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Friday, May 28, 2004IRAN’S NEW MAJLES STARTS WORK WITH SHOUTS OF DEATH TO THE USThe new Iranian Majles, or Parliament, dominated by the conservatives and independent deputies was officially inaugurated on Thursday with shouts of “death to America”, making the usually austere ceremonies the first ever highly politicised one.
SETTING EXAMPLE OF ISLAMIC JUSTICE, A JUGE BEAT JOURNALISTWednesday, May 26, 2004 One of the Islamic Republic’s top Judge and Prosecutor bit the hand of a journalist and threw at him ashtrays during a meeting of the Judiciary with newspaper owners and editors on Tuesday, Iranian newspapers reported despite the authorities ban on the incident.One of the Islamic Republic’s top Judge and Prosecutor bit the hand of a journalist and threw at him ashtrays during a meeting of the Judiciary with newspaper owners and editors on Tuesday, Iranian newspapers reported despite the authorities ban on the incident.
IRAN MIGHT HAVE LURED AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICESWednesday, May 26, 2004 As an urgent investigation has been launched in Washington into whether Iran played a role in manipulating the US into the Iraq war by passing on bogus intelligence through Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress, informed Iranian intelligence sources said emphatically that it was “likely” but cautioned against the seriousness of American allegations.
ISLAM IS INCOMPATIBLE WITH DEMOCRACYFriday, May 21, 2004 In a passionate debate on Islam organised recently by the Benador Associates, Mr. Amir Taheri, a veteran Iranian journalist and writer claimed, presenting the audience with numerous and exciting examples, that Islam is “incompatible” with democracy.
IRAN EXPELLED THE GUARDIAN'S CORRESPONDENTThursday, May 20, 2004 Iranian authorities on Thursday expelled the correspondent of the influential newspaper The Guardian because he reported on the aftermath of the Bam earthquake without permission, the paper announced.
IN MAJOR SHAKE UP AT THE VVIR, ALI LARIJANI BIDS FAREWELL, REPLACED BY EZZATOLLAH ZARQAMIThursday, May 20, 2004 In a major shake up at the head of the Voice and Visage of the Islamic Republic (VVIR, or the Iranian Radio and Television Organisation), Mr. Ali Larijani, a personal friend of Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i, is to leave the huge Organisation after ten years of controversial but iron fist rule over one of the most important bastions of the ruling conservatives.
AS STUDENTS WARN OF LARGE DEMONSTRATIONS, AQAJARI REJECTS APPEALTuesday, May 18, 2004 One week after his death sentence confirmed by a court in the eastern city of Hamadan, a defiant Hashem Aqajari reiterated that he would not seek appeal, raising the menace of unleashing the wrath of the students and renewed condemnations of the Islamic Republic’s crackdown on the dissidents, human rights and freedom of expression. One week after his death sentence confirmed by a court in the eastern city of Hamadan, a defiant Hashem Aqajari reiterated that he would not seek appeal, raising the menace of unleashing the wrath of the students and renewed condemnations of the Islamic Republic’s crackdown on the dissidents, human rights and freedom of expression.
KHAMENEH’I CONDEMNS US "ATTACKS" ON IRAQ HOLY SHRINES, BUT SILENT ON IRANIAN TORTURESSunday, May 16, 2004 Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’ion Sunday strongly condemned what it denounced as American’s “imbecile, impudent and foolish” attack on the Muslim Shi'ites most sacred places, warning that such “shameless and insolent” acts would not go without proper response by the Muslims worldwide.
EHSAFALI HEDAYAT GOES ON HUNGER STRIKEThursday, May 13, 2004 Ensafali Hedayat, the independent Iranian journalist who was jailed for 18 months after being convicted of insulting regime leaders and writing propaganda against the Islamic republic, has started a hunger strike, his family and lawyer, Mr. Mohammad Ali Daadkhaah announced.
CLOSING THE EKIA PAVES THE WAY FOR MILITARISATION OF THE REGIMEMonday, May 10, 2004 With the new Tehran international airport remaining shut by the Armed Forces, sources said the military action translates the deepening rift between the ruling conservatives with the embattled reformists, led by the powerless and now unpopular Mohammad Khatami.
TEHRAN'S NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SHUT BY THE ARMYSaturday, May 8, 2004 In a spectacular move that looks like a coup, Iran's Armed Forces closed on Saturday the Emam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran's newly built international airport hours after it was officially inaugurated
IRAN, IAEA RUN FOR NEW CONFRONTATIONFriday, May 7, 2004 Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani reiterated that the Islamic Republic would continue its sustained efforts to develop a full nuclear fuel cycle, despite pressures from the international nuclear watchdog on Tehran to come clear on its suspected programmes for developing atomic weapons.
MOQTADA SADR URGED BY SH'IA AUTHORITIES TO LEAVE NAJAF AND KARBALAThursday, May 6, 2004 As representatives of Iraq's most influential Shi’ite leaders met to decide on the fate of Hojjatoleslam Moqtada al-Sadr, the turbulent cleric who is fighting the Coalition forces in Shi’a-dominated centres, the Americans launched on Wednesday their first major assault against Mr. Sadr and his Army of Mahdi in the areas he controls, including the holy Shi’ite city of Karbala.
IRAN FAILS TO GET EU'S BACKINGTuesday, May 4, 2004 Failing to warm up the European Union to improving trade relations with the Islamic Republic by re-activating stalled talks on Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Tuesday urged the expanded EU to “take initiative to change US policies in the Middle East and stop US human rights abuses in Iraq”.
IRANIAN WOMEN PROTESTING RTV'S ANTI-WOMEN PROGRAMMESSunday, May 2, 2004 For the second straight week, Iranian women, led by the Women Cultural Centre (WCC) and several other women organisations and groups expressed “disgust and dismay” against the way the Voice and Visage (Radio and Television) of the Islamic Republic (VVIR) represents women and their role in society in its programmes.
EUROPE MORE RELUCTANT TO ACCEPT TURKEY AS A FULL MEMBERSaturday, May 1, 2004 French President Jacques Chirac, in his address to the nation, departing from earlier position, virtually expressed his opposition to the entry of Turkey into the European Union that, as from today, has increased from 15 to 25 countries, including ten nations of Eastern Europe