Thursday, January 21, 1999/ Bahman 1, 1377, No. 649
I can hardly contain my joy! It has been a few months since I returned home from a trip to France to see Our Boys play. My pictures have been developed, thank-you letters have been posted and I have shared the details of my trip with friends many times.Yet, each time as I talk about my experiences, my feeling of pride and joy brings tears of happiness to my eyes. (Read about FIFA award)
So lucky to have had a chance to see Our Boys play a friendly match with a local team in Yssingeaux. To be so close as to hear them call out their next move, to see their faces light up to find a group of Iranian fans calling out their names.
So lucky to be able to ask them for pictures and to see them come over with smiles and appreciation. To answer questions warmly and oblige requests for signatures so graciously.
So lucky to have had a chance to get so close and to talk to so many of them individually and to hear their plans for the World Cup games. To see their handsome faces full of smiles when I told them how cute they are! ... GO TO FEATURE
Book of the Week
The Tragedy of Sohrab and Rostam
Foruhar killers used film ploy to enter home
TEHRAN, Jan 21 (AFP) - The murderers of Iranian dissident Daryush Foruhar and his wife killed the couple after entering their home on the pretext of making a film, a judicial official was quoted as saying on Thursday. Mohammad Niazi, a prosecutor with a military court investigating the case, also said that someone close to Foruhar, probably a member of his secular nationalist party, accompanied the killers ... FULL TEXT
"Murderers confess" to recent crimes
U.S. moving toward looser sanctions on Iran
Prague, 20 January 1999 (RFE/RL) -- The following is an RFE/RL interview with Ambassador Robert H. Pelletreau, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near-Eastern Affairs under President Bill Clinton and now a lawyer and an advocate for improving U.S.-Iran relations. Our correspondent asked Ambassador Pelletreau to speculate on the likely direction U.S. trade sanctions on Iran will take in the months ahead ... FULL TEXT
Iran blasts US sanctions on Russia
TEHRAN, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Iran slammed as ``gross interference'' sanctions imposed by the United States against three Russian institutes over their ties with Tehran, newspapers reported on Thursday. ``The ... propaganda campaign launched by the United States is aimed at damaging relations between Iran and Russia,'' said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi, quoted by the daily Iran News ... FULL TEXT
FIFA fair play award to Iran, the US, and Northern Ireland
Zurich, 20 January 1999, (FIFA) - The FIFA Fair Play Prize for 1998 has been awarded jointly to the national associations of Iran, the United States and Northern Ireland. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said the joint award was proof of football's role as a mediating force. "In the middle of the World Cup, the Iranians and Americans provided a powerful demonstration of the effects of fair play when they not only joined in the spirit of FIFA's Fair Play Day on 21 June by posing together for the photographers before their match in Lyon, but also exchanged flowers and gifts among the players," said Blatter ... FULL TEXT... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Mahdavi-Kia signs 2 million mark deal with German team
Updated Jan 20
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An elegant tribute to the flamboyant artist who once quipped, "That's not writing. It's typing."
Reports coming in indicated some irregularity in holding the ceremony mainly by those who [were] stranded outside the mosque.
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