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Tuesday, May 31, 2005QASEM SHO'LEH SA'DI PREVENTED FROM LEAVING IRANIn the framework of a new crackdown on political dissidents and opponents in Iran, the authorities have prevented recently tens of leading personalities critical to the regime, including Dr. Qasem Sho’leh Sa’di, sources in Tehran and Paris revealed.
BIG 3'S ILLUSIONS WITH THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC NUCLEAR AMBITIONSaturday, May 28, 2005 During his visit to Washington last week, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told his American interlocutors that the European Union’s initiative on Iran, of which his government is a part, was heading for an impasse. But when asked what the next move should be, all that Straw had to say was: Keep talking until after the Iranian presidential election.
TO RUN OR NOT TO RUN IN THE ELECTIONS, REFORMISTS FACE A DISASTERThursday, May 26, 2005 As Mr. Mostafa Moi'in, the controversial lead candidate of the reformists indicated Thursday 26 May 2005 that he would announce his decision to remain in the presidential race or not, his case has developed into a hot subject of debate among Iranian analysts, commentators and political formations inside and outside the country.
KHAMENEH'I PROVED THAT ELECTIONS IN IRAN ARE FARCESTuesday, May 24, 2005 The intervention of Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i in favour of two reformist candidates disqualified by the Council of the Guardians proves, if proof was needed, that elections are not free in the Islamic Republic, political analysts said.
BOYCOTTING ALL ELECTIONS AND INSISTING ON REFERENDUM: AKBAR GANJISunday, May 22, 2005 As the Council of the Guardians announced Sunday 22 May 2005 the names of candidates it decided fit to run for presidency, Mr. Akbar Ganji, considered as one of Iran's leading investigative journalist and writer, called on Saturday 21 May 2005 on all Iranians, particularly the democratic and free lover forces, to abstain from taking part in the forthcoming presidential elections in Iran, due on 17 June 2005.
MKO ABUSED, TORTURED AND KILLED ITS OWN MEMBERSFriday, May 20, 2005 An armed Iranian opposition group in exile, the Mojahedin Khalq Organization, has subjected dissident members to torture and prolonged solitary confinement, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday 19 May 2005.
IRANIAN JOURNALISTS MENACE THE MAJLES WITH NEWS BOYCOTTThursday, May 19, 2005 Relations between the press and the Parliament further deteriorated as for the second time since its inauguration last February 2005, the Iranian press has erupted against the conservatives-controlled Majles, with parliament correspondents menacing to stop reporting Majles' news.
IRANIANS COOL TO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONSTuesday, May 17, 2005 The inscription of over 1000 people, some of them fully illiterate is the perfect illustration of, if not the "banality" of the job of president in the existing political system of Islamic Republic, but also its "futility", according to professional Iran watchers.