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Thursday November 16, 2000 / Aban 26, 1379, No. 1108



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Defiance vs. regret
Reformists on trial

By Mehdi Ardalan
November 16, 2000
The Iranian

Prison affects people in different ways. Lengthy incarcerations have produced a range of sentiments among pro-reform activists: defiance, regret, even both. Akbar Ganji's dramatic appearance in his long-awaited trial, charging prison officials with torture, was in stark contrast to Ebrahim Nabavi's sarcastic self-criticism before the notorious Judge Mortazavi >>> GO TO FEATURE


By Mohandes
November 16, 2000
The Iranian


Rostamkhani released on bail

BBC Persian Service

A court in Iran has released on bail one of the defendants in the trial of seventeen reformists in connection with the controversial Berlin Conference. Khalil Rostamkhani, is accused of endangering state security by disseminating pamphlets from overseas groups. He denies the charges. Sima Bahrami speaks to Rowshanak Daryoush, Mr Rostamkhani's wife >>> LISTEN HERE

Green danger

The Economist
November 11, 2000

Tehran -- THE judiciary is having another go at the politicians, writers and journalists gathered under the reformist banner of President Muhammad Khatami. Currently 17 reformists are being tried by Tehran's Revolutionary Court, most of them speakers at a controversial conference in Germany last spring. Islamic, and indeed Iranian, sensibilities took a battering during this conference, organised by a foundation with links to Germany's Green Party. It was attended by hundreds of expatriate Iranians, some of whom chanted dissident slogans, or clapped when a woman danced, and a man stripped >>> FULL TEXT


It was around noon. I opened the frig to see what to have for lunch. I saw a these messages from my daughter on the pizza box: >>> SEE HERE

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* One man one vote

Masoud Fazeli writes: Guive Mirfendereski's article ["Keep it the way it is"] is very similar to the reasoning I hear these days by Republicans against the popular vote. Like them, your scare tactic against the popular vote is targeted towards Democrats...

The simplest reason that the popular vote is the fairest way is that it would be inclusive of all the voters in an election. The most progressive countries in the world have adopted this system. I do not have a certain political leaning towards Republicans or Democrats, but I strongly believe in one man one vote >>> FULL TEXT

* Salieri reading Mozart

Ramin writes: I think you owe it to the world to get Sadaf Kiani Abbassian to commit to writing full-time. Everyone is almost s*&# comapred to her. Every time I read her articles I feel like I am Salieri reading Mozart's work!

* Nothing more than cows

Cyrus Raafat writes: Just look into the eyes of one of these Iranian-American girls and you will see a socio-pathic, ruthless, cold-blooded self-centered attitude fully developed in this materialistic and hedonistic society. They are so self-assured they are almost masculine and as "torshideh" as they may become, they are still nothing more than cows in my opinion. Just looking at their eyes you will see a Western woman. There is no gracefulness or propriety, just nothing to be coveted >>> FULL TEXT

Rights: Petition against Berlin trial

Petition for the immediate release of 17 Iranians brought to trial for participation in Berlin conference in April 2000 >>> DETAILS HERE

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Defendant facing death penalty is freed on bail

TEHRAN, Nov 16 (AFP) - A former Iranian communist facing a possible death sentence for his role in a controversial political seminar in Germany has been released on bail, a court official told AFP on Thursday. Khalil Rostam-Khani, who attended the April conference in Berlin which Iranian authorities deemed anti-Islamic, paid 87,000 dollars' bail to be released, the official said. His family confirmed the release >>> FULL TEXT

Paper criticizes move to lower voting age

TEHRAN, Nov 16 (AFP) - A pro-reform Iranian newspaper on Thursday criticized the reformist-majority parliament's decision to lower the voting age to 15 ahead of next year's presidential elections. "Our 15-year-olds have not had a chance to go through the process of political maturity," the English-language daily said in an editorial unusually critical of the reformist legislature >>> FULL TEXT

Two dead, 15 injured in Iran clashes with MKO: press

TEHRAN, Nov 16 (AFP) - Two members of Iran's main armed opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen, were killed and one security guard injured in Wednesday's clashes near the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, press reports said. The conservative Jomhuri-Eslami paper, citing a "reliable source", said Thursday that the Mujahedeen also "injured 15 people," including one security official >>> FULL TEXT

Iran again backs Palestinian uprising

TEHRAN, Nov 16 (AFP) - Iran on Thursday again gave its full backing for the Palestinian uprising against Israel and called for international intervention to stop the "crimes" of the Jewish state. "A serious international action is needed to stop Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said, cited by the official IRNA news agency >>> FULL TEXT

Hijackers wanted to undermine OIC summit: militia chief

TEHRAN, Nov 16 (AFP) - The would-be hijackers of an Iranian domestic flight wanted to undermine Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) efforts to support the Palestinians, a military commander said Thursday. General Mohammad Hejazi, head of the Islamic Basiji militia, said they wanted to "weaken the success of the meeting of OIC heads of state (last week) during which Palestine was defended in an unprecedented way." >>> FULL TEXT

OPEC to discuss raising $100B

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - OPEC (news - web sites) producers will open talks this week on a joint investment firm to raise more than $100 billion to help boost output to meet demand over the next two decades, an Iranian oil ministry adviser said Thursday >>> FULL TEXT

Avesta: New edition

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- A new edition of Avesta, the Zoroastrian holy book, edited by Dr. Hashem Razi, has been published >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Film: Before and after

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Rasool Mollaqoli-Pour's "Nasl-e Sookhteh" (Burned generation) is a film in three parts, dealing with issues before and after the revolution up to current times >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Silence louder than screams

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- They said Mohsen Makhmalbaf will never get permission to screen "Sokoot" (Silence). But he did, without cutting out a second. This silence is louder than many screams >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Down in Asia, up in world

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Iran's soccer team has slipped to fourth place in Asia but it is up three places in world standings, >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Yazdani, Emami-Far in Belgium?

Tehran (Iran Varzeshi) -- Daryooush Yazdani and Alireza Emami-Far may play for a Belgium first division soccer team >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Mousavi not going to UAE

Tehran (Hamshahri) -- Ali Mousavi will not join UAE's Al-Nasr but will instead play forward for Esteqlal >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT


Parliamentary committee meets Akbar Ganji

A parliamentary committee met Akbar Ganji in prison. Mr Ganji on his first appearance in court last Thursday (Nov 9) said he had been mistreated by the prison guards. He later called on President Khatami to look into his case. Lara Petrosian asks Mohammad Dadfar, one of the members of the parliamentary committee about Mr Ganji's requests >>> LISTEN HERE

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