Deli diplomacy at Purim
Iran, America & Iranian Jews
By Guive Mirfendereski
March 21, 2000
The story of Noruz is one of renewal, of the triumph of light over darkness.
The story of Purim is about triumph of negotiation over obstinacy, of good
over evil, of getting along. Where is the next Esther? Is there an Ahashuerus
in the house? Perhaps, Iran and the United States next should appoint each
a negotiator to meet periodically in a third country to define and review
further areas where tension may be reduced between the two countries. The
Deli Diplomacy at Purim is in a dire need of a sequel. >>>
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Who to blame
Can Iran be solely responsible for hostage ordeal?
By Bradley J. Hernlem
March 22, 2000
On 17 March 2000, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced
the partial lifting of import embargoes against Iran. This policy decision
has been criticised by Terry Anderson, former Associated Press reporter
and hostage in Lebanon, who has an outstanding lawsuit against the Iranian
government. The following is a letter that I sent to Mr. Anderson almost
a year ago when I learned of his decision to sue Iran under the 1996 Antiterrorism
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Conspiracy at Desert One
By Bernace Charles
Chapter Thirty-Forty & Forty-One >>>
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Freedom of speech
Hajjarian on the virtues of free speech
March 23, (Mosharekat) -- Saeed Hajjarian, who is recovering from an
assassination attempt, gave a talk on the benefits of free speech at a
seminar on freedom back in 1996 (PDF file) >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
What do Iranian women do?
Audra D Liswith writes
to The Iranian:
To Whom it May Concern:
What does a typical Iranian women do in a day. For example, cooking,
cleaning, working, etc. What types of food do they eat and how is it prepared?
How is laundry done? What are the responsibilies of the Iranian women
in the home? Are there any other resources into the daily lifes of Iranian
women? Books, etc.
Thank you for your assistance.
* Don't deify Khatami
writes: In response to Abdy
Hashemi's letter I should add that had the Shah and his supporters
"eradicated" their opponents there would have been no revolution.
Or at worse, there would have been a civil war.
When Dr Bakhtiar persuaded the Shah to leave Iran "temporarily"
in order to find a "political" solution to the crisis he also
released the 2,300 so-called political prisoners in the imperial jails
(not the 100,000 claimed by Western reporters and the Iranian Confederation
of Students and other opponents of the monarchy).
Nevertheless, Dr Bakhtiar had his throat cut under the noses of the
French police in Paris and this was ordered by the Ministry of Intelligenece
in Tehran. The remaining 158 or more assassinations were part of a plan
by Rafsanjani's governmnet to "exterminate" so-called counterrevolutionaries.
Khatami was aware of these atrocities and knew about them. He reminds
me less of Ghorbachev and more of Khruschev who tried to save his cronies
from blame by turning on the Stalinists a clever deflection. So let us
not kid ourselves.
However, Khatami has ushered a significant change and I support anybody
who helps our countrymen. But let us not deify him until we see complete
freedoms. Will he allows women to unveil themselves in public as they did
in the 1920s? That would be a day to celebrate.
* Hope Khatami is not Khomeini
R. Khalili writes
in response to Abdy
Hashemi who wrote: "[President Khatami] respects oppositions;
always reciting 'long live my opponents' .....Now Khatami, as a true follower
of Khomeini, is leading the same people to their final destination - DEMOCRACY!"
Do you see any irony in the above sentences? I do not know if some people
recall the past or they forget the past the moment they change from former
hostage takers and executioners to modern day reformers, but let it be
clear, that you can not be tolarant of your opponent and at the same time
be a "true follower" of Khomeini!!!
Ayatollah Khomeini is the same person who executed 100,000 people, who
ruined a nation, and whose reign led to the departure of over two million
Iranians. Under his reign, which was the darkest hours of our nation, most
people did not dare to speak. His reign of terror was so massive that even
today many Iranians fear to express their ideas.
There wasn't a day where someone somewhere would get arrested or executed
or tortured under his reign for often unfounded accusations and for the
simple reason of not believing in his way!
We lost a generation to him and we fell hundreds of years behind as
a result of him. I hope to God that whoever Mr Khatami is and will be,
his legacy would not resemble that of Mr. Khomeini.
