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Topics of the day:

1. Iranians start own probe of Gothenburg disco blaze
2. Iranian official sets conditions for dialogue with US
3. American flags burned in Tehran in anti-US demo
4. Iran appoints new ambassador to Italy
5. NEW VIDEO FROM CDI: The Human Cost of America's Arm Sales

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Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 20:18:34 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranians start own probe of Gothenburg disco blaze

STOCKHOLM, Nov 4 (AFP) - A group of Iranians have launched their
own probe into last week's tragic dance hall fire in Gothenburg that
killed 63 people and injured 162, the daily Svenska Dagbladet
newspaper reported Wednesday.
The group wants to gather information about the tragedy from
survivors, media and other witnesses, to determine what caused the
fire. Most of those who perished are of Iranian, Iraqi, Yugoslav,
Ethiopian or Latin American origin.
"We are not saying we don't trust the Swedish authorities,"
Saied Taghavi, spokesperson of the Iranian Association in Sweden,
told the daily. "But the investigations following the Estonia
sinking and the Palme murder have proved private initiatives may be
useful."
The February 1986 murder of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme in
Stockholm has yet to be solved by police. The final report of the
Estonia sinking, in which 852 people died in September 1994, was
only completed early this year, nearly four years after the
accident.
Swedish police expressed strong disapproval of the private
Iranian investigation, saying it could hamper the official probe.
"If we find any interesting information, we would of course
immediately give it to the police," said Kavos Aryomand, a member of
the Iranian group.
He added that the group would not present any conclusions before
the official investigation was completed.

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Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 20:18:53 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian official sets conditions for dialogue with US

TEHRAN, Nov 4 (AFP) - A senior Iranian official set four
conditions on Wednesday for a start of official talks with the
United States, as thousands of people marked the 19th anniversary of
the seizure of the US embassy here.
"Our stand against the United States is not a political jest; it
is a real struggle to preserve our international prestige," General
Mohsen Rezai, the secretary of the Expediency Council, a top
supervisory body to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a
speech to the crowd.
"There are conditions before any negotiations. If these
conditions are met, then we can talk about negotiations," the
general said.
He demanded that US President Bill Clinton "apologize to Iran at
an official international forum for his country's support of 70
years of dictatorship in Iran," a reference to the monarchy toppled
in the 1979 Islamic revolution.
He also asked Washington to "pledge to never again interfere in
our internal affairs, to remove its naval fleet from the Persian
Gulf region and release Iranian assets" frozen in the United
States.
"As long as the Americans do not meet our conditions and do not
adopt a more humane approach towards us, negotiations are not
possible.
"The Americans are afraid of relations with Iran, because they
are in conflict with their support of Israel. They want to use the
negotiation process and cheat us," Rezai said.
US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called in June for a
roadmap to pave the way for normalized relations between the two
enemies. But her Iranian counterpart rejected the offer in
September, demanding that the United States first end hostilities
towards Iran.
Washington broke off ties with Tehran in 1980 after its embassy
was raided by radical students, and all attempts to establish
dialogue have failed so far amid strong opposition from Iranian
revolutionaries.
Khamenei ruled out any dialogue with Washington on Tuesday,
insisting that Iranians were better off without relations with the
"Great Satan."
Thousands of people, mainly schoolchildren, gathered in front of
the former US mission in central Tehran, buring American flags and
effigies of Uncle Sam in official demonstrations to mark the
anniversary of the embassy seizure.
The staff at the American embassy were seized in on November 4,
1979 and held 444 days, in protest at "hostile" US policies towards
Iran, notably the admission to the United States of the late Shah
who was toppled in 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Moderate President Mohammad Khatami in a ground-breaking
overture to the American people in January, called for a "crack in
the wall of mistrust" between the two countries.

