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Tuesday December 26, 2000 / Dey 6, 1379, No. 1133

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December 26, 2000
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These incredible photos by Mohsen Rastani reminds one of works by the American portrait and fashion photographer Richard Avadon. They speak so much about each individual. And in many ways they speak about us >>> GO TO FEATURE


His red-robed highness
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MPs call for justice minister's impeachment

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More than 50 Iranian MPs have called for a motion to impeach the minister of justice, Ismail Shushtari. Reformist MPs are outraged that Mr. Shushtari did not answer their calls to attened a parliamentary session to debate "questionable" practices of judiciary, including double standards in detention of suspects. Drayoush Homaie asks Baha'din Adab, MP, to what extened he thinks the impeachment should go ahead? >>> LISTEN

Iran murder case pits reformers against judiciary

By Jon Hemming

TEHRAN, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Iran's reformers rejoiced when it looked as though a group of alleged secret police hitmen would be brought to book.

But with the case being held behind closed doors in a military court, few are hopeful that justice will be done.

The second hearing in the trial of the 18 "rogue" agents and their accomplices accused of the serial murders of liberal intellectuals was held on Monday >>> FULL TEXT

Mummified Princess is a fraud - report
Cool $11 Million was sought on black market

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2000 -- (BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)-- A mummy adorned with a cuneiform-inscribed gold plaque identifying it as a 2,600-year-old Persian princess is a fraud, according to an exclusive report in the January/February issue of ARCHAEOLOGY Magazine >>> FULL TEXT

Attention terrified officials
Time to escape the country? Here's a nice place for retirement

Steve Van Buren writes to The Iranian: Can you tell me good places to advertise 18 acres of property with a house, buildings and hangar on a private runway?

More Letters

* Wishful thinking

Shahriar Zahedi writes: Here we go again. Mr. Amirahmadi's recent article, "The time is now", with its predictions of an imminent thawing out of the frozen relations between Iran and America, reminds me of the famous quip "Denial is not just a river in Egypt."

Certain Iranian scholars in the American academia who have apparently seen Mr. Khatami's face in the moon, have started anew. Attempts to portray the state of things in a manner which has no basis in reality >>> FULL TEXT

* National interest

Poopak Ta'ati writes: I read Dr. Amirahmadi's article ["The time is now"] with much enthusiasm and interest... There are, however, at least two theoretical points in Dr. Amirahmadi's otherwise excellent analytical piece which I think need further discussion.

The first regards his assertion that "Tehran and the Iranian public have come to increasingly realize that working with the U.S. will mean recognizing its global interests and leadership." If this development is true, then I hope it does not imply that Iran is willing or should be willing to subjugate her interests to those of the United States >>> FULL TEXT

* Where have you been?

Setareh Sabety-Javid writes: It is understandable that Mr. Amirahmadi as President of the American Iranian council is eager for better U.S-Iran relations ["The time is now"]. After all most of us who live here would like to see that happen. Most of us were delighted to see Khatami get elected and the parliament turn over to the reformers in what must have been the first true elections held in our country.

But I am shocked to see Mr. Amirahmadi's total blindness to the set backs that have taken place since the parliamentary elections in Iran. 'Dialogue of Civilizations' seems in the face of the shutting of publications and the imprisoning of free thinkers and students to be more an empty promise than ever >>> FULL TEXT

* Optimisim in foreign policy

Hooshang Amirahmadi writes: In response to Mrs. Setareh Sabety-Javid's letter, "Where have you been?", I do share your concerns, and your criticisms are noted. However, my article ["The time is now"] focuses on U.S.-Iran relations, not domestic matters...

In the context of domestic politics, however, that phrase and the corresponding idea of "dialogue among Iranians" remain mere propaganda. Again, just like you, I am also disappointed. But unlike many, I was never an optimist about that particular reform process >>> FULL TEXT

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Celebrate the NEW YEAR with us! The Iranian-American Cultural Association invites you to celebrate the New Year! Join us for the festivities. PLACE & ADDRESS: Embassy Suites Hotel, 1250 22nd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. >>> DETAILS




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    When I grasp hold of your hair, I'm in hell,

    And those who dwell in heaven I despise,

    As if my heart were brought to heaven's meadow

    But found that field too tight for it, too narrow.

