Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 19 Jan 2000
There are 16 messages totalling 1126 lines in this issue.
Topics of the day:
1. Iranian, Turkish Foreign Ministers Hold First Round of Talks
2. Kayhan Managing Director Appears on Trial
3. For Your Information
4. FWD: Islamic Rep. condemns innocent Kasrani to TEN YEARS...
5. Letter From Iran-(Yad'avari)
6. Iran's Map Available With GIS
7. Iran Exports Tractors to Philippines
8. UK-Iran Differences on Middle East Peace Remain
9. UK- Iran Relations Should Be Encouraged, Says N.Ireland MP
10. Urgent Action appeal on behalf of Mr. Ghobadpoor
11. Iran Hangs 17-Year-Old Child Rapist
12. Mr. President Be Careful
13. 1-1 Tie An Appropriate Finish to Friendly Between U.S., Iran
14. Post game Press release on USA/Iran Soccer Match
15. DNI lists are now running again
16. suggestion for DNI's lists Y2K problem
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 21:46:44 EST
Subject: Iranian, Turkish Foreign Ministers Hold First Round of Talks
Iranian, Turkish Foreign Ministers Hold First Round of Talks
* Kharrazi Meets Turkish Premier
IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK
TEHRAN -- Kamal Kharrazi, Iranian minister of foreign affairs, and his
Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem held the first round of talks in Ankara
yesterday, IRNA reported.
Cem welcomed the Iranian delegation and expressed hope that cooperation would
develop between the two countries.
He said the two countries have long-standing history with common historical
and cultural bonds and they are determined to upgrade cooperation in all
Kharrazi said Iran and Turkey have great economic potentials and Iran is keen
on promoting economic relations with Turkey.
Kharrazi arrived in Ankara yesterday on a three-day visit and was officially
received at the airport by Ismail Cem.
He is expected to hold talks with President Suleyman Demirel, Prime Minister
Bulent Ecevit, and the speaker of parliament on the bilateral ties.
Kharrazi will also visit the religious city of Konya and will hold
negotiations with the Turkish businessmen in Istanbul.
Speaking briefly to reporters upon his arrival, Kharrazi termed Tehran-Ankara
relations as satisfactory and expressed the hope that his talks with Turkish
officials will help further expansion of bilateral ties.
Hamid-Reza Asefi, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said here Sunday that
the ever increasing threats of the Zionist regime in the region and its
cooperation with the Turkish government are sources of concern for Iran,
which will be raised during Kharrazi's talks with Cem.
Kharrazi and his delegation will leave Turkey on Wednesday (tomorrow).
Meanwhile, Kharrazi met and conferred with Turkish Prime Minister Bulent
Ecevit in Ankara yesterday on regional developments, bilateral economic as
well as trade relations and security cooperation.
The officials, who were meeting behind closed doors, did not comment on their
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 21:47:44 EST
Subject: Kayhan Managing Director Appears on Trial
Kayhan Managing Director Appears on Trial
TEHRAN (AFP) - The head of an conservative daily appeared before a press
court yesterday to answer 27 charges facing his newspaper, in a shift from
trials that have so far involved only Iran's moderate press.
Hussein Shariatmadari, appointed head of the Kayhan publishing group, must
answer to a series of charges that include insulting, defaming and publishing
state secrets, and lies aimed at disturbing public opinion.
The plaintiffs include a number of governors and political figures, including
Tehran's former mayor, Gholamhussein Karbaschi, who is currently in prison on
Several reformist newspapers have also filed defamation charges, including
the banned Neshat newspaper.
A series of trials involving newspaper heads and reporters have appeared
before the press court recently, but all have involved reformist
press court recently, but all have involved reformist publications.
Moreover, former Interior Minister Abdullah Nouri was sentenced in November
by the Special Court for Clergy (SCC) to five years in prison, for spreading
anti-Islamic propaganda through his newspaper Khordad, which was also banned.
Three reformist newspapers with close ties to President Mohammad Khatami were
also summoned to the Press Court Sunday for having published the text of an
interview with Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri.
Yadollah Eslami, Ghafur Garshasebi and Saeed Hajjarian, heads of the Fath,
Asr-e Azadegan and Sobh-e Emrooz newspapers respectively, appeared before
judge Saeed Mortazavi on charges of press violations.
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 21:48:38 EST
Subject: For Your Information
For Your Information
Iran's Armed opposition group, the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization
(MKO), accused Tehran yesterday of launching a rocket attack on one of its
camps in Iraq.
"They fired 107-mm rockets" on Sunday at a camp near the southern Iraqi city
of Al-Kut, but without leaving casualties, it said.
"The camp's security guards reacted quickly, forcing the them to flee and
leave behind their equipment."
