Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 11 Dec 1999 to 12 Dec 1999

There are 10 messages totalling 445 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. SMCCDI: The Hero of the Economist Magazine sentenced to death
2. SMCCDI: Corrected: The Hero of the Economist Magazine sentenced to death
3. How Long Should Foreign Investment Issue Languish?
4. Leaders Stresses Efforts for Domination of Quranic Culture on Society
5. Iran's Reforms Important for Region, Says UK
6. Tehran University Becomes Executive Member of Union of Asia-Pacific
Varsities
7. Fatth Daily Hits Newsstands
8. 9,800 Kg of Narcotics Seized in Yazd and Khorassan Province This Year
9. Quake Jolts Sari, Neka in Mazandaran Province
10. Tehran's Population to Reach 13m

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 04:36:17 -0800
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: SMCCDI: The Hero of the Economist Magazine sentenced to death

Iran Daneshjoo Organization News Service - http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org

The Hero of the Economist Magazine sentenced to death

SMCCDI News Service

12/12/1999

Confirmed reports are stating that the parents of Mr. "Ahmad Batebi", the
famous Iranian student, holding the blooded T-Shirt of one of his friends
on the cover of the "Economist Magazine" of 7/13/1999 has been sentenced
to death by the Islamic Judiciary.

The death sentenced has been forwarded to the Islamic Supreme Court
following an appeal introduced by Ahmad Batebi's family but the chances of
an amnesty are none without an International pressure as the Islamic
republic regime is intending to brake any image of rebellion such as a
Student Holding a Blooded T-Shirt qualified by the Islamic Judiciary as
the " Emblem of Revolution ".

Parents and friends of Mr. Ahmad Batebi are criticizing the Economist for
having published without permission the picture of the student on the
cover of their magazine.

They accuse the Economist for having tried to increase it sales but not
assuming its responsibilities to condemn, firmly, the death sentence
because of the UK-Islamic republic economical relation consideration.

One of the family members talking to SMCCDI said:
" As they put the face of Ahmad on their cover to make more sales and if
they don't want to disturb the Honey Moon between Blair and Khatami;
Why they don't write an Editorial about Ahmad and all the other students
denouncing such sentences and requesting clemency for them.."

A student added: "...If they were (Economist) more responsible, they would
intervene beside the UK Government and hire an attorney for Ahmad because
printing his face, on their cover, helped the mullahs to identify him
while making good money for the Economist..

..They didn't ask for any permission while knowing what happened to the
Chinese students because of the same process...

... We can't sue them from here but we hope that the Iranians outside Iran
and the International organizations will do son if the Economist forget
its Moral responsibility which is nothing else to condemn the death
sentence and intervene beside the UK government for making pressure on the
clerics..."


SMCCDI Note:

This famous picture of Ahmad Batebi printed on the cover of the Economist
dated 7/13/1999 can be seen at:

http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org/images/protest.jpg



Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 05:06:07 -0800
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: SMCCDI: Corrected: The Hero of the Economist Magazine sentenced to
death

Iran Daneshjoo Organization News Service - http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org

The Hero of the Economist Magazine sentenced to death

SMCCDI News Service

12/12/1999

Confirmed reports are stating that Mr. "Ahmad Batebi", the famous Iranian
student, holding the blooded T-Shirt of one of his friends on the cover of
the "Economist Magazine" of 7/13/1999 has been sentenced to death by the
Islamic Judiciary.

The death sentenced has been forwarded to the Islamic Supreme Court
following an appeal introduced by Ahmad Batebi's family but the chances of
an amnesty are none without an International pressure as the Islamic
republic regime is intending to brake any image of rebellion such as a
Student Holding a Blooded T-Shirt qualified by the Islamic Judiciary as
the " Emblem of Revolution ".

Parents and friends of Mr. Ahmad Batebi are criticizing the Economist for
having published without permission the picture of the student on the
cover of their magazine.

They accuse the Economist for having tried to increase it sales but not
assuming its responsibilities to condemn, firmly, the death sentence
because of the UK-Islamic republic economical relation consideration.

One of the family members talking to SMCCDI said:
" As they put the face of Ahmad on their cover to make more sales and if
they don't want to disturb the Honey Moon between Blair and Khatami;
Why they don't write an Editorial about Ahmad and all the other students
denouncing such sentences and requesting clemency for them.."

A student added: "...If they were (Economist) more responsible, they would
intervene beside the UK Government and hire an attorney for Ahmad because
printing his face, on their cover, helped the mullahs to identify him
while making good money for the Economist..

..They didn't ask for any permission while knowing what happened to the
Chinese students because of the same process...

