Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 28 Jan 2000 to 30 Jan 2000

There are 10 messages totalling 691 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. A Test for Rafsanjani
2. Rafsanjani: Enemies at Work to Separate People From Distinct Honors
3. Congress on Imam Khomeini (R.H.) Concludes
4. No U.S. Pressure Over Ties With Iran, Moussa
5. Countdown To Final Ballot
7. Iranian Vetting Body Rejects 762 Candidates for Next Month's Polls
8. Mohajerani Urges IM & IRC to React to CIA Spying Allegations
9. GHAFOORI-FARD: Karbaschi's Release Was Lawful 3rd Plan Aims At Reducing
10. Washington DC meeting Feb 3rd, House of Iran

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 08:16:05 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: A Test for Rafsanjani




A Test for Rafsanjani

In recent interviews with Al-Jazireh T.V. network and Iran newspaper, Ali
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the head of the Expediency Council mentioned that
the major figures of the May 23rd Front (Khatami supporters) had insisted
that he nominate himself for the upcoming Islamic Consultative Assembly
(Majlis) elections. He also stated that he had decided to throw his hat in
the election ring at the behest of President Khatami. The pressing fact here
is that Mr. Khatami's firm adherence to his pre-election mottos and promises
makes a strong provision for equality of individuals in a civil society.

In Mr. Khatami's definition of a civil society no one, irrespective of his or
her position or the amount of power he or she wields, is permitted to
infringe upon the constitutional rights of citizens, including the right to
be elected for public office.

Beyond any reasonable doubt, Mr. Khatami would have insisted on the same
privilege for anyone else seeking to exercise the aforementioned natural
right of citizenship. The right to hold a public position is a fundamental
principle of the civil society. Meanwhile, Mr. Khatami's proposition of the
civil society entails the fact that the individuals' merits are tested by the
touchstone of public acceptability when ballots are cast. Mr. Khatami
submitted himself to the same test and came out with flying colors. There is
an open invitation by Mr. Khatami for every citizen of this country to assess
his/her claimed virtues in the arena of public acceptability.

The invitation, however, does not insinuate personal affinity or
advisability, nor any expediency. The invitation clearly solicits the
participation of those individuals to expose their own true worth to the test
of public opinion. The invitation should not be misconstrued to be a form of
partiality towards any specific politician or enhancing that individual's

All the same, Mr. Hashemi's participation in the upcoming elections would
entail two possible scenarios. He might flunk the test altogether.

This is, however, a highly improbable turn of events. Should the unimaginable
transpire, the repercussions would spell disaster for the political future of
Mr. Rafsanjani. This contingency is, in all likelihood, deemed to hardly
leave an impact on Mr. Khatami's glory. The second scenario provides for
Hashemi's securing the needed votes to ensconce him in the next Majlis. A
sweeping victory would permit him to comfortably allocate the seat of the
Speaker of the House to himself. Enthroned in this much coveted seat, Mr.
Rafsanjani would be able to wield the power needed to equalize the extreme
right and left, and effectively lighten the burden of Mr. Khatami. However,
Mr. Rafsanjani's ending up with just a passing grade in the time of
elections, would again leave him susceptible to being regarded as a failure
in the test. Naturally, there wouldn't be much stamina in his stepping into
the shoes of the speaker of the house, and the shoe may prove to be too big
for him anyway. Given credence to the latter contingency, Mr. Khatami would
still emerge unscathed. All said and done, the next 20 days would definitely
play a fateful part in Rafsanjani's future political life. His many
interviews may prove to defeat the purpose, which is to raise his popularity.
His advisors will do well to warn him of the latter danger lurking ahead,
otherwise, they have to shoulder part of the responsibility in spurring him
on in this test.

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 08:17:57 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Rafsanjani: Enemies at Work to Separate People From Distinct Honors

Rafsanjani: Enemies at Work to Separate People From Distinct Honors


TEHRAN - Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani here
Friday warned against full-scale efforts launched by the enemies to separate
the people from their unprecedented honors.

Addressing a grand gathering of Friday Prayer leaders of Tehran Province,
Rafsanjani said the enemies have always attempted to distort the real nature
of the Islamic Revolution, and that despite the boost they receive on certain
occasions they always end up frustrated.

He termed the Islamic Revolution as an achievement of tremendous magnitude
which was realized under the leadership of Imam Khomeini (R.H.) with the
participation of the people and the clergy, and said it has no precedence
throughout the history of Islam.

