Thursday November 9, 2000 / Aban 19, 1379, No. 1104
Thanks to Abbas Atrvash
Rahe Kargar: Leaking names of official assassins >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Kayhan: Amirahmadi says reformists move too fast >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
I would shake the dust from my coat, and rise
If I realized my own perfection.
I would rush to the sky, empty and light;
My head would be high as the ninth heaven.
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Akbar Ganji says he was tortured in prison
TEHRAN, Nov 9 (AFP) - Prominent pro-reform Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji told reporters Thursday he had been tortured in prison when he arrived at Tehran's revolutionary court for trial in connection with an "anti-Islamic" political conference in Berlin earlier this year. The outspoken journalist and ally of reformist President Mohammad Khatami was hauled into court by prison guards, where he told reporters that he had been "beaten and tortured by four people" while in prison >>> FULL TEXT
Prosecutor demands death penalty in Berlin seminar trial
TEHRAN, Nov 9 (AFP) - The prosecution in Tehran's revolutionary court asked Thursday for a death sentence against a former communist, Khalil Rostam-Khani, 47, who is alleged to have organised an "anti-Islamic" conference in Berlin in April. Prosecutor Abdollah Sharifi said Rostam-Khani should be sentenced under article 186 of Iran's penal code which prescribes the death penalty for "waging war on God." >>> FULL TEXT
Khatami to attend Doha summit: official
TEHRAN, Nov 9 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami will take part in the upcoming Islamic summit in Doha following Qatar's decision to break ties with Israel, his office said Thursday. "Qatar has announced that it is severing its relations with Israel and closing the Zionist regime's office in Doha. Iran is pleased that Qatar has taken into account the wish of Muslim countries and Muslims all over the world, and therefore President Khatami, chairman of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, will go to the summit," an official statement said >>> FULL TEXT
Police in Persian Gulf island to set up coastal unit against refugees
TEHRAN, Nov 9 (AFP) - Police in Iran's free-trade zone Persian Gulf island of Kish are planning to deploy coastal forces to stop Afghan refugees landing on the island, the official IRIB broadcasting agency said in a web-report Thursday. According to an official from Kish island's police, cited by the agency, some 2,470 Afghan refugees had already been expelled from the island, and the fate of another 300 is expected to be decided on within the next month >>> FULL TEXT
Iranian companies happily testing Iraqi waters
BAGHDAD, Nov 9 (AFP) - As further proof that former foes Iran and Iraq are improving relations, around 50 Iranian companies are taking part in the Baghdad International Trade Fair with a view to getting a hold in the Iraqi market. "We are in Baghdad to test out the Iraq market," said Ali Hatami, export manager for Govah, which supplies spare parts for Mercedes >>> FULL TEXT
American films on Iranian TV
Tehran (Cinema) -- For the first time since the revolution, Iranian state television will broadcast recent American films on a regular basis. Films currently being dubbed include Stanley Kubrik's "Full Metal Jacket" and Rob Reiner's "Misery" >>> FULL TEXT
"Blackboard" box office record
Tehran (Cinema) -- Samira Makhmalbaf's "Blackbroad" has sold more tickets in a few days in Paris than any other Iranian film. The previous record for most tickets sold by an Iranian film was Kiarostami's "Taste of Cherry" >>> FULL TEXT
Baizaie's latest nearly ready
Mahdavikia's Hamburg miss second round
Hamburg - November 8 (Iran Sports Press) -- Mehdi Mahdavikia's HSV missed the second round of the Champions League, because Panathinaikos Athens beat Juventus 3:1 at home, but the hanseatic team plays in the UEFA-Cup and starts in it´s 3rd round. The only chance for Hamburg was, that neither Athens nor Torino win the match >>> FULL TEXT
Iranian hearing-impaired win Asian title
Taiwan - November 8 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian National Hearing Impaired Football Team defeated Saudi Arabia in a penalty shoot out to win the football component 6th Asian Hearing Impaired Games. Iran managed to defeat Saudi Arabia in a penalty shoot out.
Rahmanov's visit to Iran described successful
Presidents of Iran and Tajikistan expressed satisfaction with the results of their meeting in Teheran. They signed a series of economic agreements whereby Iran will give a credit of twenty five million dollars to Tajikistan for specific projects. Both Presidents also called for an end to the continuing war in Afghanistan. Sohrab Zia reports from Dushanbe >>> LISTEN HERE
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New reformist daily in Iran.
In the proud tradition of the stinky meat project (and it's follow-up stinky feet project) comes the Fat Project. The goal? To turn the tables on the weight loss industry and gain 30 pounds in 30 days.
The point is that the new Iranian intellectual is no longer entitled to play the role of a prophet or a hero. He/she is in the Iranian public space to demystify ideological fanaticisms and not to preach them. In short what all this means is that the new Iranian intellectual has finally returned to earth, to here and now, after decades of ideological temptations looking for salvation in eschatological constructions.
-- Ramin Jahanbegloo
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