The next India?
Iranian software industry
February 29, 2000
As Iran seeks ways to diversify its export base and move away from
over-reliance on oil exports, both the government and private sector seek
high-value added industries where Iran could have a competitive advantage.
In the following interview Ahmad Kiarostami, managing director of Negah,
one of Iran's leading software companies, discussed Iran's potentials and
shortcomings in this area. The interview also reveals the potential of
a dangerous new development affecting Iranian Internet service providers.
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Conspiracy at Desert One
By Bernace Charles
Twenty-One & Twenty-Three >>>
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Iran´s self-fulfilling prophecy
By SUSAN SACHS
The New York Times
February 27, 2000
TEHRAN, Iran -- The best-selling books here these days are all by jailbirds.
Among the hottest are the bound transcripts of defense arguments from the
trials of an iconoclast Muslim cleric, Abdullah Nouri, and the activist
former mayor of Tehran, Gholamhossein Karbaschi. Even the essays of the
journalist and erstwhile hostage-taker Abbas Abdi -- the same ones that
landed him in prison when he published them in his magazine last year --
have been reprinted in paperback and fly off the shelves of Tehran's busy
book shops. >>>
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
Commending the people of Iran for their commitment to the democratic
process and positive political reform on the occasion of Iran's parliamentary
Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That
(1) commends the people of Iran for their commitment to the democratic
(2) congratulates reformist parliamentarians on their recent electoral
victory ... >>>
* Kiss the hands
Hodjabr Hakimi writes:
Thank you very much for publishing Ms. Amimi's paintings ["Hand
me a pillow"]. It was high time for our painters to come out of
their restrictive shell and express themselves freely.
The works of Ms. Amini is a breath of fresh air much like what our late
Forough Farrokhzad brought to our poetry. The only thing I can say is that
I wish I could kiss the hands that worked on these paintings. What marvelous,
refreshing, thought provoking works of art.
I wish Ms. Amini well and The Iranian, which provides us with
the opportunity to discover highly talented compatriots.
* Deltang o beegharaar
Pezhman Kayedan writes:
Mr. President, man 13 saal-e pish vatan raa tark kardam. Az roozi ke shomaa
President shodid kheili doost daashatam keh biyaam beh vatan, amaa hanooz
ehsaas raahti nadaaram ["Dialogue
omidavaaram keh shomaa va melat betavaanid keh emkaan-e bargasht bataa-ye
iraaniaan khaarej az vatan raa raaht-tar konid keh maa in tars raa az del
biroon konim va pedar va maadar va saayer khaanevaadeh raa bebinim chon
man 11 saalam bood keh aamadm khaarej vali hich-jaa vatan nemisheh.
hameh-ye iraaniaan vatan raa doost daaram va aarezoie movafaghiat. bebakhshid
agar faarsi khoob naneveshtam.
deltang o beegharaar az U.S.A I hope you win again.
Academic: Science award
February 27, 2000 -- D.N. Rahni was the recipient of the first prize,
13th Algorithm (Al-Khawrazmi) Scientific International Award. The Award,
bestowed by the Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Galileo Violini
the Regional Director of UNESCO, is named after the 8th century Persian
Mathematician, Philosopher and Historian, and is co-sponsored by the UNDP,
UNESCO, and the Third World Academy of Sciences among others (www.irost.com
select "Award" then, "International"). There were nominees
form 43 countries >>> DETAILS
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Books & Music from Iran
Eleven new books from Iran! Esmail Fassih's latest novel; history of
Tudeh officers, a film script about the life of the Shah; Iran's best selling
novel; eight short stories by Sadegh Hedayat and... >>>
New music albums
* Taherzadeh, Manochehr: Aakharin
barg * Eyvazi, Mohammad Reza. : Rangin
kamaan * Banan.: Shaakh-e
gol (2) * Ta'rif, Sadiq: Maah
baanoo * Lachini, Fariborz: Paaeez-e
talaaee ... >>>
Iranian national soccer team
Three hours of interviews, trainings, matches, Biographies, and fans
of Iranian National Soccer Team, covering Iran's soccer history from 1978-2000.
Premium quality. Produced by: Alireza AmirGhasemi & Behrouz Deravi.
Copyright © Abadan Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved.
May not be duplicated or distributed in any form
Iran students narrate beatings
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An ex-police chief accused of ordering a brutal
crackdown on university students went on trial Tuesday in a landmark civil
rights case in Iran, where reformists are urging respect for laws often
flouted by hard-line vigilantes. One student testified he was beaten by
police and vigilantes and thrown out a third-floor dormitory window. Another
showed the judge his hollow eye socket, saying he had been hit by a tear
gas canister >>> FULL TEXT
Police go on trial over unrest violence
Feb 29 (AFP) - Twenty Iranian policemen went on trial before a military
court here Tuesday for their actions in quelling a student demonstration
last July which sparked off the worst unrest in Iran in some 20 years >>>
Turkey, Iran in war of words after Ecevit
blasts "oppressive" clergy
Feb 29 (AFP) - Neighbouring Turkey and Iran were deep into another angry
war of words Tuesday as former Turkish prime minister Mesut Yilmaz said
Iran's "oppressive" clerical regime was on the verge of collapse
>>> FULL TEXT
U.S. General: Iran Is long-range threat
WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite impressive political gains by moderates,
Iran's hard-liners remain in control and are moving ahead with ballistic
missile and nuclear weapons programs, the leader of U.S. military forces
in the Persian Gulf said Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT
Iran asks West's help with nuclear safety
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran, vowing it has no ambition to develop nuclear
weapons, wants Western experts to help ensure its nuclear power plants conform
to top international safety standards. Asadollah Sabouri, vice president
of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, said Tuesday Iran's first nuclear
power plant, under construction with Russian help in the Gulf port of Bushehr,
had been deprived of top-quality supervision because of Western sanctions
on ``dual-use'' technology >>> FULL TEXT
Guardian Council rejects privatisation
& forces measures back to parliament
Feb 29 (AFP) - The Iranian parliament on Wednesday will re-open debate on
President Mohammad Khatami's ambitious plan to privatise major state-held
industries after it was rejected by a supervisory council, sources said
>>> FULL TEXT
Iran approves Caspian Sea oil and gas exploration
Feb 29 (AFP) - Iran cleared its oil ministry Tuesday to go ahead with projects
to seek out and develop oil and gas deposits in the Caspian Sea, a move
that will involve foreign partners. The project, passed by parliament, means
the state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) can go ahead with the
search for crude oil and gas deposits in the sea off the north of Iran >>>
(Asr-e Azadegan) - Why was director Ahmadreza Darvish abducted and questioned?
Apparently he used to be allied with the conservatives. Not anymore, judging
from his latest film >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - Iran's book distribution netwrok is clearly
not working. Who's at fault? Publishers >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Asr-e Azadegan) - And in the music scene: A new production
by Kamkars and latested performances by women singers (for women only) >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - Ali Parvin gloating over his team's victory
over Esteqlal >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - More on Payan Rafat's terrific performance
against Esteqlal. He has a bright future agead of him >>> FULL
TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) - And at the Esteqlal camp... silence >>>
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Another poetry site. This one has the works of famous poets.
Very well done.
of the Planet
The online companion to the radio show of the same name,
Pulse of the Planet is what the Earth sounds like.
It was a nightmare ... The word cruelty doesn't describe what they did.
They beat us with sticks, iron pipes, chains.
-- Ali Noruzi, student testifying in police prutality trial
February 29, 2000
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chief on trial