Tuesday December 12, 2000 / Azar 22, 1379, No. 1124
The messenger brings sad news,
But words cannot obscure the truth:
Write 'prison' on the garden gate;
That word does not a prison make.
* Also see more Rumi translations
Rumours of Khatami impeachment bring Iran politics to fever pitch
TEHRAN, Dec 12 (AFP) - The bitter political struggle in Iran took a surprising twist Tuesday as rumours emerged that conservatives had filed a motion to impeach embattled reformist President Mohammad Khatami. A top judicial official quickly denied the allegation and announced an investigation had been launched into the origin of the claim, which said conservatives were looking to oust Khatami because he was unfit for office >>> FULL TEXT
Journalists' guild lashes out against judiciary for press crackdown
TEHRAN, Dec 12 (AFP) - Iran's pro-reform journalists' guild has vehemently denounced the arrest of journalists and the conservative-led judiciary's crackdown on the country's press since April. In an open letter Sunday to judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahroudi, a copy of which was received by AFP, the guild criticised the way in which journalists and writers were being treated, saying the judiciary's arguments for the mass suspensions and the arrest of journalists lacked foundation >>> FULL TEXT
Iran's commitment to follow road of reform is irreversible: Khatami ally
TEHRAN, Dec 12 (AFP) - A reformist Iranian MP and ally of moderate President Mohammad Khatami said Tuesday the people's decision to follow the road of reforms in Iran was "irreversible," state radio reported. "Our people have chosen the road of reforms, which is, from now on, an irreversible path, and no one can stop it," said Ahmad Bourqani-Farahani, an MP from Tehran and a former employee of the state news agency IRNA >>> FULL TEXT
Missile plan won't halt Iran program
WASHINGTON (AP) - Iran, a major recipient of missile technology from North Korea and China, will be only marginally affected if Pyongyang and Beijing follow through on their stated intention to halt exports of missile materials, a top State Department official said Tuesday. Richard Roth, the No. 2 official in the department's Middle East bureau, said Iran has been relying mostly on Russian cooperation for its missile development >>> FULL TEXT
Government bans smoking on state carrier Iran Air
TEHRAN, Dec 12 (AFP) - Iran's health ministry announced Tuesday that, effective immediately, smoking is banned on all flights of state carrier Iran Air, the official IRNA news agency reported. Smoking had already been forbidden on domestic routes and was allowed only on international Iran Air flights lasting longer than four-and-a-half hours >>> FULL TEXT
Tehran to have a new airport in February
December 10, Teheran (dpa) - Teheran will have a new international airport in February next year, the daily Abrar reported Sunday. Iran's ministry of road and transportation announced that the International Imam Khomeini Airport, named after the late revolutionary leader, will be ready in February 2001 after more than 20 years and inaugurated by Iranian pilgrims going to Mecca, Saudi Arabia >>> FULL TEXT
ThyssenKrupp in shake-up
Financial Times, December 12, 2000 -- Several large shareholders of ThyssenKrupp seem close to achieving a sweeping management reshuffle, in an attempt to break the impasse created by the joint management structure of the merged German engineering and steel group. The two big shareholders controlling ThyssenKrupp are the Krupp Foundation, with 16.75 per cent, and Iran, with a 7.51 per cent stake >>> FULL TEXT
Films: Top to bottom
Tehran (Dowran-e No) -- No one expected Farhad Mehran-Far's new film would be pulled so soon. It didn't even make 10 million tomans at the box office. By contrast, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's "Zir-e poost-e shahr" is still on top with more than 250 million tomans in ticket sales >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT
Novels by foreigners preferred
Poll: Who will be the new head coach?
Tehran - December 11 (Iran Sports Press) -- The Iranian Football Federation is currently negotiating or is in the process of negotiating with several foreign coaches for the Iranian National Team. Who do you think will be selected? Daum, Ivic or Blazevic? Take part in an online poll>>> FULL TEXT
Persepolis looking to postpone matches?
Tehran (Iran daily) -- There are rumors that the Persepolis management is trying to convince other teams to postpone Azadegan Leaguge matches. Why? Persepolis has many injured players and it may be in a weak position going into Asian Cup matches >>> FULL TEXT
Momen-Zadeh eyeing UAE
Montazeri's memoirs published online
The full text of memoirs by dissident cleric, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, have been published on the internet. The 1,600-page book includes the Ayatollah's memories during his days in the leadership to the time he challenged Ayatollah Khomeini and turned into a major political dissident. Behrouz Parsa, spoke to the political analyst, Ahmad Salamatian in Paris and asks him about the book >>> LISTEN HERE
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