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One Year After Election, Ahmadi Nezhad is WeakerTuesday, June 27, 2006 One year after his election as Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad is in trouble. On the domestic front, Iran's economy has not recovered and the president's promise to re-distribute among the population part of the country's oil revenues has not been fulfilled. The Iranian government's international strategy to challenge the international community has on the other hand not given the expected results and the failure of Tehran's foreign policy has greatly contributed to deepen domestic rifts.
Fanatic Friends, MKO Tricks US Progressives, Gains LegitimacyFriday, June 23, 2006 On May 26, 2006, a representative of the violent Iranian fugitives based in Iraq, known as MKO, addressed a forum – an anti-war forum – sponsored by the liberal Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists in Berkeley, California, as he had done the year before. Introduced as Ali Mirardal, the speaker lamented human rights abuses in Iran and offered the National Council of Resistance, a Paris-based front group for MKO, as the best hope for a democratic Iran. The US state Department has listed both as terrorist organizations.
“The Butcher of the Press” in UN Human Rights CouncilWednesday, June 21, 2006 Iranian dissidents and human rights activists denounced the participation of one of Iran’s most dreaded violators of human rights at the newly created United Nations Human Rights Council, stating that the presence of Mr. Sa’id Mortazavi at the Council was a “sad augur” for a body that Mr. Kofi Annan had hoped would not repeat the short coming of the defunct Hunan Rights Commission.
In Iran, All Roads To Democracy Are ClosedMonday, June 19, 2006 Akbar Ganji, the imprisoned Iranian journalist who was released last month and who is currently on a European trip told an audience in Italy that under the current political structure in Iran it was not possible to implement any reforms.
A Palace Coup in the MakingSaturday, June 17, 2006 Ever since Aayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was defeated in his last bid to become president of the Islamic Republic (again) in June last year, observers have speculated on his future in the establishment and his likely next moves. He bitterly complained about the election that saw his unassuming rival Mahmood Ahmadi Nezhad sweeping to powerEver since Aayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was defeated in his last bid to become president of the Islamic Republic (again) in June last year, observers have speculated on his future in the establishment and his likely next moves. He bitterly complained about the election that saw his unassuming rival Mahmood Ahmadi Nezhad sweeping to power.
Hundreds Leading Iranian Personalities Protests Against Police BrutalitiesWednesday, June 14, 2006 The peaceful rally by Iranian women on 13 June to protest gender discrimination was suppressed, in the words of a journalist, “by unprecedented violence”. The following is a report by Dana Shahsavari, a journalist who witnessed to the event and the accompanying violence.
Touraj Farazmand Passed AwaySunday, June 11, 2006 Touraj Farazmand, one of Iran’s leading and most popular journalist, political analyst, radio progammes producer, translator, intellectual and the last General Director of Iranian National Radio and Television died Friday 9 June of cancer in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 82.
Akbar Ganji Urges Accountability At Home, Restraint AbroadFriday, June 9, 2006 Iranian journalist and rights activist Akbar Ganji continued his current international tour with an appeal for greater openness and accountability from officials in Tehran. But while he vowed to maintain his battle against abuses at home, he warned international critics that they should not seek to impose their will on Iran.
In Search of Heaven…A Brief Book reviewThursday, June 8, 2006 In this year of 2006 A.D., Iran’s first Constitution of 1906 was 100 years old.
Akbar Ganji Receives Press Freedom Award In MoscowMonday, June 5, 2006 And in this category, more than anyone the prize should go to those who fought for freedom and human rights and were as punishment slaughtered during what came to be known as “Serial Murders.”
Iran-US: Talking With The Object of HateSunday, June 4, 2006 The mere fact that the announcement by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, that the US government is willing to talk to the Iranian regime, was received around the world as great news is indicative of the enormity of the crisis between the two countries.