The MKO, which mounts cross-border attacks from Iraqi territory and reports
frequent Iranian strikes on its positions, has been based in Iraq since 1986.
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 03:23:10 EST
Subject: FWD: Islamic Rep. condemns innocent Kasrani to TEN YEARS...
I protest and so should every Iranian,
January 18, 2000
The Islamic Republic…, destroying another family. The Islamic regime is
determined to destroy the future generation of Iran, and the future of Iran.
On January 18, 2000 (Iran's local time), an Islamic Republic court condemned
Mohamad Reza Kasrani, to ten years prison term.
According to Islamic court: "Kasrani was one of the participants in the
Tehran University demonstrations."
According to his close friends: "Kasrani had nothing to do with the
and was not a participant."
Kasrani has two aged parents. His father after hearing the court sentencing
had a 'Cerebral Paralysis' attack and is currently hospitalized in a very
critical state. Doctors are not optimist about his recovery. According to
Kasrani's friends - Kasrani is the only person left in Kasrani family able to
take care of his mother should anything happen to his father.
Provided that Kasrani himself is set free...
And, Kasrani is behind bars for a crime…, which is not a crime, and he was
not provided a lawyer to defend himself against the charges brought upon him
by the Islamic Regime.
It is up to each of us to forward this email or write an email to all
International Human Rights organizations and demand the unconditional release
of Kasrani and all other Iranian political prisoners.
As a reminder, Ahmad Batebi and hundreds of other students being held in
Islamic Republic's prisons in Tehran and Tabriz are in their second week of
'Hunger Strike'. Between the beatings and the hunger strike their health is
no better state than Kasrai's father…
Defend them…, and be their voice…, DEFEND OUR KIDS…, DEFEND OUR KIDS…
Los Angeles (California)
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 21:38:16 EST
Subject: Letter From Iran-(Yad'avari)
July 19, 1999
Letter From Iran
by Afshin Molavi
Hossein, a young newspaper vendor, is a revolutionary. I
recently fell victim to his revolutionary subterfuge at his
newsstand near Teheran's Revolution Square, a choked and
crowded downtown district where massive images of the late
Ayatollah Khomeini mingle with billboards promoting the
American film The Usual Suspects.
Hossein, you see, was distressed at my choice of newspaper:
the hardline daily Resalat, which opposes Iranian President
Mohammed Khatami's social and political reforms. So he
struck, with great stealth, inserting the wildly popular
pro-Khatami newspaper Neshat between the pages of my
As I walked away from the newsstand, the smuggled copy of
Neshat, which promotes greater social and political
freedom, fell to the ground-- evidence of Hossein's
sabotage. Immediately, I sensed foul play and confronted
him. He came clean. "You are a journalist," he shrugged.
"You write for foreign newspapers. You must not read that
conservative garbage." Smiling, his bright black eyes
twinkling with pride, he added, "You should read Neshat.
This is what the Iranian people are reading."
The episode was vintage Khatami-era Iran. Iranians from all
walks of life have pinned their future hopes on Khatami, a
cleric with a sincere belief in freedom of expression and
the rule of law, a philosophical affinity with John Stuart
Mill and a taste for surfing the Net. Since his election
just over two years ago, many Iranians agree that social
and political freedoms have measurably improved and that
the political discourse of the nation--with talk of civil
society and freedom of expression--has radically changed.
To be sure, Khatami faces formidable opposition from Iran's
conservatives, who still control the main levers of power,
including the armed forces, internal security, the
judiciary, the Parliament and, most important, the Supreme
Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all
matters. The Supreme Leader, whose office is a vestige of
Iran's 1979 Constitution, is chosen by the country's top
clerics and has veto power over all government actions,
although he exercises it with caution.
In this battle for power, Iran's conservatives have
displayed rigid resistance to reform. Since Khatami's
election, they have impeached one of his ministers and
threatened another, jailed a popular pro-Khatami mayor,
closed down several moderate newspapers and blocked
numerous reform proposals from the office of the president.
As a result, Khatami--despite being president--is often
seen by the people as a political outsider. Each time the
conservative forces challenge him publicly, his already
massive support grows.
Two decades after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution thundered
onto the world stage, promising so much to so many,
Iranians are wondering aloud what went wrong. Those heady
days of revolution, when a brave coalition of secular and
religious groups, led by Ayatollah Khomeini--the obstinate
imam with the audacity to challenge the all-powerful Shah--
inspired Iranians to dream of an equitable, free society,
soon gave way to a more sobering reality: violent power
struggles, the deadly 1980-88 war with Iraq, economic
mismanagement and decline, continued social and political
repression, international isolation.
