Thursday, February 18, 1999/ Bahman 29, 1377, No. 669
The following article is by a Bahai academic who cooperated with the Bahai Institute of Higher Education in Iran, commonly referred to at the Bahai Azad (Open) University. The university's offices and more than 500 Bahai homes were raided in Tehran last September and October and 36 staff and faculty were arrested. According to Glen Fullmer, assistant director for external affairs at the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahais of the United States, those arrested were forced to sign a statement that they would no longer collaborate with the university but all refused. Most were eventually released but three remain in prison in Isfahan, Fullmer said. Bahai university's faculty and students have resumed their activities for the new academic year, Fullmer added, but they are "hampered by the loss of equipment, especially computers, which they suffered during the raids."... GO TO FEATURE
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Municipal election campaign opens in Iran
TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Posters and photos of candidates were plastered all over buildings, bridges and telephone poles of Tehran as the campaign for the February 26 municipal elections kicked off officially Thursday. The same pictures were splashed over newspapers and magazines, and the windows and bumpers of taxis, as the candidates prepare for just a week of campaigning -- all electoral activity is banned the day before the polls. The municipal elections, the first since the 1979 Islamic revolution which overthrew the shah, are being watched with intense interest ... FULL TEXT
Forty-five arrested in attack on Hadi Khamenei
TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Forty-five people in Iran have been arrested in connection with last week's attack on Hadi Khamenei, brother of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official IRNA news agency reported Thursday. Hadi Khamenei, an adviser to reformist President Mohammad Khatami, was beaten up by fundamentalist activists at the Mohammadiyeh mosque in the holy city of Qom last Thursday ... FULL TEXT
Iran drills first well at new giant offshore gas field
TEHRAN, Feb 18 (AFP) - Iran started drilling the first well Thursday at the vast South Pars gas field in the Persian Gulf, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami watched the operations and broadcast a message thanking the Iranian engineers working on the project ... FULL TEXT
Iran advances Elf-ENI oilfield deal
Feb 18, 1999, GENEVA, (WALL STREET JOURNAL) -- Iran's Supreme Economic Council has approved a contract under which France's Elf Aquitaine SA and Italy's ENI SpA would develop a large oil and natural-gas field in the Persian Gulf, in a deal that furthers Tehran's campaign to circumvent U.S. economic sanctions ... FULL TEXT
Iranian film fest gets Oscar boost
18-FEB-99 TEHRAN, Iran (Variety/Reuters) - There was good news and some bad vibes at the 17th Fajr International Film Festival, Iran's window on the world that ran Feb. 1-10. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the country's Islamic revolution, it marked a time to look back at the unexpected flowering of post-revolutionary cinema and take stock of future prospects ... FULL TEXT
Iran comes short in Kuwait
Updated Feb 17
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