Tuesday, March 9, 1999/ Esfand 18, 1377, No. 682
watching my compatriots and how they had brought with them not only their sense of home and community but also their pasts loaded with failed hopes and lost expectations -- on these occasions I would remember what Mercedez had told me and think that perhaps she had been right -- that Sohrab might have done me a favor by sending me away. He had taken away my hope and my family. But he had also taken away the fear I had of being haunted by greedy ghosts, the anxiety of having rabid dogs at the window, the anguish of wondering of Roxanna was buried under the concrete in our yard. He took from me the sadness that had tainted my mother's life, and the limitations of a destiny I could not have avoided in Iran ... GO TO FEATURE
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Khatami makes anti-nuclear pledge
ROME, March 9 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, on his first state visit to the West since winning power, said on Tuesday Iran would work to oppose the spread of nuclear arms and weapons of mass destruction. Speaking at a banquet hosted by Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Khatami said the Islamic state was also intent on countering all forms of aggression, including terrorism ... FULL TEXT
Khatami gets red carpet treatment in Italy
ROME, March 9 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami arrived in Rome on Tuesday at the start of a three-day state visit to Italy and the Vatican, seen as opening a new epoch in relations between the Islamic state and the West. Khatami's Boeing 707 aircraft landed at Ciampino military airport from Tehran, bringing the first Iranian president to visit Western Europe since the fall of the Shah in 1979 ... FULL TEXT
Iranian opposition from "across Europe" gathers in Rome: IRNA
TEHRAN, March 9 (AFP) - Members of Iran's opposition People's Mujahedeen have gathered in Rome from across Europe to protest the visit of President Mohammad Khatami, the official news agency IRNA said Tuesday. "They are planning a protest in the centre of Rome against the Iranian head of state's visit," IRNA said, adding that members of the opposition group, which is banned in Iran, had come "from across Europe." Their presence is "very noteworthy," IRNA said ... FULL TEXT
U.S. urges Italy to pressure Khatami
WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - The United States, its campaign to isolate Iran withering, on Tuesday urged Italy to press continuing concerns about terrorism and nuclear weapons when it hosts Iranian President Mohammed Khatami this week. State Department spokesman James Rubin, significantly, did not criticise the visit and stressed that the U.S. goal is to support Iran's reintegration into the international community ... FULL TEXT
Larijani says US ties may be in national interest
TEHRAN, March 8 (Reuters) - A conservative Iranian parliamentary deputy said in remarks published on Monday Iran should restore relations with the United States if it served the national interest. ``Should Iran-America relations serve our national interests, then officials should naturally take measures to establish ties,'' Deputy Mohammad Javad Larijani told Sobh-e Emrouz newspaper ... FULL TEXT
Khatami says human rights depend on "world balance"
ROME, March 9 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami told Italian political leaders Tuesday that human rights can only be guaranteed in "a world in balance" and called for the strengthening of international institutions. Khatami, the first Iranian leader to visit western Europe since the 1979 Islamic revolution, was speaking at the Italian parliament, against a backdrop of protests by thousands of Iranians living in exile in Europe ... FULL TEXT
Oil holds gains after Iran-Saudi accord
LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) - World oil prices consolidated recent gains on Tuesday as details emerged of an accord between Gulf OPEC rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran which could pave the way for more OPEC supply curbs. Saudi Arabia will present to other Gulf Arab OPEC ministers later this week a compromise agreement over Iran's baseline for oil output cuts, a Gulf source said ... FULL TEXT
Unpaid factory workers beat boss in Iran
TEHRAN, March 9 (AFP) - Workers in a northern Iranian textile factory locked their boss in an office and beat him Tuesday following a protest over plans to close the plant. The director of the factory, in the town of Qahemshahr in the northern province of Mazandaran, was held for an hour and beaten before police intervened to free him, workers told AFP ... FULL TEXT
Iran in Asian finals
Tehran, (IRNA) - Iran defeated Japan 5-2 to move to the finals of the Asian futsal (indoor soccer) championship ... Iran will play South Korea Wednesday for Asian futsal title ... Iran's head coach predicts Iran's victory ... FULL PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT
Demands from Khatami
Demanding fair trial for Amir Entezam
From: Alliance for the Defense of Human Rights in Iran, (Washington DC)
Dear Friends, President Khatami of Iran is visiting Italy and the Vatican. He is to meet the government representatives of both countries. He is to meet the Pope on Thursday. We are asking that everyone call the respective embassies and missions to the United Nation to ask their government to pressure Mr. Khatami to: ... FULL TEXT
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Should Iran-America relations serve our national interests, then officials should naturally take measures to establish ties ... Establishing relations, severing them or downgrading them are all subject to an essential criterion which is our country's interests.
Majlis Deputy Mohammad Javad Larijani speaking to Sobh-e Emrouz newspaper
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