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Friday
March 26, 1999

* Iran's top judge threatens crackdown on liberals

TEHRAN, March 26 (Reuters) - The conservative head of Iran's judiciary on Friday threatened a crackdown on liberal critics and the moderate press, accusing them of seeking to undermine Islam and the 1979 Islamic revolution. ``There is no freedom for you to write and say anything you like. Our people do not want such freedom if it is against the tenets of Islam,'' Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi said in a sermon at Tehran University ... FULL TEXT... Also: Yazdi's Friday prayer sermon... IN PERSIAN IMAGE TEXT

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* Journalists: Iran Country Report

As of December 31, 1998 (Committee to Protect Journalists) - Since President Muhammad Khatemi took office in August 1997, Iran's press has benefited from his agenda of social and political reforms. Newspapers are now tackling political subjects that would have been unthinkable only a year earlier. But almost as quickly as journalists realized their new freedoms, the press found itself the target of a relentless attacks from hard-line supporters of Iran's spiritual guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ... LISTEN HERE

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Thursday
March 18, 1999

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Wednesday
March 24, 1999

* Khamenei criticizes New Year celebrations

TEHRAN, March 23 (AFP) - Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticized certain aspects of celebrations of the Iranian new year and said allowing people to observe a popular spring festival was a mistake. Khamenei, in remarks reported by Iranian radio, said the Festival of Fire, in which people jump over bonfires and set off firecrackers, is a "superstitious festival of which Islam does not approve." ... FULL TEXT

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Tuesday
March 23, 1999

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Monday
March 22, 1999

* Iranian hard-liners shut down new year's festival

March 22, 1999 TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Revelers heading to a Persian new year's festival said they were turned away Monday, apparently because Iranian hard-liners believe the celebration evokes the country's pre-Islamic past. Nowruz, or new year, festivities at Takht-e-Jamshid attracted about 3,000 people when they opened Sunday, the start of the new year ... FULL TEXT

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Iran Country Report

As of December 31, 1998 (Committee to Protect Journalists) - Since President Muhammad Khatemi took office in August 1997, Iran's press has benefited from his agenda of social and political reforms. Newspapers are now tackling political subjects that would have been unthinkable only a year earlier. But almost as quickly as journalists realized their new freedoms, the press found itself the target of a relentless attacks from hard-line supporters of Iran's spiritual guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ... LISTEN HERE

Arash Forouhar

Arash Farouhar on Iran's struggle for freedom

Feb 3 1999, (The Washington Post)- Two decades after Iran's Islamic Revolution scrambled political and religious landscapes of the Middle East and of Muslim states beyond, Arash Farouhar, 30, the son of Iranian dissidents who were stabbed to death late last year, offered a glimpse into the unresolved and heroic struggle for freedom and democracy in his country... FULL TEXT

Letter to UN Human Rights Comissioner

25th January 1999, (IHRWG) - Dear Mrs. Robinson, we, the Iranian Human Rights Working Group (IHRWG), would like to strongly urge you to take action regarding the atmosphere of terror that has engulfed Iran as a result of the disappearances and extra-judicial killings of dissident intellectuals in the recent past ... FULL TEXT

Missing

Missing: Pirouz Davani

A special web page has been created for Pirouz Davani, a political activist who left his home in Tehran on the 25th of August 1998 and has not been heard from since. On the 27th of August foreign radio stations quoted reports that he had been arrested ... GO TO WEB SITE

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New mailing list

I have started a new mailing list called "Ascent." The aim is to address humanitarian issues on the verge of the 21st century. I am trying to promote it and attract members.

To subscribe, send an email to [email protected] and type "subscribe ascent" in the body of the message.

Camelia Akbari

Bahai Institute of Higher Education shut down

"At the end of September 1998 the Iranian government launched a coordinated attack to shut down the Bahá'í Institute of Higher Education -- also known as the "Open University" -- by orchestrating the arrests of its most prominent professors and staff and looting more than 500 homes where the Institute's activities had been conducted."... FULL TEXT

Feature

Stoning

Video showing a stonings in Iran in 1991. Extremely disturbing. Not recommended ... VIDEO CLIP HERE

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