Tuesday, February 16, 1999/ Bahman 27, 1377, No. 667
By Ashkan Yekrangi
Late into my freshman year of high school, my father decided that he and I should spend more quality time with one another. My father, being clever and all, decided him and I would go out to lunch Fridays after school. At first this idea didn't seem too appealing to me, but as time passed, Fridays with my father became one of the very few things I looked forward to.
Every Friday, instead of eating lunch at school like I normally do, I "fast" until the hour of liberation, three o'clock. As all the students rush out of school, I walk to the crowded bus stop and chat with my friends until my father shows up ... GO TO FEATURE
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(Kamran Talattof Jocelyn Sharlet, translators)
Amir-Entezam trial opens in his absence
TEHRAN, Feb 16 (Reuters) - An Iranian court on Tuesday began hearing defamation charges against a former deputy prime minister in his absence despite protests from his lawyers, journalists said. The lawyers said they would seek a new trial for Abbas Amir-Entezam. The defence attorneys protested that Amir-Entezam had been forced to remain in jail and not allowed to attend the court session, they added ... FULL TEXT
Japan to restructure $500Mn of Iranian debt
TEHRAN, Feb 14 (AFP) - Iran now expects to earn just nine billion dollars from oil exports for 1998-1999, a massive fivebillion dollar shortfall on the 14 billion dollars originallyprojected, officials announced on Sunday. The collapse in the world oil price over the past six months meant that Iran was now earning 25 percent less from oil exportsthan it was at the time of the Islamic Revolution 20 years ago, thedirector of the state Planning and Budget Organization, Mohammad-AliNajafi, told the official news agency IRNA ... FULL TEXT
Iran official says Israel behind dissident deaths
TEHRAN, Feb 16 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official accused arch-foe Israel on Tuesday of masterminding a spate of dissident killings and other violence to destabilise Iran. Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of the powerful Expediency Council, said Israel had also provoked an attack on a bus carrying U.S. businessmen in Tehran in November to disrupt any normalisation in relations between Tehran and Washington ... FULL TEXT
Iran missile for military, not civilian use-Jane's
LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Iran's new ballistic missile is more likely to be a long-range surface-to-surface weapon than a satellite launcher as Tehran claims, a leading defence analyst said on Tuesday. Clifford Beale, editor of the prestigious Jane's Defence Weekly journal, said U.S. intelligence officials had told him that Iran's new Shehab-4 was largely derived from the obsolete Soviet SS-4 ballistic missile ... FULL TEXT
Iran's young squad showed promise
From: Bijan R. Kian
Senator Boxer & Iran: The "terrorist nation"
In an interview on Larry King Live on February 10, Senator Barbara Boxer referred to Iran as a "terrorist nation." Is the use of the adjective "terrorist" together with "nation" appropriate? Did she really intend to convey that all persons of Iranian origin are terrorists? I think we should ask her. Her email address: Senator@Boxer.senate.gov
Updated Feb 15
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Not any more
I was an Islamic leftist, a Revolutionary Guard, and I worked at the Ministry of Islamic Guidance. We wanted to change everything. We wanted to create new kinds of human beings. I can tell you I don't have any desires like that any more.
Akbar Ganji, editor of a political weekly, New Way, that was recently
banned by the government
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