The Iranian Times

Wednesday May 26, 1999 / Khordad 5, 1378, No. 734

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Taste of Cherry



Ripple effects of Iranian diplomacy
The view from Washington

By Alidad Mafinezam
May 26, 1999
The Iranian

The vast majority of Arab countries have rejoiced at the thought of putting their troubled past with Iran behind them, welcoming the chance to work with Iran for their mutual benefit and greater unity in the Muslim world. But looking at these events from Washington -- where the Washington Post managed to all but ignore the trip -- a more complex picture emerges with U.S.-Iran relations at its core. ... GO TO FEATURE


Iran's reformist president dogged by economic failure

TEHRAN, May 22 (AFP) - As reformist President Mohammad Khatami celebrates the second anniversary of his election Sunday, the huge problems bogging down Iran's economy remain unresolved -- a currency in free fall, high inflation and almost 100 percent dependence on oil.

Khatami, a religious scholar, is no scholar when it comes to figures, and it shows. Nearly half way through his term, he has still not managed to come up with a clear economic policy ... FULL TEXT


Marg bar Amrika

May 26, (IRNA) -- The Iranian national BASEBALL team will take part in Asian baseball championships in New Delhi ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

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* Can't blame people

A. Boustani writes: I should congratulate you for the story that you have written ["I must be a Jew"]. Unfortunately, people from time to time get carried away and confuse the issue of politics and blame their international problems on religion or religious differences.

After living outside Iran for more than 15 years in five different countries, I've come to the realization that people's logic works the same way all over the world. The difference is mainly around the type of input given to them ... FULL TEXT

* Must love Iran first

B.M. writes: Let's put aside religion for one minute ["I must be a Jew"]. An answer to your question could be that every time the country is going through hard times, Jews or Bahais don't help at all. In the Iran-Iraq war not one jew was killed. I think the living condition of Jews in Iran is not bad. If they left it was not because of thier JAAN, but it was because of thier MAAL...

If Bahais and Jews want to be accepted by Iranians and Iran they must first love Iran, not their religion. If they do this there might be a chance and this will take a long time ... FULL TEXT

* Turned off

F. BozorgMehr writes: I took offense to the whole tone of your piece ["I must be a Jew"]: does anything positive come of "And you're a STUPID, HATEFUL IDIOT! " or comments like "'Hitler should have finished them all off taa az daste een joohoodaa raahat meeshodeem.'". LANGUAGE SUCH AS THIS SERVES NO PURPOSE. If you want to start a thoughtful dialogue, that's one thing but your language offended and turned me off ... FULL TEXT

* Fellowship: Travel fellowship for researchers from Iran

The International Association for the Study of Persian-speaking Societies is pleased to announce the continuation of our Travel Fellowship Program by a grant from the Open Society Institute through 1999. Travel Fellowships are available for scholars and researchers from Iran to take part in academic and cultural conferences and conventions in the United States ... DETAILS HERE

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Conservative reappointed head of Iranian state radio, television

TEHRAN, May 26 (AFP) - Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday reappointed the conservative head of state radio and television to another five-year term and called for renewed commitment to the ideological struggle. Ali Larijani, 43, who served as minister of culture and Islamic guidance from 1992 to 1994, was reappointed as director of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the official IRNA news agency said ... FULL TEXT

Protestors attacked, several arrested

May 26, (Alliance for Defense of Human Rights in Iran) - News reports from Iran indicate that several students, including a student leader, Mr. Manouchehr Mohammadi Secretary General of the National Association of Iranian Students and Alumni, have been kidnapped from Tehran University. Their whereabouts are unknown ... FULL TEXT

Khatami urges clergy to take "present-day realities" into account

TEHRAN, May 26 (AFP) - Iran's reformist President Mohammad Khatami has urged members of the Shiite Moslem clergy to take "present-day realities" and the needs of the country's youth into account, the official IRNA news agency reported Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Guards Corps commander says country should not change its policies

May 21 (IRNA-BBC) - Lt-Gen Seyyed Yahya Rahim-Safavi, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, has said that there was there "no need" for the country to change its policies, given that the USA continued to maintain its efforts to undermine national unity ... FULL TEXT

Ex-defence minister to run Iran oil company

DUBAI, May 26 (Reuters) - A former Iranian defence minister will soon be named managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to transform the state concern into a more competitive global player, a company official said on Wednesday. The NIOC official told Reuters Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh would soon appoint Mohammad Forouzandeh as the first NIOC managing director in 14 years who is not the oil minister ... FULL TEXT

Iran "close to Caspian pipeline deal"

LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) - Iran is close to securing a deal with a Chinese consortium of oil companies for construction of a $347 million Caspian Sea oil pipeline through northern Iran, a senior Iranian oil official said on Wednesday ... FULL TEXT

Students protest against exam questions

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Hundreds of boy and girl students took to the streets in Tehran to protest against what they called ridiculously difficult questions in an 11th grade physics exam... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

Heshmat Mohajerani's return from exile?

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Heshmat Mohajerani, Iran's head coach in the 1978 World Cup, has reached an agreement to take over as the technical manager of Esteqlal club. Mohajerani has been coaching Arab teams for much of the past 20 years ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran "best Asian team"

Tehran (Iran daily) -- Iran was Asia's best team in 1998, according to the Asian Football Federation. Ali Daei and Mehdi Mahdavi-Kia have also been selected in the All-Asia team ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

Asian wrestling games begin

Tehran (IRNA) -- Iran's free-style wrestlers have had 16 wins and four defeats in the first two days of the Asian championships ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN


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[President Khatami's government has been] active in the cultural and political fields, and asleep as far as the economic sector is concerned.

Mohammad Reza Bahonar, an opposition leader in the the Majlis
"Iran's reformist president dogged by economic failure"
May 22, 1999

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