The Expediency Council chairman further added that the Islamic Revolution has
stunned global observers in the East and the West, and their incapability in
analyzing it has been proved.

He said such an achievement is the fruit of the trust that binds the people,
the clergy and the leadership to each other, adding that the aim of the
Islamic Revolution is to forge closer relations among the people and to
further acquaint them with their divine blessings.

Rafsanjani rejected any use of violence or deceitful means, including false
publicity, to gain the people's trust, saying such practices are not
compatible with Islam.

He stressed the importance of the different roles the people have played in
various stages of the Revolution, and said the general structure of the
Islamic Republic and the spirit of the Islamic Revolution have always had
their support.

Rafsanjani described Islam as a dynamic religion and said that through
careful practice developments of the time can be harmonized with Islamic
principles, adding that even steps can be taken in advance to preempt
deceitful moves of the enemies, IRNA reported.

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 08:18:22 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Congress on Imam Khomeini (R.H.) Concludes

Congress on Imam Khomeini (R.H.) Concludes


TEHRAN -- The Congress on Imam Khomeini (R.H.) and Islamic Administration
Thought concluded in Qom Friday after three days of expert discussions on
various dimensions of political thought of the late founder of the Islamic
Republic, IRNA reported.

The congress started its work on Wednesday with a message of the Leader of
the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei. Nine political experts
addressed the congress during its three-day sessions.

Addressing the concluding ceremony, Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Karrubi,
secretary-general of the Majma-e Rowhaniyoun-e Mobarez (MRM), praised the
useful discussions held during the three-day congress and said the
discussions were very effective in countering cultural assaults of the
enemies of Islam.

As to Imam Khomeini's stand regarding Velayat-e Faqih (Islamic
Jurisprudence), he said that the Imam, by relying on the nation and by
believing in such stands, could foil a large number of enemy plots in the
early years of the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

The Islam introduced by Imam Khomeini was the Islam of justice, equality and
freedom, he noted.

Explaining the late Imam's point of view regarding the Islamic government,
Karrubi said that in the Imam's view the Islamic government consists of two
principles of Islamism and republicanism.

Also addressing the congress, Ayatollah Ali Meshkini, chairman of the Experts
Assembly, paid tribute to the late Imam Khomeini as the great man of the
history whose efforts resulted in revival of the Iranian nation.

He praised resistance of the late father of the Islamic Revolution against
the arrogant powers.

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 08:19:16 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: No U.S. Pressure Over Ties With Iran, Moussa

No U.S. Pressure Over Ties With Iran, Moussa

* Iran, Egypt Express Concern Over Chechen Crisis

* Kharrazi Meets U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and Counterpart

* Switzerland Welcomes Warmer Relations with Iran


TEHRAN - Egypt is under no pressure from the United States to go slow on
moves to normalize relations with Iran, Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa
said in an interview published in the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper.

"There is no pressure or conditions," said Moussa adding, "There is a desire
among the two parties (Egypt and Iran) to move forward...Our economic
relations are continuing, as are political consultations."

Moussa was speaking after a meeting on Friday with Iranian Foreign Minister
Kamal Kharrazi on the sidelines of the six-day World Economic Forum in the
Swiss resort of Davos. Egypt and Iran view better relations as "necessary and
important", Moussa said, adding that they disagree on Iranian islands in the
Persian Gulf claimed by the United Arab Emirates.

"We hope that coming developments will end the disputes on the subject of the
Emirate islands and some other issues," Moussa said, quoted by Reuters. The
two foreign ministers also exchanged views over major regional issues,
including the situation in the Middle East. Expressing regret over the
deplorable situation of Muslims in Chechnya, Kharrazi outlined the steps the
Islamic Republic of Iran has taken as chairman of the Organization of the
Islamic Conference (OIC) in an effort to put an end to the crisis through
peaceful means. Kharrazi underlined the grave concern of the Islamic World
over the massacre of innocent Chechens.

Pointing to Middle East issues and the increasing threats of the Zionist
regime in the region, the Iranian foreign minister emphasized Iran's stance,
i.e., the restoration of the complete rights of the Palestinian people,
including the return of all homeless Palestinians to their homeland, and the
liberation of the Holy Qods.

He also underlined the need for forging coordination among OIC members on the
subject of dialogue among civilizations. Referring to the situation in the
Middle East region, Moussa pointed to the threats posed before the region by
the expansion of the Zionist regime's nuclear arms arsenals.

