Wednesday, February 17, 1999/ Bahman 28, 1377, No. 668
By Laleh Khalili
I am fortunate enough to be here when Majidi is nominated for an Oscar, and fortuitously, I had dragged my cousin to see his "Color of God" at a theater near Tehran University on the same day. The people in line seemed to be divided evenly between university students, somewhat severely garbed, and the cosmetically (and surgically) enhanced girls in their bright hair-coverings and chic raincoats and coifed and hip young gentlemen from further north. Once again, it is this latter group of supposed sophisticates who are the rudest, who cut into the line (the girls use flirting as a handy method of manipulating guys who have stood in line for hours to let them cut in) and then pick a fight if one even tries to pass them by. The university students are steamed and angry, but not much is said and done. Somehow, fatalistically, everyone accepts that the right to cheat and proceed in the lines belongs to the chic set ... GO TO FEATURE
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New Iranian intelligence chief faces vote of confidence
TEHRAN, Feb 17 (AFP) - The new head of Iran's scandal-tainted intelligence ministry was presented to parliament Wednesday for a vote of confidence, the official news agency IRNA reported. Ali Yunesi was tapped to take over as head of the powerful ministry from Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi, who resigned this month following the revelation that "rogue" intelligence agents had been involved in the murders of several dissidents and writers last year ... FULL TEXT
Campaigning to start for first municipal elections in Iran
TEHRAN, Feb 17 (AFP) - Candidates can begin campaigning Thursday for next week's municipal elections, the first in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution and a vital test for democratic reforms, the interior ministry said Wednesday... FULL TEXT
Elf, Agip win $500 mln Iran Doroud oil deal
DUBAI, Feb 17 (Reuters) - France's Elf Aquitaine and Italy's ENI have won a deal worth some $500 million to expand Iran's Doroud offshore oil and gasfield, an Iranian oil official said on Wednesday. ``The National Iranian Oil Company has awarded Elf and Agip the Doroud deal and it has been approved by the Supreme Economic Council,'' the official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters ... FULL TEXT
U.S. to target Canada, UK firms in Iran oil deal
WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) - The Clinton Administration will target two Canadian and British companies taking part in a $200 million Iranian oil project under a U.S. sanctions law that seeks to deter large foreign investments in Iran's energy sector, a State Department spokesman said Wednesday ... FULL TEXT
U.S.: Iran no longer a "rogue" state
Americans near June match against Iran
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Friday, February 5, 1999) -- Final details are being worked out for the United States to play Iran in an international friendly at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on either the first or second weekend in June ... FULL TEXT
President Clinton honors Iranian-American scientist
From Goli Ameri:Azadeh Jacobs (Tabazadeh), was received by President Clinton in the White House Tuesday (Feb 16, 1999) and acknowledged as an accomplished scientist in the field of environmental sciences. The White House also extended a government grant of $600,000 to be controlled and spent at her discretion in her quest for resolving environmental issues. She has her PhD from UCLA and works in San Fransisco for NASA. She has recently made quite a name for herself in the field of envrironmental protection.
Updated Feb 17
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Here, I am learning about the works of all these other directors who have been forced into silence for some twenty years and only now are again making films. The Khatami Spring is the real thing.
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