Tuesday June 29, 1999 / Tir 8, 1378, No. 758
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 allows banks to use rial floating rate-papers
TEHRAN, June 29 (Reuters) - Iran has authorised state banks to exchange hard currency gained from exports at an official floating rate close to the currency's black market value, newspapers reported on Tuesday. The decision is the latest move by the government to ease strict foreign exchange controls which have been widely blamed for stagnating non-oil exports ... FULL TEXT
New protests held in France for release of 13 Iranian Jews
PARIS, June 29 (Wire Services) - Thirteen French public figures briefly chained themselves Tuesday near the Iranian embassy in Paris to demand the release of 13 Iranian Jews whose arrest on charges of spying has provoked an international outcry. Surrounded by some 100 protestors chanting "free the innocent" and "Jews in prison, why this silence?", the figures included Jean Kahn, head of France's Jewish consistory, Patrick Gaubert, head of anti-racist organization LICRA, and the Paris mayor's deputy, Jean-Pierre Pierre-Bloch ... FULL TEXT
Italian bank agrees to extend billion dollar credit line to Iran
TEHRAN, June 29 (Wire Services) - An Italian commercial bank has agreed in principle to extend a billion dollar credit line to Iran, Italian sources said Tuesday. The Mediocredito Centrale, which specialises in export credits, initialled the preliminary agreement here Tuesday. The final accord is to be signed shortly in Italy, the sources said ... FULL TEXT
Russia, Iran Sign Memorandum on Measures Against Drugs
MOSCOW, June 29 (Itar-Tass) - A meeting of Russian Interior Minister Colonel-General Vladimir Rushailo and his Iranian colleague Abdolvahed Moussavi-Lari took place in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the bilateral interaction and to sign a memorandum on joint measures against the illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances ... FULL TEXT
Iran, Greece see defence cooperation deal soon
TEHRAN, June 29 (Reuters) - Iran and Greece, which border Turkey, said they would sign an agreement on defence cooperation soon, but they added that the move was not aimed at any country, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday. It quoted visiting Greek Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos as telling a news conference late on Monday that ``Tehran and Athens will promote their defence cooperation through signing a letter of understanding.'' ... FULL TEXT
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Sanat Naft looking for new coach
Tehran, (Iran daily) - Abadan's Sanat-e Naft club is looking for a new coach. The candiadtes include former Sanat Nafti Abdolreza Barzegari to Iran's former Brazilian headcoach ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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I think as Iranians, we owe this to ourselves to raise the profile of what is happening in Iran. We do not need to be in agreement with President Khatami and his government. This is not about him! The appeal is on behalf of many Iranians who during my nine days in Iran kept asking me, "Why is it that nobody in the West takes our struggle seriously and help us?" Help for them did not mean sending troops. Or intervening in their struggle against the so-called conservatives. I think it was more like why there is so little said about what we have achieved and trying to?
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