The Iranian Times

Tuesday June 8, 1999 / Khordad 18, 1378, No. 743

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



Sleep-walking economy
"National resolve" alone will not revive the economy

By Guive Mirfendereski
June 8, 1999
The Iranian

Marking the opening ceremony of an export promotion center, on June 2, 1999, President Khatami admitted that the country's economy is "ill" and that it "needs a serious and fundamental restructuring." "We need national resolve to boost exports," he prescribed.

The Iranian economy is not the moral equivalent of digging the Kandavan Tunnel, requiring sacrifice and resolve; the economy needs political resourcefulness in order to make the best use of the nation's available factors of production, much of which is languishing in the hands of a bloated public sector, a small but connected group of influential people, and tax exempt foundations ... GO TO FEATURE


U.S., Israel call for release of 13 Iran Jews

By Janine Zacharia

JERUSALEM, June 8 (Reuters) - The United States and Israel on Tuesday called for the immediate release of 13 jailed Iranian Jews accused of spying for both countries, a charge Washington said was ``entirely without foundation.''

The U.S. State Department issued a statement saying it was ``aware that 13 members of the (Iranian) Jewish community have been arrested and are expected to be charged with espionage for Israel and the United States.'' ... FULL TEXT


Horse trainer


My wife (Turkish) won the 1986 junior championships of horse jumping in Ankara on a horse named Hazelnut brought to Istanbul from the stables of the Shah by an officer escaping the revolution. This man, who was a horse trainer (between 50 and 60 by now) should be living in the U.S. now.

Could you help us to find him ?

Michel de Kemmeter

More Letters

* ONLY a good tennis player

Sara writes: My intention in this letter is to merely ask, why would The Iranian feature an article about anyone with an Iranian background who condemns, critisizes and puts down Iranians, Iranian culture, the nation of Iran itself, and has even gone as far to say that one of the things he most regrets in life is being half Iranian?! Could someone please explain that to me? ["Andre the great"] What the hell do Iranians need Andre Agassi for? ... FULL TEXT

* Leave him alone

Pedraam Parsian writes: Andre Aghasi does not like to be an Iranian ["Andre the great"]. He openly discussed this matter a couple of times. This is his personal life and his own business. To be more definite, he was born from a non-Iranian mother in the U.S. and has never been in Iran in his whole life ... FULL TEXT

* Andre beats Cyrus

Arman Sepehri writes: The title "The Great" used to be so expesive in's neighborhood . Even someone like Cyrus couldn't buy it. See the article "Cyrus the (not so) Great" published in The Iranian a couple of years ago where the writer believed Cyrus is not that great because of this and that reason.

Andre Agassi is being called "The Great" because he won the French Open ["Andre the great"]. Probably if he had caught a cold the day before and lost he would not have been that great.

How much of an Iranian Andre Agassi is is another debate.

(I hope people in The Iranian have the dignity to publish this critical opinion.)

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Amnesty concerned about Jews arrested in Iran

June 8, 1999 (Amnesty International) - Amnesty International is concerned that the 13 people named above may be at risk of unfair trial and could face the death penalty if convicted. News reports citing the Iranian authorities state that they have been accused of spying for Israel and the US, and are to be prosecuted in a Revolutionary Court on espionage charges ... FULL TEXT

Top judge says he is stepping down

TEHRAN, June 8 (Reuters) - Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, the head of Iran's judiciary and a hardline conservative, said on Tuesday he was stepping down after 10 years in office, according to state radio ... FULL TEXT

Iranians fed up with conservative attitudes: Rafsanjani daughter

TEHRAN, June 7 (AFP) - Faezeh Hashemi, a prominent moderate Iranian MP and the daughter of former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, has lashed out at the Islamic regime's conservative-dominated leadership. Hashemi, in remarks published on Monday by the English-language Iran Daily, said that Iranians are "fed up with hardline attitudes." ... FULL TEXT

Tehran's mayor wants to attract foreign capital

TEHRAN, June 8 (AFP) - Tehran's new mayor Morteza Alviri said on Tuesday he wanted to attract private capital, both Iranian and foreign, to tackle the city's twin problems of pollution and traffic ... FULL TEXT

Tehran's new mayor vows to fight pollution

TEHRAN, June 6 (AFP) - Tehran's new mayor Morteza Alviri promised Sunday to put the fight against pollution and traffic jams in the Iranian capital at the top of his agenda ... FULL TEXT

Iran approves bill on easing labor laws

TEHRAN, June 8 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament approved a bill on Tuesday to ease labour laws as part of a drive to encourage investment and improve the country's chronic unemployment problem, but the assembly must still work out the final details ... FULL TEXT

Iran court proceedings to start in blood scandal

TEHRAN, June 8 (Reuters) - Court proceedings will begin on Wednesday in Iran's biggest blood contamination scandal affecting hundreds of haemophiliac patients who received HIV-infected blood, the Iranian press said ... FULL TEXT

World's #2 in Tawkwando

Tehran, (Iran daily) - The Iranian national Taekwando team took second place in the world championships with two gold medals ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran 0 - Lebanon 2!

Tehran, (Iran daily) - The under-23 "Omid" national soccer team was beaten by Lebabnon. Iran's German coach - and everyone else - is stunned ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

National team packs its bags

Tehran, (Iran daily) - After its friendly matches in Canada, the Iranian national soccer team will not meet again for another five months. Why? ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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