"It all seemed so simple then, so right and true. We really
believed that we were going to change Iran and change the
world," said Morteza, a 40-year-old engineer and former
student activist, jailed for his anti- Shah activities. "Of
course, things did not work out as we expected." Like many
Iranians critical of the revolution, Morteza prefers not to
have his last name used in print.
For many Iranians, Khatami is seen as a new chance, a new
hope for a society scarred by a revolution gone astray, the
psychological wounds of a pariah state and a gradual but
stunning fall from economic grace. By May 23, 1997, the day
of Khatami's election victory, Iran was debt- ridden,
demonized, sanctioned, war-ravaged, frustrated and
humiliated. The situation was ripe for a military man on a
white horse, or a chest- thumping demagogue with a bagful
of promises--common figures in modern Iranian history. This
time, however, fate proved kinder to Iran, presenting the
country with a moderate, smiling cleric who called for
freedom of expression and tolerance, who was seen as a
protest vote and a moderate, and who won the presidency in
a landslide election.
"The election of Khatami was a silent revolution," said
Hamid Reza Jalaipour, publisher of Neshat. "It was a
reflection of people's frustrations with the existing state
of things," he said in an interview in the courtyard garden
of the Teheran villa that houses his newspaper offices. The
frustrations are still evident all over the country. Two
years after the "silent revolution," there is a distinct
scent of unrest in the air. It is evident most acutely
among Iran's youth, who are daily waging a gallant and
inspiring struggle for basic freedoms.
"I'm tired of high prices. I'm tired of all of this
unemployment. I'm tired of someone telling me I can't dance
or can't read this book or watch that movie. It's gone too
far, and I'm ready to fight back," said Ali, a defiant
18-year-old with long, meticulously coifed black hair and
blazing blue eyes. Ali, it should be noted, is from South
Teheran, site of Iran's teeming slums and the mostazafin
(the oppressed), in whose name the revolution was fought.
In the early days of the revolution, someone of Ali's class
would have seen the revolution as empowering, a validation
of his Islamic identity, a chance to share in the nation's
bounty, which the rich and "cultivated" North Teheranis
were enjoying. But today, Ali and his South Teheran friends
just want the right to dance. In a public park during a
massive outdoor picnic celebrating a pre-Islamic
Zoroastrian holiday, Ali and his friends sang banned
Iranian pop songs from Los Angeles, widely available on the
Teheran black market, and invited giggling girls to dance
"O beautiful girl, like a flower, please come to my side,"
Ali crooned, mimicking one of those songs, much to the
delight of a large crowd that encircled him, clapping their
hands to the beat. "One girl to dance with, that's all we
need," Ali exhorted, continuing to push the bounds of
"propriety" and, indeed, law, in the severe Islamic
Republic of Iran, which punishes such public displays of
Finally, one brave young girl, her brown scarf displaying
dangerously large amounts of her chestnut-colored hair,
accepted Ali's exhortations and joined the circle of boys
dancing. It was a defiant moment, its importance not
underestimated by the crowd, who gave the girl a rousing
cheer for her courage. After all, Iran's morals police, the
komiteh, could punish the offending dancers harshly for the
sin of dancing in public and mixing with members of the
But these days, Iranians are displaying a resurgent sense
of defiance. They are being led by the country's youth (60
percent of the population is under 21), who are proving to
be its harshest critics, and, most important, noted
Teheran-based political analyst Siamak Namazi, they "have
grown up with the language of the revolution and are adept
at using that same language to counter conservative
Take this missive, for example, from Pouya Kamalian, a
17-year-old student who wrote an open letter to the
conservatives published in Neshat on April 6: "Do you think
my generation is a handful of brainless people who will
believe anything you say without any reason?... Don't act
in a way that people will resort to destruction again.
Thirty years ago, if someone said the Shah would be
overthrown, no one would believe him and he would be
smacked in the mouth. Well, here are the mouths of me and
my fellow youth."
Or this from a university students' association pamphlet in
the southern city of Shiraz: "A society that has
experienced freedom cannot be returned to a closed society
by making use of physical threats, intimidation and
punishment. If freedom is denied to such a society, the
ideology will be turned into counterideology, and it will
assume very dangerous forms."
Protesting against the existing government is a traditional
rite of passage in Iranian universities, but the current
crop of student activists is different. They are protesting
against one faction of the government--the ruling
conservatives--while wholeheartedly, earnestly, exultantly
supporting another. To be sure, there are still a small
number of young supporters of the revolution, many of whom
have shown a willingness to back that support with
violence. It should also be said that big-city youth are
waging this struggle more than their rural counterparts,
but with mass rural migrations to the cities in the past
twenty years, the gulf--both material and
intellectual--between city and village has diminished.
"Neshat is selling well in rural areas," Jalaipour said.
"Our ideas are making it to the village."
