Tuesday, June 13, 2000 / Khordad 24, 1379, No. 1000
Hojat Barzegar: Friedrich Engels explains the principles of communism >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
* Wonderful way to start a day
Reza Shadmehr witres: As I eat a bit of breakfast and look over the latest news in my daily issue of The Iranian Times, you won't be surprised to know that I'm often saddened and disappointed by the latest turn of events as the forces of democracy and change face yet another obstacle.
Sometimes the setbacks are so great that I ask myself why I care about what goes on there anyway, since reading it sometimes makes me angry and ruins a perfectly fine morning.
But then I read the Rumi ghazals and the magnificent translations by Ms. Houshmand and it's like sunshine warming my body and lifting my soul.
I can't help but smile at the beauty of the poems, especially as I read the translation to help me with a word or two that I didn't get and then re-read the Persian original. It's really a wonderful way to start a day.
Iranian Jews recant on their "confessions": defense
SHIRAZ, Iran, June 13 (AFP) - Several of the 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel recanted Tuesday on their public confessions during their trial in the southern city of Shiraz, saying they had been extracted under duress, a defense lawyer said. "Some defendants have said the confessions were made at the demand of (government) agents," said defense spokesman Ismail Nasseri on leaving the court after the latest session of the trial. "Some of them do not remember the events." >>> FULL TEXT
Jews' trial nears end
SHIRAZ, Iran (AP) - A judge introduced new evidence Tuesday as the trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel drew to a close, lawyers said. Defense attorney Karim Sadeghi said his team had seen the fresh evidence, which couldn't be disclosed for security reasons. ``What I can say is that it was wholly unconvincing, and we found little that was new in it,'' he said >>> FULL TEXT
Oil prices rally, boosted by OPEC
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices stormed higher on Tuesday as OPEC's President Ali Rodriguez said gasoline production in the United States was to blame for high prices rather than a shortage of OPEC crude. International benchmark Brent crude closed up 27 cents at $31.48 a barrel after rocketing $1.60 on Monday. U.S. light crude ended up 81 cents to $32.55 >>> FULL TEXT
Minister blames oil price hikes on US demand
TEHRAN, June 13 (AFP) - Recent increases in crude oil prices to above 30 dollars a barrel are due to supply shortages in specific segments of the US market and not to a shortage of global production, Iran's oil minister said Tuesday. Consequently, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh said there "is no question" of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries raising crude output until the impact is seen of a decision by OPEC countries in March to raise production >>> FULL TEXT
French consular official in Tehran recalled
TEHRAN, June 13 (AFP) - French authorities have decided to recall a consular official working at their embassy in Tehran after several hundred visas were issued "irregularly," ambassador Philippe de Suremain said Tuesday. "We noticed that some 370 visas were acquired irregularly, mainly via shady middle-men. We decided to recall the man in charge of issuing visas," the diplomat told AFP >>> FULL TEXT
Kharrazi to visit Switzerland
GENEVA, June 13 (AFP) - Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi was to arrive in the Swiss capital Bern Wednesday for a one-day working visit designed to "deepen bilateral relations" between the two countries, the Swiss foreign ministry announced >>> FULL TEXT
Kiarostami: Films not for entertainment
Tehran (Bahar) -- Abbas Kiarostami spoke to an audience in New York after showing his latest film, "The wind will take us there". He said he is not interested in the wide release of his films and does not feel obligated to entertain >>>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Film: "No turning back"
Writers set up private classes
Talebi: "We will play five to six games"
(Iran Sports Press) -- With video: The head coach of the Iranian National Team, Jalal Talebi, said on Saturday that Iran will play between five and six games prior to the start of the Asian Cup finals in Lebanon >>> FULL TEXT
Mahdavi-Kia: Young players did well
Following the death of Kermit Roosevelt, head of the Middle East Bureau of the CIA in the fifties, and one of the main intelligence figures involved with the 1953 Coup D'etat in Iran, Pooneh Afshar talks to Dr Fakhreddin Azimi, History Professor in University of Cunnecticut >>> LISTEN HERE
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Followers of the old Tudeh communist party. They seem more sophisticated and, of course, no longer agree with everything the Soviet Union was or did.
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Some defendants have said the confessions were made at the demand of (government) agents.
-- Ismail Nasseri, defense lawyer for Jews accused of
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