The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- The National Students Union of Science and Archaeology
Societies in Iran, in an open
letter to Hamid Baqaee, the recently appointed director of Iran Cultural
Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organisation (ICHHTO), protesting to the
publication of a letter which claimed to have been composed by leading Iranian
archaeologists and restorers, demanding the withdrawal of the letter and better
treatment of Iranian historical sites and media, reported the Persian service of
protest letter was followed by an open letter published by ICHHTO, allegedly on
behalf of veteran Iranian archaeologists and restorers to the Islamic Propaganda
Organisation, attacking Mehr News Agency.
unsigned letter, the Persian Mehr News Agency is being blamed for creating a
media frenzy regarding the poor status of Iranian heritage sites and destruction
of Iranian heritage.
leading archaeologists who were named as the authors of the letter have
categorically denied any involvement and called it a fraud.
believed that the fraudulent letter was orchestrated by Baqaee the new director
of ICHHTO and cleric Mehdi Khamoushi, the head of Islamic Propaganda
Organisation. The language of the letter is considered to be below the standards
of the educators and archaeologists named in the letter.
like many of his kind who occupy the key jobs in Iran, is an uneducated
fundamentalist, who previously held low key jobs. He was given an honouree
degree in IT with no background knowledge, for his service with the Basij
Militia and the Revolutionary Guards.
to the Persian site of “Hashtrood-e Qalam” Baqaee prior to coming to ICHHTO
was employed by Tehran Radio as a webmaster, but was soon dismissed due to his
incompetencies. He then was brought to the ICHHTO, by the previous director of
ICHHTO, Esfandiar Rahim Masahaee and to everyone’s astonishment was then
appointed as his deputy. They are both close friends of the Islamic regime’s
appointed president, Mahmood Ahmadinejad.
Union’s letter to ICHHTO, they raised a number of issues, and questioned why
the management posts at the ICHHTO as well as National Museum of Iran were given
to uneducated individuals; - or why Mohammad Sadeqi former president of
Khuzestan branch of ICHHTO who is responsible for mass destruction of Iranian
heritage sites in the province, was named as “the best manager of year” and
is now appointed as the director of The Fund for Revitalisation Of Historical
was accused of corruption
for receiving money in exchange for issuing a permit for construction of a hotel
on a national heritage site in Khuzestan, which resulted in the total
destruction 10,000 sq.m. of a Partho-Sasanian cemetery.
letter however, The Union called for better cooperation between the ICHHTO and
the media, rather than repelling the media and journalists, or banning Iranian
archaeologists from giving interviews.
Iranian archaeologist who wished to remain anonymous for his safety told CAIS:
“The Mullahs should realise banning archaeologists from giving interviews,
means nothing – it doesn’t stop us exposing them and giving information to
media about the destruction of our heritage.”
letter also denounced the treatment of the discovered bones in the cavity of the
mausoleum of Cyrus the Great and protested to the disrespectful language of the
letter that referred to the bones.
thought the discovered bones might have been the remains of the king whom
Iranians consider as the “Father of the Nation”. The bones mysteriously
vanished and later the regime claimed they belonged to an animal. No proof was
Union’s letter reads “… the language of letter published by ICHHTO is
disgraceful and disrespectful stating that the bones belonged to “a dog”.
Our nation is sensitive towards our national heritage, and our national
historical figures. Claiming that the bones do not belong to “Cyrus” but
“a dog”, is not appropriate. Using such a foul and low standard of language
is unacceptable. Where in the world does a national heritage organisation talk
about their national pride in such a low manner as ICHHTO? Name the researcher
who scientifically carried out the test to confirm that the bones belonged to an
animal, and where are the results of the test, and where are the bones now?”
letter asked as to “why ICHHTO does not release information about the number
of dams currently under construction [by the regime] over the historical sites,
and why those announced ones, no archaeological research has ever been conducted
to rescue the relics before the inundations of the dams?”
letter also advised ICHHTO to do its job and protect Iranian heritage from
destruction, which so far has failed in its duty, rather than them giving advice
to Mehr News Agency as how to behave or control its journalists.
news agency was the one who broadcasted the news about the discovery of the
bones and questioned their whereabouts.
The leaders of the
Islamic Republic have accumulated an unheard of wealth through corruption,
bribery and embezzlement and live in opulence and luxury at the expense of
the Iranian nation.
Iran ranks 88 out of 158 countries on the "Transparency
International’s Corruption Perception Index" (CPI) with a CPI score
of 2.9 (a scale of 0 – 10 with 0 being the most corrupt). In real terms
Islamic regime made bribery another form of income supplement and for some a
primary source of income. Corruption encouraged at every level, which have
nowadays have become an accepted part of every day life - from gifting the
postman to make sure one’s mail is delivered to major corruption on the
international level in the oil and its related industries.
7, 2008, a container-load of US dollars and gold bullions was intercepted by
Turkish authorities. The container which was heading for Europe contained
$7.5 billion and 20 metric tons of gold. In early 2009 an Iranian merchant
called Esmail Safarian claimed the ownership of the container, He is
confirmed to be a member of Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guards. Turkey
initially confirmed the news and permitted the media to film the container
and its contents (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fYRTj5hOiY&feature=related) but in July 2009 after speaking with
their counterparts in Tehran it was denied through the Islamic Republic
Press TV (http://presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=102063§ionid=351020102).
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