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Thursday, April 27, 2000 / Ordibehesht 8, 1379, No. 969

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Reform in retreat
The movement for change has suffered a set back. But...

By Rasool Nafisi
April 27, 2000
The Iranian

The reform movement in Iran has had ebb and flows, but this time it seems to have hit a major obstacle. Mohammnad Khatami is still the president and the sixth Majlis will open soon, but the main vehicle of reform, i.e. the independent reformist newspapers, have nearly all been banned and many well known journalists have been imprisoned. The main architect of the reform movement is still struggling for his life with a bullet lodged near his spine, and the Vali-e Faqih has unabashedly lashed out against the press. What can the reform movement expect in the future? >>> GO TO FEATURE


Hardliners in elite force 'plotting coup against Iranian president'

Geneive Abdo in Tehran
The Guardian, London
Thursday April 27, 2000

Several commanders in Iran's Revolutionary Guards have mapped out a strategy to force reformist foes to "stay silent or pull aside" in a planning session which it is claimed could be described as a precursor to a coup against President Mohammad Khatami.

Three senior officials of the Revolutionary Guards and their allies outlined a three-stage plan to be carried out by a "crisis committee", according to notes taken from a tape of the meeting two weeks ago, which have been made available to the Guardian >>> FULL TEXT

Four coups against the press

April 27, Ham-Mihan -- A look at the struggle between the press and the government in nearly a century >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Banned for life

April 26, 2000, Teheran (dpa) - An Iranian football player has been banned for life and fined after engaging in a wild dance during which he pulled down his shorts to celebrate a goal, the Teheran Sports newspaper reported Wednesday. Video clip here

Mohsen Rassuli, a young striker for the Teheran club Saypa, scored the winning goal in last week's Nations Cup semi-final against the Teheran Pas club in the 119th minute and, jumping for joy, not only took off his shirt but also pulled down his shorts and ran around the field in his underwear >>> FULL TEXT

Thanks to Laleh Khalili

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April 27, 2000

* Shah's return in 1953

Farah Pahlavi writes to The New York Times: Your April 16 front-page article ''How a Plot Convulsed Iran in '53 (and in '79)'' makes unjust remarks about my late husband, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi. It also gives a partial account of the events of 1953.

My husband at first supported Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh in the fight for the nationalization of Iran 's oil industry. Only when the shah was convinced that political and economic deterioration was threatening Iran 's independence and stability did he feel constitutionally obligated to dismiss Dr. Mossadegh.

The shah returned to Iran because of the will of the majority of Iranians >>> FULL TEXT

* Brilliant not Buddha

Banafsheh Zand writes: I read Mr. Kaviani's letter regarding his disappointment with Mr. Mehrjui's manner. With all due respect I frankly though it to be rather naive! Do you expect Mr. Mehrjui to be Buddha just because he's a brilliant artist? An artist is a mirror - hopefully reflecting his disgruntled or contented views of life; many artists' mission is to create the work in order to transcend the issues, objectify them or possibly even view them from another angle. In any case it's a mystical process.

Come now, let's not get sentimental or maudlin over artists, Mr. Kaviani. They're just as irritable or easy-going as everyone else, possibly even more. When you put anyone, especially an artist on a pedestal you make them responsible for YOUR expectations and that's simply not the function of art. You don't have to love the man to love the work -- that's purism and there's absolutely no room for that in art.

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I'll hang your love in the nets of heaven.
I'll lay your cruel hands on my hurting heart.
Where you walk, where your foot touches earth,
I'll secretly go just to lay eyes on that dirt. -- Rumi

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Student protests grow at press closures

TEHRAN, April 27 (AFP) - Students held their biggest protest yet late Wednesday at the closure of pro-reform newspapers by Iran's conservative press court, press reports said Thursday. The daily Bayan, one of the few pro-reform dailies to escape suspension, said 5,000 students demonstrated peacefully at Ahvaz University in the south of the country in support of reformist President Mohammad Khatami >>> FULL TEXT