Meanwhile, Kharrazi in a meeting with Kazakh Premier Kasymzhomart Tokayev on
Friday, underlined the need for expert studies on Iran-Kazakhstan bilateral
cooperation in the area of laying oil and gas pipelines in the region.

Kharrazi stressed that no one can deny the advantages of Iran's route for
laying oil and gas pipelines in terms of economy, security and access to
major world markets.

Referring to Tehran-Astana relations, he said that the Islamic Republic of
Iran is engaged in several projects in different parts of Kazakhstan. Terming
Iran as an important country in the region, Tokayev said that his country
attaches great importance to its ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran, IRNA

Referring to last year's visit to Tehran of the Kazakh president, Nursultan
Nazarbayev, he said the visit was very successful. The visit resulted in
further expansion of trade cooperation between the two states, he added.

Swiss Foreign Minister Joseph Deiss and his Iranian counterpart, Kharrazi,
have welcomed a steady improvement in relations between Berne and Tehran.

In another development, U.N. high commissioner for refugees, Ms. Sadako
Ogata, met yesterday Kharrazi on the sidelines of the 30th session of World
Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where she praised Iran's efforts in
assisting the refugees.

She also called Iran as among the countries with one of the largest
population of refugees adding, "Iran's ambassador to the U.N.'s Geneva
Headquarters has been selected as deputy director of Executive Committee of
the High Commission on Refugees and will take over as the director of the
committee next year."

Kharrazi also referred to the international role that Iran plays with regard
to hosting refugees and reiterated that other countries could also face up to
their international responsibilities.

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 08:19:46 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Countdown To Final Ballot

Countdown To Final Ballot

* Secretary-General of the Majma-e Rowhanioun-e Mobarez (MRM), Hojjatoleslam
Mehdi Karrubi thanked the Guardians Council for approving the qualifications
of a number of candidates whose competency had previously been rejected by
the supervisory councils.

Hojjatoleslam Karrubi expressed the hope that problems facing the rest of the
candidates for Sixth Majlis Elections whose qualification have not yet been
approved will be settled soon and that the Guardians Council would approve
their competency too.

* A future plan of rightist hardliners is to offer a motion in the Majlis
after the elections, based on which an organization under the supervision of
Guardian Council or Experts Assembly would have the right to dissolve Majlis
or dismiss MPs, in case the make-up and decisions of the parliament would not
suit them.

* Municipality-affiliated daily Hamshahri quoted Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani,
Expediency Council chairman, as saying an interview with Allergies TV
network: "Extremists, left or right, do not like my then Economic Adjustment
Policy. It was May 23 Front that insisted I should run in the parliamentary
elections. This was not my wish though."

* Abbas Abdi, Ezatollah Sahabi, Hashem Aghajari, Latif Safari, Mohammad
Tavassoli, Gholamabbas Tavassoli, Hashem Sabaghian, Ali Akbar Moin-Far,
Ibrahim Yazdi, Azam Taleqani, Vahideh Taleqani, Hamid-Reza Jalaiepour and
Ahmad Zeidabadi have been disqualified by the Guardian Council from running
in the Majlis election.

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 08:20:32 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM


Don't Blame Me

FATH * This pro-Khatami daily quoted former Intelligence Minister Ali
Fallahian, Saeed Emami's superior who is a candidate in the next month's
parliamentary elections, said there is no connection between him and last
year's political killings; "these assassinations happened one and a half
years after my tenure," he said, adding that Saeed Emami was dismissed from
his post as deputy intelligence minister for security reasons before murders
took place. Since the victims were only low-ranking dissident figures, they
must have been killed by foreigners, he underlined.

Commenting on those who blame Intelligence Ministry under his management for
murders, he said they were in the ministry but were dismissed.

Now they want to get even by pointing fingers at the Intelligence Ministry,
something the Leader has also emphasized. These people would be dealt with
soon, he said, citing Akbar Ganji as an example. "Ganji was imprisoned for
his hostility to the Islamic Revolution and Velayat-e Faqih; he is no
position to question the country's past honors."

Dariush Foruhar, a veteran politician, his wife Parvaneh and a number of
dissident writers were killed in a grisly spate of political murders last
year. It was found that renegade agents of the Intelligence Ministry, led by
former deputy minister Saeed Emami, were behind the murders.

Saeed Emami committed suicide in prison.

