Wednesday, February 10, 1999/ Bahman 21, 1377, No. 663
Written and photographed by Ben Bagheri
My recent trip to Tehran has once again confirmed the belief that Iran is a land of extremes. In this tradition, one of the most polluted megacities in the world can produce the most delightful food you could find anywhere.
Tehran's air quality was alarmingly low. I had never seen (or rather smelled) Tehran's air quality to be worse than it was this past month. Mismanaged transportation resources, old and faulty vehicles and unregulated industrial pollution have all contributed to the worst urban smog you could imagine. The air quality had reached such dangerous lows that schools were closed for several days in mid-December. It is very common to see people with surgical gas masks in the streets. A short trip to the grand bazaar leaves you with a severe headache combined with irritated and red eyes ... GO TO FEATURE
(Cheers & whistles)
Laleh Khalili writes from Tehran:
At the screening of "Primary Colors" at the Fajr Film Festival, when the upscale nortehrn Tehrani crowd saw the American flag blowing in the wind during the opening credits of the film, the entire theater went crazy: there was so much cheering, clapping, and whistling that you would have thought Iran has won the World Cup. Hmmm....
Book of the Week
Women Without Men
By Shahrnush Parsipur
(Kamran Talattof Jocelyn Sharlet, translators)
Conservative to lead Iranian intelligence
President Khatami of Iran has nominated the chief military prosecutor, Ali Yunesi, as the new intelligence minister following the resignation of the minister on Tuesday over a scandal involving the killing of dissidents ... FULL TEXT
Iranians urged to turn out in millions for revolution anniversary
TEHRAN, Feb 10 (AFP) - The Islamic regime is calling on Iranians to turn out in their millions Thursday in a bid to demonstrate its continuing power to mobilise exactly 20 years after the overthrow of the last imperial government. "Every year the revolution's enemies look carefully to see whether people will participate," warned Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ... FULL TEXT
Khamenei's message on the revolution's 20th anniversary
Tehran, feb. 11, irna - the leader of the islamic revolution, ayatollah seyed-ali khamenei, on monday sent a message to the nation on the eve of the anniversary of the triumph of the islamic revolution ... FULL TEXT: Part 1 - Part 2
Amir Entezam in danger - group
Washington DC, Feb 10, (Alliance for the Defense of Human Rights in Iran) - The life of one of the most prominent political opponents of the Islamic regime of Iran , Mr. Abbas Amir Entezam who had served as deputy prime minister under the government of Mehdi Bazargan after the 1979 revolution is in grave danger. He is the longest held political prisoner in Iran for "crimes" in defense of human rights and for advocating democracy in Iran ... FULL TEXT
Golshiri to get German rights award
Fajr Film Festival awards
Khatami underlines commitment to women's sports
TEHRAN, Feb 10 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami inaugurated a vast new sports complex for women and children on Wednesday, as part of his reformist government's commitment to get women out of the home. "Iranian society is more than ever in need of vitality," said Khatami, whose election victory in 1997 was mainly due to the votes of women and youngsters ... FULL TEXT
Soccer going pro next year?
Tehran (Iran daily) - Iranian soccer federation is working on a plan to begin a professional league at the start of the 1379 season (year 2000). Currently many players receive high salaries but the Azadegan league teams are not considered pro ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated Feb 10
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