The Iranian Times

Monday February 12, 2001 / Bahman 24, 1379, No. 1164


Sehaty Foreign Exchange


Happy anniversary
The revolution that went terribly wrong

February 12, 2001
The Iranian

It is hard to describe the joy so many felt on February 11, 1979. The Shah's dictatorship had ended. The sense of liberation was overwhelming. People were free; they were in charge of their destiny. Twenty-two years later, it is hard to describe the terrible let down >>> GO TO FEATURE


Memory lane
Looking back at the road to revolution

Compiled by Payman Arabshahi
February 11, 2001
The Iranian

Chronology of events leading to the fall of the monarchy selected from the Iranian media on the eve of the anniversary of the Iranian revolution of 1978/79

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White & wet
Snow & rain in Tehran

Photos by Hasan Sarbakhshian
February 12, 2001
The Iranian

Hasan Sarbakhshian, 32, has BA degree in photography. He is currenlty a photographer for the Associated Press in Iran. He took these pictures during December and January 2001 in Tehran >>> GO TO FEATURE


In defense of the Persian Watch Cat

By Nazila Ghazi-Mahdavi
February 13, 2001
The Iranian

Let me be honest: I love you all. Anyway, I have an article for you. I am a software designer in Westchester County. This is the first time I am writing for you. But I have written quite a lot for womens magazines. Anyway, please consider my article >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets

By Akbar Ganji
The Iranian

Rafsanjani: Reformist or conservative (By Sadeq Ziba-Kalam) >>> GO TO FEATURE


Talking tough with a smile

BBC Persian Service

In a speech at a conference on security in Tehran, President Khatami has said that changing the political system of the country might be the only option if the ongoing abuse of political power continues by hard-liners. Behrouz Parsa talks to Ahmad Salamatian, Iranian affairs analyst >>> LISTEN

President Warns of Crisis

TEHRAN, Iran - In one of his strongest attacks against hard-liners, President Mohammad Khatami warned Monday of a social crisis if Iran's ruling clerics keep misusing their power to stand in the way of democratic reforms. Khatami's comments reflected an ongoing power struggle with conservatives who have used the judiciary and the military to curb his plans to ease social and political restrictions in Iran >>> FULL TEXT


Nose job

Please can you tell me where I should look to find all the places in Iran who offer rhinoplasty ( Cosmetic Surgery Clinics). I have tried everywhere on the Web but cannot find any. Is there an Iranian Yellow Pages or equvalent I can obtain from somewhere. Again please help me. Thank you very much. Email:

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* Just like those intellectuals

F. Behseresht writes: It is rather sad and demeaning to see that some Iranians, despite living in a democratic society and calling themselves "Iranian-Americans", are so narrow-minded... These Iranians, including the editors of The Iranian, while claiming to be the advocates of democracy, are, contrarily, so subjective in their dogmatic viewpoint that seems incredible. Just like those so called intellectuals who in 1978/79 sheepishly followed Khomeini >>> FULL TEXT

* Referendum

Dr Shodja Eddin Ziaian writes: Albate bayad zamine ra faraham avard, javv-e azadi-e sokhan ra negahban bud, pishnevis-e qanun-e asasi tahye kard. Mardom mas'ulan Jomhurye Eslami ra az khod bedanand va hamkaryeshan ra jalb konand va ehterameshan ra negahdarand. Ba ishan zeddyat nakonand. Magar shomar-e ma'dudi ke bekhahand dar moqabel-e khast-e Mellat beístand. Referandom ra bayad az masúlan-e dowlat khast ke anjam dahand. Amma mardom bayad dar sahne bashand >>> FULL TEXT

* Doth protest too much

John Mohammadi writes: Me thinks Mr. Guive Mirfendereski doth protest too much ["Power of one", "Shocked and saddened"]. Warning that those who do not jealously guard their legitimate civil rights in the U.S. risk being unfairly singled out for mistreatment due to their ethnic/national origin is not "trivializing" the Japanese internment experience, it is learning from it >>> FULL TEXT

* More poetic

Hossein Shahidi writes: Let me offer a more poetic version of Friday's (Feb 9, 2001) quote of the day. The other vesion goes like this: "Piyaadeh raah ravad-o khar beh een faraavaani". This is part of a verse which I cannot remember in full right now, but will send it on to you as soon as I have it >>> FULL TEXT

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    Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

    There's a friend who feeds me pleasure and kindness.

