For God's sake
Conservatives need more than divine intervention to stop
April 20, 2000
Are the conservatives closing in against the reformist government of
President Khatami? It certainly appears that way. Ayatollah Khamenei has
lashed out against the independent press and denounced "American-style"
reforms; leading reformist journalists have been summoned to the Revolutionary
Court; the out-going Majlis ratified a law putting new limits on freedom
of the press; reformist victories in the Majlis elections in at least eight
cities have been overturned; election results in Tehran, where the reformists
handed the conservatives their most embarrassing defeat, have been called
into question; the Expediency Council has forbidden investigations against
offices controlled by the leadership; and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards
have openly threatened the reformist press with "Islamic violence."
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Reformers fear coup
By Guy Dinmore in Tehran
April 20, 2000
Iran's political crisis deepened on Wednesday when a reformist party
allied to President Mohammad Khatami accused hardliners of plotting a military
coup or other ways of preventing the newly elected and reformist-dominated
parliament from convening next month.
The reformist Islamic Revolution Mujahedin Organisation was responding
to a statement by the powerful Revolutionary Guards which said that "when
the time comes, small and big enemies will feel the revolutionary hammer
on their skulls" >>>
Khodaa margam bedeh
Sports Press: After Saipa's Mohsen Rasouli scored against Pass Thursday
in Tehran's Azadi stadium, he gave a new meaning to 'football celebration',
by taking off his shirt and shorts, much to the shock of fellow teammates
and his coach Mayeli Kohan. The scene forced IRIB to shut down the live
feed. Rasouli could face sanctions from the disciplinary committee for
his 'unusual' form of celebration. >>>
* Rasht & history
writes: First off the email about this guy's eyewitness report of the
in Rasht. Baba joon! Either translate the thing into English or else
send a scan of the Farsi text.
Second, this article "Lost
opportunities" is one of the better articles I have come across
about Iranian history. I recommend translating this one into Farsi and
submitting it to Iranian newspapers for publication. This would be good
karma for your Web site too since the Net is becoming more of a common
thing in Iran.
* Did not live up to ideals
Marty O'Malley, Jr.
writes: Unfortunately, the United States did not live up to its laws
or ideals back in the 1950's ["Lost
opportunities"]. This pattern repeated itself over again in other
parts of the world. If the elected representatives in the States publicly
acknowledge their country's wrong doing and encourage primary and secondary
schools to be more candid about U.S. wrongs, then the U.S. government will
begin to act more consistently in accordance with its laws and professed
Let's hope that in the meantime, relations with Iran can be improved.
Nothing is to be gained from both countries constantly snarling at the
other. Opportunities for change and long term sharing of interests will
be lost if we fail to take the initiatives at this time.
* Kavkaz ancestry
Babak Tadjer writes: You're
articles are very interesting to read. But one issue that I miss and want
to have information about is the historical aspect of the fairly large
numbers of Iranians with Caucasian (Kavkaz / Qafqaz) ancestry. I'm one
of them on my mothers side.
People that are from Kavkaz / Qafqaz have little information or none
about the immigration from Kavkaz / Qafqaz. I don't know much myself, except
that I can see that we look different.
I don't know if you are able to write an article about this matter,
or if it's interesting enough.
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Khamenei denounces West, warns domestic
TEHRAN, April 20 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader on Thursday
vowed the country would never submit to U.S. hegemony, denouncing domestic
journalists who he said were doing America's bidding to undermine the Islamic
system. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in his second major address in a week, lashed
out at globalisation as a pretext for domination by the West. On April 14,
he warned of the dangers of ``American-style'' reforms >>> FULL
Court summons reformists for "anti-Islamic"
April 20 (AFP) - Tehran's revolutionary court has summoned Iranian reformists
for allegedly making anti-Islamic remarks at a recent conference in Berlin,
state radio reported Thursday, quoting an official judiciary statement.
