Thursday, February 4, 1999/ Bahman 15, 1377, No. 659
By Shahin Shahin
I went to Tehran last month. It was my second visit this past two years, and the second in twenty one years. I have traveled to many countries in the world, and have driven in quite a few of them, but nothing can prepare you for the gladiatorial struggles of men and machine that occur on the streets of Tehran. It is without the doubt, the craziest thing I have seen in my life. The second craziest thing I have ever seen was bull fighting, but even that had its rules, which everyone observed.
The Tehran streets' version of bull fighting spectacle has few Tehrani flavors, but the main theme is basically the same. You will get into your car, and instantly become a vicious conqueror (a bloodthirsty matador), out to grab as much glory and trophy as you can on your way ... GO TO FEATURE
Unprecedented carnival adds spice to Iran's revolution festivities
TEHRAN, Feb 4 (AFP) - Thousands of Iranians took to the streets of their capital Thursday for a "caravan of joy" as the Islamic regime jazzed up celebrations for its 20th anniversary with an unprecedented street festival.
The convoy of amateur actors, dancers and musicians drew Iranians of all ages as it wound its way along Revolution Street, one of the capital's main thoroughfares.
Youngsters on rollerskates donned cartoon character masks as folk musicians from across the country and dancers in traditional costume gave the festivities a carnival atmosphere ... FULL TEXT
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By Desmond Harney
Rial recovers, but economic worries remain
TEHRAN, Feb 4 (Reuters) - The Iranian rial has recovered somewhat after recent plunges against hard currencies, but traders and economists remain concerned about the economic impact of the currency's fall. On Tehran's illegal but active black market, dealers on Thursday were trading the rial at 8,100 to the dollar compared to about 8,700 rials per dollar three days ago. Traders said the rial improved after police rounded up dozens of street dealers since Tuesday. The currency is still 11 percent lower against the dollar compared to two weeks ago ... FULL TEXT
Chirac: Paris looking forward to Khatami's visit
Paris, Feb. 4, IRNA - french president jacques chirac said here wednesday evening that paris is impatiently looking forward to the upcoming visit to france of president mohammad khatami. he made the remark in a meeting with iranian foreign minister kamal kharrazi who wound up his official visit to france wednesday night ... FULL TEXT
Iran, Afghan Taleban hold first high-level talks
TEHRAN, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A top official of the Afghan Taleban government has met Iranian officials in the first high-level talks between the two neighbours which have had tense relations, newspapers reported on Wednesday. They quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry as saying Wakil Ahmad Mutawakil, a top spokesman of the Afghan Taleban, held talks in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates with Iranian officials on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT
Iran rejects Palestinian accusations of bombing campaign "plot"
TEHRAN, Feb 4 (AFP) - Iran strongly denied Thursday Palestinian Authority accusations that it is organising a wave of suicide bombings against Israeli targets to favour the re-election of hardline Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Iranian foreign ministry "strongly rejected" claims made by the Palestinian police that Iranians were planning a wave of suicide bombings in cooperation with the Palestinian militant group Hamas ... FULL TEXT
Iran says Germany should do more to improve ties
TEHRAN, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian official said in remarks published on Thursday that Germany should do more to improve bilateral ties damaged by political rows. ``Our response to Germany will depend on their behaviour. The policies of the previous government in Bonn led to Germany's exclusion from Iran's economic, trade and cultural sectors,'' Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmoud Vaezi told the daily Iran News ... FULL TEXT
Iranian player may face tough sanctions
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Ali Karimi, a member of Iran's under-21 "Omid" soccer team, is expected to face tough sanctrions from Asian soccer authorities for pulling off the referee's shirt and kicking him during an international match ... IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN
Iranians in 2,000 U.S. census
The US Census 2000 is approaching very rapidly. Every Iranian American related group, association, and organization must immediately articulate a strategy including education, and full participation by all in the Iranian American community to respond to the Census, while citing their original cultural heritage ... FULL TEXT
Updated Feb 4
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No mercy (even in traffic)
Mercy is not in your vocabulary. You will not take the opponents alive. Once you have slain the beasts, you will proudly cut its ear off and throw it in triumph at the feet of the hapless traffic police, whom are made to stand all day and be a witness to the carnage as a punishment for some unknown sin they may have committed in this life, or the one past.
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