Thursday, January 13, 2000 / Dey 23, 1378, No. 885
Montazeri breaks silence
BY: Geneive Abdo in Qom
He has been under house arrest for more than two years, exiled to his modest home on Riverbank Street. Few dare to mention his name in public. Newspapers which print his ideas are closed or taken to court. Fellow clerics who spread his opinions in public are imprisoned. And thousands of his disciples, the seminarians who read his banned books, do so clandestinely.
Now, Ayatollah Ali Hossein Montazeri is tired of being silenced. In his first interview ever, according to his aides, he told the Guardian of his vision for a new Iran >>> FULL TEXT
By Tom Jackman
The Fairfax City man who was arrested after allegedly convincing high school administrators that he was the nephew of filmmaker Steven Spielberg said yesterday that he is "no older than 18" and that he committed no crime in occasionally attending Paul VI Catholic High School.
Jonathan Spielberg said he went to classes at the Fairfax school "once or twice a week," beginning last spring. When officials became concerned over his poor attendance, they tried to contact Steven Spielberg at his DreamWorks SKG studio in California and learned that he has no nephew living here...
I would like to inform you of an upcoming competition for Iranian female artists taking place in Berkeley, California, USA, in conjunction with the International Iranian Women's Conference. This year the committee of IWC, with the encouragement and collaboration of local artists in Northern California, has organized competition for an exhibition of the contemporary arts, produced by Iranian women artists >>> DETAILS HERE
Party appeals to Khatami for news of three imprisoned politicians
TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - An Iranian opposition party called on President Mohammad Khatami Thursday to protect the rights of three of its jailed leaders, alleging that at least one had been tortured in detention. "Khosro Seyf, Bahram Namazi and Farzin Mokhbar have been in prison for six months. There has been no news about their interrogations and their trials," the Party of the Iranian People (PIP) said in a statement seen here by AFP >>> FULL TEXT
'Assembly of Experts' warns future MPs not to create crises
TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - Iran's powerful Assembly of Experts warned members of the parliament to be elected next month not to "create crises," the official IRNA news agency reported Thursday. The assembly met on Wednesday and issued a statement stressing the primordial role of parliament, which it said had the means "both of creating and of avoiding crises," IRNA said >>> FULL TEXT
For a change, courts to try a conservative journalist
TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - Iran, which has become accustomed to seeing moderate newspaper editors stand trial, will witness the trial next week of a conservative publication's chief, a Tehran press court judge said Thursday. Hossein Shariatmadari will have to defend himself against 27 charges concerning news published in the Kayhan daily in the past few months. His trial by jury will be public, the judge told AFP >>> FULL TEXT
U.S. and Iran Soccer Match Encouraging to Humanitarian Efforts
PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second time in recent history, and the first time on American soil, the U.S. and Iranian soccer teams are about to take the field together in what Robin Wainwright views as a symbolic step toward furthering humanitarian efforts in the Middle East >>> FULL TEXT
Woman medical students protest poor education
TEHRAN, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Students at an all-women medical school in Iran have gone on strike to protest against poor education which they blame on segregation of the sexes, a newspaper reported on Thursday. The daily Aftab-e Emrouz said the students from Fatemieh medical school in the city of Qom, a stronghold of the Shi'ite Moslem clergy, had boycotted classes for two weeks >>> FULL TEXT
Opec determined to keep oil price high
High oil prices look set to stay after several of the world's major oil producers hinted that they will try to keep production cuts in place for the rest of the year. In January 1999, one barrel of crude oil could be bought for under $10. Since then the price has soared to more than $25, as a direct result of production cuts agreed by members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and several of their allies >>> FULL TEXT
Iran's NIOC International put on back burner
LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The operations of National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) International, a subsidiary of state oil company NIOC, have been temporarily put on ice just months after the company's creation, Iranian oil sources said on Tuesday. When it assumed NIOC's trading activities in October, NIOC International's brief was to handle all of Iran's international and downstream oil and gas business in a manner similar to the world's oil majors, industry sources said >>> FULL TEXT
Iran and Turkey agree to delay in gas deliveries
TEHRAN, Jan 12 (AFP) - Iran has agreed to delay its gas deliveries to Turkey until September 2001 because the Turks are not ready, the official news agency IRNA quoted Iran's deputy oil minister Hamdollah Mohammad-Nejad as saying Wednesday. But Mohammad-Nejad, who is also head of the Iranian National Gas Corporation (NIGC), told a press conference that Ankara would have to pay compensation for the hold-up >>> FULL TEXT
Tehran (Hamshahri) - Ebrahim Mokhtari's documentary -- about the hardships of a woman who was forced to get married at a young age -- has won an award in a film festival in France >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Iran beat Ecuador under-23 team
LOS ANGELES, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Ali Daei and Ali Mosavi scored to give Iran's national soccer team a 2-1 victory over Ecuador's under-23 team Wednesday night in a friendly at the Memorial Coliseum >>> FULL TEXT
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As many in Iran and the U.S. hope, [Sunday's soccer match between Iran and the U.S.] will be another side chat and whisper in the direction of a full blown dialogue aimed at normalizing relations between the two countries.
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