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December 17, 2004

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A dance performance at the closing ceremony of a theater festival in the southern city of Ahvaz has caused an uproar. Conservatives have denounced the show as vulgar and un-Islamic. "An example of American democracy," said Ayatollah Makkarem Shirazi [News]. Minister of Culture Ahmad Masjed Jameie, who is facing possible impeachment by the conservative-controlled parliament, has sacked the Iran Zamin (Land of Iran) festival diretor and called for the "punishment of violators." >>> Read
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