They Wouldn't Have Dared If

FATH * Firooz Aslani, a legal expert at hardline daily Kayhan, said those
newspapers which criticize the system for political murders, are not really
interested in finding facts about four low-ranking corrupt elements [who
supposedly committed the crimes]. They actually want to question the system
and the Revolution. If, during his tenure, the officials had not been too
kind to those who now insult him, who could have behaved as such today (the
rude journalists would not have been around to badmouth Fallahian). There is
an ad hoc committee in Kayhan to investigate anti-cultural and behind the
scent events. Kayhan is not connected to illegal and unofficial channels.

Export Water Melons, Solve Economic Problems!

SOBH-E EMROOZ * This leftist daily quoted Gholamreza Hassani, fundamentalist
Friday prayer leader of Urmia, said a group of people say ties should be
resumed with the United States because "they need rice to feed themselves and
get fatter". On economic problems he said: "If we have enough water and
officials are sharp a bit, then it is enough to export only water melons." He
added, "I should thank [former Mayor Gholamhussein] Karbaschi because he went
to prison and then purified himself."

Guidance Ministry to Confront Yazdi

AKHBAR-E EQTESAD * This pro-Khatami daily reported that security officials
are under pressure to respond to the recent remarks made by Mohammad Taqi
Mesbah-e Yazdi, who said former head of CIA is in Iran with a suitcase full
of money for newspapers and cultural centers. Ministry of Guidance is also
expected to challenge Yazdi's allegations by making comments on the issue
later this week.

U.S. Consulate, a Pretty Good Idea

AZAD * This pro-reform daily quoted Dr. Sadeq Zibakalam, university
professor, as saying that to prolong tension in Iran-U.S. relations bears no
benefit either country. It is more harmful to Iran [financially] since our
citizens have to obtain visa for traveling to the United States though a
third country in which they tend to spend a great sum of money. However,
should U.S. Consulate opens in Kish Island the expenses (foreign exchange)
involved would be sharply reduced.

Some of the press reported last week that the U.S. Consulate may open in Kish
Island, but Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi later denied the reports.

Rafsanjani Has Got a Nerve!

ABRAR * This rightist daily quoted Abbas Abdi, member of the Islamic Iran
Partnership Party (IIPP) as saying that Rafsanjani's statements and tone of
voice (arrogance) are not acceptable. Putting down others while referring to
them as "liars" is not right. No one can really defend his performance during
the eight year tenure as president.

He added the May 23 Front groups would stay united as long as their
objectives are realized and then, they would split, which is not so bad after

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 08:21:02 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Iranian Vetting Body Rejects 762 Candidates for Next Month's Polls

Iranian Vetting Body Rejects 762 Candidates for Next Month's Polls

TEHRAN (AFP) -- A conservative-controlled vetting body announced yesterday
that it has barred 762 hopefuls from a final list of candidates deemed
eligible to stand in key parliamentary elections next month. "In total, the
candidacies of 762 hopefuls have been definitively rejected," said a
statement from the Council of Guardian carried by state radio and television.

The council' plans to reject large numbers of candidates had been widely
reported in the Tehran press in recent weeks.

Reports that many of those disqualified were supporters of reformist
President Mohammad Khatami or members of the tolerated opposition sparked an
outcry from the reformers who had hoped to end the conservatives' control of
Parliament which has blocked the President's reforms.

The guardians said a total of 6,858 people had sought to stand in the
February 18 polls, nearly 200 more than the original figure given by the
Interior Ministry.

The vetting body said "25 percent of the 762 candidates rejected (or around
190) were disqualified because they were members of banned political groups."
The banned but tolerated Iran Freedom Movement said the guardians had
rejected all of its candidates.

"All our candidates in both Tehran and the provinces were declared
ineligible," said the liberal Islamic movement's leader Ibrahim Yazdi.

He said the movement would announce its reaction to the disqualifications on

A spokesman for the guardians said candidates have three days to lodge
appeals against their disqualification. For the first time in this year's
elections, the guardians are required to justify their decision in writing to
a rejected candidate if asked.

But Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said earlier this month that
it was "incorrect behavior" to criticize the guardians and insisted their
rulings "must be accepted by everyone."

The Interior Ministry said a final list of candidates deemed eligible would
be published before the formal launch of the election campaign on February 9.

