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There are 17 messages totalling 1033 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. fwd: MI6 spy list
2. Iranian president meets Palestinian militant groups in Damascus
3. Iranian president calls for religious, cultural dialogue
4. Iranian president visits Riyadh amidst thaw in relations
5. Iranian president arrives in Syria on landmark tour
6. Senior Iranian clerics denounce any resumption of ties with US
7. Fresh quake shakes southern Iran
8. Tehran city council narrows list of mayoral candidates to nine
9. 74 candidates seek post of mayor of Tehran
10. Khatami calls for greater tolerance
11. No pardon for former Tehran mayor: Khamenei
12. Ocalan's brother hiding in Iran: report
13. Four drug traffickers executed in Iran
14. Iran plans huge tax hikes for foreign companies
15. Majority of Iranian MPs support jailed Tehran mayor
16. Iran has cut secret deal with US "to stab Baghdad in back": Iraq
17. Arab American leaves State after Zionist criticism


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 14:58:13 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: fwd: MI6 spy list

This is the true list which was first published on the internet a nearly a
week ago. Shortly after the web-site was shut down by the British
Government, a false list started to appear over the internet which
contained the names of fictional MI6 Officers and was probably spread by
the government itself as disinformation. It was bound to happen like that!

This list gives the original list of names before the site was shut
down. Spread it around and mirror it to expose these criminals. You can
tell the fake one from the original because the fake one has foolishly been
put in alphabetical order which gives away the fact that it has been
carefully engineered.

Here is the list:

Robert Bowen: 90 Windhoek, 92 Tirana.

Cor Andrew Boyd: 81 Accra, 88 Mexico City, 96 Islamabad; dob 1950.

Andrew John Bryer: 94 Santiago; dob 1960.

Christopher Matthew Willow: 88 Nicosia, 94 New Delhi; dob 1963.

Alastair Clark.

Michael Feliks: 93 Peking; dob 1964; Dr.

Roberto Dominico: 85 Hague, 88 Lagos, 92 New York; dob 1962.

Nicholai Bernarducci: 88 Lagos, 94 Istanbul; dob 1958; Dr.

Richard George Hooper: 68 Athens, 69 Nicosia, 73 Bucharest, 85 Athens;
dob 1944; CMG.

Donovan Andrew Foulsham: 84 Brunei, 86 Lagos, 95 Rome; dob 1950.

Rosalinda Maria Fulvera: 90 Hong Kong; dob 1965.

Michael Richard Foxton: 93 Geneva; dob 1958.

Richard Leslie Darlington: 73 Helsinki, 84 Washington; dob 1949.

Andrew Fulton: 69 Saigon, 73 Rome; dob 1947.

Robert Philip Bridges: 86 Warsaw, 88 Moscow; dob 1959.

Stanley Armitage Brooks: 72 Rio, 75 Lisbon, 79 Moscow, 87 Stockholm, 93
Moscow; dob 1948; OBE.

Christopher Parker: 82 East Berlin, 87 Bonn, 93 Athens; dob 1958.

Gregory Benedict Joseph Gatsby: 89 Bonn, 92 Belgrade; dob 1960; OBE.

Jeffrey Chittenden.

Robert John Paul Temple: 76 Bankok, 81 Berlin, 86 Nairobi, 89 Bangkok,
97 Nairobi; dob 1947.

Timothy Clay: 91 Warsaw, 95 Lagos; dob 1960;

Mark Hugh Clementine: 86 Tehran, 90 Vienna; dob 1961.

John Donovan Nielsonn: 66 Nicosia, 72 Bonn, 72 Brussels, 88 Washington;
dob 1941; CMG.

Peter Solomon Childs: 80 Khartoum, 82 Canberra, 93 Jakarta; dob 1950.

Andrew David Bains: 75 Nairobi, 77 New York, 84 Lusaka, 88 Berlin, 95
Oslo; dob 1947.

Nicholas Louis Cooper-Coles: 80 Cairo, 87 Washington; dob 1955; CMG,

Keith Cray: dob 1961.

Jonathan Martin James Drake: 88 Cairo, 96 Dubai; dob 1953.

Michelle Hayward Davenport: 89 Warsaw, 96 Moscow; dob 1961.

Pyoter Brian Davich: 83 Rome, 88 Peking, 96 Jakarta; dob 1954,

Richard Billing Fairchild: 68 Nairobi, 73 Prague, 80 Paris, 87 Geneva,
91 Washington; dob 1945; OBE.

John Fairchild.

Kevin Derek Everett: 75 Warsaw, 77 Maputo, 83 New York, 86 Kingston, 88
Lisbon; dob 1948; OBE.

Carrie Garvey: 81 Bangkok, 85 Hanoi, 92 Phnom Penh; dob 1960.

John Harrison Cary Smythe: 69 Hong Kong, 71 Singapore, 74 Peking, 87
Hong Kong; dob 1945.

Andrew Patrick Somerset Gibbs: 79 Rio, 84 Moscow, 87 Pretoria; dob 1951;

Sarah Goodman.

