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Thursday, April 6, 2000 / Farvardin 18, 1379, No. 954

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Iranian of the year

Saeed Hajjarian
Symbol of evolution

April 6, 2000
The Iranian

Saeed Hajjarian, a former intelligence chief, senior advisor to President Khatami and publisher of the reformist Sobh-e Emrooz newspaper, received the fifth highest number of votes (nearly 7 percent) in the Iranian of the year survey >>> GO TO FEATURE

Iranian of the year

Ebrahim Nabavi
Nabavi for president!

April 6, 2000
The Iranian

Satirist Ebrahim Nabavi received the sixth highest number of votes (nearly 5 percent) in the Iranian of the year survey >>> GO TO FEATURE


Mystery report
It could have prevented the invasion of Iran in World War II

By Fereydoun Hoveyda
April 6, 2000
The Iranian

Anoshiravan Sepahbody was Iran's ambassador in Ankara from 1940 to 1944. In early July 1941, Ismet Inonu, then Turkey's President had urgently called him and divulged that the British ambassador had mentioned the question of Iran and the indifference of Tehran concerning the Allies warnings about the German technicians in Iran... My uncle had immediately informed Tehran about Inonu's confidential views, but had received no answer to his report. ... Why did he not respond to the Allies or at least discuss with them the ways to control the activities of German experts working for the Iranian government? >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
A novel

By Bernace Charles
The Iranian

Chapter Fifty-Three >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran, US almost speaking terms again 20 years after rupture

TEHRAN, April 6 (AFP) - Although Iran has been taking one step forward and another back in its dance around dialogue with the United States, the two appear to be drawing closer 20 years after they broke off diplomatic ties.

The two sides ended their diplomatic relationship April 7, 1980, following the seizure of the US embassy and its staff in Tehran in the wake of the revolution that toppled the shah, and the United States was derided as the Great Satan >>> FULL TEXT


BIG deal!

ABC World News Tonight
April 5, 2000, Wednesday

PETER JENNINGS, anchor: Finally this evening, change, but ever so carefully. The Supreme Court in Iran has taken another very careful step today to expand social freedoms in the Islamic republic. The court says it will no longer be a crime to have immodest pictures or videos, as the court put it, if they're for personal use >>> FULL TEXT

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Comments on April Fools article

* Prozac

R. Shirazi writes: Okay -- time out. Some of the reactions I have read regarding that BRILLIANT piece about Albright in Iran ["Albright in Tehran"], almost make me want to go back to being a pre-med major so I can one day arm myself with prescriptive mood drugs.

Several of you are in SERIOUS need of PROZAC and you need to learn how to appreciate humor better. People, it's funny! Stop taking yourselves so seriously; you won't be as stressed out or get as many wrinkles, which would save you some money on all that plastic surgery.

Keep all this dourness up and you'll end up looking like Madeleine Albright! Personally, I think laugh lines are much more attractive.

* Stupid

Dr. Sikaroudi writes: I was not very impressed with the stupid article that you put forward in your site ["Albright in Tehran"]. In the beginning of the article I really thought that there had been a visit by Albright, but then realized that it was mereley meant to be a 13th day funny joke. Perhaps in the future it would be better to target non -political matters as a subject for our sizde-be-dar.

* Even Albright will laugh

Sepehr Sohrab writes: I was going to complement you on your April Fools article ["Albright in Tehran"], but did not. However, now that I have read some absurd comments against it I will put my two cents in.

It was a very funny and creative joke. Why we Iranians are so contradictive? the gentlemen who exercised his poetic Farsi (Antar...) and the other who asked you not to send such articles, where did they come from and which school of thought do they subscribe to? It was for fun, nobody was insulted and I am sure if Secretary Albright reads it she will laugh whole heatedly.

If we want to get mad at some one, we should get mad at those people who have done an April Fools joke on Iran for the past .... years (pick your number, and believe me it is not 20).

Do put out some more of this type of humor, as it's obvious it's a joke (although I was totally fooled by the first two paragraphs).