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 08:21:24 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Mohajerani Urges IM & IRC to React to CIA Spying Allegations

Mohajerani Urges IM & IRC to React to CIA Spying Allegations

* If Baseless, Allegations Must Withdrawn


TEHRAN -- Ataollah Mohajerani, minister of culture and Islamic guidance, in
separate letters addressed to the information minister, Ali Younesi, and head
of the Islamic Revolution Court (IRC), Rahbarpour, yesterday urged them to
show reaction to the allegations raised by Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi that the
Iranian press received financial assistance from the Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA), IRNA reported.

In the letters, Mohajerani said "Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi has made some remarks
on the visit of the former head of CIA to Iran with a suitcase full money and
his remarks were reflected in Iranian newspapers on Thursday, Jan. 27."

The organizations concerned are expected to investigate the authenticity of
the charges made by the Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi and report the names of the
newspapers which according to Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi have received dollars
from the ex-chief of the CIA, to the Press Supervising Board, in order to be
dealt with according to the law.

In case the allegations made by Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi are proved to be
baseless and unfounded that it is necessary that the allegations be withdrawn
in order to preserve the dignity of the press and journalists, said the

Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi addressing a gathering on Tuesday in Qom claimed that
the former head of the CIA carrying a suitcase full of dollars for some
Iranian newspapers and cultural centers has come to Iran.

Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 08:22:55 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: GHAFOORI-FARD: Karbaschi's Release Was Lawful 3rd Plan Aims At Reducing

GHAFOORI-FARD: Karbaschi's Release Was Lawful 3rd Plan Aims At Reducing

Gov't Role, Not Rescuing Economy


TEHRAN - "Karbaschi's release from prison was within the framework of the
law. However, it may entail certain political consequences," a rightist MP
told IRAN NEWS in a recent interview.

Hassan Ghafoori-Fard, MP from Tehran, maintained that former Tehran mayor's
freedom could help the activities of the Executives of Construction Party
members, and will give them a psychological boost.

While in prison, Karbaschi continued in his post as the party's
secretary-general, but the day to day affairs of the party were handled by
his deputy, Hussein Marashi.

Ghafoori-Fard, who is a member of the Majlis (Parliament) Presiding Board,
said his political faction (the right) is not happy with the infighting that
is going on in the 2nd of Khordad Front (coalition of Khatami supporters)
because such open disagreements will damage the political party system as a
whole and will confuse the public.

The former vice president predicted that 25% of the deputies in the next
Majlis will be independent, and the remaining 75% will be split almost evenly
between the right and the left.

"I tend to believe, however, that the faction which currently is in the
majority in parliament (the right) stands a good chance of holding on to that
majority in the 6th Majlis," Ghafoori-Fard stated.

He referred to the independents (in the next Majlis) as the deciding factor
in the Legislature, and said that all political groups will vie for their

The influential rightist MP said three possibilities exist for the next
Majlis. One is that it will be in total agreement with the government and
will become a rubber stamp parliament, which is the worst possible scenario.

The other, he said, is a parliament dominated by the opponents of the
government. This, too, is detrimental to the government and the country,
because the Majlis will oppose government proposals purely on the basis of
factional politics.

The third, and the best, possibility is that regardless of the majority in
the Majlis the Legislature works with the government with the aim of
resolving the country's problems without bringing factional considerations
into play. He pointed to the current Majlis as one that the opposition
majority is working well with the government, regardless of their political
differences. He did, however, criticize the Khatami government for excluding
the rightists from his Cabinet.

Ghafoori-Fard maintained that the most urgent problem of the country is the
economy which affects the daily lives of the entire nation. "The 6th Majlis
cannot afford to be indifferent to such a huge problem. It must, regardless
of its make up, pay close attention to the various economic needs of the
people," he emphasized.

The Tehran MP said the Third Economic Development Plan is drafted with the
aim only of reducing the role of the government in the economy, and explained
that the economy is still controlled by the government, as was the case
before the revolution.

"The fact is that the 3rd plan is not meant to rescue the economy, its actual
aim is to change the basic structure of the government," the MP said, adding
that there are, however, some aspects of the plan that may help improve the

The former vice president said the best case scenario for the economy is a
10% unemployment rate (down from the current 16%), a 15.9% inflation rate
(down from the current 20%) and an economic growth rate of 6%, "but
unfortunately we lack the strategy for achieving these goals. Even under the
best possible circumstances we will have a double digit inflation rate. Even
if we create 760,000 new jobs, unemployment will go down only to about 10%,
while the acceptable international rate is below 5%."

He called the 6% economic growth rate, envisaged in the 3rd plan,
"reasonable", but added that in the First Economic Development Plan the
economic growth rate was 7% and for many years the country enjoyed a double
digit economic growth rate.