Anikka Goodman.

Keith Robert Grosling: 75 Singapore, 78 Vienna, 86 Manila, 93 Tel Aviv;
dob 1944; OBE.

Rupert Fitzpatrick Hamilton: 78 Jakarta, 82 Tokyo, 84 Hong Kong, 89
Copenhagen; dob 1948.

Roger Graham Talisman: 73 Hong Kong, 76 Sanaa, 85 Hong Kong, 96
Wellington; dob 1950.

Stanley Cole Dayton: 95 Lagos; dob 1963.

Henry John Clythe: 88 Vienna, 96 New York; dob 1962.

Catherine Sarah Horner: 85 Moscow, 97 Moscow; dob 1952.

Robert Benedictine Hurd: 95 Warsaw; dob 1964.

Robert Mitchell Forest: 74 Nairobi, 80 Turkey, 81 Ankara, 95 Ottowa; dob

Charles Maurice Kenwick-Pierce: 74 Brussels, 82 Nicosia, 88 Hague, 94
Athens; dob 1948.

Alec Kershaw: 97 Geneva; dob 1964.

Nicholas John Andrew Longman: 86 Montevideo, 88 New York, 94 Paris; dob
1960. Richard Vlach: 95 Havana.

James Spencer Kennedy: 91 Kuwait, 97 Damascus; dob 1964.

Andrew Whitside: 95 Budapest; dob 1968.

Marco Williams: 95 Tehran.

Drew Williams: 76 Kuala Lumpur, 79 Bridgetown, 88 Harare, 94 Delhi; dob

Shimon Walsky: 91 Athens, 93 Zagreb; dob 1966; OBE.

Claude Benton Miles: 78 Geneva, 84 Dhaka, 90 Islamabad; dob 1944.

David John Woods: 78 Vienna, 81 Bucharest, 92 Harare, 97 Pretoria; dob

Alexander Woods: 77 New York, 84 Berlin, 86 Bonn, 95 Warsaw; dob 1951.

Alexander William MacBaine: 95 Vienna; dob 1963.

Edmond John Scott: 94 Istanbul; dob 1968.

Jeremiah Triches: 87 Lusaka, 94 Vienna; dob 1961.

Gareth Geoffrey Johnson: dob 1971.

Kristina Anna MacQueen: 84 Brasilia, 89 New York, 90 Paris; dob 1959.

Norman James Sweeney: 72 Nairobi, 77 Tehran, 83 Bonn, 91 Stockholm, 95
Moscow; dob 1948.

Ian Arthur Gray: 81 New York, 85 Warsaw, 93 Prague; dob 1952.

Ian Forbes Creed: 76f Lusaka, 79 Tehran, 83 Copenhagen, 92 New York; dob
1950; OBE.

Patrick Joseph Guinness: 88 Sanaa, 94 Abu Dhabi, 96 Cairo; dob 1963;

Justin Thomas Smith: 96 Moscow; dob 1969.

William Sigisbert Soames: 88 Kabul, 89 Prague, 97 Istanbul; dob 1959.

Andrew Jonathan Mitchell: 93 Bonn; dob 1967.

Anthony Leopold Dayton: 90 Geneva, 96 Zagreb; dob 1960.

Richard Petrie Moore: 90 Ankara, 91 Istanbul, 95 Islamabad; dob 1963.

Scott Thomas Morgan: 84 Geneva, 88 Aden, 94 Valletta; dob 1958; MBE.

Darrell Richard Morley: 89 San Jose, 90 Bridgetown, 96 Hague; dob 1959.

Clive Dare Newham: 79 Tehran, 82 Kabul, 86 Addis, 90 Bosnia, 94 Ankara;
dob 1953.

Peter James Morris: 85 Lagos, 90 Guatemala; dob 1955, Dr.

Peter David Kildare: 77 Athens, 84 Brasilia, 89 Tel Aviv, 96 Hague; dob
1944; OBE, MC.

Christopher Robert Geoffrey Page: 78 Havana, 79 Lusaka, 88 Maputo, 97
New York; dob 1952; OBE.

Kerry Douglas Partridge: 80 Delhi, 87 Hanoi, 94 Hong Kong; dob 1955.

Eric Penton-Voak: 95 Moscow; dob 1965.

Geoffrey Colindale: 81 Hong Kong, 92 Geneva; dob 1951.

Alan Petty Marsh.

Richard Samuel Potter: 85 Riyadh, 88 Nicosia; dob 1960.

Mark Stone: Buenos Aires 86; dob 1960.

John Andrew Rennes-le-baine: 88 Kuwait, 94 Damascus, 97 Riyadh; dob

Aryabhatta Ramkrishn: 77 Lagos, 79 Brasilia, 86 Madrid, 89 San Jose, 97
Madrid; dob 1948.

Timothy Rawlinson: 91 Lagos, 96 Stockholm; dob 1962.

Richard Robert Reeves: 73 Singapore, 77 Hong Kong, 83 Hong Kong; dob

Michael Derek Reagan: 86 Kabul, 89 Dubai, 95 Bangkok; dob 1955.

