The Iranian Times

Thursday, April 8, 1999 / Farvardin 19, 1378, No. 703

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



The Shah and a group of air force personnel with their wives.

Cool and confident
Iran's pre-revolution air force

Photos sent by Farhad M. and Pejvak
April 8, 1999
The Iranian

In this feature there are several photos of Iranian air force planes from before the revolution (Imperial Iranian Air Force, IIAF). But in truth, there's only one really interesting photo on this page.

It shows the late Mohammad Reza Shah with a group of air force families. It's from 1955. The Shah looks confident and in control. Why shouldn't he be? Mossadegh has been sent into exile; the opposition has been silenced; the Americans are providing loans and military hardware; the Russians are cooperative... everything seems to be going smoothly. And it shows: ... GO TO FIRST PHOTO


Former Iranian envoy in air mishap

Phoenix, Arizona wire services, April 1, 1999 - The little Cessna plane with a lion emblem saw an opportunity where others didn't. Ignoring air-traffic controllers' orders to circle, the plane daringly squeezed between two Boeing 737s on their approach to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It was enough to give the controllers heart palpitations.

But when the Cessna piloted by a former Iranian diplomat touched down, it proceeded down the wrong taxiway. Bring out the nytroglycerine pills. Maybe the aging pilot thought he was landing at Tehran's airport during his heydays. The episode ended without incident but provided a teeth-gnashing glimpse of life at an airport that's flying into the 21st century by the seat of its pants ... FULL TEXT


Russian glass... anyone?

Dear Sirs!

We are looking for customers or distributors of our products in Iran. Our company is one of the biggest technical and window glass producing factory in Russia. As we believe, Your country was traditionally interested in glass from our region. To our regret language barrier prevents us from advertising in your country. Please inform how can you help about that. Hope to hearing from you.

Faithfully Yours,

Nedorezov Mikhaell
Saratov, Russia

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* That which we all are

Behrad Fardi writes: Listening to the lyrics of ashkha va labkhandha (Sound of Music in Persian) brought tears to my eyes. The years gone by; the memories and people left behind. And that which I am today; that which we all are today.

* Peacekeeping?

Aref Erfani writes: How exactly would a "peacekeeping" force ["Why Kosovo?"]gain access into a sovereign country (i.e. Yugoslavia) without either the cooperation/permission of that government or by force (outright ground war)? The former was an option but did not work (Yugoslav government did not agree) and the latter is still an option - albeit an expensive one in terms of human lives on both sides. In addition, while the cause of defending the Kosovars is novel and humanitarian, it may not be strong enough to get the public (read votes and money) to support it. Then again, it is too early to tell. It is only day 15 of the bombin ... FULL TEXT

* Art: Gallery Ovissi: 1001 Arabian Nights

Gallery Ovissi is organizing a special and unique exhibition for November-December 1999 entitled: 1001 Arabian Nights: Holiday Show. We are looking for wonderful and whimiscal works of art and smaller gift items as well as imports from all over Iran and the Middle East. The goal is to present an array of works that carry the textures, colors and patterns of the Persian and Middle Eastern world ... DETAILS HERE

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Revolutionary court ruling on press ban questioned

TEHRAN, April 8 (AFP) - Iran's culture ministry on Thursday called on a banned moderate paper to apologise for publishing a message from the wife of the ousted shah but lashed out at a revolutionary court for interfering in the case. "The possibility of making mistakes is unavoidable in journalism," said the ministry, which is led by moderates and is close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami ... FULL TEXT

Reformers see more trouble after daily closed

TEHRAN, April 8 (Reuters) - Iran's reformers have bitterly condemned the closing by a revolutionary court of one of their leading newspapers, fearing the move presages a broader assault on political, social and religious liberties.

Election board repeats annulment call for Tehran moderates

TEHRAN, April 8 (AFP) - Iran's conservative electoral supervisory committee reiterated its intention to overturn the election of five leading reformists to the Tehran municipal council, newspapers said Thursday. Committee head and hardline MP Ali Movahedi Savoji has sent a letter to the Tehran governorship stating that the election of the five should be invalidated because their candidacies were illegal, the press reported ... FULL TEXT

Italian frigate in Iran for joint exercises

BANDAR ABBAS, Iran, April 8 (AFP) - An Italian frigate that arrived Thursday in this Iranian Gulf port will hold exercises with the Iranian navy, the ship's commander said. The visit is the first by a Western warship since the 1979 Iranian revolution ... FULL TEXT

Iraqi war prisoners die in Iran's camps - paper

BAGHDAD, April 8 (Reuters) - An Iraqi newspaper said on Thursday that 38 Iraqi prisoners of war had died in prison camps in Iran. The weekly newspaper al-Zawra, owned by President Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday, published the names of the dead. It said Iraqi prisoners of war (POWs) from the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war, released by Tehran recently, had given information on the dead ... FULL TEXT

German facing death sentence ordered released on bail in Iran: lawyer

TEHRAN, April 8 (AFP) - German businessman Helmut Hofer, sentenced to death in Tehran for having sexual relations with an Iranian woman, is to be released pending a final decision in his case, his lawyers said Thursday. "Mr. Hofer appeared in court Thursday, and the court agreed to the attorney's request to release him provisionally," Hofer's lawyer Houchang Ghahari said, stressing that Hofer "has not yet been freed." ... FULL TEXT

OPEC March output lower, 85 pct compliance-survey

LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) - OPEC curbed oil output in March before setting tight new supply limits which came into effect this month, a Reuters survey found. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries sliced March output by 380,000 barrels a day to 27.59 million from a revised 27.97 million bpd in February, according to the survey of OPEC and oil industry officials and analysts ... FULL TEXT

The Big Game

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Persepolis and Esteqelal will battle it out once more at Azadi stadium on Friday. Here's a preview of the two teams ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE 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). 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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