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  1. http://www.netiran.com/Htdocs/WeeklyJourna...my/wj01502.html Summary: Losing 300 million Arab consumers from an annual Middle Eastern market worth $20 million became more serious, so that a Russian newspaper wrote in the middle of 2002 that about 4 million bottles of Iranian Zamzam had been sold in the eastern parts of Saudi Arabia in a single week. Coca Cola reported a 10-percent fall in sales in such countries as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Lebanon while non-American sources announced that Coca Cola imports to Saudi Arabia were slashed by 40 percent during the first quarter of 2003. Managing director of Zamzam company, Mohammad Taghavi-Manesh says, "To register a trademark, your country must be a member of relevant conventions. Iran was previously a member of those conventions, while it is not a member anymore. Therefore, we have problems for registering our products." Coca Cola has also registered 325 trademarks in 200 countries and produces its products with other names than Coca Cola in countries where anti-American sentiments are high. Some examples of those trademarks include: Fanta, Canada Dry, Mickey Mouse, Schwepps, Dorna, Hawaii, Fontana and Supa. Text: Businesspeople will not suffer more from anything than losing a market. Perhaps nobody understands it better than the managing director of Zamzam soft drink company because the new market that his company conquered without any difficulty and on mere chance about one and a half years ago is most probably on the verge of being recaptured by Coca Cola Company. The Iranian company of Zamzam managed to secure a good foothold in the Middle East and Arab countries and marginalize a giant like Coca Cola by taking advantage of anti-American sentiments in the Arab world. Now, it is going to lose its markets to Coca Cola again. For directors of a company whose annual sales exceeded $17 billion, it was not acceptable to be deprived of the profitable market of the Arab countries by an Iranian company whose name was barely known until several year ago, only due to negative sentiments toward their government in the Arab world. The Iranian soft drink trademark Zamzam was received so enthusiastically in the Arab countries of the Middle East including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Iraq in less than five months that nobody believed that the market already belonged to Coca Cola. The US support for Israel, negative propaganda against the Arabs after 9/11 attacks and the probability of a US attack on Iraq all gave rise to anti-American sentiments among the Arabs leading to a general ban on the use of all American commodities, which seriously jeopardized the interests of such American companies as Coca Cola and McDonald. Losing 300 million Arab consumers from an annual Middle Eastern market worth $20 million became more serious, so that a Russian newspaper wrote in the middle of 2002 that about 4 million bottles of Iranian Zamzam had been sold in the eastern parts of Saudi Arabia in a single week. Coca Cola reported a 10-percent fall in sales in such countries as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Lebanon while non-American sources announced that Coca Cola imports to Saudi Arabia were slashed by 40 percent during the first quarter of 2003. An spokesman for Pepsi Cola, Charles Nicolas, stated that during the third quarter of 2003, the sanctions by the Arab people have severely affected the situation of their company as well as its rival, the Coca Cola. Der Spiegel also reported that Zamzam sales increased to 12 million bottles, which was three times its normal sales during past years. Anti-American feelings led to a ban on the use of American products in Bahrain; a country where the fifth fleet of US Navy is stationed and is a non-member ally of Nato and a close friend of Washington. Another factor that led to Arabs' enthusiasm for Zamzam was the resemblance between the word "Zamzam" and the spring of Zamzam in Mecca. Sales of Zamzam, which was known among Arabs as Zamzam Cola reached such an extent by September 2002 that managing director of al-Mojara Company, Hussein al-Baqashi, which represented Zamzam in Saudi Arabia announced that Iran's 'Zamzam Cola' was planning to build a factory in Saudi Arabia at the cost of $20 million to bottle its products there. Some European observers even studied the negative effects of sanctioning American commodities on the economies of the Arab countries. The weekly Economist wrote that the share of transnational Western companies in sales of Western commodities in the region was very low, therefore, sanctioning Western goods would have a more deleterious effect on domestic economies of regional countries. For example, 200,000 people in the Middle East alone earn a living through sales of Coca Cola. It concluded that refraining from using American goods will undoubtedly have serious negative effects on domestic economies of Arab countries. Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Pakistan and several African countries had opened their markets to Zamzam and, as put by sales manager of the company, Bahram Kheiri; orders were coming from Canada, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Conquering Middle East markets was so pleasant for the managers of Zamzam directors in Iran that they were dreaming of entering European countries with Denmark as the first target. When plans for entering European markets and building a factory in Saudi Arabia were being completed, the directors of Iran's Zamzam company were suddenly informed that the American Coca Cola Company was registering the trademark Zamzam for its products in Saudi Arabia. Coca Cola has also registered 325 trademarks in 200 countries and produces its products with other names than Coca Cola in countries where anti-American sentiments are high. Some examples of those trademarks include: Fanta, Canada Dry, Mickey Mouse, Schwepps, Dorna, Hawaii, Fontana and Supa. After Coca Cola directors noticed that their products would not sell under trademark Coca Cola, they decided to register the trademark Zamzam for their products taking advantage of ignorance of directors of Zamzam Company of Iran. Meanwhile, if they do this, selling Iranian drinks under that trademark would be illegal in Saudi Arabia. Managing director of Zamzam company, Mohammad Taghavi-Manesh says, "To register a trademark, your country must be a member of relevant conventions. Iran was previously a member of those conventions, while it is not a member anymore. Therefore, we have problems for registering our products." "Even if all domestic permits are issued only 10 percent of the process has been completed. International registration would need extensive support of the government." Taghavi-Manesh added that the company officials have done everything to register their trademark, but without result. "Such products as Coca Cola and Pepsi are supported by the government of the United States, while we don't have any supports," he said. The reality is that Zamzam is rapidly losing the lucrative market of Saudi Arabia, which is the most populous market of the Muslim countries. It is probable that the company will also lose its markets in other Muslim countries because registration of Zamzam trademark by Coca Cola would be an international registration and after it is done, Iran can no longer market its soft during under the trademark Zamzam; neither in Muslim nor non-Muslim countries.
  2. Tehran, Sept 4, IRNA -- Grand Ayatollah Sistani`s Deputy Seyed Ali Vaez survived an assassination attempt in Iraq`s Kezemein city on Wednesday. Dispatching the news on Wednesday night, Qatar`s Al Jazeera satellite TV said, "Three assailants opened fire at al-Vaez while he was exiting from one of the gates of Imam Moussa Kazem`s holy shrine." All three terrorists were detained following the failed assassination by Iraqi police, according to Al Jazeera. According to this report, Seyed Ali al-Vaez, who is a close acquaintance of Grand Ayatollah Sistani, has a quite high social and and academic status in Kazemein, and had been threatened to death a few times in recent months. Another deputy of Ayatollah Sistani said, "Al-Vaez is one of prominent Shia personalities in Kazemein and the representative of this city`s renowned seminary at academic gatherings." NA/214 End
  3. (bismillah) I'm traveling so I will not be able to listen to the interview due to the slow hotel connection. (see, i even visit shiachat while traveling B) ) But if what others are saying about the interview is really true, then I pity the guy. How sad! But then again, wisdom and piety were never hereditary. Just look at the horrible character of some of relatives of our infallible Imams. I'm just glad I have to understand and follow the Quran and the Prophet(sawa) rather than Khomeini or his family or any other scholar. Alhumdulillah, I have my guidance!
  4. (bismillah) As someone that has studied international finance and invests, I disagree with the post above. The stock market is not a valid indicator of the economic well-being of the average American. There are two main indicators that have yet to happen. 1. Large capital investments by corporations, which is followed by new jobs. 2. The containment of the national budget deficit. I believe the economic recovery is on its way. Perhaps another year.
