The Iranian Times

Tuesday, March 23, 1999 / Farvardin 3, 1378, No. 691

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr



I'm no pimp
Trying to set up a meeting with a hooker goes embarrassingly wrong

By Khosrow Tabrizi Motlagh

"K" stepped in with a well-dressed young woman. She looked, well, not exactly like other hookers I had seen in Tehran. She was well-dressed, if a bit "bad-hejaab". Okay, so her hair was dyed rather poorly, but she looked more like a girl you would see at Passage Golestan or even on Jordan Avenue. However before I had a chance to get a better look, "N" very calmly and authoritatively told "K" and I to leave for a while so they could chat. I wasn't happy, but decided not to make a scene, given all the ears that were on us. We had a foreigner with us and were changing between English and Persian ... GO TO FEATURE

Iranian of the Year

Memorial service for Dariyush and Parvaneh Foruhar in Washington DC. Photo by J. Javid

Wake-up calls
"The dissidents died so that we could be free"

The following are comments in favor of the dissidents - in particular the slain political activists and writers -- as the Iranians of the year. Collectively they received the second largest share of the people's vote (25 percent) in The Iranian survey ... GO TO FEATURE


Oil producers finally agree to restrict output

March 23, 1999, (BBC) - Ministers from oil producing countries have agreed to cut global production by 7% to bolster depressed oil prices.

The members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and others meeting in Vienna have agreed to a reduction in output of 2.1m barrels a day until April next year.

Cuts among Opec nations will amount to 1.7m while non-Opec producers like Mexico, Norway, Russia and Oman have committed to additional cuts of almost 400,000 barrels a day.

The Libyan Oil Minister, Abdullah Salem al-Badri, said after the meeting: "Yes we have signed. We are happy, we have been asking for this for more than a year."... FULL TEXT


Iranian man tells of death in ocean
Says shark killed wife after wind capsized kayak

Mercury News Staff Writer
March 23, 1999

From his hospital room on the island of Maui, Mark Monazzami asked himself in anguish Monday why the punishing ocean had taken his wife of just one year but spared him.

Late Thursday afternoon, he and Nahid Davoodabai pushed off in a kayak from what seemed to be the placid waters on Maui's west side. The Sunnyvale residents could still see picnickers on shore when the wind and waves suddenly turned on them, and their ordeal on the open ocean began.

Now, he said, his 29-year-old wife is dead from a shark attack, while he recovers from 12 hours on tempestuous seas and two days on a seemingly deserted island from which he never expected to be rescued. Until he found a telephone on the island, Kahoolawe, and called 911 ... FULL TEXT

More Letters

* One more "seen"

Asghar M. writes: If Arabs and Jews can sit around the same table with their ingrained hatreds and distrusts; if Blacks and Whites can reach a compromise with decades of blood and hatred behind them; and if Protestants and Catholics can set aside decades of vicious stomach churning infighting to prepare for a better future, surely Hafez and Sa'di loving Iranians can swallow the bitter pill of compromise. Or can they? ... FULL TEXT

* Dead bodies... on Noruz?

Majid G. writes: It is definitely my personal taste, but I thought putting a photo of 3-4 executed men in the first issue of The Tranian Times in the new year wasn't very enchanting! :-) even though I have great respect for the historic value of the photo.

* Music: Aldoush performance in Berkeley

X DOT 25 Music invites you to a concert by Aldoush & The Human Exchange: A New Interpretation of the Persian Folk Music

When: Sunday March 28, 1999 8:00 PM
Where: Freight & Salvage - 111 Addison St. - Berkeley
Tickets $13.00 in Advance/$14.00 at the door - Info: (510) 548-1761

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Oil ends weaker but overshadowed by OPEC

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) - World oil prices ended lower on Tuesday but the weaker close was drowned out by market applause for an OPEC agreement to cut oil supply to glutted markets. The cartel signed the deal on tough new export limits which Saudi Oil minister Ali al-Naimi said were aimed at lifting prices back to $18 a barrel ... FULL TEXT

U.S. Senate bill includes call for farm sales to Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to free up more than $1 billion in aid to hurricane-hit Central America and Middle East ally Jordan, and to bar the federal government from taking a share of the $206 billion settlement between U.S. states and major tobacco companies. One amendment urged the Clinton administration to approve the sale of U.S. wheat and other farm products to Iran ... FULL TEXT

Senators demand pressure on Russia

March 23, 1999, WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bipartisan group of 34 senators wants Vice President Al Gore to press Russia's prime minister to stop his country's cooperation with Iran on missiles and nuclear technology. In a letter released Monday, the 34 said Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov must be convinced that ``an Iran armed with nuclear weapons and advanced ballistic missiles is no more in Russia's interests than in our own.'' ... FULL TEXT

Skiing down Mount Damavand

Palo Alto, (Sportestan) - Dusan Golubic and Matjaz Roter from Slovenia are the first skiers in the last 30 years to descend from Iran's Mount Damavand. "I decided to climb Mount Damavand and ski my way down," ... FULL TEXT

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Updated March 15

The dollar now offered at 770-792 tomans in the U.S. and 805 tomans in Iran

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Quote Unquote

Now we know

I choose [the dissidents] as people of the year in Iran because they showed us how far away our society is from real democracy. They showed us that we need to work very hard for the freedom of our country. This was a big step that they took, and it cost them their lives. But now, we know well what we need. We want a society in which saying the truth will not cost any lives!

Comments in favor of the dissidents as Iranians of the year
"Wake-up calls"
The Iranian
March 23, 1999

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The closest Majid Majidi got to... Sophia Loren

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