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Thursday, April 20, 2000 / Ordibehesht 1, 1379, No. 964

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For God's sake
Conservatives need more than divine intervention to stop reforms

April 20, 2000
The Iranian

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." >>> GO TO FEATURE


Conspiracy at Desert One
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Reformers fear coup

By Guy Dinmore in Tehran
Financial Times
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" >>> FULL TEXT


Khodaa margam bedeh

Iran 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. >>> WATCH HERE

More Letters

* Rasht & history

Kamran Behzadian writes: First off the email about this guy's eyewitness report of the civil disorder 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 ideals.

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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My lips with his began to speak, I asked:
Have you drunk your fill of me? Enough,
He said, but give me something that begins with f.
Tell me how it ends, I asked.
It never does, he whispered, low: just flow.
-- Rumi

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French media watchdog criticises new Iranian law

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Trial of Hajarian attack suspects to be held next week

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Merchants defy closure call by conservative association

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Iran said seeking vegetable oils - US trade

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Film producers happier

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200 art shows

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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


Coup denied

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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No support

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.

-- Editorial
"For God's sake"
The Iranian
April 20, 2000

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