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Thursday August 5, 1999 / Mordad 14, 1378, No. 784


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Changing mindsets
Opening closed societies to democracy

By Fereydoun Hoveyda
August 5, 1999
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A dispatch from Jordan informed us that King Abdullah II, disguised in worn-out clothes and posing as a taxi driver, roamed the streets of his capital in order to hear the complaints of his countrymen. This reminds one of Harun-al-Rashid in the One Thousand and One Nights. Indeed the celebrated 8th century caliph used to mingle incognito with the crowds.

We Iranians, too, have heard childhood tales about Shah Abbass roving the streets of Isfahan by night. So did Nasseredin Shah Qajar. Even the last Pahlavi king had set up a special agency for this purpose. As for today's Iran, it would be rather difficult for the clerics to conceal their identity, unless they shaved their beards ... GO TO FEATURE


Outlook

Iran Robocup champions

By Paul de Bendern

STOCKHOLM, Aug 4 (Reuters) - The world may have to wait another 50 years before people compete against human-sized robots on the soccer pitch, but on Wednesday fans got a taste of robots playing against each other.

At the third annual Robot World Cup Soccer tournament held in Stockholm, Iranian robots beat Italian ones 3-1 in a medium-size league which has five robots about the size of a microwave oven on each team ... FULL TEXT

You may email your congratulatory note to the team leader, Dr. Mansour Jamzad: [email protected]

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi


    Anyway

Happy B Day
Consitutional Revolution of 1907

Taraneh Amin writes:

If I am not mistaken, today is sAlgard-e nehzat-e mashrutiyat-e Iran ... related story


More Letters

* Creepy feeling

Mehdi writes: Your current picture on the cover unknowingly has de-humanized a family portrait by eraising their eyes, it gives the on-looker a creepy feeling. I thought maybe you wanted to know, that's all.

* Under his nose, but unaware

F. Rafat writes: To answer Salamr's questions: ... I agree that our people marched the streets and wanted a change of the regime without realization of what they might get is going to be worse than what they had...

[But] I blame the Shah because with all the sources of information that he had available to him (i.e. SAVAK, military intelligence, counter-intelligence, etc.), he was supposed to be well-informed and educated. But he was unaware of what was going on under his nose, until it was too late. Or they briefed him and he did not pay any attention.

What I wonder about is whether Mrs. Pahlavi ever offere any advise to Mr.Pahlavi the same as she is offering Mr. Khatami? or was she also unaware of what was going on or, was she aware and didn't take it serious because they thought they were untouchable?

By the way, since the Shah knew that he has a terminal desease, wasn't it better for him to remain in the country and die there as a hero? Even if he was killed, he would have always been remembered as a martyr ... FULL TEXT


* Music: Kamkars in Connecticut

The Kamkars are performing in New Haven, Connecticut, on Aug 15th at 4:30pm at the JCC of Greater NewHaven in WoodBridge Ct. located at 360 Amity Road. Contact Afshin Goodarzi at home 203-226-3015 or at work 212-409-3442 or by email (preferred): [email protected]


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