Meanwhile the elite Revolutionary Guards called national demonstrations
for Friday to show "hatred and repugnance" at "the blows
dealt to Islam and the people" at the gathering >>> FULL TEXT
Reformists accuse television of trying
to stop new parliament
April 19 (AFP) - Iran's main reform party Wednesday accused the pro-conservative
state television service of trying to stop the new reformist-dominated parliament
from meeting by screening a "provocative" broadcast. The television
authority showed late Tuesday what it described as "anti-Islamic"
scenes of a recent Berlin conference attended by supporters of reformist
President Mohammad Khatami >>> FULL TEXT
U.S. worried about challenge to Iranian
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday it was
worried about a threat to the freedom of the press in Iran, where Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has denounced domestic journalists who favor
reform. State Department spokesman James Rubin said the Iranian press had
played an important part in political developments and had contributed to
a ``lively political culture'' in Iran >>> FULL TEXT
French media watchdog criticises new Iranian
April 19 (Reuters) - Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders
(RSF) on Wednesday criticised a new law passed by Iran's conservative outgoing
parliament to rein in the country's liberal press. RSF said it was alarmed
at the state of freedom of the press in Iran just two months after elections
gave reformers a stronger position in the new parliament >>> FULL
Trial of Hajarian attack suspects to be
held next week
April 20 (AFP) - The first hearing in the trial of 10 defendants accused
of planning the assassination of leading reformist Said Hajarian last month
will take place next week >>> FULL TEXT
Hakimipour released after questioning on
April 20 (AFP) - A Tehran town councillor, arrested on April 15 after making
comments on the assassination attempt against prominent reformer Said Hajarian,
was released on bail Thursday, Iranian radio reported >>> FULL
Merchants defy closure call by conservative
April 20 (AFP) - Tehran bazaar traders defied Thursday a call from their
conservative-dominated association to stage a one-day closure in support
of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the midst of factional
conflict >>> FULL TEXT
Iran said seeking vegetable oils - US trade
April 18 (Reuters) - Iran is seeking 20,000 tonnes of soybean oil and 20,000
tonnes of sunseed oil for last-half May through first-half June shipments,
U.S. exporters said >>> FULL TEXT
Film producers happier
(Hamshahri) - Chances that film producers will get a return on their investment
has increased from 25 percent to 70 percent, according to Deputy Guidance
Minister Seyfollah Dad >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Useless love story
(Hamshahri) - "Dokhtaran Entezar" directed by Rahman Rezaie, is
a useless, bitter love story, says a film buff from Qom >>> FULL
TEXT IN PERSIAN
200 art shows
(Hamshahri) - 200 art shows will be held in Tehran during spring and summer
of this year >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Azizi: "My first and last red card"
Iran Sports Press - With audio clip: With accusations mounting
against Iranian star player Khodadad Azizi for obtaining a red card on that
fateful Saturday, the time was ripe to contact Azizi and give his side of
the story >>> FULL TEXT
Iran under 17 lose to Brazil's Krozero
Iran Sports Press - The Iranian Under 17 was defeated by
the defending champions from Brazil, Krozero Team, on Wednesday in their
first match in the San Marino Tournament. . Upcoming Schedule for Iran's
Under 17: April 20 Iran (Under 17) x Ghana (Under 17) April 21 Iran (Under
17) x Odenezeh (Italy).
Esteghlal edge Keshavarz 2-1
Iran Sports Press - With video clip: Esteghlal had possession of
this match most of the time, however they wasted one chance after another.
Hamedani and Navazi, who had replaced Momenzadeh and Sahebjamee, intensified
Esteghlal's dominance and effectiveness in this game >>> FULL TEXT
The Islamic Revolutionary's Guardian Corps released a statement
in Tehran today, April 20 2000, making clear that it was not planning a
coup d'etat as its previous statement led many to believe it was. Behrouz
Parsa talks to Mohammad Sadeq Javadi Hesar, journalist in Mashad >>> LISTEN HERE
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Iran is a very different country than it was in 1953 or 1979. Mohammad
Reza Shah got help from Washington and London to preserve his rule for more
than two decades after getting rid of Mossadegh. And Ayatollah Khomeini
had the support of the masses when he toppled the Shah. But today's conservatives
have neither foreign nor domestic support. Surely they will need more than
God's blessings to hold on to power, even with force.
April 20, 2000
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