Tuesday, February 9, 1999/ Bahman 20, 1377, No. 662
Intelligence minister's resignation letter
Feb 9, (BBC) - Intelligence Minister Qorban Ali Dorri-Najafabadi submitted his resignation on Monday, following revelations that maverick members of his ministry had been involved in killing dissidents. His resignation was accepted by Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday. An edited version of his resignation letter follows ... GO THERE
There are many efforts to praise good mothers in Iran and many other countries. However, one hears much less about good fathers. Those who are ususally forgotten especially at the presence of a perfect partner, i.e. a good mother. This page is arranged to praise good fathers. In fact I had a good father who left us some years ago and just weeks ago I felt sorry for myself as have not done any thing worthy for his memory...
I need your help. All of you who feel so lucky to have had a pleasant childhood just because of possion of a good father are welcome to participate in this competition. Yes it is a competition and there will be prizes for the good father of the year or so-called Pedarekhoube saal!
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Women Without Men
By Shahrnush Parsipur
(Kamran Talattof Jocelyn Sharlet, translators)
Khatami ousts security chief
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Moderate President Mohammad Khatami took a major step Tuesday to extend his authority over Iran's powerful secret police, after a string of dissident murders threw his conservative rivals on the defensive. Tehran state television reported Khatami had officially accepted the resignation of Intelligence Minister Qorbanali Dorri Najafabadi, responsible for both internal security and foreign espionage ... FULL TEXT
Oscar nomination helps Iran movies
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Although Iranian films have won awards at international festivals for years, Tuesday's Oscar nomination for ``Children of Heaven' is a first for a movie from the Islamic Republic. Despite strict government rules for filmmakers, Iranian films have won praise for their frank portrayal of social issues in Iran's restrictive society ... FULL TEXT
Radical reformers found new left-wing party
TEHRAN, Feb 9 (AFP) - Left-wing supporters of reformist Iranian President Mohammad Khatami announced the formation of a new party Tuesday ahead of the country's first ever local elections. The left-wing minority in Iran's conservative-dominated parliament said they were forming the Islamic Labour Party to encourage political participation by the working class ... FULL TEXT
MPs challenge UK's warmer relations with Iran
LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Britain's efforts to forge closer diplomatic and commercial ties with Iran were condemned on Tuesday by a majority of members of parliament who asked the government to reconsider its stance. Leaders of the 330 strong cross-party group of MPs who signed the statement said Britain should not have changed its policy towards Iran until there was clear evidence of greater freedom of expression and human rights ... FULL TEXT
Iran says seeking $1.5 billion in foreign credit
TEHRAN, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Iran hopes to receive another $1.5 billion in external credit after rescheduling $2 billion of its foreign debt, Central Bank Governor Mohsen Nourbakhsh said in remarks published on Tuesday. ``We are negotiating with our trade partners for a credit of between $1 to 1.5 billion allowed under our current budget... This will greatly help in paying back our foreign obligations,'' said Nourbakhsh, quoted by the daily Hamshahri ... FULL TEXT
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The long history of intelligence systems in the world and the short history of it in our country - which should be a lesson to us - show that senior officials in executive positions are in grave need of an experienced elite that... can express bitter truths better. They should be realistic and look to the future instead of deceiving the decision-makers. They should warn of the dangers of the schemes, policies and decisions and the crude and hasty actions of various institutions...
Intelligence Minister Qorban Ali Dorri-Najafabadi
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