Garth Marius Prows: 96 Khartoum; dob 1971.

John Riddell.

Janet Elisa Roogan: 91 Peking, 98 Sarajevo; dob 1962.

John Scarlett McLeod: 73 Nairobi, 76 Moscow, 84 Paris, 91 Moscow; dob
1948; OBE.

Deborah Jane Sutcliff: 96 Peking; dob 1969.

Richard David Larsonn: 92 Istanbul, 97 Paris; dob 1960.

David Spieling.

David St. John Kelso: 87 Moscow, 97 Pretoria; dob 1962.

Andrew Jeremy Stanford: 77 Stockholm, 79 Accra, 84 Prague, 91 Brussels;
dob 1953.

William David Steeles: 90 Moscow; dob 1964.

Geoffrey Dantium.

Jonathan Anthony Wilheim: 70 Nairobi, 73 Havana, 79 Belgrade, 86
Santiago, 97 Geneva; dob 1946.

Richard Paulus Rennier Thompson: 91 Stockholm, 96 Geneva; dob 1960.

Michael Thompson.

Daniel Vernes: 95 Brussels; dob 1969.

Stuart Graham Toreville: 95 Islamabad; dob 1971.

Warren Charles Anderson: 78 Buenos Aires, 85 Mexico, 93 Madrid; dob
1948; Dr.

Graham Benedict Bartholemew Asquith: 83 Moscow, 92 Kiev; dob 1952;.

Kenneth Charles Bradford: 82 Geneva, 88 Moscow; dob 1943;

Ian Clive Bramfield: 94 Geneva; dob 1965.

Richard Martin Barclay: 83 Ankara, 88 New York, 97 Amman; dob 1949.

James Lindon Boxworth: 94 Cairo (MECAS), 97 Amman; dob 1967.

Yohan Beales.

Peter William White: 74 MECAS, 77 Kuwait, 80 Amman, 87 Dhaka; dob 1946.

Jerry Bunt.

FROM anonymous


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 12:58:44 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian president meets Palestinian militant groups in Damascus

DAMASCUS, May 14 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
paraded his government's continued support for the armed struggle
against Israel Friday with a high-profile meeting with Palestinian
militant groups based here.
Khatami held talks with leaders of all nine of the militant
groups still vehemently opposed to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
and the peace process with Israel he launched at Oslo in 1993,
opposition spokesmen said.
Among the opposition leaders the Iranian president met were
representatives of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and
Islamic Jihad -- the two groups which have conducted the vast
majority of attacks against Israeli targets since 1993 -- as well as
the biggest PLO opposition group, the secular Popular Front for the
Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
Islamic Jihad was represented by its leader Ramadan Shalah and
Hamas by top official Khaled Meshal, whom Israeli intelligence
operatives sought to poison in an abortive assassination attempt in
Amman in September 1997.
The smaller Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
(DFLP), which has broken with the rest of the opposition in recent
months to pursue a gradual opening to Arafat's Palestinian
Authority, was not represented at the meeting, opposition leaders
The Iranian president implicitly criticized Arafat without
actually naming him, opposition officials said.
"Those who chose the path of negotiations and concessions to
Israel must reap the consequences," PFLP spokesman Maher al-Taher
quoted Khatami as saying.
Another opposition leader present at the talks -- Ahmed Jibril,
leader of the small hardline Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC) -- said they focussed on the
"damage caused to the Palestinian cause by the Oslo accords."
Khatami discussed the support given by "Syria and Iran to
Palestinian movements which struggle against the path of surrender,"
the PFLP-GC leader said.
The high profile meeting between the Palestinian opposition and
the Iranian president, who is on his first visit to Syria, came amid
growing efforts by Arafat to patch up his troubled relations with
Damascus ahead of the expected launch of talks on a final settlement
with the Jewish state after Israeli elections on Monday.
Earlier this month, two senior members of Arafat's mainstream
Fatah faction attended a meeting here with Syrian Foreign Minister
Faruq al-Shara.
And during a "private" visit here, the Palestinian Authority's
social affairs minister Intissar al-Wazir called for the adoption of
"a common Arab position in the light of the Israeli-Palestinian
final-status negotiations which will take place after the Israeli
Palestinian Authority officials have long had troubled relations
with Tehran which deteriorated into a sharp war of words late last
year, but Arafat has always been at pains to distinguish between
Khatami's reformist government and other more conservative elements
within the Tehran regime.
After his talks with the Palestinian opposition, Khatami held a
further meeting with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad -- his third
since his arrival here Thursday.
Both Shara and Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi also
attended the meeting, Assad spokesman Gebran Kurieh said.
At a conference later in the day at Damascus's Assad Library,
Khatami called for dialogue between the religions and the
"Islam can be a bridge for such a dialogue by drawing
inspiration from the common roots of the religions of the sons of
Abraham to guide humanity to a better future," Khatami said.
The Iranian president, who was speaking before Syrian leaders
including Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam and Prime Minister
Mahmud al-Zohbi, also called for "respect for human rights and the
religious and ethnic diversity" of the peoples of the Middle East.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 12:58:50 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian president calls for religious, cultural dialogue

