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* Khatami says democracy needed for growth
* Rafsanjani vows no change in vengeance laws
* 30,000 in Holland Back Iran Reforms

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* Offending articles
* Judiciary issues warning against moderate press
* Students File Lawsuits Against Police
* Opposition figure calls on Khamenei to reject extremists
* Khamenei defends eye-for-eye laws
* Court says probing police attack on campus
* Chief justice to hold rare meetings with ministers
* Intelligence chief vows to crush extremists
* Fresh political battle erupts in Iran over leading dissident
* Paper publishes banned photo of leading dissident
* Jews' case handed over to court for trial
* Study shows depression high among Qom women

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Friday
September 3, 1999

* Khatami says democracy needed for growth

TEHRAN, Sept 3 (Reuters) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami, under pressure to boost growth and jobs, said only democratic reforms could revive the economy and foreign investment. ``It is impossible to have economic development in a socially and politically underdeveloped society,'' Khatami, a moderate, said in a television interview late on Thursday ... FULL TEXT

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* Rafsanjani vows no change in vengeance laws

TEHRAN, Sep 3 (AFP) - Iran's influential former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Friday repeated warnings to the moderate press after a paper proposed abolishing the death penalty and the Islamic law of vengeance. "We will defend all the values and pillars of Islam with determination and force," Rafsanjani said, two days after Iran's supreme leader denounced any call to end Islamic punishments as the work of "apostates." ... FULL TEXT

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* 30,000 in Holland Back Iran Reforms

Sept 3, 1999, AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Iranian pro-democracy activists handed the Dutch government a petition Friday signed by 30,000 people expressing solidarity with reformers inside Iran and accusing Tehran of sending spies to the Netherlands to discredit exiled dissidents ... FULL TEXT

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Thursday
September 2, 1999

Offending articles

The following are op-ed pieces (in Persian) against the death penalty were published by Neshat newspaper. In an indirect reference, Ayatollah Khamenei said those who question Islamic laws are punishable by death:

* Hossein Baqerzadeh: "Is state violence permissable?" (Persian)
* Emadedin Baqi: "Execution and Islamic retribution (qesas)" (Persian)
* Neshat's explanation for publishing the opinion pieces (Persian)
* Khamenei's warning (English)

Audio

* BBC Persian service feature on the contrversy, including:
- Sadeq Saba's analysis
- Interview with human rights activist Hossein Baqerzadeh

LISTEN HERE (RealAudio)

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* Judiciary issues warning against moderate press\

TEHRAN, Sep 2 (AFP) - Iran's conservative-dominated judiciary on Thursday issued a warning against any attempts by the moderate press to breach the pillars of the Islamic revolution. In a statement broadcast on radio, the judiciary vigorously backed Wednesday's remarks by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who said "apostate" journalists opposing the country's eye-for-an-eye laws were liable to the death penalty ... FULL TEXT

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* Students File Lawsuits Against Police Over Hostel Raid

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iran's military is investigating a lawsuit filed by 15 students claiming they were beaten by policemen during a raid on their dormitory in July, a newspaper reported Thursday ... FULL TEXT

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Wednesday
September 1, 1999

* Opposition figure calls on Khamenei to reject extremists

Neshat newspaper
September 1, 1999

Yadollah Sahabi, the 95-year-old opposition figure, who is a leading member of the Freedom Movement of Iran, has called on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to distance himself from radical groups who carry out attacks in his name ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN ... News about Sahabi's letter in Englisg

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* Khamenei defends eye-for-eye laws

TEHRAN, Sept 1 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday vigorously defended the country's eye-for-an-eye laws and attacked moderate journalists who opposed them as "apostates," state radio reported. Iran's supreme leader has been lashing out at the moderate newspaper Nehat for several days after it proposed abolishing the death penalty as well as Iran's vengeance laws ... FULL TEXT

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* Court says probing police attack on campus

TEHRAN, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Iran's military said on Wednesday it was investigating complaints against police involved in a recent assault on students, which killed at least one person and injured 200 people. ... FULL TEXT

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Tuesday
August 31, 1999

* Chief justice to hold rare meetings with ministers

TEHRAN, Aug 30 (AFP) - The new head of Iran's judiciary system will hold highly unusual meetings with the foreign and interior ministers, Iranian sources said Monday, as the courts prepare to try 13 Iranian Jews on charges of spying for Israel ... FULL TEXT

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Monday
August 30, 1999

* Intelligence chief vows to crush extremists

TEHRAN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Iran's intelligence chief has vowed to crack down on religious extremists, in a clear sign of growing support for President Mohammad Khatami within the security establishment. Newspapers on Saturday quoted Ali Yunesi, who was appointed intelligence minister by Khatami in February to reform the once-dreaded secret service, as saying the authorities were determined to do away with so-called ``pressure groups,'' hardline vigilantes waging a violent campaign to undermine Khatami's liberal reform ... FULL TEXT

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* Fresh political battle erupts in Iran over leading dissident

TEHRAN, Aug 30 (AFP) - A leading Iranian dissident close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami is facing fresh allegations of conspiracy against the Islamic republic's clerical regime, press reports said Monday ... FULL TEXT

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* Paper publishes banned photo of leading dissident

TEHRAN, Aug 28 (AFP) - An Iranian newspaper close to nationalist circles published a front-page picture on Saturday of a dissident cleric once in line to be Iran 's supreme leader but now forbidden to be mentioned in the press. The Iran Vij paper featured a photo of Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, whose fierce criticisms of the regime have left him under house arrest for the last 10 years ... FULL TEXT

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* Jews' case handed over to court for trial

TEHRAN, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Iran's intelligence service has handed over the case of 13 Iranian Jews charged with spying for Israel to the judiciary for trial, a newspaper said on Saturday ... FULL TEXT

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* Study shows depression high among Qom women

TEHRAN, Aug 29 (Reuters) - A government study has shown that young women in the conservative holy Iranian city of Qom are more depressed than those in the more liberal capital Tehran, a senior official was quoted as saying on Sunday. ... FULL TEXT

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Iran Country Report

As of December 31, 1998 (Committee to Protect Journalists) - Since President Muhammad Khatemi took office in August 1997, Iran's press has benefited from his agenda of social and political reforms. Newspapers are now tackling political subjects that would have been unthinkable only a year earlier. But almost as quickly as journalists realized their new freedoms, the press found itself the target of a relentless attacks from hard-line supporters of Iran's spiritual guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ... FULL TEXT

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Missing: Pirouz Davani

A special web page has been created for Pirouz Davani, a political activist who left his home in Tehran on the 25th of August 1998 and has not been heard from since. On the 27th of August foreign radio stations quoted reports that he had been arrested ... GO TO WEB SITE

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