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There are 4 messages totalling 207 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Saudis, Iran Discuss Oil Prices
2. LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF NYTIMES
3. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
4. VOTE FOR MARYAM NAMAZIE - IRANIAN OF THE YEAR

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:15:06 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Saudis, Iran Discuss Oil Prices

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabian and Iranian oil
ministers said Sunday that in order to raise prices, the market's
surplus must be eliminated, the official Saudi Press Agency
reported.
In their talks in Riyadh, Ali Naimi of Saudi Arabia and Bijan
Namdar Zanganeh of Iran agreed there is ``a surplus in supply of
oil, and it is necessary to get rid of this surplus in order for
oil prices to improve,'' the agency said.
The discussions came about two weeks before the Organization of
the Petroleum Exporting Countries is due to hold a ministerial
meeting on oil prices, which have plummeted to their lowest level
in 20 years, hovering near $11 a barrel for the past several
months.
``The two sides also agreed on the need to continue discussions
between themselves, and among OPEC members and non-members, to take
a united and positive decision during the next OPEC meeting on
March 23,'' the agency reported.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Wednesday that
his country and Iran were determined to curb the collapse of oil
prices on international markets.
Saudi Arabia has a daily production quota of 8 million barrels,
while Iran, the second-largest OPEC producer, has a quota of 3.3
million barrels.
Other OPEC members include Algeria, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait,
Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 16:32:46 EST
From: CHAIRNGO@AOL.COM
Subject: LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF NYTIMES

Subj: U.N. Bars Ethnic Tibetan's Talk, Stirring Protests,
March 5, 1999
Date: 3/6/99 6:33:41 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: CHAIRNGO
To: letters@nytimes.com

March 6, 1999

Dear Editor:

I was not surprised that the U.N. Commission on the Status of
Women (CSW) prevented "an ethnic Tibetan from addressing [it],
saying this might offend the Chinese delegation" (U.N. Bars Ethnic
Tibetan's Talk, Stirring Protests, March 5, 1999). Last year, I faced
a similar situation involving their concern for offending the Islamic
Republic of Iran, a regime which has gained global notoriety for its
system of gender-apartheid. Initially, I was told I had to promise not
to "cause any problems" before I could attend. After much back
and forth, I managed to participate only to find that they would not
provide a copy of the regime's national plan of action, or the names
of the Iranian delegation. A CSW staff member even went so far as
to defend the status of women in Iran making use of cultural
relativism, a racist theory of difference which denies universal
human rights.

Clearly, their feigning defense of women's rights while promoting
vile regimes is nothing new. The U.N. is an organization which
defends governments', not people's, interests.

Sincerely,
Maryam Namazie
Deputy Director, International Federation of Iranian Refugees
Steering Committee Member, Committee for Humanitarian
Assistance to Iranian Refugees (CHAIR)
17 Battery Place
Room 902N.
New York, NY 10004
Tel: 212-747-1046
Fax: 212-425-7260
E-mail: chairngo@aol.com

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 16:27:09 EST
From: CHAIRNGO@AOL.COM
Subject: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

Condemn the Islamic Republic of Iran for its Anti-Women
Policies

The extent of the Islamic Republicís savagery is hard to describe.
Everybody knows citizens in Iran who have no rights. The Islamic
Republic has been waging a twenty-year war against the individual
and social rights of women.

The results of the anti-women policies in Iran are that women
are considered second class citizens; and that family, social,
and personal relations have imposed upon them rules and
conditions reminiscent of the middle ages.

In the Islamic Republic of Iran:
∑ Many jobs are closed to women
∑ At schools, universities, public transportation, and all other public
places, people are divided on the basis of gender. There are some
public places to which women are not permitted to enter at all.
∑ The systematic rape of girls as young as nine is not only not
considered a crime but is actually encouraged under Islamic
marriage laws.
∑ Women donít even have the right to choose the clothes they wear.
∑ The punishment for having pre or extra-marital sex is execution
or stoning to death. The barbaric practice of stoning has been
used frequently during the reign of the Islamic regime.

Gender-apartheid is dominant in Iran and there is a daily struggle
against it- a struggle which is harshly suppressed. According to
the regimeís own statistics, over one hundred thousand are
arrested yearly because they refuse to follow the mandatory
Islamic dress-code. Since the beginning of the Islamic Republic,
hundreds of women have been arrested, tortured, and executed
because of their refusal to follow the anti-women rules. The
Islamic regime must be condemned for its gender-apartheid:

∑ Condemn the regime of Iran for its bloody suppression of the
struggle for equal rights for women
∑ Condemn the Islamic Republic for forcing the educational, social
and private life of human beings to be dominated by religion.
∑ Condemn the regime of Iran for its inhumane rules and its
crimes against young girls.
∑ Condemn the Islamic Republic for its vengeful rules, for stoning,
and for all reactionary rules against women.

The resistance against this gender apartheid and against the
whole Islamic regime is broad and takes many forms. Defend
womenís rights through issuing condemnation resolutions, through
sending protest letters to the Islamic Republic and through
defending any demands for human rights in Iran. The people of Iran
have escalated their struggle to over-throw the regime. Take part in
this struggle.

Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees
International Campaign in Defense of Womenís Rights in Iran
International Federation Of Iranian Refugees
Worker-communist Party Of Iran-Organization Abroad

For more information, contact IFIR, GPO, PO Box 7051, NY, NY 10116.
Tel: 212-747-1046. Fax: 212-425-7260. E-mail: ifiric@aol.com

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 18:43:36 EST
From: CHAIRNGO@AOL.COM
Subject: VOTE FOR MARYAM NAMAZIE - IRANIAN OF THE YEAR

March 8. 1999
DEADLINE: MARCH 19, 1999

Dear Friends,

The Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees (CHAIR) and the
International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR) are writing to ask you to
vote for Maryam Namazie in the upcoming elections for "Iranian of the Year"
organized by Iranian Web Magazine. Last year, Namazie was nominated for human
rights activist of the year (see results at:
www.iranian.com/Opinion/March98/IOTY/index.html).

Last year, however, Khatami, a criminal representative of the Islamic Republic
of Iran won overall votes. We are asking for your support this year, though
we did not participate in the elections last year, because we want to promote
a progressive candidate.

If interested, please fill out the section below or use what we have written
and send that section to Times@iranian.com. You may only send one e-mail from
your address, otherwise all your votes will be discounted.

We look forward to your support.

In solidarity,
Laili Panahi, CHAIR/IFIR

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To: Times@iranian.com


MY CHOICE FOR IRANIAN OF THE YEAR IS:
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MARYAM NAMAZIE

I MADE THIS CHOICE BECAUSE:
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OF HER WORK DEFENDING REFUGEE RIGHTS, OPPOSING THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN,
AND PROMOTING EQUALITY AND FREEDOM WITH THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF
IRANIAN REFUGEES (IFIR)
AND THE COMMITTEE FOR HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO IRANIAN REFUGEES (CHAIR)

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