DAMASCUS, May 14 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
called Friday for a dialogue between religions and civilizations,
during a conference at the Assad Library in Damascus.
"Islam can be a bridge for such a dialogue by drawing
inspiration from the common roots of the religions of the sons of
Abraham to guide humanity to a better future," Khatami said.
The Iranian president, who was speaking before Syrian leaders
including Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam and Prime Minister
Mahmud al-Zohbi, called for Moslems to set aside their "negative and
emotional reactions toward globalization."
They should agree to "a rationalization of relations" between
Islam and the international community "because the Moslem religion
is based on reason."
Speaking in Arabic, Khatami also called for "respect for human
rights and the religious and ethnic diversity" of the peoples of the
Middle East.
He advocated "settling conflicts, especially border disputes,
within the Moslem world through dialogue so as not to open the way
to intervention by foreign powers."
"With this stance, we will be able to deal with the forces that
seek to dominate us and can overcome economic under-development."
The UN General Assembly decided, on Khatami's suggestion, that
2001 will be a year of "dialogue between civilizations."
Khatami, whose country chairs the Organization of the Islamic
Conference until 2000, is in Syria on the first leg of a trip that
will also take him to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 12:58:56 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian president visits Riyadh amidst thaw in relations

RIYADH, May 14 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
arrives on a landmark visit to Saudi Arabia Saturday, marking a new
stage in ties between the two states whose relations are gradually
thawing after nearly 20 years of tension.
"This is a very important visit, the start of a new era in
strengthening relations between the two countries," Iranian
ambassador Mohammad Reza Nuri told AFP here.
He stressed that Khatami's trip, the first ever by an Iranian
president to the kingdom, would "strengthen regional cooperation and
help establish security and stability in the Gulf."
Khatami's visit follows a trip to Iran earlier this month by
Saudi Defence Minister Prince Sultan ibn Abdel Aziz, which Iranian
leaders used in order to call for security cooperation between the
two sides.
"The security of Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region
is our security. We don't need foreign forces for that," Khatami
told the visiting Prince Sultan on that occasion.
"Relations between Tehran and Riyadh are not only in the
interest of our two nations, but also in the interests of the region
and all the world," he said.
Reports said Iran had suggested that the two sides should start
with confidence-building measures, including sending observers to
attend each other's military exercises.
Prince Sultan played down the Iranian proposals, underlining
that the two nations were still in the early stages of establishing
strong ties.
"The question of military cooperation is not easy between two
countries whose relations were cut for years," he said. "We should
start with economic, social and cultural cooperation."
However he said his talks with Iranian leaders had been "useful
for Islam and the interests of the two nations," adding that he
hoped Iran and the Saudi kingdom would "work together closely in all
Tehran is also eager for cooperation with Riyadh in other
fields. Consultations between the two on oil price policy paved the
way to a series of agreements by oil producers in March to reduce
output, which has pushed the April price per barrel above 15
At its lowest, it had dipped to less than 10 dollars in a year
of plummeting prices that wrought havoc on the economies of the
producing countries.
Khatami's visit to the region also follows a summit Monday of
the six states of the Gulf Cooperation Council -- Bahrain, Kuwait,
Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- which
focused on the improvement of the group's ties with Iran.
Relations with the GCC states had been strained since the
Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979, as the conservative monarchies
feared its ideas could spread to their own populations.
Tehran and Riyadh broke off relations in 1987, after Iranian
pilgrims clashed with Saudi police in the holy city of Mecca,
leaving just over 400 dead. Ties were only renewed in 1991.
Relations have improved considerably since Khatami won Iranian
presidential elections in May 1997.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 12:59:04 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iranian president arrives in Syria on landmark tour

