Holding on to the monarchy will not do him any good
January 25, 2001
Reza Pahlavi has many things going for him. Thanks to the religious
fanaticism of the clerical establishment, there's an undeniable sense of
nostalgia towards his late father, Mohammad Reza Shah.
The people who voted overwhelmingly for reform in recent elections,
have become deeply disillusioned, as all avenues for peaceful progress
appear to be blocked. Whatever hope there was of seeing the Islamic Republic
gradually transform into a democracy has evaporated to a large extent.
But the good news for Reza Pahlavi ends just about there >>>
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Democractic republic or...
Reza Pahlavi says it's up to the people
January 25, 2001
Audio excerpts from Reza Pahlavi's press conference at the National
Press Club in Washington on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 >>>
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His red-robed highness
Exposing Iran's dirty secrets
By Akbar Ganji
The godfather mafia >>>
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MPs criticise Judiciary
BBC Persian Service
More than 150 reformist MPs have condemned the recent wave of arrests
of journalists and the closure of reformist newspapers. In an open letter
to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi-Shahrudi, the deputies
expressed their deep concern over what they said were the illegal actions
of the judicial system. Behrouz Parsa reports >>>
Persian music masters
By Geoff Chapman
The Toronto Star
January 25, 2001
Go to fabled Persia. Head for gloried India.
Or stay in Toronto to enjoy a taste of their magnificent music.
Four of Iran's most celebrated musicians perform tonight and tomorrow
at the Toronto Centre For The Arts (formerly the Ford Centre) to kick-start
their first North American tour as a group >>>
The first person to ask a question at Reza Pahlavi's press conference
at the National Press Club in Washington DC. What is he TALKING about?
TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - Farmers in the southern Iranian city of Roudan,
frustrated over "stray donkeys" ruining their fields, have requested
that officials provide them with arms, press reports said Thursday >>> FULL
* Offending chadoris
Abdy writes: I
read your opinion on the chador and those wearing it in Iran ["Those
eyes"]. What Saman, the cartoonist, and you should bear in mind
is that there have been women wearing chador prior to the revolution, and
are yet those who do so regardless of any political mode.
Your comment is an obvious violation of women's rights and could well
be offending to those who genuinely believe in wearing the chador as a
tradition or means of reflecting their religious beliefs.
* Let me go to Iran
Maral writes: In
response to "Hell
no", I have to agree in some ways with the author. I am a young
Iranian living in the U.S. and I cannot stand it. Unfortuanatley I have
never been to Iran, but that does not mean I do not want to go there. I
have probably asked my parents every day to let me go. If you think it
was hard growing up Iranian in Europe, try growing up Iranian in the U.S.
* My Iranbian of the day
writes: My Iranian
of the day is ALL my fellow countrymen worldwide, specially those who
still live in Iran, despite all the difficulties and problems -- problems
which we left behind, but they face every single day. They manage to make
a living and make us proud.
I would like to kiss the ground they walk on. I am sorry but I don't
have any pictures to send with this letter so I hope you can find an appropriate
picture for my Iranian of the day nominee.
* My father wants to volunteer
Ali Kravis writes:
I was wandering if any business or organization catering to the Iranian
community in New York City, Long Island or New Jersey require volunteers
to help out with anything.
My father speaks English, is healthy, and willing to do almost anything.
He does not require any salary. He just wants to volunteer his time to
anybody who needs it >>>
Politics: Jebheh Melli on state &
Colorado Persian Society is inviting Jebheye Melli's US representative,
Mr. Kambiz Ghaem-Magham to give a talk on Friday, Feb. 9, 2001. The title
of the talk is: "Evolution of Iranian National Front's positions towards
the relationship of state and religion". It will be held at Aurora's
Community College. This will be the first of a series of talks given in
order to study the Iranian situation as our country enters another critical
period in its history >>>
Translation of today's poem by Zara
I said I would take my heart back from you, but I can't,
Or that I would live on without this pain, but I can't.
I said I would banish desire for you, but I can't.
I swear to you, as I am a man, I can't.
* Also see more Rumi
The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
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May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Iran progressive movement expresses "deep
concern" for religious reformer
TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - The progressive Islamist party,
the Movement for the Liberation of Iran (MLI), expressed its "deep
concern" over the fate of a religious reformer jailed for apostasy
-- punishable by death in Iran. "We have deep concern for a man who
merely defends freedom of thought," AFP was told by an official from
MLI, which is banned but tolerated in Iran and was founded by former prime
minister Mehdi Bazargan >>>
Khatami warns regional countries against
TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - President Mohammad Khatami said
Thursday that Israel was the greatest threat and danger to the Muslim world
and urged countries in the regioni not to forget that, the IRNA news agency
reported. Speaking to visiting Omani Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs
Sayed Fahd bin Mamud al-Said, Khatami said Israel represented the "biggest
crisis, threat and danger in the region and in the Islamic world,"
the state agency said >>>
Iran sends recovered Palestinians home,
welcomes more wounded
TEHRAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - Ten Palestinians, including one
woman, injured by Israeli forces in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are
due to arrive in Tehran late Thursday for treatment, officials told AFP.
Ramezan Sharif, spokesman for the Tehran-based Organization in Defence of
the Intifada, said nine other Palestinians who had recovered from their
injuries after treatment in Iran were flown back home earlier during the
Construction of Armenia-Iran gas pipeline
to begin this year: Yerevan
YEREVAN, Jan 25 (AFP) - The construction of a gas pipeline
that would transit Iranian gas to the former Soviet republic of Armenia
will begin this year, Armenian Energy Minister Karen Galustyan said Wednesday.
The 140-kilometre (48-mile) pipeline should cost some 138 million dollars
and should be completed within months, Galustyan said >>>
Mansourian: Mr. nice guy
Tehran (rahnema.com sports clip) -- Alireza Mansourian
should receive the "Nobel Peace prize in sports" because of his
good manners as a player for Hamburg FC >>>
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