Time for a vacation
Summer is almost here and we want to be there
Photographs by Mansour Sane'
May 8, 2000
It seems like no photographer's resume is complete without a series
on Persepolis. These are from Mehr & Mah (1999, Daneshnameh
Fars publishers) by Mansour Sane', whose earlier work on monuments and
scenic points in Fars has also been featured in The Iranian.
Mehr & Mah has reached us at the right time. Summer is a
few weeks away, we are more nostalgic than usual, and there aren't many
things that remind us of home as powerfully as Persepolis >>>
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Assassins of the right botch Iranian coup
By Safa Haeri and Marie Colvin
Sunday Times, London
May 7, 2000
THE shooting of a popular Iranian politician was ordered by conservative
forces within the regime, security sources in Tehran have revealed. The
hardliners believed his death would spark riots that could be used as a
pretext to stop reformers taking power.
However, the target, Saeed Hajjarian, the architect of the reformists'
election victory in February, survived despite being shot at close range.
The hardliners have since mounted a fierce onslaught against Muhammad
Khatami, the Iranian president, and his allies in an apparent attempt to
prevent the new parliament from convening later this month. >>>
Hojjatiyeh: Iran's Mafia
An article from Rah-e Tudeh, published in Europe, which claims
that the fundamentalist Anjoman Hojjatiyeh is the leading force behind
the hardliners in Iran FULL
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Thanks to Y
As we know...
Salaam Alaikum. As we know that on this Earth there were 124000 Holy
Prophets had come and I know the names of only 30 of them.I was looking
for some more names.If you have any more could you please have the trouble
in sending the maximum you can do.I will really appreciate if you can do
* Democracy from a theocracy?
Ilosh Azar writes
in response to Abdy Hashemi's "Final
I am a 21-year-old university student in the United States. My immediate
family escaped the wrath of the mollas and their disgusting government.
Why are you supporting the current regime? Do you honestly believe that
a democracy will develop from a theocracy? It seems to me that you are
so biased that you neglect the facts.
During Mr. Khatami's time as president, there have been over 250 documented
cases of public executions (AmnestyInternational). Your tone implies that
you dislike monarchies. Yet, Iran has a "Supreme Leader" right
now, with broad veto power which renders the president powerless.
People cannot afford any decent standard of living (except the agents
of the regime). The youth of Iran are sick and tired of what is going on
in their country. When the students demanded their constitutionally-guaranteed
rights, they were attacked and murdered.
If it were not for the young people that were born after the revolution,
I would say that the people of Iran are getting what they deserve. I wish
there was a way for the people to change the current government without
violence, but it may be inevitable. I am sure that you can provide some
facts to back up your claims.
P.S. Quit slamming the Pahlavis with propaganda. It is about time Iranians
relied on the truth to make up their minds.
* There IS purity left in this world
Cyrus Raafat writes:
Is the sole purpose in anyone looking for a certain type of mate based
on one criteria? For instance, the issue of chastity? Certainly not. But
it is a starting point ["Real
Iranian girls?"]. It is also the projecting of Ms.
Shahmanesh's self-loathing psyche,which makes evident in her statement,"...he
needs to believe there is some purity that is left in the world" which
leaves me to believe how truly innocent and righteous are even the worst-girls
in Iran compared to the likes of her and her comrades-in-degredation and
This is a reminder to all of us to take heed of the type of sick and
perverted mindset that can develop and destroy marriages and which can
find no purity in the world. This is depth of moral decay when a young
woman cannot see any purity in anthing or anywhere in the entire world!
May God bless our grandfather's generation of men who knew right from wrong
and up from down!>>>
Protest: Rally to protest press crackdown,
Press release (Shahrvand): Over the past two weeks, sixteen independent
papers have been banned ... To express our concern, we have organized a
silent rally to take place on Wednesday, May 10th at 6:30 PM. We will assemble
at the Globe & Mail building, marching towards the offices of the Toronto
Star and stopping at the CBC building >>>
Books & Music from Iran
Check our fourteen new books from Iran including an authoritative history
of the Achamenid empire, writings by leading reformists, Forough Farrokhzad's
complete works, exquisite books of classical poetry with miniatures, Manichaean
psalms and more! >>>
New music albums
* Taherzadeh, Manochehr: Aakharin
barg * Eyvazi, Mohammad Reza. : Rangin
kamaan * Banan.: Shaakh-e
gol (2) * Ta'rif, Sadiq: Maah
baanoo * Lachini, Fariborz: Paaeez-e
talaaee ... >>>
Iranian national soccer team
Three hours of interviews, trainings, matches, Biographies, and fans
of Iranian National Soccer Team, covering Iran's soccer history from 1978-2000.
Premium quality. Produced by: Alireza AmirGhasemi & Behrouz Deravi.
Translation of today's poem by Zara
Grant him a cruel and faithless lover, Lord:
Grant him the love that eats away at the heart.
Let him know for himself the sorrow that only love can bring.
Grant him love, bliss, ecstasy--give him the whole damn thing.