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Iraq mourns victims of a mortar attack
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners called on Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein Wednesday to take revenge against Iran for the death of six
people in a mortar attack on a Palestinian district of Baghdad. Iraqi television
showed crowds following the coffins, waving Palestinian and Iraqi flags
and chanting: ``Revenge, Saddam -- Revenge for our Victims.'' >>>
Student gunman shot Hajjarian: IRNA
March 21 (AFP) - The gunman who shot leading Iranian reformer Said Hajarian
is a student at a Tehran university led by a top conservative, the official
IRNA news agency said Tuesday. Citing the head of the investigation, it
named Said Asghar as the gunman responsible for the March 12 shooting of
Hajarian, a close ally of President Mohammad Khatami and a leading force
behind Iran's pro-reform movement >>> FULL TEXT
Reformist press hits at news black-out
on Hajjarian affair
March 22 (AFP) - The Iranian government has imposed a black-out on news
on the assassination attempt against reformist politician Said Hajarian,
two reformist dailies, including Hajarian's own, said Wednesday. "Official
sources have banned the national media from publishing unofficial news.
For this reason today newpapers were unable to publish solid, but unofficial
news," Sobh-e Emruz, Hajarian's paper, said >>> FULL TEXT
Iran says U.S. 'insincere' in dealing with
TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iran has blasted what it called contradictory
remarks by U.S. officials and said the American government was insincere
in dealing with the Islamic republic. The comments were made by Foreign
Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza-Asefi, the official news agency IRNA said
Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT
US-Iran detente could help UAE
DHABI, March 22 (AFP) - US moves to improve ties with Tehran could also
help resolve the territorial dispute between Iran and the United Arab Emirates
(UAE), a US official said Wednesday. "The US efforts for an overture
toward Iran could serve ... to settle the problem of the three Gulf islands,"
Assistant Secretary of State Edward Walker told the Emirati newspaper Al-Ittihad
>>> FULL TEXT
Belgium & Ali Akbar Rafsanjani
International new release: As proceedings before an investigating judge
in Belgium are not public, Amnesty International does not know the details
of the investigation opened against Ali Akbar Rafsanjani, former Speaker
of Parliament and President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and therefore
cannot comment on it >>> FULL TEXT
Large earthquake hits northwest
March 22 (AFP) - An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook
the northwestern Iranian province of Ardebil Tuesday, IRNA reported. No
casualties or damage have been reported >>> FULL TEXT
Persian rugs' future in U.S. unclear
YORK (AP) -- Hundreds of exquisite Oriental rugs line the walls of Sol Kalati's
dim Manhattan warehouse. Rolled and upright, the thick trunks of these masterpieces
-- likely the only art made to be trod on -- burst with ivory arabesques
and crimson medallions >>> FULL TEXT
U.S.: OPEC will up production
PARIS U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson expressed
confidence Wednesday that oil-producing nations will increase production
in a move likely to reduce soaring oil prices. "One month ago, most
said that an increase in oil supply was not needed," Richardson said
during a break in talks with representatives of OPEC nations. "Today,
most say that there is a need to increase output." >>> FULL
Dancing is good
Tehran (Iran Javvan) - While winning major
political victories, reformists are also trying to get rid of cultural taboos.
One is the ban on dancing. In its main feature -- "Joy, dancing, religion
and youth" -- Iran Javan magazine says there's nothing wrong with dancing
(PDF file) >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN -- Part one -- Part
two -- Part three -- Part
four -- Part five -- Part
War movie, with a twist
Tehran (Iran Javvan) - The critics chose
Khosro Sinaie's "Aroos-e aatash" as this year's best film at the
Fajr film festival. Here's an interview with Sinaie (PDF file)>>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN -- Part
one -- Part two -- Part
Iran 0 - Cyprus 0
Iran Sports Press - The Iranian and Cypriot nationalteams met in
their first ever meeting. The match ended in a scoreless draw. The Iranian
team did not have in its possession Karim Bagheri, Ali Daei, and Khodadad
Azizi for this game (see video clip) >>> FULL TEXT
Bagheri scores against Al-Jazira
Iran Sports Press - Iranian national Karim Bagheri scored for Al-Nasr
on Wednesday in the match against Al-Jazira in UAE cup. The final result
was 2-0 for Al-Nasr, this result puts Al-Nasr in the quarter finals of UAE
cup. Both goals came in the first half >>> FULL TEXT
Asian Cup table
Iran Sports Press - Asian Cup qualification schedule and table
>>> FULL TEXT
Interview with Mohsen Kadivar
Mohsen Kadivar, after obtaining leave from prison where he is serving an
eighteen month sentence, where he is serving an eighteen month sentence
for what the Special Clergy Court called "insulting islam", went
straight to the hospital to visit Saeed Hajjarian. Mr. Kadivar sounded very
optimistic about Mr. Hajjarian's recovery, today, March 19 2000. Maria Sarsalari
talks with him.
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