Tuesday May 4, 1999 / Ordibehesht 14, 1378, No. 718
Book of the Week
The Hand of Poetry
In 13th century Persia, spiritual teaching was given in the guise of poetry. From this vast treasury, Coleman Barks has selected a broad assortment of poems form the works of Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi, and Hafiz. These are combined with the lectures originally given by Inayat Khan in San Fransisco during 1923, which discuss the signifigance of the poets for our lives. The book is quite possibly the best anthology of Persian Sufi Poets currently available ... GO TO BOOK
Hard-Liners losing battle
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates. Tuesday, May 4, (AP) -- The hard-line clergy that has wielded absolute power in Iran for 20 years is losing a power struggle against reformists fighting for greater democracy. The hard-liners have suffered a string of crushing defeats against supporters of moderate President Mohammad Khatami, a middle-ranking cleric who was elected two years ago. But nearly all their efforts to stall his reforms have backfired ... FULL TEXT
Mohajerani: Policies will not change, "Zan" should publish
Tehran, may 5, irna -- islamic guidance (ershad) minister ataollah mohajerani said in a press conference: "as i said during the sessions of my impeachment our policies will remain the same ... and we must make an effort to make sure that the persian daily 'zan' is allowed to continue to publish..." ... FULL TEXT
Iranian president of Qwest Communications
The Denver Post, May 4 - A two-month search for a new president of Qwest Communications has ended. Qwest's find, an Iranian-born, California-reared, 36-year-old telecom wunderkind, says he aims to help the Denver company revolutionize communication. Mohebbi comes to Qwest from British Telecommunications, where he heads the United Kingdom markets division, an $18 billion business unit that serves 20 million residential customers ... FULL TEXT
Iran cuts funds to industry by 80 percent
TEHRAN, May 4 (Reuters) - Iran, hit by low oil income, cut state hard currency allocations to industries by 80 percent in the year to March, a senior official said in remarks published on Tuesday. Deputy Industry Minister Hossein Naji said the Central Bank reduced foreign exchange allocations to industries from an annual average of $4.5 billion to just $900 million in the Iranian year that ended on March 20, the daily Abrar-e Eqtesadi reported ... FULL TEXT
Iran mends gulf ties but limits remain
TEHRAN, May 4 (Reuters)- A recent stream of senior Gulf Arab visitors to Tehran has highlighted Iran's achievements in repairing ties with its neighbours across the strategic waterway after years of suspicion and tension. But most Iranian political analysts believe warming relations, largely the result of a charm offensive by Iran's President Mohammad Khatami, have limits ... FULL TEXT
Irans starts producing local-design helicopters
TEHRAN, May 4 (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday launched a production line for locally designed helicopters for both military and civilian purposes, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. It said Defence Minister Vice-Admiral Ali Shamkhani opened the military plant which would produce Shabaviz (Owl) 75 and Shabaviz 2061 helicopters ... FULL TEXT
Iran issues new South Pars gas field tender
DUBAI, May 4 (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday issued a tender for foreign energy companies to develop phases six, seven and eight of the giant South Pars offshore gas field under one of the country's so-called buy-back investment programmes. A copy of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) tender document faxed to Reuters invited international oil firms with ``technical competence, financial ability and professional skills'' interested in the project to collect tender documents from April 24 ... FULL TEXT
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The Imam [Khomeini] thought that relations between Iran and the United States were similar to those between a sheep and a wolf. But today, although the United States may still be a wolf, Iran has turned into a lion.
Hojatoleslam Mehdi Karrubi
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