Judiciary shuts last two reformist papers

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's hard-line judiciary shut down the last two major national newspapers from the reformist camp Thursday, bringing to 16 the number of publications banned this week. The two newspapers, including a leading daily published by a brother of President Mohammad Khatami, were the last hit in a wave of closures that began Sunday >>> FULL TEXT

Khamenei endorses media crackdown

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday endorsed the recent crackdown on reformist newspapers, describing the publications as ``deviant'' and urging his supporters not to remain silent. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned what he called ``a deviant media movement that is trying to shape public opinion and turn it against Islam, the revolution and the Islamic Republic.'' >>> FULL TEXT

New ban on papers fuels Iran crisis

TEHRAN, April 27 (AFP) - Iran's conservative judiciary stoked up tension again Thursday by ordering the closure of the two most important reformist newspapers, including that of President Mohammad Khatami's brother. The move, reported by the official news agency IRNA, on top of previous suspensions left the reformist camp without a voice for the second round of the parliamentary elections on May 5 >>> FULL TEXT

Election campaign reopens in Iran as political confusion persists

TEHRAN, April 27 (AFP) - Campaigning opened for the second round of Iran's parliamentary elections Thursday amid continued political uncertainty. But analysts said the mere fact that the polls were taking place, coupled with a strong expression of support for reformist President Mohammad Khatami from Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, had helped to calm the volatile situation >>> FULL TEXT

Iran frees eight accused of serial killings

TEHRAN, April 27 (AFP) - Iran Wednesday freed eight of the 22 people accused of serial killings of opponents of the regime and intellectuals in late 1998 on "clear proof" they were not guilty, the justice department said. The reason the case has gone so slowly up to present is precisely because of the charges against the eight were baseless, the department said in a statement quoted by the official IRNA news agency >>> FULL TEXT

Golshiri in hospital

Tehran (Iran daily) - Novelist Houshang Golshiri has been hospitalized in Tehran for an undisclosed lung ailment >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Western-style art re-emerges years after going underground

April 9, 2000, TEHRAN, Iran (The Dallas Morning News) - Of course, after two decades of cultural isolation, putting on display what was previously off-limits does raise certain questions for Iran's patrons of the arts. For example: Who is this Mick Jagger? >>> FULL TEXT

Two views on Afkhami's film

Tehran (Ham-Mihan) - Two views on Behrouz Afkhami's "Shoakaraan". The reviews have been generally positive but it has been attacked by the conservatives >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Asian Cup draw

Beirut (Football Asia) - The draw for the finals of the 12th Asian Cup has pitted together two of the region's superpowers, the defending champions Saudi Arabia and Japan, in the same group... Iran, winners of the Asian Cup in 1968, 1972 and 1976, were the nation with most to smile about after avoiding any of the big sides. They were drawn in Group A along with the hosts Lebanon and two sides they faced in the last Asian Cup, Iraq and Thailand >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Al-Nasr does NOT want Karimi

Tehran (Hamshahri) - Ali Karimi had to two practice sessions with the UAE's al-Nasr but he was not able to impress the team's German coach >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

Majidi scores

Tehran (Ham-Mihan) - Farhad Majidi scores a goal in his Austrian's team's 4-0 victory. Plus latest news about Mahdavi-Kia and Ali Daei >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN


Reformist papers closed

Following the closure of more than ten publications by the Press Court in Tehran, Behrouz Parsa talks to Iranian jouranlists and lawyers, probing into the nature of the allegations brought against them and discussing what the consequences of the event may be for Iran's refomist movement. He talks to Dr. Nemat Ahmadi, lawyer in Iran, Abdulkarim Lahiji, Paris based lawyer, Saeed Laylaz, Tehran journalist and Azam Talequani, journalist.>>> LISTEN HERE

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Three senior officials of the Revolutionary Guards and their allies outlined a three-stage plan to be carried out by a "crisis committee", according to notes taken from a tape of the meeting two weeks ago, which have been made available to the Guardian.

-- Geneive Abdo, reporter, The Guardian
April 27, 2000

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