The Iranian Times

Tuesday, April 20, 1999 / Farvardin 31, 1378, No. 711

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



I ran from Eye-ran

By Pejman Mosleh
April 20, 1999
The Iranian

The Lester B. Pearson International Airport immigration officer looked deeply into my eyes. His lips did not move but his eyes were telling. "I've seen your type." He picked up the phone and rang out a request. The word "translator" echoed in his pronouncement. A minute or so later, a slouching man with a lifeless expression appeared. He cast a dead glance at me and waited.

"Country of origin?" This time, I understood the foreign tongue and did not wait for the defunct newcomer.

"E-run." I said gingerly.

"Where did he say?" I felt slighted ... GO TO FEATURE


Iran And Future Developments In The Oil Market

By Seyyed Mehdi Hosseini
Middle East Economic Survey (MEES)
19 April 1999

There follows the text of a presentation given by Mr. Seyyed Mehdi Hosseini, Iran's Deputy Minister of Petroleum for International Affairs, at the Seventh Middle East Petroleum and Gas Conference in Bahrain on 12 April.

The international oil industry has faced various events in its century-old history. I do not wish to relate them. However those events have never matched today's pace of change. Today we witness an unprecedented momentum for transformation in the global oil arena, to such degree and caliber which may engender totally unique technologies, political and international relations systems and energy interrelationships. Events in the international oil market and the deterioration of the oil prices exhibited the vulnerabilities of all those investors which embarked upon huge investments of hundreds of billions of dollars developing high cost reserves ... FULL TEXT


London calling...

Dear Sir,

We are visiting Iran for our summer holidays this year and I wonder if it is possible to buy an Hejab for my wife in the UK before we leave. Do you know of any stockists I could contact.

Thanking You

John Pettitt

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* The heart, not skin color

Michael writes:

In response to the letter "Won't marry down"

Dear Sara,

Thanks for your response. It is very informative but misguided. Regardless to what you consider yourself to be the truth is, you're not white. I don't say this as a put down just merely stating a fact. Be it White, Black, brown, yellow, or red we are all from God and no one is superior.

Before I met my girlfriend I knew racism existed everywhere but was under the impression that it was more toxic here in America. I have received e-mail from all over the world most from Iranian women but some from Iranian men. Every e-mail that I received was of support and empathy. My girlfriend was the first Iranian women I had ever really spent time with. The fact that she is Iranian had nothing to do with the way I feel about her. The reason I love her is because she is a very good person whom I admire and respect. Thanks to the Internet, I know have a lot of new Iranian friends write me since I submitted my letter... FULL TEXT

* Noble... but not good writes: Please do not promote the ideas of the woman who chooses Blacks as boyfriends ["Siaah Sookhteh"]. Although tolerance of other races and cultures is a noble idea, it is best not to try to ask the public to accept these ideas based on such isolated cases.

* Job: Iranian American Council Executive Director

Position: American-Iranian Council (AIC) is seeking a dynamic full-time Executive Director. AIC is an affirmative action employer. Applications are accepted until the position is filled... The AIC was established for the purpose of: 1) promoting dialogue and improved relations between the peoples and governments of the United States and Iran; 2) supporting efforts to construct a civil society in Iran; and 3) encouraging the participation of the Iranian-American community in formulation of US policy toward Iran... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

Behind the Tall Walls
From Palace to Prison
An autobiography by Azar Aryanpour

Not long after Azar Aryanpour returned home to Iran in September of 1978, following a visit with two of her children in Washington, DC, a state of martial law was declared. Her husband-the former Minister of Health and Welfare under the Shah and an American-trained orthopaedic surgeon who played a role in the real-life events chronicled in Ken Follett's best-selling book On Wings of Eagles-was subsequently and wrongfully imprisoned. Now, nearly two decades later, Azar Aryanpour speaks for the first time in Behind the Tall Walls, an autobiographical retrospective of the tumultuous events that resulted in the overthrow of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi ... GO TO BOOK

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U.S. condemns Iran crackdown on Bahai followers

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) - The United States, in a departure from a recent warming of relations, on Tuesday expressed concern over Iran's sentencing of four members of the Bahai faith and condemned persecution of Bahai followers. ``We are deeply concerned about the recent sentencing to prison of four Iranian citizens for the exercise of their Bahai faith,'' the White House said in a statement ... FULL TEXT

U.S.-Iran soccer match cancelled

April 20, 1999, (The Washington Post) - Plans have fallen through for the United States and Iranian national men's soccer teams to play this summer at RFK Stadium, a U.S. Soccer Federation official said yesterday ... FULL TEXT

Iran to invite bids for telecoms satellite

TEHRAN, April 20 (Reuters) - Iran is to invite bids for its first telecommunications satellite, which is to be built at an estimated cost of $300 million, Iranian state televison reported on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Iran eyes bonds to fund petrochemicals

TEHRAN, April 20 (Reuters) - Iran's top petrochemicals official said on Tuesday the country would tap international bond markets to help finance petrochemical projects, which would require $7.2 billion in investments ... FULL TEXT

Iran opens military electronics plant

TEHRAN, April 20 (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday opened a plant to mass produce electrical and electronic equipment for armoured personnel carriers (APCs), the Iranian news agency IRNA reported. It said Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani opened the factory in Tehran, which is affiliated with the state Defence Industries Organisation ... FULL TEXT

Canada Cup: Iran, Ecuador, Guatemala, Canada

Monday, April 19, 1999 , Edmonton (Canadian Soccer Association) ­ The Canadian Soccer Association announced today that the full National team of Ecuador is replacing the Brazilian U-23 Olympic Team in the four-nation 1999 Canada Cup of Soccer, scheduled to take place in Edmonton between June 2 and 6 ... The addition of South American side Ecuador and Central America's runner-up, Guatemala, will add a special Latin flavor to a tournament that also features World Cup finalists and reigning Asian champions Iran ... FULL TEXT

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The dollar now offered at 790-807 tomans in the U.S. and 812 tomans in Iran

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Be it White, Black, brown, yellow, or red we are all from God and no one is superior.

Michael, an African-American in love with an Iranian woman
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