Taste of Cherry
From revolution to freedom
The young generation fights for what should be theirs
Written and photographed by Aria Mehandoost
May 24, 1999
I finished some work, ate lunch, and left the office around in the early
afternoon. When I got to the entrance of Laleh Park, all seemed calm. A
few steps in, and still, everything was quiet and ordinary. A distant sound
could gradually be heard as I approached the center of the park. Then suddenly
I saw a few dozen security forces, and behind them, a few thousand people,
mainly young students, listening to a speech.Two hours later my respect
for the youth of Iran had grown exponentially...
This young generation is not so quick to run. They fight. They fight
for what should be theirs. They fight for the very basic rights I have
enjoyed outside Iran for so many years without always appreciating just
how precious they are ... GO
Moderation in Iran is still a mirage
BY: Reza Alizadeh
The Dallas Morning News
May 22, 1999, Saturday
Two years into Mr. Khatami's presidency, there is no sign of "moderation,"
and there have been no reforms. The facts are clear: The Iranian people's
conflict with their dictatorial rulers is irreconcilable ... FULL TEXT
HERE HE IS
* Jews & Bahais are Iranians
Committee for Religious
Minority Rights in Iran in Los Angeles writes: Clearly the authors
of this story, do not consider Jews and Bahaiis as Iranians ["I must
be a Jew"]. Otherwise why do they confront a Jew with an "Iranian"
and not a "Moslem" or other kind of Iranian?
It is about time for all concerned Iranians to realize that being Iranian
should not be equated to being Moslem, and non-Moslems have not been foreigners,
even though up until today it has been so in the minds of most Iranian
Moslems, including Religious ones, Leftists and Nationalists.
* Isfahan or Iran's problems?
Mahin Witkowski writes: I read
the article on "My
city, Isfahan" by Mohammad Ali and I'm still trying to see how
"the bad and theugly" that the writer gripes about are necessarily
Isfahan rather than Iran's problems. And what about "the good"
about Isfahan -- such as food that "are to die for" -- that he
briefly mentions and leaves suspended?...
What this article obviously brings out is that, the more things have
supposedly changed in Iran during the last quarter of a century, the more
they are the same -- countrywide and not in Isfahan alone ... FULL TEXT
* Play: The 8th Voyage of Sinbad
Written By: Bahram Bayzaie
Translated By: Bella Warda and Zara Houshmand
Directed By: Jim Cave
Location: South Berkeley Community Church, Berkeley, California
A joint production by Darvag and Shotgun Players (also based in Berkeley
California). Opening Night: Saturday, June 12, $20... DETAILS
Book of the Week
Home, Exile, Homeland
Film, Media, and the Politics of Place
Edited by Hamid Naficy
Global changes in capital, power, technology, and the media have caused
massive shifts in how we define home and community, leaving redrawn territories
and globalized contexts. Ranging from intensely personal to highly theoretical,
the contributors explore our complex negotiation of "home" and
"homeland" in a postmodern world ... GO TO BOOK
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Khatami welcomes conciliatory Clinton remarks
May 23 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami welcomed as "courageous"
on Sunday recent conciliatory remarks by US President Bill Clinton but called
on him to back up his words with deeds. "I think that the point of
view expressed by Mr. Clinton was courageous, without knowing to what extent
he was convinced of what he was saying or whether it was just a tactic,"
Khatami said in an interview with the Qatari satellite television channel
Al-Jazira ... FULL TEXT
Khatami vows reform two years on
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami Sunday vowed
to press on with democratic reform on the second anniversary of his election
but warned that abuse of freedom could undermine clerical rule in the Islamic
republic ... FULL TEXT
Rally marks anniversary of reforms
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of local councilors, elected
three months ago in Iran's biggest experiment in grassroots democracy, rallied
in a giant sports stadium Sunday to celebrate the second anniversary of
President Mohammad Khatami's landslide election ... FULL TEXT
Reformist Iranian MP gets six months for
May 24 (AFP) - A reformist Iranian MP has been sentenced to six months in
jail for using a gun to threaten a conservative member of the supervisory
boards which oversaw February's local elections, newspapers reported Monday
... FULL TEXT
Iranian speaker warns against unchecked
May 24 (AFP) - Iran's conservative speaker of parliament, Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri,
warned Monday that unchecked "freedoms" were threatening the ideological
foundations of the Islamic Revolution ... FULL TEXT
Khatami the key to closer Iran-Arab ties
DUBAI, May 24 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, the
moderate leader of the former pariah of the Gulf, is the key to further
improving ties with Iran's Arab neighbours, diplomats and Gulf officials
say ... FULL TEXT
Iran protests to NATO over damage to mission
residence in Belgrade
May 23 (AFP) - Iran filed an official protest with NATO on Sunday over damage
to the residence of the Iranian mission in Belgrade in a NATO air raid,
the official IRNA news agency said. ... FULL TEXT
Russian co. to drill for oil in Iran
Monday, May 24, 1999, MOSCOW (AP) -- A joint Russian-Belarus oil
company has signed a contract to drill and service oil wells in Iran, the
ITAR-Tass news agency reported Monday ... FULL TEXT
Esteqlal takes second place
(Iran daily) -- Esteqlal clinched second place in the Azadegan League but
only barely. It won the title by virtue of goal difference with Sepahan
... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated May 24
dollar now offered at 815-840 tomans in the U.S. and 845 tomans in Iran
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
Persian words with audio pronunciations.
24 Hour Museum
Bookmark under "terrific travel resources." This
recently launched site is an impressive gateway into the museums and galleries
of the United Kingdom.
Faashist boro gom sho!
("Get lost, you fascists!")
Slogans shouted against radicals at a rally in Tehran
revolution to freedom"
May 24, 1999
Photo of the Day
Musician of the Week
* Saahel-e Omid * Rafti * Afsaaneh-ye daryaa * Morgh-e eshq