Wednesday, February 24, 1999/ Esfand 5, 1377, No. 673
By Khodadad Rezakhani
Economic issues have always been a big subject of controversy in Iranian circles. Time and again we have been told that oil reserves will dry up one day and we will become dirt poor. Family "economists", aka grownups around the sofreh on lazy Friday afternoons, always had all sorts of opinions. The most popular was: If this country is to get anywhere, we better close the oil wells (dar-e chaahe nafto bebandim). Sounds good, but how? There have been countless commentaries by economists and experts, both in support and against this idea. I am neither supporting nor opposing, just offering a possible alternative.
I know that many people talk about Iran and tourism, almost as often as they talk about oil. We have beautiful beaches, amazing art, and ancient buildings. And everybody wonders why we don't even have a fraction of the tourists other countries attract every year ... GO TO FEATURE
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Violence ahead of elections
February 24, TEHRAN, (AP) -- A gunman opened fire on a moderate party's election headquarters Wednesday as reformers and hard-liners bickered over candidates in Iran's first local elections in 20 years. Witnesses said there were no casualties in the attack, in which a passenger on a motor scooter sprayed bullets at the Servants of Construction offices in Tehran. Dozens of volunteers were inside at the time. The gunman and driver escaped ... FULL TEXT
New intelligence chief approved by parliament
TEHRAN, Feb 24 (AFP) - The Iranian parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Ali Yunesi, a 43-year-old conservative cleric, to head the scandal-tainted intelligence ministry. A total of 197 members of the conservative-dominated parliament, the Majlis, voted in favor of Yunesi following two hours of debate while nine opposed his nomination and 18 abstained ... FULL TEXT
Khatami speech for Yunesi
Tehran (Iran daily) - Here is a report in Persian on President Khatami's speech in the Majlis today in support of Yunesi's nomination as the intelligence minister ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Three killed in protests in Iranian Kurdistan: Tehran Times
TEHRAN, Feb 24 (AFP) - Three people were killed on Monday during protests in Sanandaj, the main city in Iranian Kurdistan, a newspaper said Wednesday, as a Kurdish MP criticized the handling of the demonstrations. The English-language Tehran Times did not provide any details on the deaths, but quoted a member of parliament from the region as criticizing the handling of the protests by the provincial authorities ... FULL TEXT
Oil markets fixed on Saudi, Iran mystery
DUBAI, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Depressed world oil markets are asking the big question -- are OPEC titans Saudi Arabia and Iran negotiating a secret deal or does the silence in the Gulf mean that bad times are about to get worse? Central to the mystery is Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's travel plans, which could prove decisive in whether the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries resolves the dispute over the baseline from which Iran cuts its oil output under a cartel pact ... FULL TEXT
Pro-Ocalan demonstrations turn violent in Iran
TEHRAN, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Demonstrations in Iran in support of captured Kurdish guerrilla leader Abdullah Ocalan turned to violence on Monday with protesters attacking government buildings and burning cars, Iranian newspapers said on Tuesday. In Iran's biggest Kurdish town, Sanandaj, police fired shots in the air to disperse demonstrators who had gathered in violation of the governor's orders, the newspaper Arya reported ... FULL TEXT
Pourheydari looking for a new goalie
Tehran (Iran daily) - Iranian national soccer team's head coach is looking to replace Gholampour as goalie ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Omid team going to China
Tehran (Iran daily) - The under 21 national soccer team will go to China in early March to play in a couple of friendlies ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
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