The Iranian Times

Thursday, April 1, 1999 / Farvardin 12, 1378, No. 698

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U.S. senators say they made secret visit to Iran

April 1, 1999
The Iranian

Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (both Democrats from California) appeared on a local Iranian TV station in Los Angeles yesterday and spoke about their secret visit to Iran during Noruz. The following is a transcript of their TV interview: ... GO TO FEATURE


Part III

By Bruce Bahmani
April 1, 1999
The Iranian

Babak had quickly grown another year older when he found one in the tappehs one day.Nightly you could watch the Tehran skies light up with red and green tracers flying from one side of the sky to the other. These shells were about 6 inches long and the tips a good 3 inches beyond. These tips when fired could easily cut through a crowd of about 30 or 40 bodies before they stopped. Effective one would think, except for the fact that when used by an Iranian on an Iranian had a consequence that no military manual has yet to point out. The revolution had begun ... GO TO PART TWO


Iraq makes a joke out of food rations

BAGHDAD, April 1 (AFP) - The Iraqi government played a cruel hoax on its people for April Fools' Day on Thursday when an official newspaper pledged they would get bananas, chocolate and soft drinks in their rations.

"Good news: from today bananas, Pepsi and chocolate to be included in rations," the official Ath-Thawra weekly proclaimed on its front page ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

    Anyway ... :-)

Air Force One makes emergency landing in Iran

TEHRAN, April 1 (APN) - The plane carrying U.S. President Bill Clinton was forced to make an emergency landing in Iran tonight, after experiencing "catastrophic engine failure", according to sources in Washington and Tehran.

Mr. Clinton was on his way to Bahrain to visit U.S. navy personnel there, after attending an emergency meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels, dealing with the Kosovo crisis. Bahrain is the headquarters for the U.S. navy fifth fleet ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

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* Divided, unorganized

S. Amirghodsi writes: This in response to the letter, "She didn't apologize". I have to agree with Manavi. But I was not really surprised. What did we expect from Senator Boxer? We are one of the most divided and unorganized well-to-do minority (actually, sadly enough we don't even have that title officially) in the U.S. I really don't blame her ... FULL TEXT

* Rights: Iran human rights meeting, New York

Iran National Front- New York Section Invites: Join us to celebrate: the 50th. anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Declration on April 24 ... DETAILS HERE

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UN praise over Iranian human rights

April 1, (BBC) The United Nations human rights investigator for Iran has said the Iranian government is making progress towards building a more tolerant society which recognises human rights. But he said Iran should remain under special scrutiny by the UN Human Rights Commission for at least another year because the improvements aren't big enough ... FULL TEXT

U.S. slams China, Cuba & Iran for abuses

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States called on the United Nations human rights forum Thursday to join it in condemning China and Cuba for repressing basic political and religious freedoms. Harold Hongju Koh, assistant Secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, also denounced violations in countries including Iraq, Iran, Sierra Leone, Sudan and the former Yugoslavia ... FULL TEXT

Russian FM to visit Iran soon

TEHRAN, April 1 (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is to visit Iran in the "near future" for talks on strengthening ties, the official IRNA news agency reported Thursday. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov announced the visit during talks in Moscow on Wednesday with his Iranian counterpart Morteza Sarmadi ... FULL TEXT

Russian FM to visit Iran soon

TEHRAN, April 1 (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov is to visit Iran in the "near future" for talks on strengthening ties, the official IRNA news agency reported Thursday. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov announced the visit during talks in Moscow on Wednesday with his Iranian counterpart Morteza Sarmadi ... FULL TEXT

Iran to give foreign firms legal status for first time in 20 years

TEHRAN, April 1 (AFP) - Iran has made another step towards opening up its economy with a bill giving foreign firms legal status for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution, the state news agency IRNA reported Thursday. The bill to allow registration of foreign companies was approved at a cabinet meeting Wednesday chaired by President Mohammad Khatami, IRNA said ... FULL TEXT

BP, ARCO part of oil's rich history

LONDON (Reuters) - BP Amoco Plc's merger with Atlantic Richfield Co. creates a $190 billion oil giant that fuses companies with roots in both Persia and John D. Rockefeller's old sprawling business empire. BP, which completed its tie-up with Amoco in December, began life in 1901 when English adventurer William D'Arcy won a concession from the grand vizier of Persia ... FULL TEXT

Russia not to attend World Cup wrestling contest

Spokane, Washington, April 1, IRNA -- the national russian free-style wrestling team will not attend the spokane 99 world cup free-style wrestling contest, which is to be held here from april 2-3. secretary of the u.s. wrestling federation rich bender said in an interview with irna that the russian team would not attend the contests despite their desire due to problems at the american embassy in moscow ... FULL TEXT


Iran in ABC's "The Century"

ABC television has put a new/documentary series together called 'The Century', highlighting the key events of the 20th century (from an American perspective). The 12 hr series will be aired three days a week in six parts. The 6th episode (to be aired on April 10) covers the Iranian Revolution. Other episodes cover the following topics: Hitler, The Bomb, Charles Lindbergh, The moon, W.W.I, Vietnam, Dr. King, FDR, Elvis, Cold war in Hollywood (i.e., Joe McCarthy). Each episode, except the sixth, covers two of the above. The sixth is exclusively about Iran. Please share this with your friends and family ... MORE INFO

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Iran's foreign debt has reached $22 billion and more borrowing has been approved for this year ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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