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Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 20:19:02 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: American flags burned in Tehran in anti-US demo

TEHRAN, Nov 4 (AFP) - Iranian demonstrators burned American
flags Wednesday during official demonstrations in Tehran to
commemorate the 19th anniversary of the storming of the US embassy
here by revolutionary students.
The demonstrators, mostly schoolchildren, gathered outside the
former US embassy in central Tehran chanting "Death to America" and
"Death to Israel" as American flags and effigies of Uncle Sam were
set ablaze and trampled on.
Radical Iranian students stormed the American embassy on
November 4, 1979 holding embassy staff hostage for 444 days to
protest "hostile" US policies towards Iran, notably the admission to
the United States of the late Shah who was toppled in 1979 Islamic
Revolution.
Washington broke off ties with Tehran in 1980 and all attempts
to establish dialogue have failed so far amid strong opposition from
Iranian revolutionaries.
Moderate President Mohammad Khatami in a ground-breaking
overture to the American people in January, called for a "crack in
the wall of mistrust" between the two countries, and said he was
opposed to the practice of flag burning in Iran.
Around 2,000 pro-Khatami students held their own rally against
the United States on Monday, but they refrained from buring the US
flag, saying "it is a symbol of American people" whom they bear no
hostility against.
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruled out any
dialogue with Washington on Tuesday, insisting that Iranians were
better off without relations with the "Great Satan."

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Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 20:19:15 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran appoints new ambassador to Italy

TEHRAN, Nov 3 (AFP) - Iran has appointed its former ambassador
to France, Ali Ahani, as its new envoy to Italy, the foreign
ministry announced Tuesday.
Ahani has also been director general for Euro-American,
Asia-Pacific and West European affairs in the foreign ministry, the
official IRNA news agency said.
He replaces Homayoun Zadeh.
Iran and Italy have good relations, and Italy is the Islamic
Republic's second largest trading partner in Europe after Germany.
Iranian speaker of parliament Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri recently
paid the first official visit to Rome by an Iranian speaker in 20
years.
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi made an official visit to
Tehran at the end of June, which was considered the most important
visit to the Islamic republic by a Western leader at the time.
His visit led to an agreement in July that ended litigation over
contracts signed before the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 21:05:39 -0500
From: Rahim Bajoghli <rbajoghli@JUNO.COM>
Subject: NEW VIDEO FROM CDI: The Human Cost of America's Arm Sales

A new video from the Center for Defense Information

Title: The Human Cost of America's Arms Sales

This show brings viewers face to face with the people who have been
impacted by the sale of U.S. weapons to non-democratic regimes around the
world. Three case studies are explored - American arms sales to the
governments of Turkey, Colombia, and Indonesia. What has been the impact
on the human rights of citizens whose governments rely on U.S. weapons
rather than genuine political reform to remain in power?

"The Human Cost of America's Arms Sales" features interviews with:

Jose Ramos-Horta 1996 Nobel Peace Laureate

Allan Nairn -- Journalist/Activist

Carlos Rodriguez Mejia -- Colombian Commission of Jurists

Gloria Galindez President, Colombian Association of Relatives of the
Detained or Disappeared.

Mike Amitay Director, Washington Kurdish Institute

Birusk Tugan Exiled Kurdish Journalist

Lawrence Korb former Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan
Administration

Stephen Rickard - Amnesty International USA

Christina Caballero - Colombian Journalist

This program will air Sunday, November 8th, 1998 at 12:30 PM on WHUT-TV
-- Channel 32 in Washington DC. If you live in the DC metro area check
your local listings for America's Defense Monitor. If you live outside
the DC
metro area please refer to CDI's website at:

http://www.cdi.org/adm/station.html

for local PBS stations that carry America's Defense Monitor.

NOTE: If you are unable to catch the program this Sunday, or you live
outside the United States, videotapes are available for a special $15
price - a $10 discount (international postage costs extra) to those who
receive
this email message.

Please call 1-800-CDI-3334 and mention this e-mail message or email
rstohl@cdi.org.

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Rachel J. Stohl
Research Analyst
Center for Defense Information (CDI)
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Washington, DC 20036
tel: (202) 332-0600 ext. 105
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