Stopped by Virginia police for "swerving"
By Jahanshah Javid
May 2, 2000
I was completely surprised when I saw the police lights flashing in
the rear-view mirror. I'm always surprised when I'm stopped by the police.
But they always come up with a good reason.
It was around 2:30 in the morning.
"Hello sir! Do you know why I stopped you?"
"No. I have no idea. Why did you stop me?"
"You were swerving on the highway."
"I was swerving? I'm sorry. I didn't realize that."
"Did you consume any alcohol this evening, sir?"
"Ummm... " >>>
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Financial Times, London
May 2, 2000
Mohammad Khatami, Iran's popular and moderate president, is facing his
gravest challenge from conservative hardliners since his election three
years ago. Western governments and investors are understandably worried.
The Middle East needs a stable Iran. Its population of more than 60m, vast
energy reserves, and the power to disrupt or foster the Middle East peace
process cannot be ignored. For the moment, the west's best strategy is
to say and do little to risk upsetting a precarious state of affairs >>> FULL
The Radical Philanthropist
Pierre Omidyar invented Ebay and made billions of dollars. That turned
out to be the easy part. Now he wants to give it away--and reinvent charity
in the process.
Forbes Magazine (May 1, 2000) -- PIERRE OMIDYAR, THE FOUNDER of Ebay,
had been one of the world's richest men for about a month when he and his
wife, Pamela, went to a brunch at Yahoo founder Jerry Yang's home in Los
Altos, Calif. in November 1998. The money did not set him apart from the
other guests, however. The 40 couples, who ate wild mushrooms and sushi
as they admired Yang's view from the hills of Silicon Valley, were worth
about $30 billion total >>>
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* Newspaper ban is right
writes: I'm an Iranian living in Canada. I was born in Zanjan, Iran,
and lived most of my life. In response to the 16 newpaper closures in Iran,
I would like to say that the Islamic government of Iran is doing the right
These journalists have questioned Islamic law in Iran and its the duty
of the Islamic Republic to protect Islam by any means whatsoever. We gave
1,000,000 martyrs in the Jihad against Saddam to protect Islam and the
Khomeini told us to be careful when he's gone and the enemies will try
to start a war in Iran and against Islam. And now these stupid students
want more democracy! May Islam prevail forever in beautiful Iran.
* Helllllo freedom!
B. J. writes: Mummy Joon told me: Whoever you call or write to,
you should start and end by saying: SALAAM BAR AAZAADI, DOROOD BAR MATBOOAAT!!!
So, this is an order from your 92 (or may be 93) year old grandma. SALAAM
BAR AAZAADI, DOROOD BAR MATBOOAAT...
Arya Namdar writes:
Excuse me, what was that? ["Sunny
day in Berkeley"]
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Six people wounded in Tehran mortar attack
claimed by MKO
May 2 (AFP) - Six people were wounded, one seriously, in a mortar attack
in northern Tehran on Monday evening claimed by the outlawed armed opposition,
state television reported >>> FULL TEXT
Eight injured in rocket attack on Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Six rockets slammed into a residential quarter
of Baghdad and wounded eight civilians, the official Iraqi News Agency said
Tuesday, blaming the attack on Iranian agents >>> FULL TEXT
Khatami explains assassination bid
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami met Tuesday
with a close reformist ally who survived an assassination attempt, telling
him such shootings are the price of change >>> FULL TEXT
US looks askance at Iranian Jew's espionage
May 2 (AFP) - The United States reacted warily Tuesday to reports of a confession
by an Iranian Jew that he had spied for Israel, saying previous admissions
of guilt had not been supported by credible evidence >>> FULL
Eight intelligence officers arrested over
murders inquiry: paper
May 2 (AFP) - Iran has arrested eight intelligence officers for mistreating
suspects in the 1998 killings of several dissidents and intellectuals, a
newspaper said here Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT
Tehran council plans unemployment fund
for journalists after press bans
May 2 (AFP) - The Tehran city council is putting forward plans for an emergency
fund to help the estimated 1,500 journalists left jobless by the closure
of Iranian newspapers, press reports said here Tuesday >>> FULL
Journalist says press court unfit to try
May 2 (AFP) - Journalist Emadeddin Baghi said Iran's conservative press
court, which hauled him in for a second day of hearings Tuesday, was unfit
to judge him >>> FULL TEXT
US culture could swallow up native cultures:
May 2 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami warned Tuesday that US
culture could take over the world, swamping indigenous cultures >>>
Iran seeks foreign funds for $1.2 bln housing
May 2 (Reuters) - Iran, facing a severe housing shortage, is to invite foreign
investors to bid for construction projects worth $1.2 billion, the official
news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT
Foreign firms submit gas utilisation study
May 2 (Reuters) - A consortium of nine foreign energy firms have presented
Iran's National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) with a proposal for a 25-year
gas utilisation plan for the country, an Iranian industry official said
on Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT
Kiarostami gets award
(Ham-Mihan) - Abbas Kiarostami receives the Kirosawa award in San Francisco
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Art & politics
(Iran daily) - Behrouz Afkhami's latest film, "Shokaran", is tangled
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Who's making what
(Ham-Mihan) - News briefs on films in production -- films by Daryoush Mehrjui,
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Iran to compete in 14 sporting events in
(Iran Sports Pres) - The Iranian Olympic Committee (IOC) said on
Tuesday that Iran will compete in the Sydney Olympics with 40 atheletes
competing in 14 sports categories >>> FULL TEXT
Irsooter Nowshahr relegated
(Iran Sports Pres) - With video clip: Irsooter Nowshahr will be
relegated to the Second Division in the 2000-2001 season following their
2-0 loss at the hands of Azadegan League's eventual champions Persepolis
on Tuesday. >>> FULL TEXT
Rasouli banned from all games
(Iran Sports Pres) - The Disciplinary Committee of the Iranian
Football Federation slapped a stiff sentence on Mohsen Rasouli for 'improper
conduct' following his golden goal against Saipa in Hazfi Cup on April 20
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Jews on trial
As the trial of the thirteen Jews accused
of espionage continues, Iran Radio and Television who are the only media
presence in court alongside the state news agency, have broadcast an interview
with Hamid Tefleen, confessing to spying for Israel. Rozita Atai talks to
Manouchehr El Yasi, a Jewish MP, about the implications of today's confession
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Hajjarian's shooting is the price we have to pay for reforms.
But the gun is not the way to banish freedom of thought.
-- President Khatami
May 2, 2000
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