Friday June 18, 1999 / Khordad 28, 1378, No. 751
Palm groves survive
By Laleh Khalili
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In this insightful study of Iranian cultural history and national identity, Shahrokh Meskoob, one of Iran's leading intellectuals, reviews the roles of three social classes, the courtiers and bureaucratic officials (ahl-e divan), the religious scholars (ulama), and the Muslim Gnostics (Sufi poets and writers), in the development and refinement of the Persian language during the past one thousand years and gives the reader a fresh perspective on Iranian cultural heritage and the struggle to forge a distinct national identity. Dr. Ali Banuazizi's foreword and interview with the author sets the stage for a fuller appreciation of this invaluable and wide-ranging contribution to Iranian intellectual history ... GO TO BOOK
Jannati says Jews spied, deserve to hang
TEHRAN, June 18 (Reuters) - An influential Iranian cleric said on Friday that 13 Jews arrested on spying charges passed secrets to Israel through third countries including Turkey and deserved to hang. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, secretary of the powerful Guardian Council, said: ``They (Westerners) think...they can force us into a compromise. But we cannot deal in things like getting a concession and letting them go. Spies deserve to be hanged.'' ... FULL TEXT
Iran tells UAE not to worry over Saudi ties
BEIT EDDINE, Lebanon, June 18 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Friday told the United Arab Emirates not to worry about his country's improving ties with Saudi Arabia and not to interfere in them. Kharrazi, on a two-day visit to Lebanon, said UAE officials could visit Tehran if they wanted talks on a territorial dispute over Gulf islands -- the issue the UAE fears regional kingpin Saudi Arabia will abandon in its rapprochement with Iran ... FULL TEXT
Iran calls for quick Israeli pullout from Lebanon
BEIRUT, June 18 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said on Friday Israel must pull its troops out of south Lebanon immediately and unconditionally. ``Israel must pull out immediately and unconditionally its aggressive army from Lebanese territory in an implementation of U.N. Security Council resolution 425,'' Kharrazi told an audience at the Faculty of Law at the University of Lebanon ... FULL TEXT
Tehran street gets new mural of Sadat assassin
TEHRAN, June 18 (Reuters) - Hardliners on Friday unveiled a mural in honour of the assassin of the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, in an open challenge to moves by Tehran to improve ties with the big Moslem Arab country ... FULL TEXT
Iranians protest against G8 ``appeasement policy''
COLOGNE, Germany, June 18 (Reuters) - Thousands of Iranians opposed to the current administration in Tehran demonstrated at the World Economic Summit on Friday against what they called the West's policy of appeasement towards Iran ... FULL TEXT
Lawmakers urge Clinton to speed Iran grain sales
WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Friday urged the Clinton administration to agree quickly on rules that would allow the sale of food and medicine to Iran and other countries facing economic sanctions ... FULL TEXT
Archaeological hill preserved
Zooming down Mount Damavand on skis
(Sportestan) - Dusan Golubic and Matjaz Roter, both members of the Alpine Department of Kozjak in Maribor, Slovenia, were the first skiers over thirty years to tour Mount Damavand in Iran. Based on Sportestan research, there has been a downhill ski from Mount Damavand by Iranians in the 1960's ... FULL TEXT
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