Thursday, October 1, 1998 / Mehr 9, 1377, No. 574
Standing against Taliban - together
By Hooshang Amirahmadi
The people of Iran want peace but not at the expense of national humiliation. Iran has a powerful and experienced military including the Revolutionary Guard who favor conflict as a means of regaining their fading prestige. Unlike the Soviet Union, Iran has cultural links to Afghanistan where the majority speak Persian and is more familiar with the harsh terrain of the region. Currently two million Afghan refugees live in Iran, most of whom despise the Taleban.
Most seriously, the hard-liners in Tehran are calling for a tougher approach to the crisis and will roll back domestic reforms if the international community does not respond to Tehran's concerns. All the democratic gains of the Iranian people are at risk as is regional stability. This process has already begun: last month Tous, a popular Tehran daily, was closed down by the conservatives.
All these facts point to the need for the United States to take the leading role in diffusing tensions between Iran and the Taliban. President Mohamad Khatami's visit to New York City to address the U.N. General Assembly was an extra incentive to act. The meeting between high level Iranian and American officials also indicated a further thaw in their icy relations... GO TO FEATURE
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Any info on Mandana?
My name is Mana Birgani. I was sort of named after Mandana. The way my dad explains it to me is that they took the first part of her name -- "Man" -- and deleted the "dan" and kept the "a" -- hence Mana.
Anyways I was wondering if there are any sites I can go to to find out some info on Mandana. I hear so much from other people but I can never find anything written on her.
Thank you much
Mana : )
* Persian Dance Music, Volume 1
Iran stages war games on Afghan border
October 1, (BBC) - Some 200,000 troops are
expected to take part Iran has announced the start of another series of
major military exercises near its border with Afghanistan. The manoeuvres
are biggest Iran has ever staged - some 200,000 troops are expected to take
part ... FULL TEXT
U.S. urges Iran not to execute condemned Baha'is
WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - The United States
on Thursday called on Iran not to execute two condemned members of the Baha'i
faith, which is considered heresy by Islamic fundamentalists. The State
Department issued the call after Baha'is in France said on Tuesday that
death sentences had been confirmed against two of their co-religionists
imprisoned in Mashhad, northeastern Iran... FULL TEXT
Iran moderates, conservatives in row over election
TEHRAN, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Iran's moderates have voiced concern
over the rejection of some of their candidates to a powerful state assembly
by the conservative-dominated Guardian Council, newspapers reported on Thursday.
The Servants of Construction, a party set up by top state technocrats who
support reformist policies of President Mohammad Khatami, expressed regret
in a statement over the rejection of a number of candidates for the upcoming
elections of the Assembly of Experts, newspapers said... FULL TEXT
Khatami inaugurates 24th Tehran trade fair
TEHRAN, oct. 1, (IRNA) - president mohammad khatami inaugurated the 24th tehran international trade fair here thursday. in his opening speech, the president underlined the fact that commercial and industrial relations were very important factors for establishment of peace and stability in today's world ... FULL TEXT
ALSO: Hamshahri's's trade
fair report in Persian
"The Wall" in Persian
Down seven tomans;
"Gar honari daari o haftaad eyb, doost nabeenad joz aan yek honar."
(If you have one virtue and seventy faults, a friend will see nothing but your virtue.)
From Simin Habibian's "1001 Persian-English Proverbs"
The black background is a bit grim, but nicely done nevertheless. Some sections under construction.
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