The Iranian Times

Thursday, January 7 1999/ Dey 17, 1377, No. 639

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Will law rule?
No principle is higher than the presumed innocence of the accused

By Guive Mirfendereski

The reported apprehension of persons implicated in the slaying of various political activists and literary figures in Iran in the past few months will test the truth and strength of the Khatami administration's repeated sloganeering about the "rule of law."

While many may rejoice as a matter of justice the arrest of the alleged perpetrators of the slayings, the requirements of the rule of law. however. will be satisfied only by the strictest observance of due process -- that is, to allow the most rudimentary human rights principles of fair and speedy trial to prevail over politically expedient course of action.

The indicting authority must be held to meeting its burden of establishing probable cause to bind over the accused for trial. The burden of proof rests on the state to produce the probative and admissible evidence necessary to produce an indictment ... GO TO FEATURE


National crisis
From Khatami to Clinton

By Mansoureh Haqshenas & Koorosh Bayat

- So do you think Dorri will be sacked?

- Who's Dorri?

- Dorri-Najafabadi, the intelligence minister. There's talk that Khatami has demanded his resignation or else he's going to fire him.

- Wow... exciting stuff ... GO TO FEATURE


Alexander the Great Wimp gets lost in a Hollywood conspiracy

By John Harlow
Arts Correspondent
The Times of London

ALEXANDER the Great, conqueror of the ancient world and schoolboy idol, is about to be recast by Hollywood as a brutal war criminal who was murdered by his own generals in Babylon when they feared he had lost his taste for blood.

Two films, one by Oliver Stone, director of such convoluted conspiracy epics as JFK and Nixon, and the other by Christopher McQuarrie, Oscar-winning writer of the 1995 hit The Usual Suspects, have rejected all the evidence that Alexander died from typhoid at the age of 33.

Stone's forthcoming film compares the western world's first emperor with John F Kennedy, saying he, too, was a victim of a court plot. The director has been talking to Tom Cruise about playing the young warrior.

Until recently, many historians justified massacres by Alexander as he marched 20,000 miles through Persia, northern India and Egypt as "militarily necessary". More recent studies have indicated that he was brutal even for his times, and in contrast to the 1956 film starring Richard Burton. Stone is prepared to show that ... FULL TEXT

Forwarded by Laleh Khalili

There's good news and there's GOOD news

Dear fellow Iranian:

It is my most sincere desire to share Christ's love and His good news with my dear fellow Iranians. The literal translation of Gospel is good news; which happens to be the very theme of the Bible. Good news about what? You may ask? The good news of peace, great joy, God's grace and salvation.

I invite you to spend a few minutes and read the monthly message. I would love to hear from you and pray for you.

God bless you.


More Letters

* Not the Arabian OR Persian Gulf

Ali Nikseresht writes: Everybody should, from now on, use the proper word for that body of water ["Save the Squirrels Society"] between Iran and its southern Arab neighbors - not the 'Arabian' Gulf, not the British favorite, 'the Gulf', and not the 'Persian Gulf' either. Rather, we should all remember whose Gulf it is, and has been, for some years now, and call it by its rightful owners' name: the American Gulf ... FULL TEXT

* Tehran to Tel Aviv

Bagher R Harandi writes: I don't understand why some people don't see the importance of the Persian Gulf; they say we have more important things to worry about ["Save the Squirrels Society"].

No one says the killings in Iran should not be stopped but the Persian Gulf is important too. Otherwise they will soon start calling Tehran, Tel Aviv and Bandar Abbass, Port of Arabia.

* Conference: US-Iran Relations: Has the Time Come?

The American-Iranian Council in conjunction with the Asia Society and the Asian American Center at Queens College is proud to present a lecture and discussion panel with the Honorable Cyrus R. Vance, former Secretary of State: US-Iran Relations: Has the Time Come?

When: January 13, 1999, Eftar Reception: 5:30-7:00pm, (Hosted by Mondoil Corporation), Lecture and Panel: 7:15-9:00

Where: Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, New York, NY
Phone: 212-327-9292

The January 13th lecture marks the first occasion Secretary Vance has spoken on US-Iran relations since 1980 when he left his post as President Carter's Secretary of State. This event will open the American-Iranian Council's Distinguished Speaker Series ... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

To See and See Again
A Life in Iran and America

By Tara Bahrampour

From A beautifully written memoir that delivers much more than the story of a young woman's life. Bahrampour, a Princeton Ph.D. candidate in sociology, grew up in two culturesAmerica and Iran very much in conflict. The daughter of an Iranian father and an American mother, she claimed American habits as her early norms. However, the young Tara grew attached to Iranian ways, so when the family returned to the U.S. due to the Islamic Revolution (she was 11), the author's sense of dislocation only heightened. - Kirkus Reviews

Also read the New York Newsday review of Bahrampour's book

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Iranian government under pressure to deepen reform after murders

TEHRAN, Jan 7 (AFP) - The admission that Iranian intelligence agents were involved in the murders of dissidents has shocked the nation and provoked calls for structural reform of the government, notably the secret services. The revelations Tuesday that renegade agents at the intelligence ministry were behind the recent murders of several writers and opposition leaders have led to a public outcry and highlighted the need for institutional changes and establishing the rule of law ... FULL TEXT

Iranian writer seeks asylum in Norway

Jan 7, (BBC) - An Iranian writer who went to Norway to attend a conference on freedom of expression has sought political asylum there. The writer, Mohammad Ali Kushan, had been invited by the Norwegian Forum for the Freedom of Speech ... FULL TEXT

Foruhar's children demand international probe into murder of parents

TEHRAN, Jan 7 (AFP) - The son and daughter of Daryush Foruhar, an Iranian dissident recently murdered along with his wife, insisted on Thursday that an international investigation be conducted into the murder of their parents. "It took the intelligence ministry weeks to admit the truth that was clear to all from the first day," said Arash and Parastu Foruhar in a statement faxed to AFP ... FULL TEXT

Oil consolidates gains as stock glut eases

LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Oil prices, battered through most of last year, on Thursday consolidated gains sparked by a recent fall in crude stocks in the United States. But industry analysts warned that it was too early to speak confidently of a recovery and that fundamentals might well preclude any significant short-term recovery. International benchmark Brent crude closed five cents higher at $11.51 a barrel after a choppy day's trade reflecting market jitters over whether the price strength is here to stay ... FULL TEXT

Pourheydari interview

Tehran, (Iran) - Interview with Mansour Pourheydari on his future plans for the national soccer team ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Rule of law

The process which is about to unfold in Iran will tell a lot about the rule of law and the Iranian character. More so, it will tell every person affected by the recent slayings whether they fancy blind vengeance over an informed course of due process no matter what its result.

Guive Mirfendereski
"Will law rule?"
The Iranian
January 7, 1999

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