The Iranian Times

Monday, February 1, 1999/ Bahman 12, 1377, No. 656

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr


    Cover story

    Revolution: 1979-1999
    The events that changed our lives forever

    We have updated this special section with a news satire page and more photos, plus a poem about the early days of the revolution by Hadi Khorsandi (Esm-e Shab).

    Also, you can listen to lefitist revolutionary songs in the Times music section.


Iran's "great day of hope"

By BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson

Feb 1, 1999 (BBC) - It was one of the key events of the 20th century. Ayatollah Khomeini's return to Tehran after 16 years of exile launched an Islamic revolution that changed the balance of power in the Middle East, humiliated America and shifted Iran back centuries in time.

But the mullahs around him were really the only ones who really knew what they wanted. Everyone else was carried away by the desire for a new start ... FULL TEXT

Also: Iran's 20 years of revolution


- Jim Muir: Where does the revolution go from here?
- John Simpson: Tehran 20 years ago


Just a peek

As an Iranian official took notes at a conference on Iran in Washington DC... CLICK HERE

More Letters

* Getting down to serious business

Nasrin Sasanpour writes: I enjoyed your article ["Laleh Khalili's "A first concert"] as an informative report on a special segment of Iranian youth... The present regime in Iran should and will have to, in order to survive, concentrate its energy and effort on the more imminently viable issues: like how to rescue the economy and mend the ever increasing gap of the bridge between the out-of-line hard-liners and the moderate so-called democrats. And that most definitely requires a whole lot of effort and energy! So I really do wish they would get down to some serious work ... FULL TEXT

* Music: Persian music in New York

Traditional Music of Persia: Concert in New York

Maestro Mohammad Reza Lotfi: Tar, Setar, Kamancheh, Vocal
Golam Khaksari: Vocal
Fardin Bina: Tonbak, Daf
Majd Karimai: Tonbak, Daf

Sunday, February 21, 1999
7:30-9:30 p.m.
Great Neck North Middle School Auditoriun
77 Polo Road, Great Neck, Long Island, NY 11023

Before 6 p.m.: 516-981-6808
After 6 p.m.: 516-751-1609

Tickets sold at the Concert hall's entrance and Iranian stores.

Book of the Week

Daneshvar's Playhouse
A Collection of Stories

By Simin Daneshvar

In five intriguing stories, the formal detachment of Daneshvar's prose reinforces her subtle revelation of repressive features in Iranian society. . . . These seemingly simple stories disclose a rich culture in a time of ferment and change, of women in chadors, held in contempt by the men who control their lives. . . . This volume is a valuable addition to our knowledge of Persian culture and the political complexities of modern Iran.
-- Publishers Weekly

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More news

Revolution anniversary at Khomeini tomb

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Large crowds gathered Monday at the mausoleum of the late Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini at the start of celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. Women in traditional black veils and men carrying portraits of Khomeini packed the golden-domed mausoleum south of Tehran to mark the day in 1979 when Khomeini flew back to Iran... FULL TEXT

MKO says it attacked secret police HQ

LONDON (Reuters) - The Iranian opposition group Mujahideen Khalq said its members had attacked the headquarters of the Intelligence Ministry in Tehran with mortars Sunday. A Mujahideen spokesman said two military units of the Iraq-based group fired mortar bombs at the main building of the ministry, which is in charge of internal security, in Tehran's Pasdaran Avenue at 6:30 p.m. (1500 GMT) ... FULL TEXT

Press reformer resigns

Jan 30, 1999 (BBC) - A senior Iranian official who's been overseeing reforms to extend press freedom has resigned. The Deputy Minister for the Press, Ahmad Borghani, had been under attack from conservatives for his liberal views about the freedom of expression. He particularly angered the conservatives last year over his opposition to the banning of several liberal newspapers ... FULL TEXT

Rial near free fall, drops 6.7 pct in one day

TEHRAN, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The Iranian rial appeared to be on a free fall on Monday, plunging 6.7 percent against the dollar in one day during an accelerating slide, traders saaid. On Tehran's illegal but highly active black market, dealers were trading at 8,700 rials to the dollar on Monay, compared to about 8,120 on Sunday... FULL TEXT

Economic woes mark Iran revolution feast

TEHRAN, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Iran celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Islamic revolution faced with an economy gutted by low oil prices and in need of long overdue reforms. The heavily state-dominated economy created after the 1979 revolution has sunk into recession with mounting unemployment as oil revenues have dropped, leaving state coffers empty... FULL TEXT

National team starts training

Tehran (Iran) - The national soccer team has started training to prepare for international matches in Kuwait ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

$ Rate

Updated Feb 1

The dollar now offered at up to 800-810 tomans

Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777

Business news

The Web


* Bahman: This month in hisotry

From the Iranian Institute for Contemporary Historical Studies. Click 1357 to read about the revolution.


* Iranian radio and TV's anniversary page (IRIB)

* IRNA's anniversary page

Beyond Iran

Adieu à la révolution

French view of the Iranian revolution in Courrier International magazine.

More web sites

Quote Unquote

Just to live

They never knew the shah and have only a vague idea of Khomeini. After 20 years of the official cult of martyrdom, memories of the war against Iraq and the exaltation of sacrifice, they just want to live and have fun.

University professor commenting on Iran's youth
"To be 20 in Tehran"
January 29, 1999

Photo of the Day

Rafsanjani: End squabbles

More photos


Musician of the Week

Fadaiyan Khalq

Leftist revolutionary songs

Music artists index

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