In Iran, unlike in any other Middle Eastern country save
perhaps Egypt, those ideas are debated passionately,
sometimes violently. When a group of writers, mostly
secular and leftist, recently began speaking out vocally
about the idea of freedom of expression--anathema to
conservatives--three of them were found dead. In all, five
dissidents were killed in a frightening period of
assassinations late last year, the memory of which still
chills Iranian writers and intellectuals.
A firestorm of protests ensued, intensifying when it became
clear that hard-line Ministry of Information/Intelligence
agents were involved in the killings. The minister, a
staunch conservative, was forced to resign amid the
controversy, and the agents were taken into custody.
Although it may offer little solace to the families of the
writers and dissidents who were fatally silenced, many
analysts see a glimmer of hope in the admission of guilt
and the resignation of the minister. "This is unprecedented
in Iranian history for a government agency to admit killing
citizens and to face punishment for it," said Shirzad
Bozorgmehr, editor of the English-language Iran News daily.
"This served notice on the foot soldiers of the right that
they can no longer act with total immunity, and this
Political analysts also point to the late-February
nationwide municipal elections, which were won
overwhelmingly by pro-Khatami candidates, as another
important victory for the president. Khatami, the student
of Mill, is also a student of Tip O'Neill. He knows, like
the late House Speaker, that all politics is local, and he
has used his presidential power to replace all provincial
governors with his supporters and to institute municipal
elections that would devolve some power from the federal to
the local level. "These are the tools at Khatami's
disposal," Bozorgmehr said. "He needs to build a
bureaucratic power base, and the only way he can do it is
by strengthening himself in the provinces in the hope of
preparing for the next parliamentary elections." The
Parliament has effectively blocked many of Khatami's
reforms. There is one major obstacle to a pro-Khatami sweep
of next year's parliamentary elections: the Guardian
Council, an influential conservative body that has the
power to vet candidates, which it regularly does to the
detriment of liberals and moderates.
To be sure, Iran's conservatives are not a monolithic
force, nor are Khatami's moderate supporters. A handful of
conservatives have embraced Khatami's reform ideas, while
some moderate political supporters of Khatami radically
differ with the president on many issues--including the
theocratic underpinnings of the state, which some Khatami
supporters challenge. It would be a mistake to view Iran
solely through the prism of the conservative-moderate
struggle for power, despite the fact that this tends to
dominate both local and international press coverage and
constitutes a very real battle. A better paradigm would be
to view the struggle in Iran as one of freedom versus
repression-- Khatami's ideas of civil society and freedom
of expression versus traditionalist views of patriarchy,
hierarchy and authoritarianism. Within the context of this
struggle, many of those who favor the latter are in
positions of immense power and thus are able to halt
Khatami's reforms and the dissemination of his ideas.
While the political odds may be stacked against Khatami,
Iran's youth remain optimistic. "Khatami is our only hope,"
said Nilufar, a female nursing student from the eastern
city of Mashad. "We must support him fully. We must build a
civil society. There must be government accountability and
an end to monopolistic practices. Freedom is paramount. We
are ready to fight for these beliefs. This is all we have
now." Nilufar uses language that Khatami has made familiar,
a language that instills fear in the minds of
conservatives, who view greater freedom and more open
political participation as threats to their power.
A young political science graduate, Hamid, put it nicely:
"Many in the West see this battle between conservatives and
moderates as a struggle for the soul of Iran. But they are
mistaken. The soul of Iran belongs firmly to Khatami and
the moderates." Said Hamid, a secretary in the office of an
important Iranian official, "We are merely witnessing a
struggle for temporal political power. The conservatives
may be able to hang on for a few more years with desperate
acts, but the May 23 revolution [the date of Khatami's
election] is irreversible."
Afshin Molavi, a former Reuters correspondent, is currently
writing a book on Iran, to be published by Norton.
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Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 22:00:32 EST
Subject: Iran's Map Available With GIS
Iran's Map Available With GIS
IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK
TEHRAN -- The Head of Iran's Mapping Agency Mohammad Madad said in Gorgan,
Golestan Province Sunday that the Geographical Information System (GIS) has
been transposed on Iran's map with dimensions of one-millionth and is
available to the public.
He added that the system is designed to provide information on Iran in
dimensions of one-millionth.
He also said that using specially- designed software, the information can be
transferred to other maps in even smaller dimensions of up to two-millionth.
Madad said the GIS which is 20 years old is a tool for speedy transfer of
data and information to administrators and planners in order to facilitate
more efficient decision making and analysis.
