Monday, February 22, 1999/ Esfand 3, 1377, No. 671
The following excerpt and photos are from Cyrus Ghani's Iran and the Rise of Reza Shah, (1998 I.B. Tauris Publishers):
Little is known about Reza Khan prior to the coup [of 21 February 1921]. He was born in the village of Alasht in the region of Savad Kouh in the province of Mazandaran. Alasht was an isolated village some 6,000 feet above sea level and at the turn of the century its population did not exceed 1,000 ... GO TO FEATURE
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By Andre Dubus
Moderate candidates barred from Iran election
Tehran, Feb 22, (BBC) - The first nationwide local elections in Iran have been thrown into confusion just days before the polls after a conservative-controlled supervisory board barred several moderate candidates from standing. The candidates include the former Interior Minister Abdullah Nouri, the student leader Ebrahim Asgharzadeh and an adviser to the president ... FULL TEXT
Iran's reformers campaign for ``Islam of love''
TEHRAN, Feb 21 (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami's reformist allies kicked off their campaign for Iran's first nationwide local council elections with demands for ``an Islam of love'' that would break the grip of the conservative clerical establishment. Former Khatami interior minister Abdollah Nouri, who heads the biggest pro-reform ticket, told a campaign rally on Saturday that his coalition rejected conservatives' attempts to hold on to power by distorting the meaning and application of Islam ... FULL TEXT
Four more arrests in dissident deaths
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian authorities have arrested four more suspects in the deaths of five dissidents, a military prosecutor said today. The prosecutor, Mohammad Niyazi, told Tehran radio that one of the suspects was a businessman who fled to Turkey but was brought back with the help of Turkish authorities ... FULL TEXT
Carter's son refused Iran visa
Saturday, February 20, 1999, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has refused a visa to the son of former President Jimmy Carter, who broke diplomatic ties with Iran in 1979, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported today. The agency quoted an unnamed source as saying that James E. ``Chip'' Carter III, who was to lead a group of Americans to Iran in May, was refused a visa because of his ``past record.'' It did not elaborate ... FULL TEXT
Iran blames Iraq for killing of senior cleric
TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iran blamed Iraq Sunday for the assassination of a leading Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric and his two sons, saying the murders were part of a systematic campaign of repression against the country's Shi'ite community. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a statement condemning the killings of Ayatollah Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr and his sons Friday, the second attack on senior Shi'ite clerics in Iraq this year ... FULL TEXT
Iran secures $900 mln loan for gasfield-MEES
NICOSIA, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) is understood to have secured a loan worth some $900 million to develop Iran's huge offshore South Pars gasfield, the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) reported on Monday. The Cyprus-based newsletter said the pre-financing deal for the first-phase development will use crude from Iran's new Sirri A and E fields as collateral for the credit facility arranged by France's Credit Agricole ... FULL TEXT
Financing search delays Iran Caspian pipeline deal
DUBAI, Feb 22 (Reuters) - A deal to build a $347 million Caspian Sea oil pipeline through Iran has been delayed by a tough search for consortium partners who can deliver financing, an Iranian oil official said on Monday. Iranian project management firm MAPNA was still seeking consortium partners in Europe and had not ruled out two state-owned Chinese companies to help construct the pipeline to Iran's northern refineries, the oil official told Reuters ... FULL TEXT
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