The Iranian Times

Tuesday August 3, 1999 / Mordad 12, 1378, No. 782

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



Running out of time
Iran's potential Y2K problems

By Ali Parandeh
August 3, 1999
The Iranian

The Y2K bug in Iran is no different than in other countries, except that it has an extra twist. All existing technology and equipment in Iran have been purchased from abroad, and all are built and programmed with a Gregorian calendar. In some cases a software has been written for converting the dates into the solar calendar, causing additional concerns ... GO TO FEATURE


Judiciary takes aim at Khatami reforms

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Iran's hardline judiciary has taken aim at the reformist policies of President Mohammad Khatami, proposing a restrictive law on ``political crimes'' and defending its tough new line against journalists.

A draft bill presented to the cabinet late on Monday in the waning days of judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, a leading conservative, defines a political crime as any action ``against the sovereignty of the Islamic republic, the political system or the political and social rights of the people.'' ... FULL TEXT


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* Shah & Farah are to blame

F. Rafat wrires : It is very interresting to see Farah Pahlavi's comments about mistakes made by her late husband, the Shah of Iran, mistakes that eventually ended his dynasty and caused milions of Iranians to lose their lives or become refugees in other countries and face insults. Last but not least, our wonderful country has ended up in a bankrupt and ruined state with no immediate hope for a better the future.

She admitted that if her husband had realized the need for freedom, we wouldn't be where we are today. During the Shah's rule, she was very much involved in many of the decisions or if she was not involved, she definitely was aware of what was going on. Can she really claim that she knew all this and didn't do anything about it? If so, she betrayed everybody and she is a traitor.

It is very easy to make these comments after twenty years, now that her poor husband is dead and unable to defend himself against allegations about the way the country was run... But I think most Iranians blame Mrs. Pahlavi's husband for what has been brought upon them. At least I do ... FULL TEXT

* Something really wrong

Farnaz D. wrires : I would not discuss the different parts in the article regarding the 13 Jews arrested in Iran ["Harmful favoritism"], but I would like to say that it is the most stupid thing for a judiciary system to make decisions based on what other governments say about the people brought to its judgment. It only shows there is something really wrong with the law in the country.

Maybe Khatami and everyone else, who have been discussed favorably in the foreign media, should also be judeged as spies, or against the Islamic governmtnt.

* Sports: Appreciation of Iranian athletes in Irvine

On August 5, 1999, the Network of Iranian Professionals of Orange County (NIPOC) commemorates the life and achievements of Iranian athletes and sports veterans. This will be a memorable event in the history of Iranian sportsmanship, and a great opportunity to document their lifetime achievements... DETAILS HERE

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* Doshmanaan-e jaameh-ye saalem
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* Sotun-e panjom
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Reformist student leader arrested in Iran

TEHRAN, Aug 3 (Reuters) - A leader of Iran's biggest student group has been arrested in connection with last month's social unrest in the Islamic republic, newspapers reported on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Students tell of shootings, savage beatings in provinces

TEHRAN, Aug 3 (AFP) - Iranian students were shot and savagely beaten in Tabriz during last month's unrest, a student group said in Tuesday's press in the first detailed account of the disturbances in the northwestern city ... FULL TEXT

Newspaper editor freed on bail

TEHRAN, Aug 3 (AFP) - The editor of the pro-reform Iranian newspaper whose closure sparked days of bloody riots was freed on bail by a hardline religious court on Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency said ... FULL TEXT

Iran threatens revolutionary court trials for "incitement"

New York, August 3, 1999 (Human Rights Watch) -- "When governments launch campaigns against 'incitement,' freedom of expression is often the first casualty," said Hanny Megally, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division ... FULL TEXT

MPs denounce intelligence ministry

TEHRAN, July 29 (AFP) - Iranian MPs condemned the intelligence ministry Thursday for its "unconstitutional" treatment of those arrested over the Tehran riots amid a tough propaganda campaign against pro-democracy activists ... FULL TEXT

Iran appoints two new clerics to powerful council

TEHRAN, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Tuesday appointed two new members to the Guardian Council, a powerful conservative body overseeing elections and legislation in the Islamic republic ... FULL TEXT

Reformist party begins campaign for parliamentary elections

TEHRAN, Aug 2 (AFP) - Iran's Islamic Labor Party (ILP) kicked off its campaign for next spring's elections on Monday, getting an early start in a bid to end the conservative majority in parliament ... FULL TEXT

Scientists to watch eclipse in Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Some 100 international astronomers, including Americans, will attend a conference in Iran next week to observe the last total solar eclipse of the millennium ... FULL TEXT

Khatami lacks economic agenda: paper

TEHRAN, Aug 2 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's democratic reforms have failed to address the nation's economy, which is enthrall to corrupt middlemen waging "economic terrorism," a newspaper charged Monday ... FULL TEXT

Non-Oil Exports up

TEHRAN (Aug. 2) XINHUA - Iran's non-oil exports scored a 33 percent increase in the first four months of the country's calendar year (starting March 21) over the same period of last year, said a customs official on Monday ... FULL TEXT

SHI wins huge plant order from Iran

KOREA ECONOMIC WEEKLY August 5, 1999 - Samsung Heavy Ind. (SHI) has been awarded a $200 million order to construct an offshore gas production plant for the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the Korean company announced on July 20 ... FULL TEXT

Photographers demand safety

Tehran, (Neshat) - A group of photo journalists have condemned the arrest and unlawful questioning of photographers during recent student protests. It has called on the authorities to protect the rights of photographers ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Family films or plain junk?

Tehran, (Neshat) - Film directors and experts discuss the merits of "family films" in Iran, which often sell a lot of tickets, but are unpopular with the critics ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Mental art

Tehran, (Neshat) - Patients at a mental institution in Karaj have put on an art show. The hope is that art therapy will improve mental health ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Shahroudi: ageh qesmat bud...

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Reza Shahroudi has been hopping foreign teams left and right. Now he says he wants to play in England, "ageh qesmat bud" ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Saipa: German deal?

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Saipa soccer club wants to cash in on the lucrative foreign trade business too. Its looking to transfer one of its key players to a German club ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Volleyball: Good news

Tehran, (Iran daily) - Iran's national youth volleyball team has shined in friendly international matches ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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