December 9, 2003
"Khatami doesn't have the courage to fulfill
his promises. Unfortunately after six years failing to enforce
promised democratic reforms, he has lost the confidence of the
-- Leila Zanjani speaker at student day rally,
Tehran University, Dec 7, 2003
"Reformists used our votes as a political tool and
in return we got broken promises. They forgot us."
-- Matin Meshkini,
board member of the Allameh Tabatabai Islamic student council
"The police shot and killed a motorist who refused
to obey an order to stop. People started to protest and there
residents and the police."
-- Jafar Kambouzia 'reformist' MP, on an incident in Sistan-Baluchistan
that led to protest which left four dead
"If a country moves
from research...to an industrial scale to develop weapons, I think
the [monitoring] system, with all the technology that we have,
makes it highly unlikely that this kind of program would go on
-- Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the UN International
Atomic Energy Agency on Iran's nuke plans
"If you see Congress unblocking millions of dollars
for research into mini nuclear bombs, one understands that far
nuclear disarmament, the United States seeks to improve its arsenal."
-- Mohamed ElBaradei, International Atomic Energy Agency
"Iran's law does not consider either of the parents
a kidnapper for taking the children even without informing the
Erfan, criminal court judge (that's judge of criminal court, not
judge who is a criminal) on case of Yasmine Pourhashemi, 15, and
her six-year-old sister Sara taking refuge in the Belgian embassy
after being to Iran after a holiday in Greece against their - and
their Belgium-resident mother's - will.
"They closed the biggest fast-food places in Tehran
in one day, without giving a reason. We've had to fire all our
we don't know when we'll be allowed to reopen."
-- Unnamed restaurateur
in interview with Reuters, after authorities closed down Tehran's
four biggest fast-food outlets -- popular haunts for young people.
The stores were reported to have penalized young women dressed
inappropriately with soccer-style penalty cards. Dec 4