Tuesday, May 9, 2000 / Ordibehesht 20, 1379, No. 977
Mr. Yazdi is absolutely right
Commentary in Rah-e Kargar, published in Europe by the Organization of Revolutionary Workers of Iran, on Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi's interpretation of the constitution and the role of the Council of Guardians FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
* Superpowers shape our destiny
Alizadeh writes: I think your article explains well some of the recent problems in Iran ["Reform in retreat"]. However, the past and present reality shows that unlike what you have stated ("Great Britain or the U.S. have little to do with what is happening in Iran"), the superpowers have always played a detrimental role in shaping Iranian destiny, even though in theory, we all say that only Iranians can shape their destiny.
Reformers go on the offensive over vote fraud claim
TEHRAN, May 9 (AFP) - Iran's reform movement warned their conservative rivals Monday not to meddle with the will of the people amid charges that their sweeping win in February's parliamentary polls was tainted by fraud. The reform coalition behind President Mohammad Khatami issued a strongly worded statement calling on the conservative Council of Guardians to stop procrastinating and validate their majority in the new parliament >>> FULL TEXT
Three reform newspaper bosses to be hauled into court
TEHRAN, May 9 (AFP) - The heads of three pro-reform Iranian newspapers closed in a recent crackdown on the reformist press have been summoned to appear in court, reports said Tuesday. Former deputy culture minister Issa Saharkhiz, head of the business newspaper Akbar-Eqtesad and former director of the state news agency IRNA, told AFP he was due to testify on Wednesday >>> FULL TEXT
Khamenei against culture minister, official says
TEHRAN, May 9 (AFP) - Iran's embattled Culture Minister Ataollah Mojerani suffered a new blow Tuesday when a leading conservative said he was the only member of President Mohammad Khatami's reformist government not to have the support of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. "The leader supports the person of Mr Khatami and his government, except the culture and Islamic guidance minister," Mohsen Rezaie, secretary of the powerful arbitration body, the Expediency Council, said in an interview with the official news agency IRNA >>> FULL TEXT
Trial ends in case of assassination attempt on Hajjarian
TEHRAN, May 9 (AFP) - The trial of eight people suspected of carrying out an assassination attempt on a leading Iranian reformer ended Tuesday, after just three hearings, the official IRNA news agency reported >>> FULL TEXT
Defence for Iran Jews denounces TV confessions as political ploy
TEHRAN, May 9 (AFP) - Defence lawyers for 13 Iranian Jews on trial for spying for Israel say confessions of several suspects broadcast on state television are an illegal effort to play the case out in the media >>> FULL TEXT
Exiled Iranian activists query trial confessions
DUBAI, May 8 (Reuters) - Iranian human rights activists in Europe charged on Monday that spying confessions by Jewish defendants at a closely watched trial in Iran may have been extracted under pressure >>> FULL TEXT
Parliament to consider secret service to watch secret service
TEHRAN, May 9 (AFP) - Iran's outgoing conservative parliament will debate Wednesday a bill to put the nation's powerful secret service under the watch of another security service, a parliamentary source said >>> FULL TEXT
Kuwait opts for quiet diplomacy in Iran row over gas field: analysts
KUWAIT CITY, May 9 (AFP) - Kuwait has opted for quiet diplomacy in its efforts to stop Iran from drilling in a disputed offshore gas field in the northern Gulf, economic sources said Tuesday. "It is time to resolve conflicts peacefully. The region has passed through endless misery >>> FULL TEXT
Iran ready to accept international help to deal with drought
TEHRAN, May 9 (AFP) - Iran's Islamic regime is ready to accept foreign help for only the second time in its history to combat the serious drought ravaging most of the country, a UN official in Tehran told AFP Tuesday >>> FULL TEXT
Forget the press ban! Look at Golshiri
Theater chief resigns, but...
Tehran, (Ham-Mihan) - Hossein Salimi, the head of the Center for the Performing Arts, who has done so much to revive theater in the past three years, has resigned. But the minister of culture is not letting him go >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Tehran, (Iran Varezeshi) - Does Mehdi Hashemi-Nasab, one of the country's best goal scorers, have a new contract with Persepolis or not? He says he's playing without a contract. But... >>> FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
Persepolis needs foreign coach
Talebi: "What foreign coach?"
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The lack of rain and the threat of drought, a cause of great concern, is not without its links to sins that have been committed. [People should hold a prayer for badly needed rain and] if that does not work, then some more will be needed.
-- Statement from several leading clerics in Qom
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