Ghafoori-Fard said he is not against foreign investment, "but I believe that
we must first make sure that we have fully utilized our domestic investment
opportunities before venturing into the foreign investment domain."

The rightist MP maintained that legal and other problems have prevented
domestic investment, but expressed hope that with the full cooperation of the
government and the 6th Majlis these problems will be solved.

Regarding the opposition to Hashemi-Rafsanjani's candidacy, Ghafoori-Fard
said: "The reasons are more political than economic, because those in the
Khatami government who criticize Mr. Rafsanjani are the same people who
belonged to the Executives of Construction during Rafsanjani's presidency."
He blamed the lack of dynamic, new and innovative ideas on the part of the
rightists for their defeat in the last presidential elections.

SUBTITLES: infighting in the 2nd of Khordad Front damages the political party
system as a whole and will confuse the public the most urgent problem of the
country is the economy. The 6th Majlis cannot afford to be indifferent to
such a huge problem Opposition to Rafsanjani's Candidacy is more political
than economic.

Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 02:04:38 -0500
From: Fereydoun Taslimi <taslimi@MINDSPRING.COM>
Subject: Washington DC meeting Feb 3rd, House of Iran

Empowering the youth of our homeland: Information Technology and the
Internet for Education in Iran.

Speaker: By Professor Abbas Edalat, Imperial College, London".

Meeting outline for Thursday Feb 3rd is set as follow:

7:00 to 7:30 Reception (Coffee, tea, ...)
7:30 to 7:35 Introduction
7:35 to 8:25 Prof. Edalat's presentation
8:25 to 8:55 Q&A
8:55 to 9:00 Closing

Address & Directions:
The House of Iran, 7409-A Colshire Drive, Mclean, Virginia
Direction: Take I-495 toward Northern Virginia (Tysons Corner Area), take
exit 11A (Chain Bridge Rd toward Mclean). Turn right at the 3rd traffic
light onto Anderson Rd to the Commons Shopping Village on your right. The
of Iran is next to the Safeways supermarket.
The House of Iran
P.O. Box 10665 McLean, VA 22102-8665
Telephone: (703) 442-8100 FAX: (703) 442-8624
Email : Info@HouseOfIran.Org

A brief desciption about SAF

At the dawn of the third Millennium, an extraordinary technological
revolution, dramatically illustrated by the rapid development of the
Internet, is unfolding in our planet which is radically changing the
way human beings live, communicate, develop interests, learn,
research, produce and trade. It has had a massive impact on the new
generations in the West: Computers and the Internet have brought about
an explosion of perspectives for tens of millions of children and
youth who can use this new medium and technology as a natural part of
their daily lives in order to realize their full potential.

In contrast, this gigantic process is sharply accentuating the gap
between the developed and the developing countries by producing a
deeply uneven and divided world of the digital haves and the digital
have nots, with its striking consequences in terms of global
inequality in the years ahead. However, information technology, and in
particular the Internet, has created for the first time in human
history an empowering tool to eradicate effectively the roots of
underdevelopment. The basic precondition is to make the new technology
available and integrated consistently at an early age in the education
of the hundreds of millions of the children in the third world.

The Science and Arts Foundation (SAF), which was set up as a
non-profit-making educational charity on 1st March 1999, aspires for
such an ideal future world.

SAF's first campaign has been in Iran, where school children and
university students have shown their outstanding talents in recent
years by a series of spectacular successes in International Science
Olympiads and other major international competitions such as the
RoboCup. Information technology can enable the youth in Iran to
realize their full potential towards the highest degrees of
scientific, technological, cultural, social and economic progress. By
acting now,
this vision is within our reach.

In this talk, full details will be presented on how SAF has provided,
in its first nine months of activities, well-equipped computer sites
and Internet access for 13 model state schools nearly all in deprived
areas of Tehran, Shahre Ray and Varamin. These are the first schools
in the country to go on-line. SAF has also set up a School Information
Centres at Sharif University in Tehran and is now setting up a similar
one also in Isfahan. These centres provide Internet access to schools,
train teachers in information technology and the Internet, download
major educational and cultural Websites around the globe for use of
school children in Iran. They will also be used to organise Internet
based collaborative projects between schools in Iran and the rest of
the world in scientific, environmental, cultural and artistic
areas. Finally SAF's overall program of activities for the next two
years will be outlined.

End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 28 Jan 2000 to 30 Jan 2000