DAMASCUS, May 13 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
arrived here Thursday on the first leg of a landmark regional tour
seen as a sign of a thaw in the Islamic Republic's relations with
the Arab world.
After a ceremonial welcome at the airport by Syrian President
Hafez al-Assad -- Iran's closest Arab ally -- the two leaders went
straight to the capital's Tishrin Palace for a first round of
They held a second meeting late in the afternoon, Assad
spokesman Gebran Kurieh said.
The talks concerned "relations among states concerned with
safeguarding their independence and ties with regional and
international organizations," Kurieh said.
The two presidents discussed bilateral ties and international
issues as well, he said, adding that they met in the presence of
Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara and his Iranian counterpart,
Kamal Kharazi.
Shara told Iranian television earlier that the talks would focus
on the Middle East peace process.
"The situation in neighboring Iraq and stability and security in
the Gulf region" would also be discussed, Shara told the television,
according to a text of his comments carried by the official Syrian
news agency SANA.
Khatami's tour, which also takes him to Saudi Arabia and Qatar,
is his first to countries in the region.
His visits to the two Gulf states will also be the first by an
Iranian head of state since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The Syrian ruling party's paper Al-Baath praised Iran in an
editorial, saying its Islamic revolution 20 years ago put an end to
a regime which had been the greatest support to imperialism and
Israel in the region.
"Arabs and Moslems will only be able to make their voices heard
if they join together in a single economic and political bloc," the
paper commented.
"The development of cooperation between Syria and Iran on the
one hand, and these nations and other Arab countries on the other,
is very useful to the nationalist causes of all the peoples in the
region," Kurieh told AFP Wednesday.
The Khatami visit "is another step in developing and
strengthening bilateral relations," Kurieh said.
Islamic Iran and secular Syria share concerns over their common
neighbor Iraq, and are united in their opposition to the
Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The Iranian ambassador to Syria, Hossein Sheikholeslam,
indicated Saturday that Khatami will discuss with Assad the Iraqi
opposition, relations between Iran and Egypt and Syria's ties with
The Iranian and Syrian leaders are also expected to discuss
their support for Lebanese guerrilla groups seeking to oust Israeli
troops from southern Lebanon.
During his three-day stay in Damascus, the Iranian president is
due to meet leaders of Palestinian opposition groups based in the
Syrian capital, notably Popular Front for the Liberation of
Palestine leader, George Habash, the ambassador said.
Khatami is also scheduled to meet Hassan Nasrallah, chief of the
Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, and Lebanese parliamentary speaker
and Shiite Moslem Amal militia leader Nabih Berri as well as
Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt.
The Iranian and Syrian presidents have met twice before, in July
1997 in Tehran and later during the same year at the Organization of
the Islamic Conference's summit in the Iranian capital.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 12:59:27 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Senior Iranian clerics denounce any resumption of ties with US

TEHRAN, May 13 (AFP) - Senior Iranian clerics denounced any
resumption of ties between Tehran and Washington, its arch-foe since
the 1979 Islamic revolution, in a statement issued on Thursday after
their annual meeting here.
The clerics stressed the "Islamic Republic's unbending stance
towards the great American Satan" given that "the US still continues
its hostile policies towards Iran."
"As long as this hostility continues, there is no chance of
resuming ties with this country (US) and we will continue our stride
towards independence and self-sufficiency and put an end to our
dependency on oil revenues," said the statement released after the
meeting Tuesday and Wednesday.
The clerics equally rejected US allegations that Iran supports
terrorism and is guilty of human rights violations.
The clerics, who are responsible for giving the weekly Moslem
prayer sermons throughout the country, exercise great influence on
public opinion.
In late April, Washington announced it was easing sanctions on
Iran, Libya and Sudan to allow the export of US food and medicine
which had previously been barred under restrictions applied to
countries appearing on a State Department list of alleged state
sponsors of terrorism.
But Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi slammed the US move
as not going far enough. "There has been a change in their tone but
we have not seen a change in America's behaviour," Kharazi said last
Tehran and Washington broke off diplomatic ties after Iranian
students seized hostages at the US embassy in Tehran shortly after
the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Washington in 1995 placed Iran under a unilateral economic
embargo and in 1996 adopted a legislation allowing them to take
measures against all foreign investments in Iran.
Clinton made an unusual overture towards the Islamic republic
last month, in which he said that "Iran, because of its enormous
geopolitical importance over time, has been the subject of quite a
lot of abuse from various Western nations."
Kharazi welcomed Clinton's remarks but he stressed that a
"diplomatic smile" was not enough and urged a "change in
In recent months, several radical and ex-radical political
personalities close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami, have
called for a rapprochment with the "Great Satan" angering


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 12:59:41 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Fresh quake shakes southern Iran

TEHRAN, May 13 (AFP) - An earthquake measuring 4.7 degrees on
the open-ended Richter scale shook the southern provincial capital
of Shiraz in the early hours of Thursday morning less than a week
after two large temblors killed 27 people.
The earthquake hit the city and nearby villages at 12:27 a.m.
(1957 GMT Wednesday), the official news agency IRNA said without
giving any immediate word on damage or casualties.
Two powerful quakes measuring 6.8 and 5.9 degrees on the
open-ended Richter scale jolted the same region last Friday killing
27 people and injuring more than 100 others.
The epicentre was located southwest of Shiraz, capital of Fars
province, in the vast Zagros mountain range.
Relief efforts are still under way in the region to provide
assistance to survivors of the earlier quakes.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 12:59:49 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Tehran city council narrows list of mayoral candidates to nine