Design and implementation of the system began in the country in 1993, the
IRNA quoted him as saying that Iran is a principal member of the system in
Asia and Pacific and as the representative of 15 West Asian countries, is
responsible for coordination of geographical data and information of the
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 21:50:46 EST
Subject: Iran Exports Tractors to Philippines
Iran Exports Tractors to Philippines
IRAN NEWS ECONOMIC DESK
TEHRAN - Iran Tractor Manufacturing Company in Tabriz, East Azarbaijan
Province, is exporting its products and needed spare parts to the
The first consignment of the tractors, consisting of 12 tractors, has been
recently delivered to importers in Manila, wrote `Peyk-e Sanat Tractor' in
its latest issue.
The delivery was made following negotiations between representatives of trade
firms in both countries as well as setting up of Iran's tractor workshop at
the 24th trade conference in the Philippines.
The report further added that a letter of understanding has been concluded
for the export of a large number of tractors following negotiations between
the Iranian company and three firms from the Philippines.
The importer firm in its first order has purchased 24 tractors while its
second order is for the delivery of 200 tractors, half of which have already
Opening a representative office in Manila, training of work force in the
Philippines for the maintenance of the machinery and export of spare parts
are provisions stipulated in the agreement reached between the two sides.
Iranian manufactured tractors are gradually replacing the British-made
tractors in the Philippines.
The report has made no reference to the hard currency value of the exported
The report, however, cited suitable price and standard quality as reasons for
competitiveness of the Iranian manufactured tractors with similar products in
Officials in charge of the Tractor Manufacturing Company are hopeful that by
offering regular after sale services, more shares will be preserved in
Organization for Promotion and Renovation of Iranian Exports named Iran
Tractor Manufacturing Company the best exporting unit in the first half of
the current year (started March 21, 1999) with 6.8 million dollars worth of
exports. Tabriz Tractor Manufacturing Company, comprising seven units,
exports 7.9 million dollars worth of its products within the same period.
According to IRNA, the complex exported about 10 million dollars worth of its
products last year.
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000 05:40:09 EST
Subject: UK-Iran Differences on Middle East Peace Remain
UK-Iran Differences on Middle East Peace Remain
IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK
TEHRAN - Differences remain between Britain and Iran over the Middle East
peace process following Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi's groundbreaking
visit to London this week, according to the Jewish Chronicle.
It quoted British government sources stressing that there had been "plenty of
plain talking" during Kharrazi's meeting with Foreign Secretary Robin Cook
but that there was "no closing of the gap" over Middle East peace.
Prior to the visit, the first by an Iranian Cabinet minister since the
victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, UK officials said that they were
seeking to change Iran's skeptical stance on the controversial Oslo accords,
IRNA reported from London.
In its editorial, the Jewish Chronicle described Kharrazi's visit as a "step
back" by Britain, saying that there was "no visible sign" that it had
significantly advanced the stated goal of encouraging "more moderate"
policies in Tehran.
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 21:48:17 EST
Subject: UK- Iran Relations Should Be Encouraged, Says N.Ireland MP
UK- Iran Relations Should Be Encouraged, Says N.Ireland MP
IRAN NEWS POLITICAL DESK
TEHRAN - John Taylor, deputy leader of Northern Ireland's Ulster Unionist
Party, said yesterday that the development of better relations between
Britain and Iran should be encouraged, IRNA reported.
"In this century, when there are at least 10 violent conflicts between
Christians and Muslims in Asia, Africa and Europe, an improvement in
understanding and respect between the UK and Iran is welcome," he said.
In a letter to the Times, Taylor criticized the paper's "totally negative"
attitude in opposing the resumption of full diplomatic ties between the UK
and Iran, saying there is "good reason to encourage the rapprochement." he
There were "positive signals" from Iran following the election of President
Mohammad Khatami, who has "encouraged better relations with the West and with
Christianity," he said.
Compared with neighboring countries, Iran has democratic elections, women
have greater rights and both the Christian and Jewish communities have their
own elected MPs, the deputy Unionist leader added.
Following his visit to Tehran in November, he said that he had "no doubt that
the forthcoming elections will confirm further support for reforms" in Iran.
This should be encouraged by dialogue, trade and improved diplomatic
relations, said Taylor, who led Unionist negotiations that resulted in the
signing of Northern Ireland Peace Agreement in 1998.
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 14:31:30 -0800
From: "M. Parvin" <unplan@USA.NET>
Subject: Urgent Action appeal on behalf of Mr. Ghobadpoor
We have been informed that the Canadian immigration is going to deport
Mr. Naser Ghobadpour to Iran. Please send the following appeal letter to
the person who is processing his file:
Mr. Terry Mackay
Fax No. 1-905-612-6082
You may also send a copy to :
Canadian Consulate in Washington DC.
