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Tuesday November 16, 1999 / Aban 25, 1378, No. 849

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The return
The sun beats down on a rocky plot of land bare of tokens of love and remembrance

November 16, 1999
The Iranian

From "Saffrom Sky: A Life Between Iran and America" by Gelareh Asayesh (Beacon Press, November 1999). Asayesh grew up in Tehran. Her family moved to the United States in 1977, shortly before the Islamic Revolution transformed Iran. In 1990, after fourteen years of absence, she returned to Iran for a visit. Since then, she has returned almost every year, most recently for three months this past spring and summer. "Saffron Sky" chronicles both her trips and the emotional landscape of the immigrant, describing her struggle to bridge two irreconcilable worlds ... GO TO FEATURE


Iran eases limits on Monatzeri

By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Authorities have moved toward easing restrictions on Iran's top dissident cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, under house arrest since 1997 for challenging the country's supreme leader, a household member said on Tuesday.

An aide to Montazeri, speaking by telephone from the holy Shi'ite Moslem city of Qom, told Reuters security officials on Monday permitted the first visitors, including two leading conservative clerics, to enter the house since the arrest order. ... FULL TEXT


Oh boy

When women find out the truth about men (or when they think so) ... GO TO CARTOON

Thanks to Mehrdad Erfani

More Letters

* Delighted

Peyman Adjamian writes: Just wanted to write to confirm Laleh Khalili's sentiments regarding Chineh Internet cafe in Tehran ["Chai, shirini & the Internet"]. I was recently in Iran for a month and desparate to be able to check my email.

I was delighted to find that the opportunity existed to connect with the rest of the world at Chineh, which is not far from where I live in Kamranieh. The atmosphere is wonderful and the staff very friendly. I have no doubt that in the future we will see more such places in Iran.

* Bahai concern

Fereidoun Abbasi writes: Mr. Sohrabi wrote in The Iranian ["Cyrus meets Lincoln"]: "As a United States Senator what I hope to achieve for Americans of Iranians descent is straightforward: end the demonizing and stereotyping of Iran and Iranians. In fact, my first act as an elected official will be demand a public apology from Senator Barbara Boxer (Democrat from California) for calling the Iranian nation 'terrorist' in her interview with CNN last February."

I hope you also work with the governments foreign human rights committee especially with regards to the situation of the Bahai community in Iran. Recently, the UN Commission on Human Rights again expressed concern for Iran's Bahais.

* Politics: Sara Amir for California State Assembly

California State Senator Tom Hayden (D-23rd District, Los Angeles), who is forced out of the State Senate by term limits, has decided at the last minute to NOT run in the 42nd State Assembly District. As a result of Hayden dropping out of the race, former (1998) Green candidate for Lt. Governor Sara Amir has decided to enter the race on the last day. To support Sara, email her at <> or call at 323-654-9717 and ask her where to send the contribution. In 1998, Amir received 3.1% for Lt. Governor, the highest percentage any third party candidate has received for that office since 1938.


Books of the Week

* Ruzegaran (1999)
History of Iran up to the Pahlavi dynasty
By Abdol-Hossein Zarrinkoub

* Zanaan haramsaraa-ye Nasserdin Shah (1998)
Pictorial history
By Khosro Motazed and Abolghasem Tafazoli

* Baagh (1998)
Short stories
By Parviz Davaie

* Qand va namak (1998)
Tehrani proverbs
By Jafar Shahri

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Huge crowds turn out to cheer President Khatami in Isfahan

ISFAHAN, Iran, Nov 16 (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of people turned out on the huge Imam Square in Isfahan Tuesday to give a rousing welcome to President Mohammad Khatami on his first official visit to the central Iranian city. It was estimated to be the biggest rally in Iran since Khatami was elected in May 1997 ... FULL TEXT

Press jury says female editor is guilty: report

TEHRAN, Nov 16 (AFP) - Tehran's press court jury has found a female newspaper editor guilty on more than half the charges levelled against her, the conservative Abrar paper reported Tuesday. Jaleh Oskui, 40, was deemed guilty on eight charges, and exonerated on the remaining seven, the paper said ... FULL TEXT

Restricting freedom of expression can "lead to violence"

TEHRAN, Nov 16 (AFP) - Iran's Interior Minister, Abdolvahid Mussavi Lari has warned that if freedom of expression is restricted, the end result of could be violence and dictatorship, the English-language Iran News reported Tuesday ... FULL TEXT

Defiant Iran seeks more foreign oil deals

PARIS, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday said it would soon sign more oil development contracts with foreign companies in defiance of U.S. sanctions following an $800 million agreement with Royal Dutch/Shell reached at the weekend ... FULL TEXT

Oil firms emboldened by Shell deal in Iran

LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) - International companies are looking to moving full tilt into Iranian oil projects following Royal Dutch/Shell's big new deal, even though the U.S. is sticking by its formal threat of sanctions, a senior oil executive said on Tuesday. ``It's full steam ahead in Iran,'' said Joe Darby, Chief Executive of U.K. independent Lasmo (LSMR.L) ... FULL TEXT

Iran bought at least 300,000 T French wheat

PARIS, Nov 16 (Reuters) -- Some traders estimated Iran could have bought up to 400,000 tonnes of French wheat. ``The purchase was made in principle under a Coface credit,'' said a trader from one of the firms involved in the deal ... FULL TEXT

Iran to restructure inefficient tax system

TEHRAN, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament voted on Tuesday to restructure the country's inefficient tax system in an effort to curb rampant tax evasion and ease dependence on oil earnings ... FULL TEXT

Iran to set up fund against oil price falls

TEHRAN, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Iran's parliament voted on Tuesday to create a special fund to protect the country's oil-dependant economy against fluctuations of crude prices ... FULL TEXT

Ladies and... ladies

Tehran (Iran daily) - Elahe Hamidi, a woman singer, will hold a pop concert for women only in Tehran ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Yazd bath house marked for preservation

Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - The 300-year-old Khan bath house in Yazd has been declared a national treasure and thus brought under the protection of the Cultural Heritage Organization... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Film editor dies

Tehran (Iran daily) - Veteran film editor Rouhollah Emami has died ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Abedzadeh gone forever?

Tehran (Iran daily) - Former national team goalie Ahmadreza Abedzadeh's knee has not yet fully healed from surgery. What's worse is that he may not wear the red jersey ever again. Persepolis has not renewed his contract ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Weightlifting: Disabled champs

Tehran (Iran daily) - The Iranian disabled team grabbed first place in a weightlifting championship in Europe ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


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The more the scope for expressing thoughts within the framework of parties and civil groupings is restricted, the more grounds will be prepared for violence and dictatorship in society.

-- Abdolvahid Mussavi Lari, Interior Minister
November 16, 1999

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