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Tuesday January 4, 2000 / Dey 14, 1378, No. 878

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Iranian of the century

Ayatollah Khomeini
Internet survey

January 4, 1999
The Iranian

The second highest number of votes (14%) in The Iranian survey went to the late Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini. Many of those who picked him as the Iranian of the century did not do so because they agreed with what he did but because of his enormous impact -- good or bad. See comments >>> GO TO FEATURE

Iranian of the century

Three men
... who shaped Iran in the 20th century

By Farhad Koohkan
January 4, 2000
The Iranian

In this century there were three men who affected the fate and the form of the Iranian people in various degrees. Chronologically : Reza Shah, Mohammad Mossadegh and Ayatollah Khomeini.

Mossadegh's time was short, and his outright aim was narrow -- sharp and narrow like the tip of an arrow. His success -- and it was a success, no doubt -- was in feeling the minds of the people who had become a closely connected assemblage, developed and brought about, even if perhaps blindly and forcefully by Reza Shah >>> GO TO FEATURE


Bestselling Books Fuel Iran's Fire for Reform

By Afshin Molavi
The Washington Post
January 2, 2000

TEHRAN- Shahla Ghassempour, a middle-aged Tehran homemaker, emerged from a corner store with a heavy sack. The heft in her bag, however, was not the day's groceries, but an assortment of the latest pro-democracy and reformist political books that have swept onto Iran's bestseller list.

Ghassempour, like thousands of Iranians, is setting aside traditional romance novels and plucking up hot-selling titles that promote political change, champion the country's pro-democracy student movements and explore a series of killings of writers and dissidents that took place in 1998 >>> FULL STORY



I write to you from Australia hoping you can accommodate an unusual request. Are you able to e-mail me in Arabic text the phrase 'I AM NOT AN AMERICAN'. Please do not interpret this e-mail as an insipid inquiry. Much to my displeasure Australia is becoming a sub-culture of the United States, engaging in the conceited promotion of the 'would you like fries with that?' fast food doctrine where consumption is symptomatic of a pretentious and desensitised society >>> FULL TEXT

More Letters

* Mossadegh? Why?

Parviz Zavareh writes: I was truly amazed or, for the lack of better word, disappointed in the selection of the majority of the respondents to the Iranian of the century survey. I would have expected by now most but not all would have figured out what has happened to them in the world of geopolitics since the last world war. Looking back at the real history, as Mr. Mossadegh himself commented to his trusted circle, how easily he was fooled to ally himself with the so-called religious sect (Mr./Ayatollah Kashani, Majles speaker post 1952).

Mr. Mossadegh was the one who made the choice of calling/arranging for the late Shah to get back his throne. At his death bed as he confessed to his mistakes of fighting against the Pahlavi regime, he should have found a way to work with them and defeat the US/UK/France in their own divide and conquer game >>> FULL TEXT

* Communist

Behrouz Sadigh writes: Please remove my name from your mailing and subscription list. I can and will not support a publication who lists a communist as its man of the century. I believe the Shah of Iran was deserving of that title, but since you own the publication and not I, it would be better if I were removed from your listing.

* Charity: Helping MS victims in Iran

We write today to ask for your help. During the holidays we were contacted by the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society in Iran. Multiple Sclerosis, although generally in decline in most parts of the world, is on the rise in Iran. The experts have not yet established the underlying reason for this. However, this dilapidating, and sometimes fatal decease, is spreading and proving to be a major challenge >>> DETAILS HERE


Books of the Week

* Saaniyeh-yeh aakhar (1999)
Y2K issues in Iran
By Dr. Ali Parandeh

* Barandeh-haa ham baazandeh-and (1999)
A memoir by a former mayor of Tehran, with photos
By Ahmad Nafisi

* Jazireh sargardaani (2nd edition, 1998)
By Simin Daneshvar

* Mumia va assal (1996)
By Shahriar Mandanipour

* Mehr-e giaah (1998)
ByAmir Hassan Cheheltan

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Non-oil exports up 10 percent in last nine months

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Fajr film fest

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Upside down

I would like to nominate The Ayatollah [as the Iranian of the century], for making history and turning a country up side down in a snap.

-- Kas Ebrahimi
"Ayatollah Khomeini"
The Iranian
January 4, 2000

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