December 17, 2004
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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