January 8, 1998 |
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday made one of his nation's strongest overtures toward the United States since the Islamic Revolution, inviting American scholars, artists and tourists to visit to help create a "crack in the wall" of hostility dividing the two countries. But Khatami added that "a bulky wall of mistrust" remains and is too great for U.S.-sought government-to-government talks to have any chance for success at this time.
June 28, 1998 |
Welcome to the Homa Hotel, the most comfortable lodging in perhaps Iran's holiest city. Come on in and relax. Or, to quote hotel management's greeting more precisely, "DOWN WITH USA." So say the foot-high polished brass letters (in English) above the lobby entrance. But here in the first days of the rebirth of Iranian tourism, nothing is simple. You may come for the soaring architecture and painstaking tile work, but odds are that the people will steal the show.