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Reformer warns of vote chaos
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A pro-reform candidate warned Monday that annulling
parliamentary vote results in Iran's capital - where reformists won an overwhelming
majority - could lead to chaos. Reformers fear hard-liners in the Islamic
clerical government aim to overturn election victories of pro-reform candidates,
particularly after the Guardian Council, which oversees elections and is
controlled by the conservatives, claimed large discrepancies in voting in
Tehran >>> FULL TEXT
Pro-reform paper goes to daily publication
May 8 (AFP) - A pro-reform Iranian weekly headed by a close ally of President
Mohammad Khatami began daily publication Monday, weeks after almost all
the pro-Khatami press was closed down by the conservative courts. Bahar
(Spring), lead by the head of the presidency's press office Said Pur-azizi,
began daily publication with its first issue given over to a bold proclamation
of its pro-reform values >>> FULL TEXT
Stakes increase in Iran's Jewish spy trial
SHIRAZ, Iran (Reuters) - Two more suspects in Iran's Jewish spy
trial acknowledged Monday working for Israel, setting up a possible collision
between the Islamic republic and the West. The developments at the fourth
hearing in the closely -watched case were certain to exacerbate a growing
dispute between Iran and its critics, particularly Israel and its closest
Western allies, over the fate of the 13 accused Iranian Jews >>>
Judge turns down lawyer's call for Jews'
trial to go public
May 8 (AFP) - The judge in the trial of 13 Iranian Jews rejected a defence
request Monday for the closed-door proceedings to be made open to the public,
court spokesman Hossein-Ali Amiri said. Jusge Sadeq Nurani made his decision
for reasons of national security, Amiri said >>> FULL TEXT
Ousted Tehran police chief in court again
over deadly student unrest
May 8 (AFP) - Ousted Tehran police chief Farhad Nazari in court Monday again
defended his role in an attack on student demonstrators last year that set
off days of deadly rioting. An angry Nazari took the stand and accused students
of showing "staged" films of deaths from the unrest and working
to undermine the reputation of the police, the official IRNA news agency
said >>> FULL TEXT
Iran to award Darkhovin oil field deal
May 6 (Reuters) - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Saturday he
believed Italian energy giant Eni was the frontrunner to win a contract
to develop Iran's huge Darkhovin oil field to be awarded soon. Asked if
Eni was the favourite for the contract to be awarded by early summer, Zanganeh
told reporters on the sidelines of a petrochemicals conference: ``I think
so''.>>> FULL TEXT
Iran says moving closer to buy-back awards
May 7 (Reuters) - Iran is close to completing negotiations with foreign
firms on several oil and gas field developments, although key state bodies
still need to approve the contracts, a senior Iranian official said on Sunday.
Deputy Oil Minister Mehdi Hosseini told Reuters the oil and gas field projects
which could soon be awarded included South Pars, Salman, Nosrat, Farzam,
Darkhovin and other .>>> FULL TEXT
Golshiri still in hospital
(Ham-Mihan) - Novelist Hooshang Golshiri is still in a Tehran hospital suffering
from a lung ailment. His wife says his condition is improving >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Who's doing what
(Ham-Mihan) - Updates on film projects led by Iraj Qaderi, Davoud Rashidi,
Pouran Derakhshandeh, Rasoul Molla-Qolipour and >>> FULL TEXT IN
Afkhami complains against state TV
(Ham-Mihan) - Behrouz Afkhami has complained to Guidance Ministry against
the state TV's refusal to air commercials for his film, "Shoakaran"
>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Iran defeat determined Uzbeks
(Iran Sports Press) - The Iranian Futsal Team defeated Uzbekistan
6-4 in the Asian Futsal Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. Iran will meet
Kyrgezstan on Tuesday in their final group match. Iran had defeated Japan
6-2 and Macau 22-0 in previous group games >>> FULL TEXT
Talebi: "We will take 20 players to
(Iran Sports Press) - With audio clip: The head coach of the Iranian
National football Team told IRIB on Monday that the team is currently preparing
to take part in Jordan's 'Hossein Cup' >>> FULL TEXT
Choka Talesh relegated
(Iran Sports Press) - With video clip: The Azadegan League leaders
Persepolis defeated Choka Talesh in Talesh on Sunday, sending them officially
to the second division in the next season along with Irsooter Nowshahr >>>
Emadeddin Baqi in court
Emadeddin Baqi, member of the editorial board
of banned reformist newspaper Fath, appeared in court today, May 8 2000,
for the fifth session, answering accusations from the Ministry of Intelligence.
Pooneh Afshar talked to his lawyer Massoud Haeri >>>
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Jackson Pollock 1912 - 1956
The National Gallery of Art presents a three-part
look -- the artist, the painting, the process -- at one of the leading figures
in American Abstract Expressionism. Learn about Pollock's early studies
with Thomas Hart Benton, explore his most famous work "Lavender Mist,"
and view films of the artist at work.
An annulment would lead to political chaos... Any talk
of annulling the results for Tehran is a joke, because the consequences
of doing that would be so great that no group or faction can afford it.
-- Mohsen Armin
May 8, 2000
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