Tuesday, September 22, 1998 / Shahrivar 31, 1377, No. 567
Strategy for a constitutional reformer
By Saeed Barzin
President Khatami is a serious challenger to the status quo in Iran. He is a constitutional reformist -- Qanun-gera va eslahtalab -- who seeks political change as the foundation for social progress. His statements and actions have made it clear that he contributes to the view that non-constitutional reforms, such as pragmatic relations with the West, economic development or even an opening up of the political climate will not necessary provide long-lasting solutions to the ills of Iranian society. His continuous emphasis on the need for "law" stems from the view that "arbitrary" government is the cause of the country's social instability.
These characteristics put Khatami within the ideological tradition which has been trying, since the Constitutional Revolution, to introduce orderly politics in place of Iran's tradition of arbitrary administration, violent intrigue and mass rebellion. Should the elements which brought Khatami to power endure, he might stay in office for two terms, as authorized by the constitution. But his objectives and actions, as most observers would agree, are alien to Iran's political traditions and, therefore, vulnerable... GO TO FEATURE
From a Christian evangelist group on the Net gathering data on non-Christian ethnic groups for future conversion:
The Qashqa'i are nomadic shepherds and hunters and treat their guests with great hospitality. The Qashqa'i follow the Ithna Ashari sect of Shia Islam, the state religion of Iran. Most Qashqa'i are not strong Muslims. Iran is closed to missionaries, but one agency has a non-residential missionary living nearby. Another agency has adopted the Qashqa'i for future ministry.
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IRNA journalists detailed
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Police detained a deputy director and an editor of Iran's official news agency Tuesday after a hard-line cleric filed a complaint with a Tehran court. Mohammad Reza Sadeq, the deputy managing director of the Islamic Republic News Agency, and Ali-Reza Khosravi, the social affairs editor, were detained following Mohsen Rafiqdoust's complaint about a Sept. 13 IRNA report ... FULL TEXT
Saudi Arabia expels Afghan diplomat
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia expelled the Afghan charge d'affaires Tuesday and recalled its representative from Kabul, the official news agency reported. The Afghan envoy was ordered to leave ``due to Saudi Arabia's national interests,'' the Saudi Press Agency said ... FULL TEXT
U.S., Iran find common ground on Afghanistan
NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The United States and Iran, at odds for almost two decades, are finding some common ground on Afghanistan, where neither nation wants to see the Taleban, an Islamic fundamentalist movement, exercise sole control of the country... FULL TEXT
Iran's Khatami seeks U.S. action, not words
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami challenged the United States Tuesday to match its new conciliatory tone towards his country with action to end sanctions and to change its Middle East policy... FULL TEXT
Iranian opposition exiles protest near U.N.
NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Thousands of Iranian exiles, chanting slogans and clad in bright yellow T-shirts, demonstrated outside the United Nations on Monday as President Mohammad Khatami addressed the U.N. General Assembly... FULL TEXT
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Tarsoo hameesheh saalem ast.
(Fear keeps one from danger.)
From Simin Habibian's "1001 Persian-English Proverbs"
Very impressive. Probably the best-designed Iranian entertainment store on the Net.
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