Monday, October 26, 1998 / Aban 4, 1377, No. 591
What makes these photos special is not that they were taken at a time when women did not have to wear the hijab in public. The social and political messages here are secondary. What makes them so amazing is the woman herself -- the individual in each photo speaking to the viewer. More than a time or a certain kind of woman, she represents herself.
All these photos, except for one, were taken in Iran in the 1950s, 60s and early 70s. Click on the links below to see them:... GO TO FEATURE
Bearded boxers banned
KABUL, Oct 26 (Reuters) - A senior sports official in Afghanistan's Taleban regime asked for an explanation on Monday for the banning of three Taleban boxers from a Pakistani tournament because of their beards.
``We would like them (tournament organisers) to explain to us why our boxers were not allowed in the match,'' Abdul Shokour Mutmaen, head of the Olympic committee of the purist Islamic Taleban, told a news conference.
The trio was banned from an international tournament last week when organisers ruled that their beards were potentially dangerous and against the rules... FULL TEXT
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Translated by Haleh Pourafzal, Roger Montgomery
Local council elections in February
TEHRAN, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Iran will in February
hold its first municipal elections since the 1979 Islamic revolution, setting
the stage for the next face-off between conservatives and backers of reformist
President Mohammad Khatami. Pro-Khatami Islamic leftists, who control the
Interior Ministry, have been strong advocates of the councils which they
see as a manifestation of Islamic democracy... FULL TEXT
Clerics ride political machine to victory
TEHRAN, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Iran's conservative clerics swept to an election victory worthy of any big-city political machine, but such organisational muscle may prove of little value in the battle with reformist President Mohammad Khatami. Say analysts, the results will provide little real comfort to the establishment, which had hoped to dent the ``people power'' movement that saw the moderate Khatami elected in a suprise landslide on May 23, 1997.... FULL TEXT
Conservatives 49, Moderates/independents 37
Iran calls U.S.-funded Farsi radio ``interference''
TEHRAN, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Iran has branded
U.S.-funded Farsi-language broadcasts being beamed into the country as ``interference''
and warned the Czech Republic about hosting the new station, the official
news agency IRNA said on Sunday. ``This radio has been set up in the framework
of America's $20 million fund against Iran,'' it quoted Foreign Ministry
spokesman Mahmoud Mohammadi as saying. ``This is considered interference
in the Islamic Republic of Iran's internal affairs and is contrary to international
rules.''... FULL TEXT
Women's soccer in "test stage"
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If you're curious about Iran during the Pahlavis, you will find a lot of information (and mega bytes of rare photos) in these two sites, both created by Farhad Sepahbody.
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