  5. (bismillah) There are plenty of corrupt clerics in Iran and elsewhere. I have never doubted that. Personally, I like to call them "Mercedez Mullas" or "Armani Akhunds." You have to see these guys in Tehran! There is no correlation between their lifestyle and the top leadership like Imam Khomeini or Khamenei. And these guys are suppose to be role models and immitate the infallible Imams?!! No wonder people like Br. waiting are so confused about islamic politics. :angel:
  6. As a student, I can testify to the scientific and engineering achievements of the students and professors alluded to in his speech. Iranian students are competing head on with some of the top US schools like Stanford and MIT. --------- Supreme Leader: Iran is standard bearer of religious democracy Tehran, Aug 6, IRNA -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic is the standard bearer of religious democracy by holding (democratic) elections in the country with subsequent massive turnout. In a meeting with heads of the three branches of government, cabinet members, military officials and members of the parliament ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Supreme Leader said that the results of the (democratic) elections are effective in any decision making. "Bringing the masses of people to different scenes is the great art of the Islamic Republic," he said elaborating on the democratic nature of government system in Iran. The Supreme Leader said that victory of the Islamic Revolution prepared the ground for utilizing the widescale potentials of the nation. The Supreme Leader pointed to the eye-catching progress in higher education, campaign against illiteracy, and implementation of major oil, petrochemical projects, steel mills, construction of dams, defense and scientific researches and said all those achievements have been made despite the economic sanctions and non-stop hostility against the Islamic Republic of Iran. "The enemies of Iran have admitted that Iran has been among the ten countries which have acquired technology to produce fuel for the power plants," the Supreme leader said. The Supreme Leader said that the United States fostered animosity with Iran from the early days of victory of the Islamic Revolution, because it thought that it lost Iran. So the US formed an alliance with the Zionist regime in the region to embark on conspiracy against the Islamic Republic. The US engineered different conspiracies ranging from sponsoring military coup, encouraging Iraqi regime to wage eight years of war on Iran, attacking Iranian oil platform, shooting down Iranian Airbus in 1988 and imposing economic sanctions, the Supreme Leader said. "The US should reach the conclusion that hostility with Iran is useless," the Supreme Leader said. The Supreme Leader criticized the United States for launching propaganda campaign against Iranian nuclear program and said that Iran observes the ban on proliferation of nuclear arms. 215/AH/210 End
  7. (bismillah) That doesn't prove anything. Ayatullah Khamenei has also forbidden his sons to get involved in politics.
  8. (bismillah) Br. waiting, Your problem is not with Iran or Khamenei or Rafsanjani, you have a problem with Islam. I've exposed your hypocracy on this forum many times. How long will you hide? Why don't you just tell others how much Islam bothers you and keeps you from being "free." Why don't you admit that you hate the very nature of Islam "SUBMISSION to God's Will"!! ? There is no point in hiding.
  9. (bismillah) I think you are letting your wishful thinking get in the way of reality. Just a quick glance at the Guiness book of World Records will tell you that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. It is the fastest growing religion in America among blacks, whites and hispanics. And American women seem to be most receptive to Islam. According to NYT, the rate of people converting to Islam in America has quadrupled since September 11th. Islam is anything but a bunch of footnotes in history. It is scaring the hell out of US policy makers and think-tanks.
  10. http://www.canoe.ca/Columnists/margolis_jul27.html
  11. http://www.policyanalysismarket.org/ WASHINGTON - The Pentagon (news - web sites) is setting up a stock-market style system in which investors would bet on terror attacks, assassinations and other events in the Middle East. Defense officials hope to gain intelligence and useful predictions while investors who guessed right would win profits. ... http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...error_market_10 Here is the project website: http://www.policyanalysismarket.org/
  12. (bismillah) Excuse me? What kind of logic is this? Is this an attempt to pacify Shia Muslims from demanding their rights? Islam was established to establish justice and peace, not to mourn Imam Hussain(as) death. Justice has to be established at all cost. Read "Red Shia vs. Black Shia" by Shariati
  13. (bismillah) I'm asking this question on behalf of someone else. What is the reputation of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine?
  14. What is alcohol-free beer? Does it taste and smell as bad as regular beer? ----- Russia's "Baltica" Breweries company is shortly beginning supply of alcohol-free beer to Islamic Iran. Alcohol-free beer is the latest in the whole range of premium beverages produced by "Baltica" at its flagship brewery in St Petersburg and various regions of Russia. According to Prime-TASS economic agency, "Baltica" plans to capture 20 per cent share of the Iranian market with the sale of 300 thousand deca-litres of alcohol-free beer by the end of next year. "Baltica" is eyeing the West Asian Moslem countries as a lucrative market for its non-alcoholic beer. Various brands of "Baltica" alcoholic beer is already being marketed in 28 countries including China and North Korea. Last month it signed a long term deal with the "Scottish Courage" for the distribution of its classical light beer through a network of pubs in the United Kingdom.
  15. (bismillah) Br. waiting, you've lost all credibility on this forum. All hypocrites are exposed sooner or later. You're doing a great job. Keep it up.
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