Tuesday, January 26, 1999/ Bahman 6, 1377, No. 652
Inferno in Gothenburg
By Susanne Pari
Gothenburg is a city most Americans have never heard of. It's a picturesque place on Sweden's west coast and it's known for delicious shellfish, the largest amusement park in Scandinavia, and a giant Volvo plant. After last October, Gothenburg is now also known for a horrifying discotheque fire that killed more than 65 teenagers, most of them from immigrant families.
Just four days before this tragedy, I was at the Gothenburg Book Festival promoting the Swedish edition of my novel, The Fortune Catcher, about the Iranian Revolution. When I returned to the U.S. and heard about the fire, I thought of my new Swedish friends -- not just those whose ancestors were Vikings, but those who recently emigrated and whose children speak Swedish like the natives they have become ... GO TO FEATURE
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President calls on police to prevent ``chaos''
TEHRAN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday called on the country's police to curb disorder after a bomb damaged the offices of an outspoken moderate newspaper. ``We cannot allow social disorder. We should protect the rights of everyone who works within the framework of laws,'' the official news agency IRNA quoted the moderate Khatami as telling a gathering of police officials ... FULL TEXT
Iran cuts defence spending to under $1 billion
TEHRAN, Jan 26 (AFP) - With plunging oil prices provoking a serious economic crisis, Iran has slightly cut its defence budgetfor the next fiscal year beginning March 21, papers here reportedTuesday. Parliament approved government proposals for a military budget of 2,800 billion rial -- about 933 million dollars at the official3,000 rial to the dollar exchange rate -- against 2,900 billion (966million dollars) for the current year.
Rial continues slide, down three pct-traders
TEHRAN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The Iranian rial has continued to slide against hard currencies, losing another three percent against the dollar, traders and economists said on Tuesday. On Tehran's illegal but active black market, dealers sold dollars for about 7,750 rials each on Tuesday, compared to 7,500 rials per dollar on Monday. The rial momentarily fell to as low as 7,900 to the dollar late on Monday, dealers said ... FULL TEXT
Iran-Ireland economic commission begins work
Tehran, Jan. 26, IRNA - the 3rd session of iran-ireland joint economic commission began work here tuesday. iranian foreign minister kamal kharrazi and irish foreign minister david andrews led their respective countries' delegations to the session ... FULL TEXT
Bahrain's new envoy takes up post in Iran
TEHRAN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Bahrain's new ambassador to Iran presented his credentials to the Iranian president on Tuesday, more than two years after the two countries downgraded ties over an alleged pro-Iranian plot to topple Bahrain's government. The official Iranian news agency IRNA said President Mohammad Khatami told the new ambassador that Iran and Bahrain shared common security concerns ``and this will help promote and strengthen their links.'' ... FULL TEXT
Iran condemns U.S. air attacks on Iraq
TEHRAN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday condemned Monday's U.S. air attack on neighbouring Iraq, saying it had exacerbated tensions in the region. The official news agency IRNA said a foreign ministry spokesman ``condemned the recent attack by American aircraft on Iraq which killed a number of civilians and destroyed residential districts.'' He also expressed concern over ``the heightening of tension in the region which is due to America's military moves in Iraq.'' ... FULL TEXT
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Swedes are sure to be wondering if such violence (Swedish disco fire) has racism connected to it. They think about that; about why their immigrants huddle in towns and neighborhoods of their own, about whether it's fair to consider these swarthy outlanders as a drain on the generous Swedish welfare system.
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