Monday, November 9, 1998 / Aban 18, 1377, No. 601
If Mahdi doesn't come
By Siamak Namazi
Our parents had it tough at our age. They lived under the despotic rule of the Shah and had to decide whether to risk their elitist position and fight for changes in the society they lived. We have inherited a challenge that is even more daunting. We are not even sure which society we belong to, and yet our motherland remains far from exercising the democratic values we espouse. Even those of us, like myself, who have decided that Iran is where our attention and love is most needed, remain confused as to what to do and how.
I have been driving myself to nonplus grappling with this quagmire: While I want to focus my intellect and love in making Iran a better place, I fear success as much as I do defeat. After all, if I do manage to instigate change for the better, have I not also fortified a draconian system, granting it a longer life? But then how am I to remain a disengaged and silent witness to the wide range of intolerable problems in my motherland? What if I contribute to changes that do not reflect the wants and desires of the Iranian people living inside the country? How do I even know what they are thinking and what they need?
What follows is a silhouette of my personal plan to work around this "dammed if I do, dammed if I don't" state. It represents a process that has slowly brewed throughout the years in my mind and by no means stands above critique. In fact, one of the main reasons for writing this piece is to call on others to contribute to shaping these thoughts and to work with me towards improving what I have called "A Reformer's Guide to Engagement."... GO TO FEATURE
Book of the Week
By Najmieh Khalili Batmanglij
Rial falls to historic low on infaltion
Nov 9 (Reuters) - The Iranian rial fell to historic lows on Monday, losing
2.8 percent against the dollar since late October on inflation fears and
concerns that the latest Iraq crisis could lead to open conflict. Businessmen
said the U.S. dollar fetched as much as 7,050 rials on Tehran's illegal
but active black market, compared to about 6,850 rials in late October ...
MP calls for $10 barrel oil price in budget
TEHRAN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Iran should base
its 1999-2000 state budget on an oil price of $10 per barrel, $2 less than
in the current budget, an Iranian member of parliament said in remarks published
on Monday. ``It would be realistic to set the price of each barrel (of
crude) at about $10 in the budget bill so that we do not face a budget deficit,''
Reza Abdollahi, told the daily Abrar... FULL TEXT
Crossed out: Abedazdeh, Azizi, Esteeli
U.S. firms lay groundwork for Iran oil investment
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Smooth-talking American oil executives, eager to pounce on lucrative deals in oil and gas giant Iran, are busy handing out business cards in Tehran. Officials from major U.S. energy companies, who are barred by their government from dealing with Iran, are using oil conferences instead of boardrooms to explore future opportunities in the Islamic republic, which is hungry for foreign investment... FULL TEXT
Iran works on law to protect local software
TEHRAN, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament
on Sunday gave initial approval to a law protecting the intellectual property
of software developers in the country. In a session broadcast live on state
radio, deputies passed the outline of the government bill which would ban
the illegal copying of computer programmes registered by Iranian developers
... FULL TEXT
Forest fires rage for fourth day
TEHRAN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Forest fires raged
for a fourth day in northwestern Iran on Monday, threatening one of the
country's main nature reserves, Iranian television reported. It said firefighters
have been unable to control the blaze which has destroyed dozens of hectares
(acres) of the 150,000-hectare (370,000-acre) Arasbaran forest since Thursday...
Girl wins 3rd place in world chess championships
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A brief essay on Aqa Mohammad Khan Qajar in Persian. Remember that this page is divided horizontally. To read the whole story, you need to use the right-to-left arrow. Another gem from the center for the study of contemporary Iranian history in Tehran.
"See what's going on right under your noses."
So long as we sit idly by waiting for the situation in Iran to improve on its own, we are but an apathetic group awaiting Mahdi's appearance in one form or the other. We have to get involved and engage in the process of change for the better.
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