TEHRAN, May 13 (AFP) - Tehran city council has narrowed the list
of 74 applicants to be the capital's new mayor to nine serious
candidates, a conservative English-language daily said Thursday.
"Out of a total of 74 candidates nominated by different groups,
organizations and guilds, nine have been chosen by the Tehran city
council for the post of Tehran mayorship," Kayhan International
quoted the council's spokeswoman, Saddiqeh Vasmaqi, as saying.
The council is charged with finding a replacement for reformist
former mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi, who started a two-year jail
sentence for corruption last week.
The nine candidates who won the endorsement of five council
members have been invited to present their programmes to the city
council, the spokeswoman said.
The council, which was elected in the country's first ever
municipal polls in February, is dominated by reformists and can
choose a mayor from outside its own membership.
The candidates include Ibrahim Asqarzadeh, Ghassem Taqizadeh,
Ezzatollah Sahabi, Mohammad Gharazi, Mohammad Atrianfar, Mohammad
Haqani, Shahabeddin Gonabadi, Fakhreddin Danesh-Ashtiani and Soheila
Jolodarzadeh, the paper said.
"During the second stage, the candidate who gets the biggest
number of votes will be elected as Tehran's mayor. He or she must
then announce the final programme within 10 days," Vasmaqi said
without giving an exact date.
Mohammad Atrianfar and Danesh-Ashtiani are considered the
front-runners, Kayhan International said.
"Atrianfar (is) a close friend and ally of former mayor
Gholamhossein Karbaschi as well as head of Tehran's city council
Abdollah Nuri," the paper said.
Nuri, a former vice president and interior minister who was the
top vote-getter in February's polls, refrained from endorsing any of
the candidates, the paper added.
Atrianfar, a member of the liberal-minded Executives of
Construction party, has been Karbaschi's deputy as the chief editor
of Hamshahri daily and has worked closely with the popular former
mayor for some 10 years.
The second candidate, Fakhreddin Danesh-Ashtiani, is considered
to be close to left-wing supporters of the government and "has a
good chance to win the post," the paper said.
Karbaschi lost his job last year when he was charged with
corruption and maladministration.
His trial has been condemned by reformers who see it as a tactic
by conservatives to weaken the reformist government of moderate
President Mohammad Khatami.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 13:00:05 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: 74 candidates seek post of mayor of Tehran

TEHRAN, May 11 (AFP) - A total of 74 would-be candidates for
mayor of Tehran have put their names forward for consideration, the
chairman of the municipal council announced here Tuesday.
They are all hoping to replace the reformer Gholamhossein
Karbaschi, who started a two-year jail sentence for corruption last
Council chairman, former interior minister Abdollah Nuri, said
there were about 12 serious candidates, including former radical
prime minister Mir Hossein Musavi, and moderate deputy Faezeh
Hashemi, daughter of former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani.
The council, which was chosen during the country's first ever
direct local elections in February, is made up of reformists. It can
choose a mayor from outside its own membership, and is due to
announce its decision in the next few days.
Karbaschi lost his job last year when he was charged with
corruption and maladministration.
His trial has been condemned by reformers, who see it as a
tactic by conservatives to weaken moderate President Mohammad
Khatami, who came to power in 1997.
With the February election the system of selecting mayors was
also changed. Instead of being appointed by the central authorities,
it is now up to the elected council to make their own choice.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 13:00:19 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Khatami calls for greater tolerance

TEHRAN, May 11 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
appealed to the various political factions in the country on Tuesday
to stop viewing each other as "rivals" and to display greater
"The various factions should refrain from making certain issues
bigger than they are in order to drive out their rivals from the
scene," the official IRNA news agency quoted Khatami as saying
during a meeting with senior clerics in Tehran.
"The existence of different views, tastes and tendencies among
people is a god given trait," he said. "The forming of different
factions and groups lies in human nature."
Khatami, a moderate cleric elected president in a landslide in
May 1997 against a conservative opponent, described the need to
accept criticism as "a prerequisite for political progress."
"We should exercise tolerance and consider criticism as a
virtue, not a vice," he said.
"The government, as well as the president himself, has been
subject to the most criticism ... but we have tolerated it and must
aim at being a symbol of tolerance for the people.
"Unfortunately certain misinformed individuals consider
political development synonomous with spreading laxity and freedom,
disorder and anarchy," IRNA quoted Khatami as saying.
Khatami also urged people to "look for our internal shortcomings
in cases of failing," and to refrain "from blaming the opponents for
all the problems the country is facing."
Khatami's remarks came nearly a week after the jailing of
moderate former Tehran mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi, whose trial
for corruption triggered heated political debate in the country.
Karbaschi went to prison on Thursday to begin serving a two-year
jail term for corruption and mismanagement.
He was convicted last year in a case which he, and many
officials, claimed was a political frame-up by his conservative
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday turned
down an appeal by 146 MPs for a pardon for the imprisoned former
mayor, a leading supporter of Khatami.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 13:00:36 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: No pardon for former Tehran mayor: Khamenei

TEHRAN, May 11 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday turned
down an appeal by members of parliament for a pardon for the former
mayor of Tehran, who began serving a two-year jail term last week
for corruption.
"Defending our leaders has its place and I approve of it but I
don't want it to turn into judicial immunity for failure to respect
the law," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a letter read out in
A total of 146 of the 270 members of the Iranian parliament, the
Majlis, sent an appeal to Ayatollah Khamenei in Sunday asking him to
grant an amnesty to former mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi, a leading
The MPs called on Khamenei to "take into account the services of
the former mayor," alluding to his efforts in overthrowing the Shah
20 years ago and his 10 years as mayor of the capital.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 13:00:45 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Ocalan's brother hiding in Iran: report

