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Iranians start own probe of Gothenburg disco blaze
STOCKHOLM, Nov 4 (AFP) - A group of Iranians have launched their own
probe into last week's tragic dance hall fire in Gothenburg that killed
63 people and injured 162, the daily Svenska Dagbladet newspaper reported
The group wants to gather information about the tragedy from survivors,
media and other witnesses, to determine what caused the fire.
Most of those who perished are of Iranian, Iraqi, Yugoslav, Ethiopian
or Latin American origin.
"We are not saying we don't trust the Swedish authorities,"
Saied Taghavi, spokesperson of the Iranian Association in Sweden, told
"But the investigations following the Estonia sinking and the Palme
murder have proved private initiatives may be useful."
The February 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in Stockholm
has yet to be solved by police.
The final report of the Estonia sinking, in which 852 people died in
September 1994, was only completed early this year, nearly four years after
Swedish police expressed strong disapproval of the private Iranian investigation,
saying it could hamper the official probe.
"If we find any interesting information, we would of course immediately
give it to the police," said Kavos Aryomand, a member of the Iranian
He added that the group would not present any conclusions before the
official investigation was completed.An incredible film.
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Please distribute this to everyone you know (on Earth, that is).
When John Glenn returns from space, everybody dress in ape suits. We
have 4 days in which to bury the Statue of Liberty up to her head.
* Laughed and cried
"Disney Fan" writes: I enjoyed your "War,
Iranian style" strory very much! As an American with many Persian
friends, I never understood the ritual until I read your story. I laughed
till I cried and now am fully able to participate in the war game. Very
good work indeed!
* Ta'rof is a Tehrani thing
Reebaha writes: This ta'rof business is used a lot by Tehranis ["War,
Iranian style"]. I grew up in Khuzestan, although we are known
for khoongarmi and mehman-navazi, this ta'rof business was
not an issue at the same level as Tehranis. Don't get me wrong but not
every Iranian is from Tehran, although it seems that way with a lot of
Iranians overseas. Suddenly everyone is bache Tehroon -- but it's
not true! So I suggest your byline should say, "By A Tehrani."
* Lecture: Influence of other cultures
The Society of Iranian American Professionals (SIP) invites you to attend
a free Seminar presented by Mrs. Golestaneh, on "A General View on
the Influence of Other Countries on the Iranian Culture and Civilization."
This free seminar will be held at:
Location: Collin County Community College, Room C-104 2800 E. Spring
Creek PKWY, East of FWY 75 First right E. of Jupiter in Plano, Texas (northern
suburb of Dallas).
Date: Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact (972) 380-8898. Looking forward
to your attendance.
Book of the Week
New Food of Life:
Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies
By Najmieh Khalili Batmanglij
Click here to read about this book
New! Books on Rumi
Iran's first private news agency gets licence
TEHRAN, Nov 5 (Reuters) - The Iranian government
has granted a licence for the country's first private news agency, Iranian
television said on Thursday. Fars News Agency, named after a province which
was a cradle of Iranian civilisation, will be launched by next March, the
television quoted the agency's head as saying... FULL TEXT
Khodadad Azizi eliminated from national
Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - The man who took Iran to its
first World Cup soccer games in 20 years with a last minute goal against
Australia has apparently been left out of the new national team lineup ...
FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Iran to sell draft exemptions for $1,700
TEHRAN, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Iran has put a price tag
on mandatory military service, allowing young men to buy their way out of
a 21-month hitch in the army for $1,700 and up. Under rules approved by
the government, exemption fees ranged from 11.5 million rials ($3,800 at
the official exchange rate) for those without high school degrees to about
three times that for doctorate holders, the daily Resalat said on Wednesday...
U.N. investigator ``horrified'' by Taleban
UNITED NATIONS, Nov 5 (Reuters) - A U.N. human
rights investigator said on Thursday he was ``horrified'' by the latest
reports from Afghanistan, where thousands of people were said to have been
killed when Taleban forces captured the areas of Mazar-i-Sharif and Bamiyan.
``The scale of violations in Afghanistan and suffering of the civilian population
warrants the urgent attention of the world community,'' said Choong-Hyun
Paik of South Korea, a special rapporteur for the U.N. Human Rights Commission
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U.S. govt rejects Iran oil deal, signals
WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. government
has rejected one of two requests it was considering from American companies
looking for permission to do oil-swap deals with Iran. The rejection --
together with remarks earlier this week by President Clinton's advisor on
Caspian energy policy in which he said such oil-swap deals might detour
oil from the U.S.'s preferred trade route via Azerbaijan and Turkey -- suggests
the administration's policy is still firmly against allowing U.S. companies
to deal with Iran ... FULL TEXT
Books in Iran
Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - Weekly report on latest published
books ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tajik pianist on Iran
Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - Tajik pianist Delbar Hakimova
speaks about her life in Iran as a teacher and performer ... FULL TEXT IN
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"Az shir-e morgh taa joon-e aadamizaad!"
web sites... & the Web site of the day - beyond Iran
Good & Evil
Har jaa gol ast, khaar ast.
(If there's a flower, there's a thorn = If there's good there's also
From Yousef Jamshidi-pour's "Farhang Zarbolmasal-haaye Shirin-e
Photo of the Day
And life goes on
Musician of the Week
Four songs from the Abadani band's latest album