Monday, March 8, 1999/ Esfand 17, 1377, No. 681
Masoud Behnoud was born in 1947. He has been writing articles for various journals since 1964. In all he has 300 interviews and more than 1,000 articles to his credit, as well as at least eight documentaries, 50 TV programs and seven books.
What's so impressive about Behnoud's body of work is his uncommon common sense and ability to grasp and convey current events in a balanced way. He reflects the mood of a nation; a true journalist, an endangered species in a country that badly needs the likes of him to quench the thirst for reliable and balanced news ... GO TO FEATURE
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Reformers score another big win, sweep Tehran elections
TEHRAN, March 8 (AFP) - Reformist supporters of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami swept all 15 seats on the Tehran municipal council Monday in another stunning defeat over the Islamic regime's conservatives. The victory is a powerful endorsement of the president's reform agenda on the eve of his historic trip to Italy, the first to a western European nation by an Iranian head of state since the 1979 Islamic revolution ... FULL TEXT
Iran police torture case heightens political tensions
TEHRAN, March 7 (AFP) - The head of security affairs for the Iranian police is to be tried for torture in a case that has further heightened simmering political tensions between reformers and hardliners in the Islamic republic. General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi and 10 other officers will be tried in a military court on May 3 on charges of beating and torturing top officials in the Tehran municipal government, it was announced last week ... FULL TEXT
Criticism mounting against powerful Iranian religious court
TEHRAN, March 8 (AFP) - Reformers stepped up the pressure on Iran's special religious court Monday amid growing public anger at one of the Islamic regime's most hardline institutions. A reformist MP lashed out at Iran's all-powerful Special Court for Clergy (SCC) over its arrest of liberal cleric Mohsen Kadivar, who is increasingly being seen here as a political prisoner in a case that has sparked public demonstrations and widespread outrage ... FULL TEXT
Hundreds of Iranian students rally in Tehran
TEHRAN, March 7 (AFP) - Several hundred Iranian students demonstrated at Tehran university Sunday over the arrest of leading liberal cleric Mohsen Kadivar, defying calls to postpone the rally over fears of violence. Anti-riot police stationed around the campus put a quick end to a shoving match that erupted between protesters and Islamic fundamentalists but otherwise there was no violence ... FULL TEXT
Iran says its oil market open to US, calls for end to embargo
TEHRAN, March 7 (AFP) - Iran stepped up the pressure to end the US embargo with the surprise announcement Sunday that US oil companies face "no obstacle" to doing business in the Iranian oil industry. "There is no obstacle to US oil companies participating in oil development projects in Iran," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said, clearly referring to Washington's unilateral trade embargo which prohibits US companies from doing business here. He underscored the point by stressing that the embargo served only to hamper US business interests ... FULL TEXT
Iran begins new express train service in Tehran
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Stanley Kubrick, film director with a bleak vision, dies at 70
Stanley Kubrick, the famously reclusive director of such classic films as "Dr. Strangelove," "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "A Clockwork Orange," died Sunday at his home in England, his family said. He was 70. The police were summoned to Kubrick's rural home in Hertfordshire, north of London, Sunday afternoon, when he was pronounced dead ... FULL TEXT
Updated March 8
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