Thursday, February 25, 1999/ Esfand 6, 1377, No. 674
By Shahin Shahin
Two days into my visit in Iran, a friend of mine from college days in Europe called and asked whether I would accompany him on some errands. Sure, why not. Little did I know that it would turn into a mission, an almost impossible mission.
Inside the taxi, he explained that he wanted to change the deeds of a house the family owned into his brother's name. We went to see an attorney.
The attorney was a very nice man, who did not laugh at us simple, naive souls. He began to explain the process and procedures. To me they seemed so complicated, that my head began to spin. Behind the attorney's head I saw a vision of a slow fuse, a lighted match lighting the fuse, and him saying to us, "should we accept the mission ...and the tape would self-destruct in five seconds". The theme music from Mission Impossible was ringing in my ears ... GO TO FEATURE
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Reformers finally get go-ahead to stand on eve of landmark poll
TEHRAN, Feb 25 (AFP) - Less than 24 hours before polls were due to open for Iran's first ever municipal elections, a dozen leading reformist candidates in the capital finally received the green light to stand from moderate President Mohammed Khatami Thursday. In a last-minute statement carried by the official news agency IRNA, Khatami overruled a disqualification order issued against the candidates by the conservative head of the election Supervision Council, Ali Mohavedi-Savoji ... FULL TEXT
Several injured in attack on reformist party HQ in Tehran: reports
TEHRAN, Feb 25 (AFP) - Gunmen opened fire on the Tehran headquarters of Iran's leading moderate party, wounding up to three people amid a wave of political violence ahead of Friday's landmark municipal elections. Several bursts of automatic weapon fire riddled the northern Tehran offices of the Executives of Construction Party on Wednesday, the Hamshahri newspaper reported Thursday ... FULL TEXT ... also see ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Iran exiles, Italy MPs denounce Khatami visit
ROME, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Italian parliamentarians and Iran's exiled opposition said on Thursday it was a bitter irony that Iranian President Mohammed Khatami's forthcoming visit to Italy would begin on International Women's Day. ``It's a bit of a joke that Khatami is arriving on March 8, International Women's Day,'' communist deputy Maria Celeste Nardini told a news conference in Italy's lower house of parliament. ``The rights of all Iranian citizens, but above all women, have been abused.'' ... FULL TEXT
Germany nears debt deal with Iran
BONN, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Talks on making it easier for Iran to service billions of marks in debts to Germany in the wake of a world oil price slump have reached an advanced stage, German officials said on Thursday. Details of the talks were sketchy, but an official at the Ausfuhrkreditanstalt (AKA) in Frankfurt, which represents 40 lender banks, said a restructuring could be announced in March ... FULL TEXT
Lingering Iran oil row hits OPEC prospects
LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Prospects for further oil output cuts suffered a fresh blow on Thursday when Iran indicated a lingering dispute with Saudi Arabia over supply restraint was still very much alive. A statement by an Iranian OPEC source shredded hopes for a resolution of a bad tempered row that has defied resolution for months, blocking progress by OPEC on moves to raise sagging prices ... FULL TEXT
Iran to allow private banks, official says
TEHRAN, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Iran has approved the creation of private banks for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution, which led to the nationalisation of banking, a senior official said in remarks published on Thursday. Nasser Yusefikia, a senior Central Bank official, told newspapers that the idea had been approved at the highest levels of the government ... FULL TEXT
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Tehran, (Iran daily) - Esteqlal, one man short for much of the game, defeated Saudi Arabia's al-Hilal 2-1 in the latest round of the Asian cup-winners cup championships held in Kuwait ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
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