The Iranian Times

Wednesday, January 13, 1999/ Dey 23, 1377, No. 643

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Young artist shows great promise

Reyhaneh Jami's package arrived from London this week. She had nine photographs from a recent art project carefully placed between orange and yellow hard paper.

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If you know what I mean

From a reader of The Iranian Times

I came back from Iran yesterday. I stayed two weeks. As usual, it was great to see the family and smell Iran (as polluted-dirty Tehran smells nowadays!).

MY BRIEF EYE WITNESS REPORT: Inflation is worse than ever and people (especially the government employee types) are visibly frustrated and disgruntled. You can find just about any of life's nicer things that are available in any modern society (you name it!) but all of that is affordable only to about 5-10 percent of Iranian society. The great economical divide frightens me to no end. This is certainly a recipe for a social explosion that will make the last revolution look like a UAW labor walk out!

At the same time, the politics of the ongoing power struggle are developing even more strangely. The Intelligence Ministry scandal that was revealed on January 5 has the classic signs of an attempt for a quarterback rush (if you know what I mean), possibly orchestrated by the radical clergy themselves (popular rumor/belief) who may fear that the leader Khamenei's extreme lack of popular support may have slowly become a liability for the entire establishment!


    Iranian "Rambo" kills seven drug traffickers

    TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - Seven Afghan drug traffickers were shot dead when the Iranian militiaman they were holding hostage freed himself and then gunned them down "Rambo"-style, the Qods newspaper reported Wednesday.

    The unidentified militiaman, who had been held captive by the traffickers for four days in their remote hilly hideout in Torbat-e-Heydarieh, managed to break free and turn on the Afghans.

    He shot dead seven of the 10-member gang in the battle on Tuesday while the other three managed to escape.

    The militiaman received a hero's welcome in Torbat-e-Heydarieh, a small town in Khorasan province on the Afghan border, where the bodies of the dead traffickers were put on public display.

    The local government announced it would reward the soldier's courage with a pilgrimage trip to Syria.

    Iran, especially Khorasan province, is a major transit route for drugs shipped from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe and the Gulf Arab states.

    The authorities have waged a high-profile effort to fight drug trafficking in recent years.


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Iran, Britain to exchange ambassadors soon: paper

TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - Iran and Britain are to upgrade their diplomatic relations to ambassadorial level following their agreement over the British writer Salman Rushdie, a newspaper here reported Wednesday. The English-language Iran News, which is considered close to Iran's foreign ministry, said the two countries would promote their respective charges d'affaires Nicholas Browne and Gholamreza Ansari to ambassadors ... FULL TEXT

Health concerns over lack of women's physical activities

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Lack of sports and physical activities is causing health concerns young women. Major feature in Hamshahri ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Historic bath to be preserved

Tehran (Hamshahri) - The historic Sheikh Bahai public bath in Isfahan has been registered as a national monument and will come under the preservation activities of the Cultural Heritage Foundation ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

"Waiting for Godot"

Tehran (Hamshahri) - "Waiting for Godot" -- Samuel Beckett's classic play -- is now playing in Tehran, but Hamshahri's review is not favorable. The Persian translation of the text is well done - the play itself is not ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Iran vs. Egypt

Tehran (Iran) - Iran and Egypt's national soccer teams, Asia and Africa's reigning champions, will hold official "inter-continental" matches in Tehran and Cairo this year ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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