian feminist" is kind of sophomoric.

Too bad that we can not ask you for any proof. Maybe the should give your date equal time. Then we could at least see if she existed! >>> FULL TEXT

* Zoroastrianism first monotheistic religion

Esfandiar Kiani writes: I can't agree with Mr. Reza Sami objections to Elaine Sciolino ["The twelve rules"] where he tries to prove that Zoroastrism is not a monotheistic religion. I think his opinion comes from the wrong interpretations of Zoroastrism by some Islamic and Western orientalists.

I don't believe he has read any Zoroastrian writings especially "The Gathas" holy book. Actually there is no contradiction between Ahura Mazda and Ahriman and darkness and light. >>> FULL TEXT

* Below the belt

Ravia Basri writes from Damascus: In response to ["At least he's a man with an opinion"], There doesn't seem to be anything intelligent about this Cyrus Rafaat whose articles "Real Iranian girls?" and his letter about Afghan refugees all revert to only one thing: his obsession with below the belt.

His political analysis is not serious -- he inevitably comes to prostitution : he probably thinks that the Taliban are part of the conspiracy rendering Iranian women incapable of controlling their purity >>> FULL TEXT

Academic: Iran in Journal of Democracy

This October's edition of the Journal of Democracy has a revealing collection of articles on democracy and pluralism in Iran. Contributors include Ladan and Roya Boroumand, Haleh Esfandiari, Ramin Jahanbegloo, and myself. In addition, there is an interesting selection of essays from the Iranian press, including pieces by Mahmoud Fazeli Birjandi, Hassan Youssefi-Ashkevari, and Ali-Reza Dast Afchan.




Reconstructed Lives
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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    The way you spoke left me speechless,

    Helpless in the face of your sweetness.

    I ran from your trap, home to my heart,

    But trapped in my heart I'm your captive.

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Montazeri defends reformist cleric

TEHRAN, Oct 19 (AFP) - Ayatollah Ali Montazeri, one-time designated successor to the founder of Islamic Iran, defended Thursday an ailing reformist cleric accused of blasphemy and possibly facing the death sentence. In a fax to the wife of Hassan Yussefi-Eshkevari, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, Montazeri, who has lived under guard in Qom, south of Tehran, since 1989, said he was "very sorry about the unfounded accusations." >>> FULL TEXT

German politicians, scientists slam Iranian cleric's trial

BERLIN, Oct 19 (AFP) - German political, religious and scientific community leaders have joined in condemning a closed-door trial in Iran of a pro-reform cleric, Hassan Yussefi-Eshkevari, a German political foundation said here Wednesday. Eshkevari reportedly challenged, in a speech in April to a conference in Germany on the future of reforms in Iran, whether Islamic law requires women to keep their heads and bodies covered >>> FULL TEXT

Iran spy trial lawyers sacked

Ocotber 19, (Financial Times) -- Two lawyers in the team defending 10 Iranian Jews convicted in Iran of spying for Israel have been dropped from the case, raising fears in the Jewish community about the outcome of their appeal to Iran's Supreme Court >>> FULL TEXT

Protesters block main Iran road over water shortage

TEHRAN, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Demonstrators angered by a shortage of drinking water blocked a main road outside the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday, leaving thousands of motorists stranded, an evening newspaper reported >>> FULL TEXT

Iran minister waiting Khatami reply to resignation

TEHRAN, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Iran's embattled minister of culture, accused by the conservative establishment of being too liberal, is still waiting for the president to accept his resignation, newspapers said on Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

U.S. senators to probe Gore arms pact with Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans said on Thursday they will hold hearings next week to probe the legality of a recently disclosed deal struck by Vice President Al Gore (news - web sites) with Moscow that Russia would not face U.S. sanctions if it completed delivery of certain arms shipments to Iran >>> FULL TEXT

Iran says no tangible result from Sharm el-Sheikh

TEHRAN, Oct 19 (AFP) - Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said Wednesday the Sharm el-Sheikh summit on Middle East peace had had "no tangible result" and had raised "an enormous doubt" over the region's future >>> FULL TEXT

Spain's Aznar due in Tehran Saturday on official visit

TEHRAN, Oct 19 (AFP) - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar is to arrive in Tehran this weekend on a two-day official visit, the first by a Spanish government leader since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, a Spanish diplomat said Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami stresses right to use nuclear technology

TEHRAN, Oct 18 (AFP) - Iran should review its relations with Pakistan,after that country's supreme court overturned a guilty verdict against eightSunni Muslims for the murder of an Iranian diplomat, a newspaperdemanded Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT

Writer's first novel named best book

Tehran, (Aftab-e Yazd) -- "Nimeh-ye Ghaayeb", the debut novel by Hossein Sanapour, has won the book of the year award from a prestigeous panel of writers. It tells the story of five young characters in the 1980's >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Best book nominees

Tehran, (Aftab-e Yazd) -- Here are the ten novels which had been nominated for the book of the year prize >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Panahi's Circle to skip London fest

Tehran, (Aftab-e Yazd) -- "The Circle" directed by Jafar Panahi will not be shown at the London film festival. The European distributor is planning on a commercial release in Britain instead >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Daei: "It was a wrestling match out there!"

Beirut, Oct. 18 (Iran Sports Press) -- "We still have long ways to go", said Jalal Talebi at the post game press conference following the match between Iran and Iraq on Wednesday. Talebi said, "I am pleased with my team's performance. They did a wonderful job as a team. I hope they continue like that in coming games. We hope to succeed after 24 years." >>> FULL TEXT

South Korea defeat Indonesia

Beirut, Oct. 19 (Iran Sports Press) -- Korea recorded their first victory in the Asian Cup, beating Indonesia 3-0 to claim the third place spot and advance to the quarter-finals stage of the competition. With China and Kuwait drawing goalless in group two other featured game up in Tripoli, played in the same timing, Korea found themselves in a critical position, having a titanic clash against mighty group one ultimate winners Iran in the second round >>> FULL TEXT

China and Kuwait in goalless draw

Beirut, Oct. 19 (Iran Sports Press) -- China and Kuwait fought out a scoreless draw in their group two last fixture for both sides to end leaders and runners-up respectively with five points out of maximum nine, from one win and two draws. China are paired to face the best third-placed side in groups one and three next Tuesday in Sidon, while Kuwait take on group three second-place outfits next Tuesday in Beirut >>> FULL TEXT


Judiciary criticised

The Participation Front, has criticized the Iranian judiciary for accusing intellectuals of blasphemy on political grounds. Behrouz Parsa in this report talks to Taghi Rahmani, journalist, Hojj. Ayazi, a cleric and Saeed Doroudi, lawyer about what this strongly worded statement would mean >>> LISTEN HERE

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I wish that the debate organizers would consider a different format such as a game show to attract a little interest from the general public, and extract exact answers from the candidates. They may consider a Jeopardy-like format for the benefit of Vice-President Gore, or a Who wants to be a Millionaire for the benefit of Governor Bush (yes, it would be The Dating Game format if President Clinton was running.)

-- Babak Yektafar
"Not presidential material"
The Iranian
October 18, 2000

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