ANKARA, May 10 (AFP) - Osman Ocalan, the brother of jailed
Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, has taken refuge in Iran along
with some 2,000 rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the NTV
news channel reported on Monday.
Citing senior security sources, the report said Osman Ocalan was
staying at the northwestern Iranian town of Orumiyeh with the rebels
under his command dispersed throughout camps among Iran's border
with Turkey.
Osman Ocalan is the PKK's commander for northern Iraq and was
widely tipped to take over the leadership of the organization after
his brother was captured and brought to Turkey in February to face a
treason trial.
NTV said that the Iranian Pasdaran forces (guardians of the
revolution) were providing the rebels with arms and logistic aid.
It added that the PKK rebels had started to move into Iran after
being expelled by Syria when Ankara threatened to use military force
against its southern neighbour last October for its support for the
Kurdish rebels.
Ankara has frequently criticised Iran for "closing its eyes" to
border infiltrations by Kurdish rebels, a charge which Tehran has
"Iran, unfortunately, helps PKK terrorists especially in the
area close to Turkey's border and acts as a sort of host. These do
not conform to neighbourly ties," Turkish Prime Minister Bulent
Ecevit said on Sunday.
The Turkish premier also accused Tehran of supporting radical
Islamic activities in secular Turkey in reference to a demonstration
by Iranian students in support of a Moslem female deputy who
triggered strong protests from Turkish secularists after appearing
in parliament with a headscarf.
Turkey and Iran recently normalised relations after a diplomatic
rift over comments by Iranian diplomats in support of Islamists in
The two countries swapped ambassadors in May 1998 after having
recalled them some months earlier.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 13:00:53 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Four drug traffickers executed in Iran

TEHRAN, May 10 (AFP) - Four Iranian drug traffickers were
executed last week in the northwestern province of Kurdestan,
newspapers reported Monday.
The four men, who belonged to a drug-trafficking ring, were
arrested and tried last year and the executions were carried out on
Thursday in Sanandaj, capital of the province, the papers said.
The four were convicted of trafficking in large quantities of
heroin, morphine and opium, they said.
Tehran adopted tough anti-drug laws in 1989 providing for the
death penalty for anyone found with more than 30 grams (just over
one ounce) of heroin or more than five kilos (11 pounds) of opium.
Some 2,000 people have been tried on drugs charges in Iran since
then, according to official figures, but the authorities no longer
release statistics on the numbers convicted and put to death.
Despite the crackdown on drug smuggling, the use of narcotics
has been on the rise among students and the poor.
Iran is a key transshipment point for drugs from Afghanistan,
Pakistan and central Asia intended for the Arab world and Europe.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 13:01:02 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran plans huge tax hikes for foreign companies

TEHRAN, May 10 (AFP) - Iran has decided on a 500 percent tax
hike for foreign companies operating in the country, a top finance
ministry official revealed in Monday's press.
"The ministry has decided to increase taxes on foreign
companies, because the earlier tax rate paid by these companies was
unfair in comparison with the high profits they earn in Iran," Ahmad
Mortazavi, one of the ministry's director generals, said.
He added that a meeting would be arranged between the companies
and representatives of the joint chambers of commerce in Iran, in
the presence of deputy commerce minister in charge of tax affairs,
Ali Akbar Arab-Mazar, to reach agreement on the matter.
"85 percent of employees of foreign companies evade income taxes
... Foreign companies usually announce the salaries of their
employees at lower levels," Arab-Mazar told the papers.
He also announced plans to crack down on Iranian enterprises,
both private and public, whom he accused of massive tax evasion.
"Over 40 percent of the economic activities are underground," he
Iran is still reeling from the effects of plummeting world oil
prices which dropped to less than 10 dollars a barrel at their
lowest point at the turn of the year. It faces a serious budget
deficit despite recent production cuts and a consequent rise in
Oil represents more than 80 percent of Iran's foreign currency
income, and half its budget revenues.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 13:01:10 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Majority of Iranian MPs support jailed Tehran mayor