Fax NO. 1-202-682-7689
Fax No. in Los Angeles 213-346-2723
P.O. Box 2037
P.V.P., CA 90274
Honorable Terry Mackay:
I am writing to you to express our grave concern and ask your urgent
help on behalf of Mr. Gho-badpoor who is in the danger of being deported
I would like to draw your attention to the gross violation of human
rights in Iran and the fact that Mr. Naser Ghobadpoor, with his known
opposition to the Iranian Government would most certainly face death
penalty if deported to Iran. Our experience with the similar cases in
the past is con-sistent with this point of view.
I would like to appeal to your kindness and your respect for the human
rights and dignity and urge you to stop the deportation of Mr.
Ghobadpoor and other Iranians political dissidents to Iran.
Given their plight, Iranians deserve your special attention. Their lives
are in your hands. Please help them.
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000 05:46:30 EST
Subject: Iran Hangs 17-Year-Old Child Rapist
Iran Hangs 17-Year-Old Child Rapist
TEHRAN (AFP) - A 17-year-old Iranian boy convicted of brutally raping an
18-month-old baby has been publicly hanged in the Persian Gulf port of
Ganaveh, the hardline daily Jomhouri Eslami reported yesterday.
Jassem Ebrahimi was put to the gallows at a crossroads in the center of the
town north of the port city of Bushehr, the paper said.
He was convicted of kidnapping, raping and then repeatedly stabbing the baby,
whose sex was not specified, before leaving it for dead in a May 1999 crime
which sparked an outcry in the town, it said.
The death sentence handed down by magistrates was approved by Iran's Supreme
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2000 05:41:28 EST
Subject: Mr. President Be Careful
Mr. President Be Careful
BY MEHRDAD SERJOOIE
TEHRAN - In a recent interview with the French daily Le Figaro, Ayatollah
Sadeq Khalkhali said he intends to return to politics in order to support
President Seyed Mohammad Khatami. He also pointed, with pride, to his past
performance as the prosecutor-general of the Revolutionary Court in the early
stages of the revolution.
Khalkhali maintained that he did not remember how many execution orders he
had issued, but added that the number was less than one thousand.
In his capacity as prosecutor general, Ayatollah Khalkhali was instrumental
in the trials of a large number of drug traffickers, agents of the former
regime, as well as a variety of others who had committed criminal and
His term as the prosecutor-general was controversial because in some cases
the entire process of trial and handing down the verdict, which was usually
execution, took a relatively short time.
There is no reason to believe that if those trials were to be held again
today the results would be different, but Khalkhali's modus operandi did
create image problems for the Islamic Republic, including the impression of
violation of human rights.
Ayatollah Khalkhali, who is a member of the Central Council of the Leftist
Majma-e Rouhaniyoun-e Mobarez (MRM), is among those Leftists who recently
changed their politics and espoused the cause of reform and individual
freedoms, including the freedom of speech.
In the early years of the revolution the Left's positions were so extreme
that many people could not tolerate them. The nature of all revolutions, in
their early stages, is harsh, unforgiving and extreme.
So, the years the Leftists were in power the country suffered irreparable
damage to its image and prestige.
The Left kept its grip on political power throughout the Third Majlis
(1991) but was driven out from the seats of power in the Fourth Majlis
(parliament) and managed to re-enter the political scene in the Fifth Majlis
as the opposition to the Rightist majority.
The Leftists would like to believe that their elimination from power was the
result of the Rightist-dominated Guardian Council's partisan performance. But
a more realistic analysis will prove that the cause of the Leftists downfall
was that the people lost confidence in them.
The public, which had had enough of the Left's prejudices and extremism, was
in fact glad to see them out of power.
By the same token, when the people had enough of the Right's extremism and
monopolizing of power they voted Seyed Mohammad Khatami into office.
The Leftists then found an ideal opportunity to regain some of their lost
political prestige by coming out in support of Khatami and his reform
programs and his populist election slogans.
President Khatami began his term of office by working with a relatively
moderate group of people. However, a number of politicians with extremist
records, such as Ayatollah Khalkhali, have recently thrown their support
behind the president in order to ride on his coattail and regain some of
their lost political power and prestige. This is all to no avail because the
reasons for which they were driven out of power are still fresh on the
Former interior minister, Seyed Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, has also joined the
Reformist group. Mohtashemi was considered to be among the most hardline and
extremist politicians. After the end of the 8-year imposed war with Iraq,
when the United States attacked Saddam's forces in Kuwait and drove them out
of that country, Mr. Mohtashemi came out in support of Saddam and compared
him to two famous Muslim commanders in the early days of Islam who were
originally fighting against the Muslims but later had a change of heart and
joined the army of Islam.
Hojjatoleslam Mohtashemi advocated full support for Saddam.
Hojjatoleslam Mohtashemi is also running for parliament on the Leftist's
ticket, and is a full fledged member of the MRM which takes pride in the fact
that President Khatami is a member of its central council.
