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Saturday, July 31, 2004ERDOGAN BACK HOME FROM HIS TEHRAN VISIT EMPTY HANDSTurkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan came back from his official two-days visit to Tehran on Thursday evening empty hand except for a vague promise by the Iranian side to increase fight against the Turkish separatist group Kongra-Gel, formerly know as the Workers Party of (Turish) Kurdistan.
IRANIAN JUSTICE NEW RABBIT: KAZEMI DIED OF DROP OF SUGAR PRESSUREWednesday, July 28, 2004 The Iranian Judiciary has taken out a new rabbit out of its sleeve, saying that Mrz. Zahra Kazemi died of a “sudden drop in her blood sugar caused by hunger strike”.
ERDOGAN IN TEHRAN TO FOSTER TIES WITH IRANTuesday, July 27, 2004 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tehran Tuesday evening for a two day official visit, during which he would discuss with the Iranians about several topics, including gas sales, a controversial dispute over an airport contract, enhancing cooperation and operations against Kurdish rebels, Iran's foreign ministry said Sunday.
AQDAM AHMADI, THE SUSPECT OF THE MURDER OF ZAHRA KAZEMI ACQUITTEDSaturday, July 24, 2004 Mohammad Reza Aqdam Ahmadi, the officer of the Intelligence Ministry accused of “semi-intentional manslaughter” in the case of the Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi was acquitted on Saturday 24 July.
TEHRAN FEARS POSSIBLE “TOUGH” MEASURES FROM BUSHFriday, July 23, 2004 “Deducting from what comes out from Washington these last weeks and days, I seriously would say that the Bush Administration is considering serious measures against Iran”, one prominent analyst told Iran Press Service on condition of anonymity.
A DOZEN OF PROMINENT IRANIAN POLITICAL PRISONERS OBSERVES HUNGER STRIKEWednesday, July 21, 2004 Iranian lawyer and human rights campaigner confirmed Wednesday that a dozen of prominent Iranian political personalities and students, among them Mr. Naser Zarafshan and Heshmatollah Tabarzadi are in hunger strike since two weeks ago
IRAN US RELATIONS CONTINUE DOWNWARD TRENDTuesday, July 20, 2004 The Islamic Republic of Iran rejected as “utterly baseless” new American allegations that it was harboring al-Qa’eda leaders and could have been linked to the 11 September 2001 attacks carried by this organization against World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
AMIDST GENERAL INDIGNATION, THE IRANIAN JUDICIARY ENDED THE TRIAL OF KAZEMI’S CASESunday, July 18, 2004 The surprising decision of the president of the tribunal that tries an Intelligence Ministry’s agent accused of the death of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi points to a hot confrontation among the Iranian ruling conservatives, according to political analysts.
18 TIR MARKS THE RUTPTURE BETWEEN IRANIAN STUDENTS AND THE REGIMESaturday, July 17, 2004 “18 Tir (Iranian date corresponding to 8 July) marked the start of the separation of the movement of Iranian students with the Islamic republic and their lack of confidence in this regime”, according to Mr. Sa’id Razavi-Faqih, an influential leader of Iranian students.
TRIAL OF KAZEMI’S SUSPECTED MURDERER OPENED PUBLICLYSaturday, July 17, 2004 The trial of Mr. Mohammad Reza Aqdam Ahmadi, a 43 years-old agent of the Intelligence Ministry the Judiciary says is suspected of the murder of Ms. Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian photographer started Saturday in Tehran.
IRAN AND CANADA RELATIONS SUFFERS OVER THE MURDER OF Ms. KAZEMIThursday, July 15, 2004 In continuation of its new policy of “building tension”, the Islamic Republic of Iran entered a new phase of diplomatic conflict with Canada after it refused to allow Canadian observers attending the trial of a man suspected to have caused the death of Ms. Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian photojournalist murdered last year while in an Iranian prison.
SHARIFZADEGAN APPROVED AS NEW MINISTER WITH SMALL MAJORITYWednesday, July 14, 2004 In its first major act, the new Iranian Parliament, or Majles, dominated by the ruling conservatives approved with a small majority Mr. Mohammad Hoseyn Sharifzadegan, 51, as minister for the newly created Social Welfare Ministry.
AFGHAN POLITICIANS WANT ELECTIONS DELAYED TWO YEARSMonday, July 12, 2004 As the Afghan electoral Commission separated the presidential elections from the legislative races, Afghan analysts and politicians expressed resentment, saying time is not yet ready for any kind of elections before at least two years time.
YOUNG IRANIANS WANT FREEDOM AND SUCCESS IN LIFESaturday, July 10, 2004 Younger Iranians, including the students, fed up with 25 years of constant religious propaganda by the regime, are looking to new ways to succeed in life, far away from the official ideology.
"WE SHALL NEVER FORGET 18 TIR" (8 JULY)Thursday, July 8, 2004 As the Iranian government firmly stopped the students commemorating the anniversary of 8 July 1999 revolt against the Islamic Republic, stating that the event has "no meaning" to be commemorated, students warned they would take their complaints against the regime to the United Nations.
IRAN AND IRAQ, FUTURE LEADERS OF THE MIDDLE EAST OR BITTER ENEMIESMonday, July 5, 2004 The surprise hand over of powers from the Americans to the Washington-installed Iraqi government on 28 of June, 48 hours before the official date surprised the Iranians as well.
HASHEM AQAJARI ESCAPES DEATH PENALTYSaturday, July 3, 2004 Mr. Hashem Aqajari, an Iranian scholar and islamist thinker that had warned Iranians not to follow the clerics “blindfold” was saved from death after a court that was trying him on Saturday dropped charges of blasphemy and heretic.
MAKE THE MIDDLE EAST AND ASIA "FREE NUCLEAR ZONES"Friday, July 2, 2004 “To help a lasting peace in the Middle East and the world, it is better to start from declaring the region and Asia free military nuclear zones”, reiterated former Iranian Foreign Affairs minister Ardeshir Zahedi.
AMERICANS HAVE RESUMED TALKS WITH TALEBAN IN AFGHANISTANThursday, July 1, 2004 American and Afghan officials are in “constant contact and negotiations” with senior Taleban leaders, including some ministers of the ousted fundamentalist islamist regime, according to Mr. Latif Pedram, the spokesman and co-founder of Afghanistan National Congress.