Friday June 25, 1999 / Tir 4, 1378, No. 756
Children who've been told of the diamond's legendary hardness may question the ease with which this one is shattered. A king, accustomed to dwelling in a light-filled room where a large diamond creates a million rainbows, is bereft when it's stolen and smashed, and thereafter takes his only pleasure in staring at the fragments, away from the subjects who need him. An apprentice weaver comes up with the idea of making a magnificent carpet that will lure the king back to his duties. It works. But, unfortunately, neither the words nor the art here convincingly suggests the lure of the diamond's prismatic play or the carpet's intricate patterns. Readers will have to take these on faith. Still, Ewart's illustrations are prettily evocative of old Persia, and perhaps the tale will pique interest in this ancient art form ... GO TO BOOK
Iran receives biggest British trade delegation since 1979 revolution
TEHRAN, June 25 (AFP) - A high-ranking British trade delegation, the biggest since the 1979 Islamic revolution, arrived in Tehran early Friday, several weeks after Tehran and London normalized diplomatic ties. "It's the most important post-revolution mission of its kind," Darmott Graham, a coordinator of the six-day visit, told AFP ... FULL TEXT
French Jewish groups call for new protests for release of Iran Jews
PARIS, June 25 (AFP) - French Jewish organizations on Friday called for renewed protests nationwide to demand the release of 13 Iranian Jews whose arrest on charges of spying has provoked an outcry. They said that 13 public figures would chain themselves in front of the Iranian embassy in Paris on June 29 to denounce the arrest of the 13 Iranian Jews ... FULL TEXT
Rules on food, medicine sales to Iran due soon- US
WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) - The Clinton Administration will publish rules governing the sale of food and medicine to Iran, Sudan and Libya soon, a top U.S. Agriculture Department official said on Friday. ``We're getting pretty close,'' Chris Goldthwait, General Sales Manager at the department, told Reuters, noting that there were only one or two details that need to be finalised ... FULL TEXT
Norway to lift trade curbs on Iran after Rushdie
OSLO, June 25 (Reuters) - Norway will lift export curbs on Iran and send an ambassador there in August after years of tension caused by a death order against British author Salman Rushdie, officials said on Friday. ``We are now open to receiving applications for exports to Iran,'' Erling Naper, head of the state-run Norwegian Guarantee Institute for Export Credits, told Reuters ... FULL TEXT
Iran slams Israeli raids in Lebanon
TEHRAN, June 25 (AFP) - Iran condemned Friday Israel's overnight raids in Lebanon that killed eight people and called for the international community to force Israel to stop. The attacks showed "the belligerent and aggressive spirit of the Zionist regime," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying ... FULL TEXT
Iran offering Cambodia military aid: report
PHNOM PENH, June 25 (AFP) - Senior Iranian officials have visited Cambodia to offer military aid including training, it was reported here Friday. The English-language Phnom Penh Post said Commander-in-Chief Ke Kim Yan initially turned down an offer made three months ago for fear of upsetting western donors. But it said high-level private discussions had continued ... FULL TEXT
Ebrahim Nabavi's short stories
Artists debate private tutoring
Tehran, (Neshat) - With the start of summer private art classes have mushroomed. Do private tutors need to provide their skills or should they be left unsupervised? Artists debate the issue ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN\
Persepolis looking for a sweep
Esteqlal will name 22 players
Tehran, (Neshat) - Following its disappointing loss in the Asian Cup Winner final, Esteqlal has new coaching staff and some new players. The 22-member squad will be announced soon ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Updated June 25
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