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The Iranian Features
Sept 22-25, 1998 / Shahrivar 31 - Mehr 3, 1377


Art: In a world of his own


* Fiction: Shokouh Mirzadegi
* Music: Familiar sound
* Cover Story: Strategy for a constitutional reformer
* Opinion: Clinton & the Constitution
* Afghanistan: National interests come first

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Sept 25, 1998


    In a world of his own
    More on artist and poet Manoucher Yektai

    By A Friend

    Manoucher Yektai is a loner, if there ever was one. He is extremely purposeful and quiet. He is so intensely in himself that neither his English nor his French could be regarded as languages of a person who has spent over fifty-five years of his life almost exclusively in France and the U.S. His Persian is his own, too.

    It is only in the past thirty years, ever since his first book of poetry was published --- an explosive narration full of sadness and rage against the backwardness and inhumanity of Iranians towards themselves -- that he has unravelled the language that has been brewing in him in his years of solitude. You will find him immaculately dressed and very charming in a quiet way.

    You will not guess that he has been a friend -- an intimate friend -- to the likes of Jackson Pollock. His eyes detect frauds and genuine art. He never subscribed to the suspect values of the Andy Warhols of his time. He's in a world of his own. Living in a Manhattan mansion has not changed one iota of his personality... GO TO FEATURE

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Sept 24, 1998


    Shokouh Mirzadegi

    September 24, 1998
    The Iranian

    The following is an excerpt from Beegaaneh-ee dar man (An Alien in Me), a novel by Shokouh Mirzadegi (third edition, 1996, Ketab Corp)... GO TO PAGE ONE

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Familiar sound

He's one of Iran's new generation of Pop singers. But he sings in the old style -- if you consider Dariush old... LISTEN HERE

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Sept 22, 1998

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    Strategy for a constitutional reformer
    Can Khatami and his supporters hold back the old guard?

    Saeed Barzin

    President Khatami is a serious challenger to the status quo in Iran. He is a constitutional reformist -- Qanun-gera va eslahtalab -- who seeks political change as the foundation for social progress. His statements and actions have made it clear that he contributes to the view that non-constitutional reforms, such as pragmatic relations with the West, economic development or even an opening up of the political climate will not necessary provide long-lasting solutions to the ills of Iranian society. His continuous emphasis on the need for "law" stems from the view that "arbitrary" government is the cause of the country's social instability.

    These characteristics put Khatami within the ideological tradition which has been trying, since the Constitutional Revolution, to introduce orderly politics in place of Iran's tradition of arbitrary administration, violent intrigue and mass rebellion. Should the elements which brought Khatami to power endure, he might stay in office for two terms, as authorized by the constitution. But his objectives and actions, as most observers would agree, are alien to Iran's political traditions and, therefore, vulnerable... GO TO FEATURE

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Sept 14, 1998

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    Afghan survey: Comments

    Iranians have achieved too much and have come too far in the past few years to fall in another costly and deadly conflict. A military conflict would certainly deliver another unnecessary blow to Iran's already ailing economy and make times even worse for the people of Iran. Furthermore, such a military conflict is precisely what the hardliners in Iran need to kill the emerging glimmer of free speech, media and s\political activism. Finally, Iran's recent efforts to mend its relationship with the outside world and certainly with the Arab world would fall a victim to this irresponsible adventurism. It is true that on an official and governmental measure, Iran possesses a considerably more significant military capability than the Taleban authority. But, please try to remember what the mountanous terrain of Afghanistan and the flood of Arab and American assistance did to the Soviet effort in that country. As the famous modern American proverb goes (often used to refer to an unwinnable situation), "this could be Iran's Afghanistan!... SEE MORE COMMENTS & FULL STATS


    National interests come first

    By Hooshang Amirahmadi

    Your survey questions on Afghanistan are well focused and relevant to the present crisis. However, a more important aspect of the problem has to do with the fact that the Iranian government has not handled the Afghan question with due diligence and strategic foresight For years, the political crisis was seen in light of the Sunni-Shia divide, ignoring the more important ethnic dimension of the struggle (the Taleban are Pushtoon majority). Besides, any response to the crisis must be placed in the context of regional and global geopolitics and how the chosen response can be sustained in the direction of attaining Iran's national interests, which have to be carefully defined in relation to the Afghan question... GO TO FEATURE

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