* Beh shaqiqeh rabt daareh

Farzin Forooghi writes: One day a passerby saw Molla Nasreddin looking down at the ground in front of his house very diligently as if he was searching for something. He asked politely, "Molla! Are you looking for something? Can I help you look for it?" Molla replied very graciously, "Yes. That would be very kind of you". So the passerby joined in the search for the lost item >>> FULL TEXT

Conference: Iranian studies, Washington DC

The Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, sponsored by the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) and the Society of Iranian Studies (SIS) will be held at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. The conference will begin on the evening of May 25, with on-site registration, the opening of the Book Exhibit, and the inauguration of an art exhibit featuring works from the collection of the Encyclopaedia Iranica >>> DETAILS HERE


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Khatami urged to settle Iran police-judiciary row

TEHRAN, April 6 (Reuters) - The head of Iran's secret police urged President Mohammad Khatami to intervene to settle a row with the judiciary over the custody of suspects held for shooting a top reformer. Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi accused the judiciary of cutting short a high-profile inquiry by his services into last month's murder attempt against Saeed Hajjarian, a close ally of Khatami, by demanding custody of the suspects >>> FULL TEXT

USDA could promote sales to sanctioned countries

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) - The Agriculture Department could issue funds to promote U.S. food and agricultural sales in countries, such as Iran and Cuba, which are currently subject to U.S. sanctions, a top official said on Thursday. `There's no real ban on that now,'' Tim Galvin, administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service, told reporters after a speech to a cattle industry group.>>> FULL TEXT

European Jewish Congress announces protest campaign for 21 suspects

PARIS, April 6 (AFP) - The European Jewish Congress announced Wednesday a pan-European protest campaign aimed at saving 13 Iranian Jews and eight Iranian Muslims accused of spying in Iran and under threat of execution. Several rallies have been slated for the next few days in a number of European capitals, the Congress said in a statement sent to AFP >>> FULL TEXT

Iran defence minister to visit Saudi, envoy says

DUBAI, April 6 (Reuters) - Iran's Defence Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani will visit Saudi Arabia in the next few weeks as relations between the two Gulf states improve, the Iranian ambassador in Riyadh said on Thursday. ``I can confirm that the defence minister will visit Saudi Arabia during the current month of Muharram,'' Ambassador Mohammad Reza Nouri said, referring to the Islamic month which runs to early May >>> FULL TEXT

Denmark, Iran open "new chapter" in relations

TEHRAN, April 5 (AFP) - Denmark and Iran are opening a "new chapter" in their relations, and those between the European Union and Iran, after two decades of cool ties, the Danish foreign minister said Wednesday. "I am the first Danish foreign minister to come to Iran in 25 years," Niels Helveg Petersen told a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazi >>> FULL TEXT

55 tons of drugs seized in Iranian province

TEHRAN, April 5 (AFP) - Iranian police announced on Wednesday that 55 tons of narcotics, including five tons of morphine and heroin, had been seized in the eastern Khorassan province bordering Afghanistan in the past year. The drugs were seized during 272 anti-narcotic operations, provincial police chief General Bahram Noruzi told official Iranian news agency IRNA >>> FULL TEXT

Oil price rise pushed Iran '99 exports to EU

April 5, DUBAI -(Dow Jones)- Higher oil prices helped Iran restore its trade surplus with the European Union last year, with exports increasing 26%, according to figures obtained by the official Islamic Republic News Agency from Eurostat. Iranian exports rose by EUR1 billion from 1998 to EUR4.7 billion in 1999, with the upturn most evident in the final quarter of 1999, IRNA reported >>> FULL TEXT

Veteran actor dies

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Veteran TV and motion pictures actor Nematollah Gorji has died >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Samira Makhmalbaf's latest film is ready

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Samira Makhmalbaf's "Takhteh siaah" (Blackboard), which is in Kurdish with Persian subtitles, is ready for screening >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Culture ministry backs off

Tehran (Hamshahri) - The culture ministry's hands-off policy toward the upcoming international book fair in Tehran has encouraged publishers >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Widespread reaction to Iran's defeat

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Iran's defeat against Bahrain is being treated as a national disgrace of historic proportions. EVERYONE is up in arms >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Derakhshan: Bahrain was not good, we were bad

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Hamid Derakhshan, head coach of Iran's national youth team, says the Iranian team's defeat was due to lack of coordination and physical weakness >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Mazloomi: What happens without Daei?

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Gholam-Hossein Mazloomi, one of Iran's best all-time goal scorers, says Iran had only one tactic: sending high balls to Ali Daei >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Hajjarian attackers in Judiciary custody

With recent arguments ensuing behind the scenes of the Hajjarian attack and over the accused obtaining a fair trial, Mehdi Sharif talks to Shirin Ebadi, Ahmad Salamatian and Morteza Kazemian about the significance of the attackers being transferred into Judiciary custody >>> LISTEN HERE

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Hajjarian [Iranian of the year]: For being a symbol of the Iranian evolution, political maturity, freedom of press and expression.

-- Azita Tajaddini
"Symbol of evolution"
The Iranian
April 6, 2000

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