It must, of course, be noted that President Khatami's record, his character
and political beliefs bear no resemblance whatsoever to those of Messrs
Mohtashemi, Khalkhali and others of their ilk.
Former president Hashemi Rafsanjani once said: "The people's vote for Khatami
was a vote for moderation." Creating the impression that individuals who are
considered by the people to be hardline extremists are now in the Khatami
camp is politically dangerous for the president because the people of Iran
have not forgotten the records and performance of such politicians and the
president may end up paying the price of such people's unpopularity among the
masses. It must also be added that President Khatami has not so far distanced
himself from these politicians.
President Khatami must be more sensitive regarding his own popularity and
what the public thinks of him lest his staunch supporters lose their zeal.
President Khatami should not allow those who have nothing politically in
common with him and also lack the support of the people use his good name and
reputation to re-enter the country's politics in the upcoming February 18
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2000 22:02:48 EST
Subject: 1-1 Tie An Appropriate Finish to Friendly Between U.S., Iran
1-1 Tie An Appropriate Finish to Friendly Between U.S., Iran
By KEN PETERS
.c The Associated Press
PASADENA, Calif. (Jan. 17) -- It seemed mostly an Iranian-American festival,
with a soccer match as the featured attraction.
After the United States and Iran played to a 1-1 tie Sunday before a spirited
Rose Bowl crowd that heavily favored Iran, American coach Bruce Arena said he
wouldn't mind doing it again.
"It was a great match and we would love an opportunity to play Iran again,''
Arena said. "It was a well-played game, both sides showed good sportsmanship,
and it was a fair result.''
The game was a rematch of the 1998 World Cup game between Iran and the United
States in France, when Iran took a stunning 2-1 victory. But this time, it
was merely an exhibition, or "friendly,'' match, with nothing at stake except
The U.S. team dominated the tempo, getting off 18 shots to nine by Iran. But
the only scoring came on Mehdi Mahdavikia's goal in the seventh minute, and
Chris Armas' tying score for the United States in the 48th.
The Iranian-American community in and around Los Angeles numbers as many
600,000 and was well-represented at the Rose Bowl, with some 90 percent of
the crowd of 49,212 chanting, "IRAN! IRAN!'' throughout the match.
The game was the third in the United States for the Iranian team, on a brief
"soccer diplomacy'' tour. The two nations do not have formal diplomatic
As often is the case when the U.S. team plays another country's national team
in the Los Angeles area, the Americans seemed to be the visitors, with red,
white and blue flags in the minority in the stands.
This time most of the American flags displayed were by fans with an Iranian
flag in their other hand. Many in the crowd also had an Iranian flag painted
on one cheek and an American flag on the other.
Arena was disappointed the crowd didn't have more fans cheering for the U.S.
"I think it's about time people started getting behind our national team,''
The U.S. team is greatly changed from the one that lost to Iran in Lyon in
1998. Arena took over as coach after Steve Sampson resigned in the wake of
the Americans' failure to win a game in the World Cup.
Only four starters Sunday -- Cobi Jones, Claudio Reyna, Brian McBride and
Frank Hejduk - were starters in France.
The Americans, who hadn't played for several months, looked rusty early,
particularly on defense, but picked up steam as the game went on.
"The first half, we didn't do a good job on (Khodadad) Azizi; he got the ball
his share of times and was splitting our defense,'' Arena said. "But the last
65 minutes, I thought we played quite well.
"We were not a fit team. Most of the players have been off for two or three
Arena and the players on the revamped team see it as a work in progress, and
didn't appear to be particularly concerned with the outcome of the game.
"For us, it was the first game of the year and we approached it like any
other game,'' Armas said.
Iran coach Mansour Pourhaidari was pleased with his team's performance, but
not with the final score. Iran, like the United States, had several
near-misses at the goal.
"Every coach wants to win. We wanted to win, and maybe with a little more
concentration, we could have come out with the result,'' he said.
Jones, able to dribble the ball consistently on the right wing, helped the
United States stay on the attack, and his cross set up the tying goal.
Dribbling near the box on the right side, he sent a pass slicing across the
box, and Armas, charging in from the left side, slammed the ball into the
open net with his left foot.
Iranian goalkeeper Hadi Tabatebei, forced to guard the post with Jones
dribbling in on him, could not recover in time to have a chance at Armas'
Iran came very close to going up 2-0 early. One minute after feeding
Mahdavikia a pass for his goal, Azizi controlled the rebound after U.S.
goalkeeper Brad Friedel stopped a shot. With Friedel scrambling to get back,
Azizi, on the left side eight yards from the goal, whirled around and fired a
shot with his left foot. But the ball went into the side of the net.
