Monday, February 8, 1999/ Bahman 19, 1377, No. 661
* Blood & fire
BBC expands net presence
The BBC Persian Service has upgarted its web page. You can now listen to the morning "dawn" program on demand (before it was only available during the actual broadcast). The evening "Jam-e Jam" program will also be available on demand soon ... GO THERE
Also check out these new BBC features:
If there was more political openness...
Feb 7, 1999 (National Public Radio) -- Empress Farah: This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Iranian revolution and the ousting of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - the Shah of Iran. For one\nlook back we spoke to Farah Pahlavi, the only woman ever crowned queen in 2500 years of Persian history. The Shah's widow has been in exile since 1979 and she speaks to us from her apartment in Paris. She says she too was as surprised by the rapid turn of events as history was. (10:00) ... Listen in RealAudio
And if you have any comments, send her an [email protected]
Book of the Week
The Priest and the King
By Desmond Harney
Intelligence minister resigns - paper
February 8, 1999 (Theran Times) - Information Minister Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi yesterday went to President's Office to submit his resignation to President Seyed Mohammad Khatami, a reliable source said yesterday. The source, talking to the TEHRAN TIMES on condition of anonymity, said the President has accepted his resignation. Also yesterday, Yunesi was appointed as minister of information by the President and he is now busy preparing his future agenda as country's intelligence chief ... FULL TEXT
Montazeri calls for studying re-establishing U.S. ties
TEHRAN, Feb 6 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian dissident cleric, in remarks published on Saturday, called for Iran to study re-establishing ties with the United States, saying the two countries' estrangement did not need to be permanent. "This issue should be studied by foreign policy experts...away from factional considerations, and one should act resolutely if they conclude that it is in the interest of the country to re-establish relations," the daily Khordad quoted Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri as saying ... FULL TEXT
Iran sends condolences, protest to Jordan
TEHRAN, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami sent condolences to Jordan's new King Abdullah on the death of his father King Hussein, Tehran radio reported on Monday. Khatami expressed condolences to ``the Hashemite (royal) family, the government and the people of Jordan,'' in a message on Sunday, it said ... FULL TEXT
Iran to test motor for new space rocket
TEHRAN, Feb 7 (AFP) - Iran announced on Sunday that it is to test the motor for a new space rocket, just six months after the successful launch of a medium-range missile sparked concern in the United States and key regional ally Israel. The test will be carried out by the armed forces on Tuesday, just two days before 20th anniversary of the Islamic revolution which overthrew the pro-Western shah, Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani told a news conference here ... FULL TEXT
Winners of Iran's book awards
Talks for Iran-U.S. match in Washington
February 6, 1999 (Washington Post) -- The U.S. Soccer Federation is working with the State Department to stage a match between the national soccer teams of the United States and Iran this summer at RFK Stadium, a high-ranking USSF official said here today. "If it goes the way I'd like it to go, we'll play them at RFK," Hank Steinbrecher, the USSF's secretary general, said today. "Talks are at a very high level right now." ... FULL TEXT
Updated Feb 8
Source: Sehaty Exchange (U.S.) Tel: 602-595-0777
A much-need and anticipated facelift. Now you can listen to the news on demand. Also see click on the features on the revolution.
A combination of the words dumb and dementia, it's a showcase for Chris Condon's quick-witted ad parodies and wacky computer industry and corporate spoofs.
The late Imam (Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini) called America the 'Great Satan' and generally rejected all ties with it, but it is obvious that such a ruling is temporary and could change according to economic and political conditions.
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