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MPs back impeachment motion against justice minister

TEHRAN, Dec 26 (AFP) - The mounting political battle over immunity from prosecution for MPs took a new turn Tuesday as some 50 pro-reform deputies signed a motion to impeach Justice Minister Ismail Shushtari. The move comes amid reports the conservative-led courts could be preparing legal action against three reformist MPs, including President Mohammad Khatami's brother, deputy speaker Mohammad-Reza >>> FULL TEXT

Russia Defense Minister Visits Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Russia's defense minister traveled to Iran on Tuesday to discuss increasing military cooperation and arms sales between the countries, despite U.S. pressure on Russia not to deal arms to the Islamic republic. Igor Sergeyev is the first Russian defense minister to visit Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. During his three-day visit, he was expected to meet Iranian President Mohammad Khatami >>> FULL TEXT

Closed door trial over killing of dissidents enters second day

TEHRAN, Dec 25 (AFP) -The trial of 17 secret service agents accused of killing leading dissidents resumed Monday behind closed doors. "The second court session has opened in front of the fifth chamber of the Military court with Judge Reza Aghihi," Mohammad-Reza Zarandi, director of the the military courts' public relations, told AFP >>> FULL TEXT\

Treatment of non-Muslims questioned

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's only Jewish legislator on Sunday criticized the treatment of non-Muslims in the country, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. ``I call on the Muslim religious leaders and the officials of the judiciary to pay more attention to the rights of non-Muslim families as far as issues such as blood money and the verdicts of the courts are concerned,'' said Maurice Motamed, the sole Jewish representative in Iran's 290-seat parliament >>> FULL TEXT

MP urges freedom for dissident

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - In a rare move, a member of Iran's parliament urged authorities Tuesday to end the house arrest of the country's most prominent dissident cleric. Legislator Mostafa Taheri Najafabadi called for the house detention of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri to be lifted on the last day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan >>> FULL TEXT

Sahabi's wife protests his transfer to solitary cell

TEHRAN, Dec 25 (AFP) - The wife of Iran's longtime secular political opposition leader Ezatollah Sahabi spoke out Monday against the government's jailing of her husband, criticising his transfer to solitary confinement. In an open letter to President Mohammad Khatami, Zarindokht Attai said her 75-year-old husband and Ali Afshari, a key figure in the student reformist movement, had been transferred Sunday to single cells at Evin prison in Tehran >>> FULL TEXT

Iran to start own telecom satellite

TEHRAN, Dec 25 (AFP) - Iran's state telecommunications company announced Monday that the contruction of an independent Iranian satellite was due to begin in March 2001. The government newspaper Iran said China, France, India and Russia had submitted proposals for the project, dubbed "Zohreh >>> FULL TEXT

Jomeh: Winner in Tokyo

Tehran, (Dowran-e No) -- "Jomeh" (Friday) directed by Hassan Yektapanah has won the special jury prize at the Tokyo film festival >>> FULL TEXT

Mehrjouie: problems facing filmmakers

Tehran, (Dowran-e No) -- Director Daryoush Mehrjouie on issues between the media and filmmakers, advertising, ticket prices, and the rising cost of making films >>> FULL TEXT

Afkhami: I won't vote for Masjed Jameie

Tehran, (Dowran-e No) -- Film director and Majlis deputy Behrouz Afkhami does not think Mohammad Masjed Jameie would be a good replacement for Ataollah Mohajerani as minister of culture >>> FULL TEXT

Esteghlal and Persepolis held to draws

Tehran - December 24 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: Arch rivals Persepolis and Esteghlal will have more reasons to take their upcoming encounter seriously as both were held to stand stills this week against Sepahan and Pas respectively >>> FULL TEXT

Minavand: "I Might Transfer to Spain or Italy"

Tehran - December 24 (Iran Sports Press) -- With video: In an interview on Football 90 on Saturday, Iranian international Mehrdad Minavand hinted that he may be transfered to either Spain or Italy next year. "I have one or two offers which I am considering now. My club believes the offers are good and I might be transfered when my contract runs out in six months >>> FULL TEXT


MP asks to end Ayatollah Montazeri's house arrest

Mostafa Taheri Najafabadi, MP from Najafabad, has repeated his call for the rehabilitation of a dissident cleric, Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri. He told parliament he hoped that "the restrictions against Ayatollah Montazeri will be lifted" to mark Id ul-Fetr. Daryoush Homaie asks Mr. Najafabadi why he hopes the restrictions should be lifted? >>> LISTEN HERE

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It seems, unfortunately, that the judiciary system and some officials in the judiciary think they can do anything they like and no one dares to question them.

-- Akbar Alami, Majlis deputy
December 26, 2000

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