Finishing their U.S. visit with the game against the Americans, the Iranians
earlier lost to Mexico 2-1 in Oakland and beat Ecuador 2-1 at the Los Angeles
Coliseum. All of the games drew large contingents of Iranian-Americans.
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Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 15:13:21 -0800
From: "M. Parvin" <unplan@USA.NET>
Subject: Post game Press release on USA/Iran Soccer Match
POST GAME PRESS RELEASE
SUNDAY 16TH, JAN. 2000 SOCCER GAME: USA VS IRAN
As over 50000 spectators in Los Angeles witnessed and as it was
broadcast live through out the world, Islamic Regime of IRAN sustained a
major set back. In an unprecedented surprising act the national anthem
of Islamic Republic was not played in order to defuse crowd's refusal to
salute the anthem of the oppressors of Iranian people. Only the national
anthem of US was played. Spectators solidly stood behind the Iranian
soccer players and gave the team a thunderous ovation while they jogged
around the stadium at the end of the game.
MEHR IRAN flew banners over head which one read: " MEHR-IRAN opposes
Human Rights abuses by Islamic Regime" and a second banner contained the
following message: "Help MEHR IRAN to Prosecute Abusers".
MEHR IRAN is a Human Rights group working for the rule of law and a
system of justice for protecting universal human rights in world affairs
in general and Iran in specific. MEHR is a volunteer organization with
no ties and affiliation to any political organization. For further
information about "MEHR IRAN" please refer to attached mission statement
or visit our web site.
Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran (MEHR IRAN)
P.O. Box 2037, PVP, CA 90274
Tel: (310) 377-4590 ; Fax: (310) 377-3103
Web Site: http://www.geocities.com/~iceicc/
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 11:22:30 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: DNI lists are now running again
As you may have noticed, DNI lists has been halted for the past few days.
The main problem was that the new version of the Listserv (1.8d) is not
working on the system our sponsor GPG.COM has (IRIX 6.2 IP22) and
unfortunately, I made the classical mistake of installin the new software
without backing up the previous version first.
Thanks to som helpfull people on lsoft.com, I could get a copy of the old
1.8c and re-install everything, but it means that all the bugs, and
problems are still there, and we need to do something about this in order
to make this list reliable and working.
I will come with a suggestion to this problem later when I get home, and we
can discuss it, because the list as it is now, is very unreliable and
I am sorry if any of you recieved multiple copies of old e-mails or bug
reports or any other e-mails from our list, because specially on Sunday, it
crashed several times, by sending me over 400 e-mails (I really hope that
no one else was affected).
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 23:29:41 -0500
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: suggestion for DNI's lists Y2K problem
As I mentioned eralier we have some major problems with our lists. The
problems are mainly because the program we are using, the free version of
Listserv V1.8c is not Y2K compatible and it acts really strange these days.
Problems I have seen are the following:
- Some of the members never get our messages
- Members can not send anything to the list
- Members get messages several days after they where posted
- The web interface does not work at all
- Administration is manual (it is a problem with our setup and
not the program)
I have made 2 new lists on my own site, email@example.com and
firstname.lastname@example.org for use instead of our discussion and news list. These
lists are Majordomo based and do not have all the functionality of the
Listserv, but at the same time they work without any problem and are more
reliable than the one we have now.
My suggestion is:
- We close the DNI-DISC@D-N-I.ORG and move all members to
- We move all the members of the DNI-NEWS who are receiving the
news in non-digest mode to email@example.com and keep the
"digest" members on DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG and let the
firstname.lastname@example.org forward all the incomming news to the
other one so all the users receive all the news sent to our
What will we loose?
- We loose the security of our list, people can check the information
about the list, and get the name of all members by sending a command
- We will not be able to archive our news (it doesn't work anyway)
- The list has less security than the one we have now, anyone can send
commands to the list (I have to check if it is possible to change
- The lists will be open, anyone can send messages to the lists
(like the problem we had with our list in the beggining)
What will we gain:
- Automatic membership, you send a command to email@example.com
and becoem a member to the list, you can remove your name without
any interference of me or anyone else
- Faster and more reliable functionality that our current list
- No limit how many members we can have (the limit right now is
100, on each list, and we had some problem with DNI news because
the number of members where more than 100 people.
Please let me know what you think about this, it is very importnat to
receive YOUR oppinion and know if you want to move from our list to the new
one or not?
Please send your reply to me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in case you
want to subscribe to the new lists, send the following message to this
Content: subscribe dni-disc
or subscribe dni-news
after sending this command to the list, you will receive an e-mail asking
you to verify your request, just follow the instruction and then you are
members of the new lists. Please let me know if you need any assistance in
moving to the new list, and I will be mroe than happy to help you, or if
you can not or will not do this, I can do this for you and at the same
time, remove you from the old lists.
End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 19 Jan 2000