Monday, February 1, 1999/ Bahman 12, 1377, No. 656
Also, you can listen to lefitist revolutionary songs in the Times music section.
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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
Updated Feb 1
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From the Iranian Institute for Contemporary Historical Studies. Click 1357 to read about the revolution.
French view of the Iranian revolution in Courrier International magazine.
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.
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