Thursday, January 14, 1999/ Dey 24, 1377, No. 644
Reading the diaries of Nasseredin Shah (1848 - 1896) is pure entertainment. The man, who is very comfortable with his title as Qebleye Alam (divine center of the world, more or less), writes about the most vain and bizarre events that frequently invite chuckles.
But the following pages (in Persian) reprinted in Par magazine (Dey 1377 / January 1999) also say a lot not just about Nasseredin Shah but our rulers in general. How in the world do they reach the top and stay on top? And what does that say about us in the bottom? ... GO TO FEATURE
Mory [Morteza] Ejabat in $20 billion deal
By Jessica Hall
NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Top executives from Lucent Technologies Inc. and Ascend Communications Inc. began talking last year, but the companies only became merger bound after prodding from their customers and they discovered a shared vision of the future.
Lucent, the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment, on Wednesday confirmed it would buy data networking company Ascend for about $20 billion in stock.
While Wall Street and the media speculated for more than a year that the two would merge, Lucent Chairman Rich McGinn said they took their first steps toward a deal in June, when he initially met Ascend Chief Executive Mory [Morteza] Ejabat ... FULL TEXT
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Iran to jail, flog militants for beating officials
TEHRAN, Jan 14 (Reuters) - An Iranian court
has condemned three militants to lashings and jail terms of up to 18 months
for assaulting members of moderate President Mohammad Khatami's cabinet,
a newspaper reported on Thursday. The daily Iran said the court sentenced
Amir Farshad Ebrahimi to an 18-month term and 40 lashes in connection with
the attack by a group of hardliners on liberal Culture and Islamic Guidance
Minister Ataollah Mohajerani and then Vice- President Abdollah Nouri at
a public event in September. Kiyanoush Mozaffari and Babak Shahrestani were
each given a six-month jail sentence and 20 lashes for the attack in which
Mohajerani was reported to have been slightly injured, said the newspaper,
which is published by Iran's official news agency IRNA ... FULL TEXT
Jannati strongly denies he tried to undermine khatami
Tehran, Jan 14, IRNA - Ayatollah ahmad jannati, secretary of the
council of guardians, thursday denied foreign media reports that he had
travelled to qom to obtain the consent of senior religious leaders of the
holy city, to declare president seyed mohammad khatami incompetent ... FULL
Russia to triple number of nuke workers in Iran
MOSCOW, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Fresh U.S. accusations that Moscow is helping Tehran build nuclear weapons and missiles have flared at a time when Russia plans to more than triple its staff of nuclear workers in Iran, an official said on Thursday. A spokesman for the Atomic Energy Ministry told Reuters on Thursday Russia will increase its staff at the site of the Bushehr civilian nuclear reactor in Iran over the next few months to 1,000 people from about 300 now ... FULL TEXT
British diplomat in Iran for talks on ties, Iraq
TEHRAN, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A senior British Foreign Office official held talks with Iranian officials on relations between Tehran and London and on the Iraqi crisis, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported on Thursday. Bahram Qassemi, director-general for Western European affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry, told Derek Plumbly: ``Iran is seriously determined to remove obstacles and to boost bilateral relations based on the talks and agreements between the two countries' foreign ministers in New York,'' IRNA said ... FULL TEXT
MAPNA set for fierce Iran energy race
DUBAI, Jan 14 (Reuters) - MAPNA, a little-known
Iranian firm specialising in thermal power plants, looks poised to be a
tough competitor in the fierce international race for Iran's lucrative oil
and gas ventures. MAPNA -- the Iran Power Plant Projects Management Co.
-- made its debut in Iranian oil by clinching a $347 million deal to build
a Caspian Sea pipeline, beating Italian, British, German, Russian, South
Korean and Saudi competitors. Armed with connections in Iran's oil industry
and business and government circles, the company set up in 1993 has ambitions
to penetrate Iran's energy scene ... FULL TEXT
Iran interested in Berti Vogts as national football coach
Jan 14, 1999, Deutsche Presse-Agentur Teheran (dpa) - Iran is interested
in hiring former German helmsman Berti Vogts as national team coach, the
Teheran daily Sobh'e Emruz reported Thursday. ``Vogts is the best option
for the national team,'' the daily reported in reference to IFF negotiations
with several foreign coaches ... FULL TEXT
Updated Jan 14
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Beautifully done by Pedram Missaghi, with tons of info on Sayyad's rich body of work. WARNING: Nostalgia-packed!
AC Cobra 427, Volkswagen Beetle, or... It's your vote.
In short, the time has come for us as American and Iranian citizens to
apply our mutual energy, intellect, and goodwill toward strengthening relations
between our two countries, as their destinies are intertwined.
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