Wednesday, March 3, 1999/ Esfand 12, 1377, No. 678
Samira Makhmalbaf is exacting, indicting in her telling of [The Apple] . Her camera lingers at length over this abnormally infantile pair of twin girls. She fixes her gaze on their pained attempts at communication. And she forces us to see them.
I am convinced that "The Apple" is a story that the West has been waiting for Iran tell about itself. To this young director's infinite credit, it is much more than this.
Makhmalbaf has an eye for cruelty, but she has an eye, too, for the tenacity of the human soul, its delight in beauty even when mercilessly fettered. The girls play a game of fingerprinting on the walls, delighting in their imprints. Straining against their bars, they water a plant in the courtyard and watch it grow. The film has many such moments of surprising delight and tenderness ... GO TO FEATURE
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Reformers trouncing conservatives in landmark Iranian elections
TEHRAN, March 3 (AFP) - Reformists close to moderate Iranian President Mohammad Khatami were trouncing their conservative competitors, who have long held the reins of power, according to nationwide municipal election results published Wednesday. In Tehran, a city of 10 million people, the reform list headed by former interior minister Abdollah Nuri took 13 of the 15 municipal council seats in Friday's first-ever municipal elections in Iran ... FULL TEXT
West must end Iran isolation, Italy says
ROME, March 3 (Reuters) - Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini said on Wednesday the West had to end Iran's isolation and show clear support for President Mohammad Khatami after nationwide polls he described as of ``extraordinary importance.'' Dini, speaking hours before leaving on a trip to Washington with Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema, said more Western leaders, while keeping up the pressure over human rights and non-proliferation, should welcome Khatami and his fellow moderates to their countries ... FULL TEXT
Italy to defend Iran oil deal in U.S.
ROME, March 3 (Reuters) - Italian Foreign Minister Lamberto Dini said Wednesday a $1 billion oil deal with Iran involving Italy's ENI (ENI.MI) and France's Elf-Aquitaine (ELFP.PA) was smaller than Iran's gas accord with Total of France which escaped U.S. sanctions last year. Speaking on the eve of a visit to Washington with Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema, Dini said Italian leaders expected U.S. officials to raise the new contract in their talks ... FULL TEXT
U.S. oil companies press U.S. for Iran access
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Just a day after the State Department warned it would review a $1.0 billion oil deal between Iran and two European oil companies, two of the largest domestic oil companies said they wanted an end to sanctions. Atlantic Richfield Co., the fifth-largest U.S. oil company, said Wednesday that not only were sanctions bad for the Los Angeles-based company, but they were bad for U.S. business ... FULL TEXT
World Court should hear Iran-UAE case-Kuwait
KUWAIT, March 3 (Reuters) - Kuwait told Iran on Wednesday that a growing dispute with the United Arab Emirates over three Gulf islands was not in its interests and called on the two sides to refer the issue to the World Court. ``If there is no agreement for direct talks, then there is the International Court of Justice...and I hope that this issue is sent to the court...,'' Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah told reporters ... FULL TEXT
Saudi Arabia to receive first Iranian presidential visit
RIYADH, March 3 (AFP) - Saudi Arabia is set to receive its first Iranian presidential visit later this month when Mohammad Khatami joins the annual hajj pilgrimage, Saudi Defence Minister Sultan ibn Abdel Aziz said Wednesday. The minister, quoted by the official SPA news agency, gave no precise date for the president's arrival, although the pilgrimage to Mecca starts at the end of March. Prince Sultan said he would visit Iran "after the pilgrimage." ... FULL TEXT
Azadegan league can produce strong teams
Tehran, March 3, (Hamshahri) - If Azadegan league matches are held in an orderly fashion, it will not only prepare better players for the national team, but also strengthen Iranian teams in Asian championships ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT
Program on Iranian girl soccer players
Mehrdad Masoudi writes: This is an dvisory regarding Futbol Mundial's piece on young Iranian girls playing football. Please take note of the following:
Futbol Mundial North America: Fox Sports World Repeat shows: Wednesday, March 3 (16:00 EST) and Friday, March 5 (13:00 EST)
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I shall carry on
I shall carry on this struggle for as long as my afflicted body, which has been subjected to 18 years of suffering and hardship in prison, will endure. I trust in God's kindness and the support of my freedom loving compatriots and people of the world, and I bear this historical lesson well in my mind: "A country survives blasphemy, but crumbles under tyranny."
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