The Iranian Times

Wednesday, November 4, 1998 / Aban 13, 1377, No. 598


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19 years later
Rally in front of former U.S. embassy shows shift toward domestic issues

Posted on Columbia University's Gulf2000 academic listserve by an observer in Tehran:

Today (November 2, 1998), there was a demonstration and rally in Tehran, organized by the leftist Islamist student group called Unity Consolidation Office [Daftar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat], commemorating the 19th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover. The event was announced in the Salam newspaper a couple days ago and also in the posters on the walls in the universities and streets en route.

The organizers were the leftist activists. The group's origin goes back to the so-called Students in the Imam's Line [Daneshjouyan-e Peyro Khat-e Imam], i.e. those who took over the U.S. Embassy 19 years ago. Judging from the slogans they shouted, however, many of the participants were more enthusiastic in expressing their support for President Khatami, than their opposition to the U.S. In other words, the event was significant mainly in terms of domestic politics here, i.e. as a demonstration and rally in support of the Khatami administration... GO TO FEATURE


From confrontation to modus vivendi?
Iran-U.S. relations 19 years after the hostage crisis

November 4, 1998
The Iranian

Lecture by Hooshang Amirahmadi, Rutgers University professor and president of the American-Iranian Council at the Graduate Institute for Strategic and International Security Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, October 12-13, 1998:

I wish to begin with the proposition that U.S.-Iran relations have entered into an irreversible normalization process: the question is no longer if but when.

As many of you know, several openings in the past were reversed leading to an exacerbation of the spiral conflict between the two governments. We are of course in the beginning of a very protracted process and surprises of a positive or negative consequence for the relations in both sides, in the side of Iran in particular, should not be discounted. Nonetheless, I believe, the future will witness more reduction in tension between the two countries. Where do we stand in the normalization process is hard to tell as contradictory signals and policies in both sides make a determination complicated... GO TO FEATURE



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Sara Amir gets 3.1 percent of California votes

From Jamshid Naghizadeh janakgf1@linux.zrz.TU-Berlin.DE

Sara Amir an Iranian born candidate for Leutenant Governor of California from Green Party captured 3.1 percent of the total vote and came third behind Cruz M. Bustamante, Democrat (52.9%) and Tim Leslie, Republican (38.6%).

In contrast, the Green Party candidate for Governor Dan Hamburg captured 1.2 percent of the total vote behind Gray Davice, Democrat (58.1%) and Dan Langren Republican, (38.4%).

Highest percentage votes for Ms. Sara Amir were cast in the Northern coastal counties namely Humboldt (11.8%), San Francisco (12.4%), Santa Cruz (8.8%), Mendocino (10.0%). On the other hand, there is no evidence that she was aided by a blok vote by Iranian-Americans who are concentrated in high population urban areas.

Except for San Francisco where Iranian-American vote may have had some influence, her vote in Los Angeles with highest Iranian American population was 2.5% somewhat lower than her statewide average 3.1%.

In other areas of Iranian American concentration she obtained: Marin (5.4%), Santa Clara (San Jose) 3.4%, Orange (2.0%), San Diego (2.7%). A more detailed analysis of the available data and its comparison with earlier elections and Green strength in various counties is needed to establish the Iranian-American voting patterns.

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* Don't share your excitement

Ali Safarnejad writes: I don't share your excitement at Hollywood's approval of Iranians ["Practice makes perfect"]. You missed the plane, train, and cab ride to this point. Hollywood has forgiven the Iranians for all the bad things we did, and now we can kiss and make up. I'm not so ready to jump on the bandwagon of international makeup sex for the sake of makeup.

What America gets to watch on the boob-tube is either Iranians, fist in the air, cursing to let loose the dogs of war onto the imperial pigs, or a blue-eyed, soft spoken Iranian girl making right out of wrong - with the help of her American, lawyer friend. Hers is not Martin Luther King's civil disobedience or Stokely Carmichael's 'Black Power'. This one is like the 80's yuppie retorts using judicial laws to punish moral crimes: I don't like what you think of me, so I'm gonna change it by making you pay... FULL TEXT

* Classes: Nader Naderpour Fall classes at UCLA

Nader Naderpour has been invited to the UCI & UCLA campuses to teach numerous courses in Persian literature and culture (all in Farsi). Due to the continuing interest in the Iranian community, the new series of Mr. Naderpour's classes are scheduled as follows... DETAILS HERE

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Khatami reaches toward Americans

TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami Wednesday used the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy to renew his message of reconciliation with the American people. But he charged that U.S. policymakers had failed to heed the call of public opinion backing a restoration of ties between the two countries. ``What happened in Iran was not a fight against the American people, but against anti-Iranian policies,'' Khatami, a moderate Shi'ite Muslim cleric, told students at a new girls' school... FULL TEXT

19-year-olds on what happened 19 years ago

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Skoda says Czech-Iran tension to hit sales

PRAGUE, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Troubled Czech engineering group Skoda a.s. said on Wednesday that diplomatic tension between the Czech Republic and Iran may cost it a direct sales loss of up to two billion Czech crowns ($68.47 million). Iran recalled its ambassador from the Czech Republic on Tuesday and has limited trade ties to protest against a new Farsi-language service of U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty to the Islamic republic from Prague... FULL TEXT

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