TEHRAN, May 10 (AFP) - A majority of Iranian MPs have signed a
petition calling for an amnesty for former Tehran mayor
Gholamhossein Karbaschi, who began serving a two-year jail term last
week on corruption charges.
A total of 146 of the 270 members of parliament signed the
letter appealing to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to grant
an amnesty to Karbaschi, a leading reformer, the official news
agency IRNA said Monday.
The MPs called on Khamenei to "take into account the services of
the former mayor," alluding to his efforts in overthrowing the Shah
20 years ago and his 10 years as mayor of the capital.
The MPs claimed that the only valid charge against Karbaschi is
a 20 percent discount he gave to five managers on plots of land, but
explained that "such bonuses at the government offices are an
ordinary procedure."
The debate over Karbaschi, who has received the support of
President Mohammad Khatami and his predecessor, Akbar
Hashemi-Rafsanjani, in recent days, has continued to rage in the
Iranian press.
The conservative English-language Tehran Times in an editorial
Monday charged that the former mayor had "misused public funds and
adopted the policy of nepotism and favoritism," which constitute "a
crime against the oppressed Iranian nation and a great blow to the
"Financial corruption, embezzlement of public funds and
mismanagement in the civic body cannot be ignored simply because the
former mayor was once jailed for the sake of the revolution and
later made the capital beautiful," the paper said.
The moderate Iran Daily was indignant at seeing "a man of
impeccable religious, revolutionary and managerial credentials for
whom work was worship ... to live in a place built for bandits,
burglars and killers."
The daily also expressed regret over "the nation being deprived
of the services of perhaps the most honest and capable manager the
nation has seen in more than a hundred years."
Karbaschi was forced out of office and sentenced to five years
in prison and a 20-year ban on holding public office on corruption
charges that he insisted were a political frame-up.
In December the sentence was reduced by an appeals court to two
years in prison and a 10-year ban on public office.
The ex-mayor's spectacular trial was widely seen among reformers
and moderates as a politically motivated attack by the regime's
conservatives and hardliners aimed at paralyzing Khatami's reform
Conservatives for their part have insisted that the judiciary's
decision be respected, and expressed surprise at calls bt Khatami
supporters for a reversal of the verdict.


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 13:01:19 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran has cut secret deal with US "to stab Baghdad in back": Iraq

BAGHDAD, May 10 (AFP) - Iran has cut a secret deal with the
United States, its arch-foe since the 1979 Islamic revolution, and
is trying to stab Baghdad in the back, Iraq's ruling Baath party
charged Monday.
The party's daily, Ath-Thawra, was reacting angrily to an
accusation from Iranian Foreign Minister Kamel Kharazi that Iraq
lacked the political will for a rapprochement with Iran, nine years
after their 1980-1988 conflict.
Iraq "rejects opportunist behaviour ... and flagrant political
hypocrisy," fumed Ath-Thawra.
It does not "attack the Great Satan in public while reaching out
to this Satan and normalizing relations with it under the table,"
the paper said, using Iran's derogatory term for the United States.
"Iraq acts in the same manner in public as it does in secret,
and when it declares its readiness for dialogue and to normalize
relations with a certain country, it does not then betray that
country and stab it in the back."
Ath-Thawra insisted that Iraq "has always had the political will
to normalize its relations with Iran," even at the height of their
Washington and its allies were behind the Iranian foreign
minister's comments, which included a warning that Baghdad's
behaviour was "not predictable", the newspaper said.
"It seems that some of them (the allies) who recently travelled
to Iran repeated such things in front of Mr. Kharazi for him to use
in his statement," it said.
Saudi Defence Minister Prince Sultan ibn Abdel Aziz was in
Tehran last week on a visit that underlined the improved ties
between the two Gulf states.
Iraq and Iran have not signed a peace treaty since their
eight-year conflict, with the fate of thousands of prisoners of war
the main bone of contention.
They also trade charges of supporting each other's opposition


Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 22:51:32 -0400
From: Rahim Bajoghli <rbajoghli@JUNO.COM>
Subject: Arab American leaves State after Zionist criticism

Arab American leaves State after Zionist criticism

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) - An Arab American under attack from
Zionists has decided to leave the State Department amid a dispute over
the department's recruitment policies.

Joseph Zogby, a special assistant to Assistant Secretary of State Martin
Indyk, has turned down the offer of a promotion and will take a job at
the Justice Department instead, a State Department official said on

Zogby, whose father lobbies for the Arab-American community, has been the
target of a campaign by the Zionist Organisation of America (ZOA), which
demanded the State Department throw him out of Indyk's Near Eastern
Affairs Bureau because of his past criticism of Israeli policies.

``Given Zogby's harsh bias against Israel and U.S. policy in the Mideast,
he should never have been hired in the first place,'' said ZOA national
president Morton Klein.

``In his new post at the Justice Department, it is important that he not
be permitted to be involved in any issues pertaining to Israel or the
Arab-Israeli conflict,'' he added.

But the State Department rejected the criticism of Zogby. ``Based on his
performance in support of U.S. policy he was offered a promotion and we
would have liked him to stay on,'' said the official, who asked not to be
named. ``We reject any suggestion that he was ousted or pushed out,'' he

Zogby's father James, who is president of the Arab American Institute,
met Indyk at the State Department on Wednesday to discuss Arab-American
representation in the department.

``Arab Americans are part of America. We will not be relegated to the
sidelines of the Mideast policy debate. Too much is at stake and we have
too much to contribute,'' James Zogby said in a statement before the
meeting. ``The State Department and White House should look more like
America and to do that they need to hire more Arab Americans.''

State Department officials said the department was committed to ethnic
diversity and did indeed want the department to ``look like America.''

``What we're looking for is people of talent of all backgrounds who can
contribute to the public interest and will bring to the job talent, hard
work, commitment and insight. We want to use their talents,'' one

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