... We can't sue them from here but we hope that the Iranians outside Iran
and the International organizations will do son if the Economist forget
its Moral responsibility which is nothing else to condemn the death
sentence and intervene beside the UK government for making pressure on the
clerics..."


SMCCDI Note:

This famous picture of Ahmad Batebi printed on the cover of the Economist
dated 7/13/1999 can be seen at:
http://www.iran-daneshjoo.org/images/protest.jpg



Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 19:42:59 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: How Long Should Foreign Investment Issue Languish?

IRAN NEWS EDITORIAL DECEMBER 12, 1999

How Long Should Foreign Investment Issue Languish?

Based on the recent statistics coming from the Plan and Budget Organization
(PBO), only six percent of the total foreign investment envisaged in the
Second Economic Planning of the country has been realized so far. 722 million
dollars in foreign investment was forecast to take place during the life of
the second plan. The plan, however, will run out in three months' time and no
more than 40 million dollars in foreign investments have been made up to now!

The demographic and geographic conditions of Turkey, our northwest neighbor,
are very similar to those prevailing in Iran. However, in recent years, they
have managed to absorb more than 80 billion dollars in foreign investments.

We cannot help but to gnash our teeth and curse our follies in our
unfavorable economic performance when we look at the aforementioned
deplorable figures. We should also take note of the fact that the instability
of our economic laws and regulations, the inconsistencies between the foreign
policies and the national objective plans, along with the internal political
infightings have all worked together to turn the situation into a veritable
quagmire.

While we are so deeply bogged down in our efforts to attain even the simple
figure of 722 million dollars in foreign investments, our country's
gargantuan natural and economic potentials are in dire straits, languishing
and waiting to be effectively exploited. Undoubtedly, this country has what
it takes to bring in many times more than the needed foreign investments to
start up its long overdue economic development engine and pull the country
though this bedevilment.

The PBO has postulated that the hyperinflation in the early years of the life
of the second plan is to blame! The tantalizing fact is that the country was
enjoying a great deal of political stability at the time. Nonetheless, it
seems as though the political and economic realities of the country have been
purposely overlooked in this report.

Should these inattentions to the sorry state of foreign investments affair
persist, we will definitely manage to fail still further in future and even
render our domestic investments portfolio invalid.

It's high time we stopped boasting about our immense infrastructural
potentials and our country's strategic locality. We should definitely come to
terms with our domestic problems and get a firm grip of the damning
conditions to make foreign investments in this country less risky. We should
surely understand that even with the best of potentials and highly attractive
lures for foreign investments, we will witness these investment take a deeper
plunge in the country's Third Economic Plan if we do not learn from our past
follies.

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 19:44:05 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Leaders Stresses Efforts for Domination of Quranic Culture on Society

Leaders Stresses Efforts for Domination of Quranic Culture on Society

IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK

TEHRAN --- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali
Khamenei here yesterday called for efforts to make Quranic culture dominate
over moral and political atmosphere of the society.

Addressing a group of the outstanding reciters of holy Quran, the Supreme
Leader invited all to be in communion with the holy Quran through recitation
of and pondering on its divine verses.

The Leader stressed the importance of continued Quranic movement in the
country with the involvement of the youth.

He said notwithstanding the presence of many reciters of the holy Quran in
the country, including the young instructors being familiar with Quranic
concepts, there is a long way ahead, adding that he had pinned his hope on
the Iranian youth in that area.

Ayatollah Khamenei said during years after triumph of the Islamic Revolution
in 1979 the country has got closer to Quran. The Quranic culture, however,
has not been well-established in the moral and political life of Iranian
citizens.

Today, he said, there are many speaking in the name of Islam, Quran and
religion and puzzling many others (through their statements), said the
Leader, adding that this indicates that people have not yet been able to be
familiar with Quranic concepts as they should and that such concepts have not
been spread in Iranian community well.

The Leader expressed satisfaction with growing familiarity of Iranian
community with the Quran and Quranic sciences.

Ayatollah Khamenei led the sunset and evening congregational prayers after
his address to the reciters of the holy Quran.

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 19:46:37 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Iran's Reforms Important for Region, Says UK

Iran's Reforms Important for Region, Says UK

IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK

TEHRAN --- Peter Hain, Foreign Office minister, has reiterated British
support for President Mohammed Khatami's reform program in Iran, IRNA
reported.

The reforms are "important both for the Iranian people and for stability in
the region," he said in a wide-ranging press conference at the Foreign Press
Association Thursday.

His comments come amid attempts by Britain and Iran to normalize diplomatic
relations ahead of exchange visits of foreign ministers early next year.

Hain, who is responsible for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, also
said he was encouraged by the recent agreement between Syria and Israel to
resume talks, saying it was an important signal for stability.

