Wednesday June 30, 1999 / Tir 9, 1378, No. 759
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
Mohajerani slams bid to curb press freedom
TEHRAN, June 30 (Reuters) - Iran's liberal Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani on Wednesday slammed a bill proposed by conservative deputies in parliament aimed at limiting the country's fledgling press freedom. ``The custodians of the press and (newspaper) editors have not been consulted about this bill...In our view, this bill is not meant to amend the press law, but to change its whole structure,'' state radio quoted the minister as saying ... FULL TEXT
New British ambassador presents credentials to Iranian FM
TEHRAN, May 26 (Wire Services) - Britain's new ambassador to Iran presented his credentials Wednesday to Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi, after 10 years of strained relations. The two countries agreed in September to normalise relations after the Iranian government said it would not seek to apply the 1989 religious decree, or fatwa, in which the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for British writer Salman Rushdie to be killed ... FULL TEXT
French assembly speaker calls charges against Iran Jews "barbaric"
PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - The speaker of the French National Assembly, Laurent Fabius, on Wednesday described as "barbaric" the death sentence facing 13 Iranian Jews charged with spying for Israel. "Thirteen people, because they are Jews, face the death penalty by hanging on unfounded accusations," Fabius told the assembly. "I ask the Iranian authorities to reconsider this barbaric decision otherwise they cannot aspire to normal relations with the international community." ... FULL TEXT
Iran plans aid to drought-stricken farmers
TEHRAN, June 29 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament is to consider emergency legislation to allocate aid to farmers hit by the country's worst drought in 30 years, a senior deputy said on Tuesday. Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, a leading member of the parliament's budget committee, told state television that the assembly would on Wednesday discuss the aid allocations which would go beyond more than 600 billion rials already earmarked by the government ... FULL TEXT
Iran '99 Wheat Buying Hits 3.0MMT To Date; Sugar 800,000MT
June 29, TEHRAN (Dow Jones)-- Iran has imported around 3.0 million metric tons of wheat and 800,000 tons of sugar this year, an Iranian Commerce Ministry official said Tuesday. The Iranian year started March 21. Iran 's government has allocated $1.5 billion to buy essential food commodities for the country this year because a drought has reduced domestic food production, Houshang Dehqan, head of the Commerce Ministry's distribution network supervisory office, told the Iranian state news agency IRNA ... FULL TEXT
EU expects us to honour iran sanctions waivers
London, june 30, irna - the european union expects the us to honour its commitment guaranteeing waivers to sanctions threats against the latest iranian oil contracts awarded to elf of france and italy's eni. michael pulch of the european commission said wednesday that us secretary of state madeleine albright "reaffirmed" its pledge as required in each case at the recent eu-us summit in bonn ... FULL TEXT
Weekly book review
Tehran, (Hamshahri) - Reviews on volume III of the Daaneshnaameh-ye Adab-e Faarsi (Encyclopaedia of Persian Literature), Mohammad Ali Sepanlu's collection of modern poetry titled "1001 poems", and other books on German philosophers traslated into Persian ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Abedzadeh will undergo surgery
Shahrudi back in Turkey
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Thirteen people, because they are Jews, face the death penalty by hanging on unfounded accusations... I ask the Iranian authorities to reconsider this barbaric decision otherwise they cannot aspire to normal relations with the international community.
Laurent Fabius, French National Assembly Speaker
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