Tuesday December 7, 1999 / Azar 16, 1378, No. 862
Staff of banned Khordad vow to publish new paper
TEHRAN, Dec 7 (AFP) - Staff of the leading Iranian daily Khordad Tuesday thumbed their nose at a ban issued by a hardline clerical court late last month by vowing to bring a new reformist title to the newsstands. Some 100 staff gathered at the paper's offices in Tehran to defy the Special Court for Clergy's (SCC) order for the closure of the paper ... FULL TEXT
Abdollah Nouri still has 10 days to appeal jail sentence
TEHRAN, Dec 7 (AFP) - Leading Iranian reformer Abdollah Nuri still has 10 days to appeal a five-year jail sentence handed down by a clerical court last month, the Tehran press reported Tuesday. Any appeal will first have to be examined for its "validity," newspapers quoted the head of the Special Court for Clergy (SCC), Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, as telling a meeting of law students ... FULL TEXT
CIA Wanted Master of Disguise to Create Fake Shah
Dec 6, 1999, WASHINGTON (APBnews.com) -- The CIA and President Jimmy Carter turned to him the first week of November 1979 as Carter faced the crisis that eventually ended his presidency. Sixty-six Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, had been taken hostage, and six others were hiding at the nearby Embassy of Canada ... The CIA wanted Mendez to carry out a daring plan to diffuse the situation: create a fake shah -- a body-double -- to be spirited out of the U.S. to Egypt, where authorities would announce he had died from illness ... FULL TEXT
Albright Seeks Saudis' Help on Mideast, Iran
RIYADH (Reuters) - Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, kicking off a four-day Middle East tour, sought the support of Saudi Arabia in easing the path to Arab-Israeli peace. She met King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah on Monday and thanked them for helping Palestinians prepare for peace but also expressed concern about Iran's alleged support for opponents of the peace process, her spokesman James Rubin told reporters at a briefing ... FULL TEXT
Nateq-Nuri accuses liberals of "infiltrating" into universities
TEHRAN, Dec 7 (AFP) - Iran's conservative parliament speaker on Tuesday charged that the country's liberals and nationalists are seeking to infiltrate the universities, the official IRNA news agency reported. "For the first time in the history of Iran's universities, we can hear whispers in defence of the United States," said Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri, the leader of Iranian conservatives ... FULL TEXT
Iran police in drug shootouts, Pakistani killed
TEHRAN, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Security forces shot dead a Pakistani citizen and wounded another man in two shootouts with drug traffickers in southeastern Iran, state television said on Tuesday. The Pakistani was killed in Sistan-Baluchestan province which borders Pakistan, the report quoted the state drug agency as saying, adding that the security forces seized night-vision binoculars, morphine and opium ... FULL TEXT
Lufthansa "discriminates" against Iranian passengers
06 Dec 1999 (American Iranian Anti-Discrimination Center) -- On Thursday, December 2, 1999, as we were checking in at Lufthansa (German Airline) counter at San Francisco Airport for our flight to Frankfurt, the Lufthansa officers imposed us and all other Iranian passengers a discriminatory act of luggage search. The reason: We were "Iranians"! ... FULL TEXT
Traders ponder Iran's new liberal trade zone rules
KISH ISLAND, Iran, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Foreign and local businessmen showed interest but appeared non-committal as Iran this week unveiled unprecedented liberal regulations designed to woo much-needed investment to its free trade zones. The new rules, which include allowing foreign banks in the zones for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution, were presented to Western, regional and Iranian bankers and executives at a seminar which ended on Tuesday ... FULL TEXT
"Technical points" block Iran-Emirates pipeline deal
DUBAI, Dec 7 (AFP) - Talks on a planned gas pipeline between Iran and the emirate of Dubai have been prolonged by unresolved "technical points", an Emirati oil official said Tuesday. Mirza al-Sayegh, vice president of the Dubai government-owned Emirates National Oil Co. (ENOC), refused to be drawn on what problems remained, but Western oil sources said price and volume were still dominating negotiations ... FULL TEXT
"Kish Stories" opens in Paris
Dec 5, 1999, PARIS (AFP) - The artistic brilliance of contemporary Iranian cinema, demonstrated at innumerable international festivals over the past decade, is presented in miniature in Paris this week with the release of "Kish Stories", a three-part portfolio of short films in differing styles set on an island in the Persian Gulf ... FULL TEXT
Majidi's new film
Decc 7, 1999 (CinemaIran) - An Oscar nominee, the writer & director Majid Majidi -- after several International Awards for his latest work 'The Color of Heaven'-- started shooting his new film. Mohammad Davoodi,director of photography in 'Color of God' works with him again. The new movie -- so far -- is called 'Rain.' ... FULL TEXT
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Defending the U.S.
For the first time in the history of Iran's universities, we can hear whispers in defence of the United States.
-- Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri, Majlis Speaker
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