He said that Britain supported any move to help the Middle East peace process
and welcomed the announcement by Zionist leader Ehud Barak on the freezing of
new Jewish settlements.

The junior British minister was also optimistic of a breakthrough on a new
U.N. Security Council resolution on Iraq, saying that the embargo cannot go
on for ever.

Britain, the United States and Russia were involved in complex technical
discussions and Iraq should not fear new arms inspectors appointed by the
United Nations he said.

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 19:47:06 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Tehran University Becomes Executive Member of Union of Asia-Pacific
Varsities

Tehran University Becomes Executive Member of Union of Asia-Pacific Varsities

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK

TEHRAN --- Tehran University was elected a full member of the Executive Board
of the Union of Asian-Pacific Universities, IRNA reported.

The decision was taken unanimously during a meeting of the chancellors of the
universities of the region, held recently on the sidelines of the general
conference of the Union of Asian-Pacific Universities in the Philippines.

The union which enjoys membership of over 40 universities in the region is
sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO).

The union operates under the supervision of UNESCO.

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 19:48:12 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Fatth Daily Hits Newsstands

Fatth Daily Hits Newsstands

IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK

TEHRAN -- The first issue of the new daily `Fatth' hit the newsstands in Iran
yesterday.

The daily, whose publisher and managing director is Yadollah Eslami, replaces
the banned daily Khordad and focuses on cultural, political, social, as well
as economic issues.

The daily wrote in its editorial that it would defend religion, freedom and
the respect for law and democracy. It also gave warning of a deep "identity
crisis" that would affect those who cared for this country -- regardless of
their opinions or the faction they belonged to -- should they fail to take
decisive steps toward reinforcing national unity, and toward a dialogue which
would be in touch with the needs of today.

Fatth is published in 12 pages which are supervised by an editorial board.
Its first and last pages are printed in color.

Congratulating Fatth officials on joining of their paper to Iran's press
community, IRAN NEWS wish all success for the new daily.

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 19:59:48 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: 9,800 Kg of Narcotics Seized in Yazd and Khorassan Province This Year

9,800 Kg of Narcotics Seized in Yazd and Khorassan Province This Year

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK

TEHRAN --- A total of 8,500 kg of various kinds of narcotics were seized from
smugglers in the central province of Yazd this year, IRNA reported.

According to the commander of the provincial Law Enforcement Forces (LEF)
yesterday, members of 50 bands active in supplying and distributing drugs
were also arrested in this connection.

He also said that a 10-member band engaged in smuggling old cultural items
were arrested in the period.

According to another IRNA report, over 1,300 kg of illicit drugs have been
seized in Khorassan Province in the past few days, the provincial Law
Enforcement Forces (LEF) said yesterday.

The report added that the haul included 1,040 kg of opium, 260 kg of morphine
and heroin, seized in the areas of Fariman, Torbat-Jam, Torbat Heydarieyeh,
Taibad, Qouchan, Qa'en and Khowaf.

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 20:00:31 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Quake Jolts Sari, Neka in Mazandaran Province

Quake Jolts Sari, Neka in Mazandaran Province

IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK

TEHRAN --- A tremor, measuring 4.4 degrees on the Richter scale, jolted the
cities of Sari and Neka in Mazandaran Province on Friday afternoon.

According to Rahmatollah Ahmadi, the provincial official in charge of natural
disasters, the tremor hit the regions of Hezar-Jarib and Kiasar, near the
cities of Sari and Neka, at 13:50 hours local time (10:20 GMT).

The tremor inflicted damage on 20 residential units in the village of
Valamadeh, near the city of Neka, and also caused a landslide in the region,
the official said.

He added that experts are assessing the exact extent of the damage.

He added that experts are assessing the exact extent of the damage.

Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 20:02:06 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Tehran's Population to Reach 13m

Tehran's Population to Reach 13m

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK

TEHRAN -- If the current trends continue, Tehran's population will top 13
million by the end of the Third Development Plan (March 2000-March 2005),
said the Deputy Provincial Governor General for Planning Ali Asghar Zebardast
in Shahr-e Ray yesterday.

He said that the total area of Tehran Province was 18,000 square kilometers
(sq. km), adding that if no action was taken to prevent excessive immigration
to the city, the area wouldn't be able to account for the needs of all
citizens.

Zebardast added that before the Revolution, the city's population had been
five million, but following unchecked immigration, the figure had risen to
about 11 million.

He also said that establishing suburbs without essential amenities such as
the provision of clean water was the result of certain ministries taking
action without coordinating its steps with the city's planning committee,
IRNA reported.

End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 11 Dec 1999 to 12 Dec 1999