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There are 9 messages totalling 592 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Iran enters pipeline race for Kazakh Caspian oil
2. Iranian judiciary says it will resist pressure over press crackdown
3. IRAN : Auditel
4. Click here: Riot Indicates Tense Mood in Iran
5. Meeting in New York// Against press crackdown// Fwd: Defaa Az Azadi
6. Fwd: Associated Press: Riot Indicates Tense Mood in Iran
7. fereshtegAn dar khedmate derooghguyAn
8. Students Protest Newspaper Closure, IRIB Screening of Berlin Conference
9. Coup in Iran?!

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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 09:30:06 EDT
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: Iran enters pipeline race for Kazakh Caspian oil

04/28/2000 Reuters English News Service
Iran enters pipeline race for Kazakh Caspian oil
Fri Apr 28 03:07:27 2000


Iran enters pipeline race for Kazakh Caspian oil.
By Sujata Rao

04/28/2000 Reuters English News Service
(C) Reuters Limited 2000.


ALMATY, April 28 (Reuters) - Iran said on Friday it was in talks on building
a 1500 km (940 mile) pipeline to ship Kazakh oil to the Gulf, becoming the
newest entrant in the race to export Caspian hydrocarbons.


The announcement coincides with indications that a mammoth oil drilling
effort in Kazakhstan's sector of the Caspian may have hit paydirt.


If the Kashagan field, being explored by the international OKIOC consortium,
contains even part of the four billion tonnes (nearly thirty billion barrels)
suggested by initial estimates, competition between various proposed pipeline
routes is likely to heat up. Iran 's Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Hossein
Adeli told delegates at a World Economic Forum summit that the main advantage
of an Iranian pipeline was that it would build on already existing
infrastructure.


"This is the cheapest, shortest most economically viable way to take 1.8
million barrels per day of oil over 1,500 km," he said. "Once it gets to the
Gulf it may be transported east or west...environmentally too it is the
safest option."


Adeli estimated the total cost of the project at $1.2 billion, or about half
the cost of a competing U.S.-backed link from the Azeri capital Baku to
Ceyhan in Turkey.


Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Thursday the Kashagan project
was likely to yield a positive result and could boost the country's crude
output many times, even forecasting production at eight million barrels per
day by 2015.


An official for the National Iranian Oil Corporation told Reuters that
rumours of a big find at Kashagan had quickened the pace of work on the
Iranian pipeline project, designed mainly to transport crude from OKIOC's
field.


Adeli said work on the Iranian section of the two-phase project had already
started in the form of a 390-km, 800,000 bpd link from the Caspian port of
Neka to Tehran.


The second phase involves a 1500-km, one million bpd capacity line from
Kazakhstan to Iran via Turkmenistan.


"There are 6,000 km of oil pipelines in Iran ...and the plan is to connect
the new pipeline to existing lines which currently feed refineries in the
north of the country," Adeli said, adding that talks were continuing with
Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.


He said both phases could be built within three years if talks with
Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan progressed well.


IRAN KEPT OUT BY U.S. POLICIES - SO FAR


Iran has so far lurked on the fringes of a race between the United States and
Russia to dominate the energy-rich Caspian , because of U.S. sanctions
forbidding virtually all commerce with Iran .


But Tehran's recent tentative steps towards reform may lead to a thawing of
relations between the countries, and some analysts see an end in sight to
Iran 's "rogue state" status.


"The tide is shifting," said Julia Nanay, director of the Petroleum Finance
Company. "Things have come a long way over the past three years...it is now
feasible to see there could be an easing on how the United States approaches
investments in Iran ."


An Iranian pipeline would come online only after a 1,500-km link, stretching
from Western Kazakhstan to Novorossiisk on Russia's Black Sea coast, due for
completion in 2001. But it could dim the prospects of the costlier
Baku-Ceyhan pipeline.


Adeli said it was in Iran 's interest to help Kazakhstan export oil even
though Kazakhstan, unlike Iran , is not a member of the Organisation of the
Petroleum Exporting Countries.


"Demand for oil will increase over the next three decades and oil producers
in OPEC will be unable to match demand," Adeli said. "The second thing is
that this is good business for Iran ." ((Almaty newsroom +7 3272 508 500
moscow.newsroom@reuters.com)).

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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 09:30:58 EDT
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: Iranian judiciary says it will resist pressure over press crackdown

Iranian judiciary says it will resist pressure over press crackdown

04/27/2000 Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Copyright (c) 2000, dpa


Teheran (dpa) - The Iranian judiciary said Thursday it will not bow to
pressure over the closure of several press publications, the state-run
television reported.


``We will not bow to any political pressure in connection with the decisive
actions against the press,'' said a statement from the judiciary carried by
the TV.


The judiciary further deplored the critical stance by President Mohammad
Khatami's government towards the legal procedures.


``If the culture ministry had earlier stood against the poisonous atmosphere
created by some press circles, the next steps would have been unnecessary,''
the judiciary said.


The statement was regarded as a direct attack against Khatami and his liberal
Culture Minister, Attaollah Mohajerani, both advocates of a free press.


