Friday June 11, 1999 / Khordad 21, 1378, No. 746
There have been some recent developments in the sanctions debate in Washington that have significant impact on the business community. This is namely due to a recent presidential announcement and several new congressional bills meant to reinstate the U.S. as a reliable supplier in the international trade community. But we are no there yet.
An old friend once told me that there is no leadership by consensus. That is a great slogan for a yuppie office poster but truth be known, that old friend of mine is now very alone and generally considered to be like a bull in a china shop. No one relates to him because he does not make an effort to relate to his surroundings or to changing times. In retrospect, I think shortly after the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy took a left turn somewhere and got lost when it came to being a team player. The only way we can find our way back into the international community is to use trade opportunities abroad as our guiding light ... GO TO FEATURE
Book of the Week
The Subject Tonight Is Love
Translated by Daniel Ladinsky
For centuries Hafiz has been called, "The Tongue of the Invisible." Through his sublime works he continues to sing beautiful and wild love songs ... GO TO BOOK
Iran warns that Jewish "spies" risk death
TEHRAN, June 11 (AFP) - Iran's judicial chief warned Friday that 13 Jews charged with spying for arch-enemy Israel risk execution in a case that threatens to cloud efforts by moderate President Mohammad Khatami for detente with the West. "These people are charged with selling out the rights of 60 million Iranians to the Zionist regime," Yazdi told the crowds at Tehran University ... FULL TEXT
Jesse Jackson to try to help accused Iranian Jews
LOS ANGELES, June 11 (Reuters) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who secured the release of three U.S. soldiers captured in Yugoslavia, indicated on Friday he might be on the verge of another mission -- to Iran, where 13 Iranian Jews have been imprisoned on espionage charges. Jackson also announced a private effort to help ethnic Albanian refugees from Kosovo with airlifts of medical aid and supplies to refugee camps and to the Yugoslav province, which is awaiting the return of hundreds of thousands of people ... FULL TEXT
Baghdad accuses Tehran of firing missiles into Iraq, threatens riposte
BAGHDAD, June 11 (AFP) - Baghdad on Friday accused Tehran of firing three long-range missiles into a military base of the Iranian People's Mujahedeen in Iraq and threatened a riposte. "The Iranian regime carried out a cowardly attack against Iraq by firing on Thursday at 8:46 p.m. (1646 GMT) three long-range surface-to-surface missiles at one of the bases of the People's Mujahedeen," a government spokesman told the official news agency INA ... FULL TEXT
Statement in support of student movement in Iran
Statement in Support of the Pro-Democracy Movement of Iranian University Students, Faculty and Researchers by Iranian Exiled and Immigrant University Academics: We, the undersigned, the Iranian exiled/immigrant university faculty and researchers, express our admiration for your struggle and our concern about the detrimental circumstances against which you struggle. Some of us, who were involved in similar struggles in the past, are familiar with the sheer danger confronting you ... FULL TEXT
Khatami calls for legalization of opposition groups
TEHRAN, June 11 (AFP) - Iran's reformist President Mohammad Khatami has called for greater tolerance for dissenting views and the legalization of opposition groups, the official IRNA news agency reported Friday. Differences of opinion are a "normal phenomenon" and "should be recognized as a normal and accepted trend," the president told a reformist group which backs his policies, the Islamic Iran Participation Front ... FULL TEXT
U.S. Administration pressured on food sanctions
10 June 1999 (RFE/RL) -- Members of the U.S. Congress pressured the administration of President Bill Clinton on Wednesday to help finance sales of food and medicine to nations that have been subject to U.S. embargoes. In a hearing of the House of Representatives (lower chamber) Agriculture Committee, several congressmen urged the administration to provide U.S. official financing for food sales to embargoed countries like Iran. Such a move would go beyond President Clinton's recent policy decision of simply allowing exports of food and medical items on humanitarian grounds ... FULL TEXT
Moody's rates Iran foreign currency bonds
NEW YORK, June 10 (Moody's press release) - Moody's assigned a B2 foreign currency ceiling for bonds and notes to the Islamic Republic of Iran and a B3 ceiling for foreign currency bank deposits. The long-term domestic currency bonds issued by the government were rated at Ba2. The B2 ceiling reflects a weak economic structure that is prone to balance of payments crisis when oil prices collapse ... FULL TEXT
Another disaster: Iran 0 - Bahrain 2
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Regaining lost goals
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