Tuesday, March 16, 1999 / Esfand 25, 1377, No. 687
Each year near Noruz, as I get ready to send cards or clean my house, I can't help but think of that one Noruz in Iran while I was in college.
Mashhad University's college of literature was on a tree-lined street named KhyAbAn e AsrAr. Both sides of the street had beautiful and old AghaghiA trees.
One afternoon I was standing in the school courtyard with a few other friends enjoying Esfand's mid-afternoon sun when JavAd started a verse and before we knew what was going on, we were reciting these words ... GO TO FEATUTE
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Iranians celebrate ancient spring fire festival
TEHRAN, March 16 (AFP) - Tehran was rocked by the sound of firecrackers on Tuesday night as Iranians celebrated the ancient spring "Festival of Fire", which was officially authorised this year for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution. All over the town, and in particular in the residential districts, groups of young people lit fires and set off highly explosive crackers as soon as night fell ... FULL TEXT
Iran displays military power in UAE despite row
ABU DHABI, March 16 (Reuters) - Iran, setting aside its territorial dispute with the United Arab Emirates, put some of its military hardware on display at the Middle East's largest arms show in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. ``In order to show goodwill and after being persuaded by the UAE government, we participated in this exhibition in order to present all our existing production,'' said Hossein Shahbazi Jafari, a Defence Ministry consultant at the show ... FULL TEXT
Iran and Iraq exchange POWs amid Khatami overture to Saddam
BAGHDAD, March 16 (AFP) - Iran and Iraq exchanged prisoners of war on Tuesday, amid signs of warming ties between the two former foes. Iraq said Iran handed over 450 Iraqis, held since the end of the eight year war between them, while Iraq handed back 54 Iranians. Tehran said 56 of its citizens had been returned. News of the release came as the official Iraqi News Agency reported that President Saddam Hussein had received a message from his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Khatami expressing a desire that Iran "strengthen and deepen" its relations with Iraq ... FULL TEXT
Iran considers ending satellite TV ban for cultural "elite"
TEHRAN, March 16 (AFP) - Iran's cultural and political elite may soon be free to have satellite dishes to receive foreign television, Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani said in a surprise announcement Tuesday. He told reporters the government is considering overturning its four-year ban on the devices for "elites" such as artists, professors, journalists and high-ranking public officials ... FULL TEXT
Argentina clears Iran in bombing; criticises US and Israel
BUNEOS AIRES, March 15 (AFP) - The Argentine Supreme Court plans to issue a ruling that blames the militant Islamic Jihad movement for the 1992 car-bombing of the Israeli embassy here, court sources said Monday. The court was also expected to criticise the United States and Israel for failing fully to cooperate with the investigation, court spokesmen said ... FULL TEXT
European oil companies flock to Iran
March 10, 1999, (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL) - European oil companies are flocking back to Iran, lured by attractive deals from the Islamic government. But U.S. firms, barred by American sanctions on Iran, remain largely sidelined for now. With petroleum prices at their lowest level in real terms since the Great Depression, some big oil companies bet they can make big money in Iran, which Western petroleum majors left after the Islamic revolution of 1979 ... FULL TEXT
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