Friday, September 18, 1998 / Shahrivar 27, 1377, No. 566
Clinton & the Constitution
By Guive Mirfendereski
In deciding whether President Clinton should be impeached for offenses alleged in the Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's report to the U.S. House of Representatives in connection with the Jones-Lewinsky affair, the members must bear in mind that the House is under no constitutional or other legal compulsion to institute impeachment proceedings. For whatever reason, should the majority of members resolve to impeach Clinton, then the matter will transcend his personal circumstance and inveigh the Constitution's delicate balance itself.
The Constitution is a fragile document; the violence done to its intents and purposes on this occasion will visit the generations until such time as the Supreme Court or a constitutional amendment would halt future abuses of the impeachment process.
Under article 2, section 4 of the Constitution, impeachable offenses consist of "Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." The Constitution itself is silent on the definition of "high crimes and misdemeanors." In deciding whether to impeach the president, therefore, each House member should ask whether each offense alleged by Mr. Starr rises to the level of a high crime or misdemeanor, as intended by the framers of the Constitution... GO TO FEATURE
Isfahan, Florence become sister cities
ISFAHAN, Sept. 13, (IRNA) - A sisterhood agreement was signed between this historical city and Italy's city of Florence today.
The accord was signed by mayors of Isfahan and Florence Mohammad-Ali Javadi and Mario Primicerio to promote relations between Iran and Italy through friendship between the two cities.
The agreement calls for consolidation of friendly bonds based on the two cities' needs and stresses expansion of bilateral cooperation in cultural, social, economic, scientific and artistic fields.
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Thousands mourn Iranians slain by Taleban
TEHRAN, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people marched through Tehran on Friday to mourn Iranian diplomats whose killing by the Afghan Taleban has sparked high tension between Iran and Afganistan's dominant militia. ``Our country did not submit to America, the Soviet Union or Iraq. This group (Taleban) is too little to be taken seriously. Our people and armed forces are prepared to answer any plots threatening our borders,'' Jannati said in a Friday prayer sermon ... FULL TEXT
Taleban to free 5 Iranian prisoners-Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taleban movement, locked in a tense standoff with neighbouring Iran, will free five Iranian civilians on Saturday, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz said. ``As a goodwill gesture, the Afghan government had earlier released five Iranian prisoners and had followed it up by an announcement that another five would be released tomorrow, Saturday,'' Aziz said ... FULL TEXT
Pakistan's Aziz meets Iran's Habibi on Afghanistan
TEHRAN, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Pakistan's foreign minister met Iranian First Vice President Hassan Habibi for talks on the Afghan crisis and handed him a letter from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, IRNA news agency said on Friday. Sharif also ``categorically denied the allegations of Pakistan's interference in Afghanistan'' and ``urged that Pakistan and Iran should work closely for the promotion of a durable settlement of the conflict in Afghanistan,'' said the radio, monitored by the British Broadcasting Corporation... FULL TEXT
Tous editor heads home to jail
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The managing director of Iran's only independent daily newspaper is flying home Saturday to be arrested. Mohammad Mohsen Sazgara is not sure what the charge is. He doesn't know what punishment he faces, where he will be jailed, or when he'll be able to speak publicly again... FULL TEXT
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