The Iranian Times

Monday June 7, 1999 / Khordad 17, 1378, No. 742

Sehaty Foreign Exchange


Cover story

Andre the great
Andre Agassi makes history with his French Open victory

By Jahanshah Javid
June 7, 1999
The Iranian

Andre Agassi, who won Wimbledon in 1992, the U.S. Open in 1994 and the Australian in 1995, joins Fred Perry, Don Budge, Roy Emerson and Rod Laver as the only men to have won all Grand Slam titles.

Pete Sampras hasn't done it, neither have such legends as Bjorn Borg, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Guillermo Vilas, Arthur Ashe, Mats Wilander, John Newcombe or Ken Rosewall. Now that's special. ... GO TO FEATURE


New U.S.-Iran Dialogue: Psst. Mumble. Huh?

The New York Times
June 6, 1999, Sunday

TEHERAN is abuzz again, divided now over whether America really is still the Great Satan. And as usual, the ferocity of Iran's internal power struggles make it hard to know just what is going on.

This time, though, the confusion seems to run two ways. This Iranian row seems to have been prompted by American mixed signals -- tantalizing but ambiguous all the same -- about whether the United States is ready to go easier on Iran ... FULL TEXT


Time to get a life

Siamak Sarmady is looking for "a female for serious relationship /marriage." He says: "I am an electronics engineer, internet site administrator and programmer and I think it's the time for me to get a life..." ... GO TO HIS WEB SITE

More Letters

* No man can understand

Nancy Elami writes: I read today's cover story, "The woman we wanted to be" with interest. Laleh Khalili is a thoughtful, thought-provoking writer whose imagery is lovely and easily grasped. As a regular reader of your magazine, who just happens to be a zan-e aamrikaie married to one of your countrymen, what I can say is that the angst expressed by Ms. Khalili's essay is more the angst of Woman -- not just the Iranian woman.

Her longings are the longings of women in general -- just the names are changed. Only a woman can understand the tides that rush in and cover the shore and then draw the sand back out into deep ocean as they go diving back to sea; these are the desires of Woman. No man can understand what it is to be a woman and sacrifice self to the extent that a woman does (particularly if she is a mother). No man can understand -- completely -- the war of desires within a woman ... FULL TEXT

* Best of all things

Bear Rowell writes: Like many other Americans, I've had a lengthy love affair with Persian art & culture, Persian history , and... if it's Persian, I'm reading about it. I also had Persian friends I treasured for years, and your ezine is something of the best of all these things. Thanks for doing it, it's appreciated.

* Hearing: Congress review agriculture sanctions

On June 9, 1999, at 10:00 am EST, Iranian Trade Association (ITA) will broadcast a live audio feed of the US House of Representatives' Agriculture Committee hearing: "A Review of economic sanctions and the effect on U.S. agriculture," directly from the ITA web site. Join us on Wednesday morning and listen live as members of Congress discuss US sanctions policies and Iran ... DETAILS HERE

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Low oil price hit Iran growth to March 99

BASLE, Switzerland, June 5 (Reuters) - Iran's economic growth slowed to between 1.7 and two percent in the year to March 1999 as oil prices slumped, Iran's central bank governor said on Saturday. This reflected an ``illness'' in the oil-dependent economy, Governor Mohsen Nourbakhsh told Reuters in an interview ... FULL TEXT

Row deepens between Saudi Arabia,UAE over Iran ties

DUBAI, June 6 (Reuters) - Gulf Arab regional allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, on Sunday exchanged heated words in what appeared to be a simmering row over closer relations with former foe Iran. Not long after UAE officials openly criticised some unamed Gulf Arab states over rapprochement with Iran, Saudi Defence Minister Prince Sultan lashed back ... FULL TEXT

Iran says ready to improve ties with UAE

TEHRAN, June 7 (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said on Monday his country was ready to improve ties with the United Arab Emirates but made no mention of their territorial dispute. ``We are ready to expand ties with all Arab and Islamic states and the UAE is no exception,'' Kharazi told the official IRNA news agency

Release sought for jailed Tehran mayor's farewell

TEHRAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Tehran city council has asked the judiciary to let reformer Gholamhossein Karbaschi out of prison to attend the inauguration of his successor as mayor, a member of the council said on Sunday ... FULL TEXT

Iran exile group says Iran attacks Iraq office

June 4 (MENA) - On Egyptian- Iranian ties, President Mubarak said: "As far as we are concerned, there are no problems in Egyptian- Iranian ties, but there are certain outstanding issues that are known to the Iranians. I wish to have very good ties with Iran , but at the proper time, for I have my own calculations in this respect." ... FULL TEXT

Iran says two-month non-oil exports up 47.7 pct

TEHRAN, June 5 (Reuters) - The value of Iran's non-oil exports rose by 47.7 percent in the first two months of the Iranian year to $526 million, the official news agency IRNA reported. ``Export of non-oil commodities shows an increase of 86.16 percent growth weight wise and 47.7 percent value wise,'' it said, quoting a report on Friday by Iran's customs department on non-oil exports from March 21 to May 21 ... FULL TEXT

Drought to hit barley output

TEHRAN, June 6 (Reuters) - Iran produced 3.3 million tonnes of barley in the Iranian year to March, but production in the current year is severely threatened by drought, a newspaper quoted an official as saying on Sunday. ``Last year, 3.3 million tonnes of barley were produced from 1.8 million hectars of land under cultivation. But this year, because of drought, we expect Iran will face a major reduction in production,'' Abrar-e Eqtesadi daily quoted Kamal Zabihi, the head of the agriculture ministry's fodder branch, as saying ... FULL TEXT

Agassi picks up key to exclusive club

PARIS (Reuters) - After a small handshake and a big hug from Rod Laver, Andre Agassi was handed the key to the most exclusive club in tennis Sunday, lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires high into the blue Parisian sky. With his gritty 1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 comeback victory over a determined Andrei Medvedev, Agassi won the French Open, completing his collection of Grand Slam titles and achieving one of the toughest feats in sport ... FULL TEXT

Iran 2 - Guatemala 2

June 7, (Edmunton Sun) - Iran's fans weren't the only ones shocked yesterday with the 2-2 outcome of a game versus Guatemala, a team that had been outscored 5-1 in its first two Canada Cup II losses ... FULL TEXT


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Oil reliance

This (GDP decline) is again another sign of the illness in our economy, that the price of oil is going to determine our growth.

Mohsen Nourbakhsh, Central Bank Governor
"Low oil price hit Iran growth to March 99"
June 5, 1999

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