Friday, May 14, 2004

Tehran-Cairo ties warming up again

Persian Journal Iran News - Latest Iran News, news Tehran Iranian News persian news web site sport iran news iranians site farsi women sport woman, newspaper football: "Iran's Parliament mullah Speaker Mehdi Karroubi and his Egyptian counterpart, Ahmad Fathi Sorour, reviewed avenues for resumption of political ties between their two countries. The two parliamentary speakers discussed the subject at a meeting on the sidelines of a conference of parliamentary speakers of Iraq's neighboring countries which opened here Wednesday. "

Iran and Armenia sign Natural Gas Deal

Description of Selected News:

"YEREVAN (Interfax) -- Armenia and Iran signed an agreement Thursday on Iran providing Armenia with at least 1.1 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas annually, and the two countries working to build a pipeline to be launched before January 1, 2007."

Iran and Uzbekistan in Economic meetings

Description of Selected News:

"Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev here Thursday termed as important his country's relations with Iran.

In a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Uzbekistan Mohammad Fath-Ali, the Uzbek official underlined the importance attached by his country to economic issues and expressed hope that Tehran-Tashkent economic relations would further promote."

Russia will finish an atomic reactor in Iran

Reuters Recommends News Article | Reuters.com: "Russia will finish an atomic reactor in Iran despite technical complications, unresolved commercial issues and strong objections from the United States, a senior official said on Friday.
Sergei Antipov, deputy minister for atomic energy, said strict U.N. controls would ensure no fuel could be diverted to help build a nuclear weapon."

Ayatollah Jannati casts doubt on US claim to support democracy

IRNA-Islamic Republic News Agency:

"Tehran-Jannati-Prayers / POL /
Ayatollah Jannati casts doubt on US claim to support democracy Tehran, May 14, IRNA -- Tehran's Substitute Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati questioned the US claim to be the world major supporter of democracy following the disclosure of the Iraqi prisoners' mistreatment by the American forces in the international media. Stressing that the cornerstone of the US policy is lying, deception, fraud and cheating, he added that Washington believes that the human rights should merely secure the interests of the American investors worldwide. "

Minister terms Ferdowsi as founder of Iranology

Minister terms Ferdowsi as founder of Iranology: "Minister terms Ferdowsi as founder of Iranology

Very Good move to recognize Ferdowsi for what he did. However the Shahnameh is far older then Ferdowsi. The great poet recorded the history of the people. For this we can thank him now by remembering his greatness. JBOC

Tehran, May 14, IRNA -- Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ahmad
Masjed-Jamei here Friday referred to the celebrated Iranian poet Abolqassem Ferdowsi as the founder of Iranology and historical dialogue between the Iranian culture and metaphysics.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 17th Tehran International Book Fair and 11th Press Fair at Tehran International Fairgrounds, he pointed to Ferdowsi`s memorial day and termed him as a celebrated sage who founded the core of Iran`s culture.
'The measures associated with introduction of the great epic created by the Iranian poet in verse, known as the `Book of Kings` (Shahnameh), should be reviewed and reminded in such a day,' he added.
Turning to the study of Ferdowsi and his epic work as a global cultural tradition, he hoped that the relevant cultural centers would develop new methods to promote introduction of Shahnameh`s great author to the present and future generations by government`s close support.

Azerbaijan keen to expand border trade with Iran

Iran, Azerbaijan keen to expand border trade exchange: "Baku, May 14, IRNA -- In a meeting held in Baku (state) University here on Friday, a visiting Iranian delegation and Azeri officials xamined ways of expanding border trade exchanges between Iran and the neighboring Azerbaijan.
In the meeting, Astara Governor Mohammad Akhavan, heading the
Iranian delegation, referred to expansion of border trade as a
significant measure contributing to broadening mutual economic and cultural relations.
Turning to Iran`s attempts to expand such exchanges, he added that the neighboring countries moves to this end could be effective in developing regional cooperation, tackling unemployment, improving the welfare of residents of border areas and campaign against smuggling of goods. "

Armenia and Iran major regional partners

Armenias FM terms Iran as a major regional partner:

"Moscow, May 14, IRNA -- Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan in a meeting with Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in Yerevan Friday referred to Iran as a major partner of his country in the region.
In the meeting, Oskanyan said that the agreement signed between the two countries on sale of gas to Armenia is in line with Iran`s political will to expand the mutual friendly ties. "

Iran-Austria trade up by 40% last year

Iran-Austria trade up by 40% last year: "Iran-Austria trade up by 40% last year
Tehran, May 13, IRNA -- Iran's Minister of Roads and Transportation Ahmad Khorram said here on Thursday that volume of transactions between Iran and Austria showed a 40 percent growth last year. "

Echoes of Hitler - Germany supplied Poison Gas to Iraq

Israel News : Jerusalem Post Internet Edition:

"One of the two veterans who unveiled the plaque, Ahmad Paryab, who spoke with plastic pipes running into his nose to assist breathing, called for the prosecution of Germany's top officials during the Iran-Iraq war.
'We demand that the then leaders of Germany be tried in an international court for war crimes and that the German government pay compensation to us,' Paryab told about 100 people who attended the ceremony. Paryab was wounded by chemical weapons in the war, as were other members of the crowd. "

Iranian Navy maneuver starts in Persian Gulf

Persian Journal Iran News - : "The first phase of submarine manoeuvre titled 'Unity 83 ' started on Wednesday by Islamic Republic of Iran Navy in the third marine zone of the armed forces in Chahbahar port. Rear Admiral Hossein Fazli, spokesman of this manoeuvre and operational deputy of Iran Navy said,' In this phase, submarines and warships get ready in docks of the first and third navy zones and after passing the demined waterways move toward operational zone.' "

US religious freedom commission Do as we say not as we do!

Middle East Online:

If religious freedom and human rights were important then the US would back the One Man, One Vote, plan for Iraq rather then one that lessens the rights of Shia Moslems.

"WASHINGTON - A semi-official US religious freedom watchdog heavily criticized Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt for discrimination and again recommended threatening the Saudi government with sanctions unless its record improves."

Australia risking A$412.6 million in Trade over Politics - Is Wheat Next?

FOCUS:Australia Worried Trade Friction Brewing With Iran:

"Australia is seeking clarification of what appears to be a developing trade row with Iran that could be tied to Australia's criticism of Iran's nuclear activities, Matthew Doman, a spokesman for Australia's Trade Minister Mark Vaile, said Friday.

Trade difficulties seem to have cropped up over the past several weeks, but Doman said Australian officials are 'operating in an information void.' "