    He's sewn me a robe of my own skin and veins:

    My body itself the sufi robe, my heart the very wool,

    This friend my lord, my cloister the whole world.

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Iran Forces Beat, Arrest Protesters in New Unrest

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian security forces beat up anti-government demonstrators and arrested more than 50 people on Monday in a second day of unrest in the capital Tehran, witnesses said. The feared Basij Islamic militiamen, part of the security forces, and riot police attacked some 100 people, mainly students, gathered at a park in central Tehran to demand greater freedom of speech, they said >>> FULL TEXT

Clashes Erupt in Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Fistfights broke out between hard-liners and supporters of a leading dissident on Saturday, shortly after President Mohammad Khatami warned that extremist interpretations of Islamic law were threatening freedom and democratic rule in Iran. ``The revolution belongs to all Iranians and nobody has the right to seize it in his own name or tendency,'' Khatami said in a speech marking the 22nd anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution. ``Misrepresentation of Islam and seizing Islam in favor of narrow, dark and non-democratic tendencies is threatening the country." >>> FULL TEXT

Deputy minister charged with "complicity in electoral fraud"

BERLIN (AP) - TEHRAN, Feb 12 (AFP) - The Expediency Council, Iran's highest legislative oversight body, rejected all "progressive" items in the budget, the press quoted several reformist MPs as saying Monday. The Expediency Council, which arbitrates between the various branches of Iran's clerical regime, decided to follow the conservative Guardians Council instead of the Majlis, Iran's reformist-majority parliament, they said >>> FULL TEXT

Pro-reform MP appears before Tehran revolutionary court

TEHRAN, Feb 12 (AFP) - Pro-reform Tehran MP Elaheh Koulaii, close to moderate President Mohammad Khatami, appeared before the Iranian capital's revolutionary court Monday following a summons, sources said. She was ordered to provide the tribunal with a number of explanations, but no further information was available >>> FULL TEXT

Winner at cinema festival dedicates prize to banned film

TEHRAN, Feb 12 (AFP) - Majid Majidi, the top winner at an international film festival in Iran, dedicated his prize Sunday to director Ebrahim Hatamikia, whose film "The Dead Wave" has been banned in Iran. Majidi expressed his admiration for Hatamikia, whose "Dead Wave" covers the life of Mohsen Rezai, a former member of the elite Revolutionary Guards whose son eventually leaves for the United States. The Revolutionary Guards banned the film, saying it made "too many analogies >>> FULL TEXT

Hard-liners Renew Death Sentence on Rushdie

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Hard-line Iranian bodies Monday renewed a death sentence on Salman Rushdie ahead of the 12th anniversary of the ``fatwa'' against the British author issued by former supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. ``We ask world Muslims to carry out this divine edict and cleanse the world of such mercenary Satans,'' the Islamic Propagation Organization said in a statement quoted by the official news agency IRNA >>> FULL TEXT

Italy's ENI seen winning Kashagan oil operatorshi

ALMATY, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Italian energy group ENI's Agip SpA has won the operatorship of Kazakhstan's giant Kashagan oilfield, one of the world's largest untapped oil finds, an industry source said on Monday. The source was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of the nine-member OKIOC consortium to hammer out a deal on which of the group should become operator of the field, seen as the largest oil discovery in the last 30 years >>> FULL TEXT

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Should be worried

We should be worried that, God forbid, one day our people will feel the authorities are not meeting their real demands and that dirty hands have succeeded in disappointing them and thus alienating them. Under such circumstances, no military, security or judicial power will be able to save the country.

-- President Khatami
February 12, 2001

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