The culture ministry, which is directly in charge of the press, had called on
the judiciary to recognise the ``dignity'' of journalism and avoid any
measures which might restrict the constitutional press freedom.


The judiciary a few days ago closed down 13 pro-Khatami publications,
including eight dailies, three weeklies and one monthly, ``for disparaging
Islam and the religious elements of the Islamic revolution''.


Western countries and international press organisations have deplored the
latest press crackdown. Khatami's government however rejected any foreign
interference in this regard.

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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 09:31:52 EDT
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: IRAN : Auditel

04/21/2000 Middle East Economic Digest
IRAN : Auditel
Thu Apr 27 23:24:15 2000


News
IRAN : Auditel

04/21/2000 Middle East Economic Digest
Copyright (C) 2000 Middle East Economic Digest; Source: World Reporter (TM)


Auditel of the UK is completing a $4.5 million contract to re-equip the
majlis with an up-to-date voting and sound communications system. The
contract was awarded by the Housing Ministry in February and the project is
due for completion by the end of April, the company said on 6 April. Auditel
is working with the Dubai office of Japan's Sony Corporation, which is
supplying television broadcast equipment. The new facility covers sound
reinforcement, voting systems, audio and television in the parliament chamber
for up to 316 members, plus a secretariat and 18 committee rooms. The system
is computer-controlled and is linked to a central television centre which
automatically activates cameras to select speakers. Auditel says it will
maintain a permanent presence in Tehran after the facility is commissioned.

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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 12:12:12 EDT
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: Click here: Riot Indicates Tense Mood in Iran

Friday April 28 7:15 AM ET
Riot Indicates Tense Mood in Iran

AP Photo


By AFSHIN VALINEJAD, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - University students threw stones and burned tires during
a riot early today in a sign of growing public anger at a hard-line crackdown
that has shut down 16 reformist newspapers.

About 200 students took part in an overnight protest at Tehran's Shahid
Beheshti University that turned violent in the early hours, a journalist at
the scene told The Associated Press.

Police and hard-line vigilantes dispersed the protesters after an hour of
rioting in which demonstrators burned tires and threw stones at college
buildings, he said on customary condition of anonymity. Some protesters were
detained, but later released, he said.

The hard-line crackdown on the media was triggered by their rout in the
February legislative election, which sent a clear signal that the
pro-democracy reforms of President Mohammad Khatami have gained nationwide
popularity and acceptance.

Reformist candidates won about 70 percent of seats contested but hard-line
authorities annulled 12 reformist victories. They also said there might be
changes in the capital of Tehran where reformists won 29 of the 30 seats,
alleging fraud and inconsistencies.

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A second-round election to decide 66 seats in the 290-member parliament, or
Majlis, will be held May 5. A reformist dominance of the legislature was
expected to boost Khatami, a moderate cleric who came to power in 1997.

Despite hurdles, he has eased many of the social, political and cultural
restrictions that the clerical government has imposed since taking over in
the 1979 Islamic revolution. Khatami's cause has been championed by the
reformist papers.

Without support from the press, reformist lawmakers and candidates might have
to wait until parliament resumes session May 27 to restart direct dialogue
with the people: The constitution mandates that Majlis debates be broadcast
live on state radio.

``The reformists are under siege. They are looking to the opening of the
Majlis as the cavalry,'' said Saeed Laylaz, an analyst who used to write for
the Azad daily before it was closed down Monday with a court order issued by
the hard-line judiciary.

After this week's crackdown, only one reformist newspaper, Bayan, remained on
the stands because it has not been so outspoken as the others. Sixteen other
newspapers were banned by the hard-line controlled judiciary, including the
Mosharekat newspaper published by Khatami's brother Mohammad-Reza Khatami.

Two reformist journalists, Akbar Ganji - Iran's leading investigative
reporter - and Latif Safari, also have been arrested.

Despite the pressure, Khatami was quoted Thursday on Iranian TV as saying
everyone should ``act within the framework of the law in order to calm the
crisis and meet the needs of society.''
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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 12:05:41 EDT
From: KPGBT@AOL.COM
Subject: Meeting in New York// Against press crackdown// Fwd: Defaa Az Azadi

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Doostane Aziz:

Following our former announcement.
The meeting for " Deffaa Az Azadi" will be held:

Date: Friday, May 5, 2000

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Place: Hamilton Hall, room 602, Columbia University, 116 Th. Street &
Broadway, Manhattan, N. Y.

Let us support Azadi & Democracy in Iran, Support our freedom of press and
Protest Coup d'etat and support our Hamvatans in jails, arrests and unknown
conditions.

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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 12:09:58 EDT
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Riot Indicates Tense Mood in Iran

.c The Associated Press

By AFSHIN VALINEJAD

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - University students threw stones and burned tires during
a riot early today in a sign of growing public anger at a hard-line crackdown
that has shut down 16 reformist newspapers.

About 200 students took part in an overnight protest at Tehran's Shahid
Beheshti University that turned violent in the early hours, a journalist at
the scene told The Associated Press.

Police and hard-line vigilantes dispersed the protesters after an hour of
rioting in which demonstrators burned tires and threw stones at college
buildings, he said on customary condition of anonymity. Some protesters were
detained, but later released, he said.

The hard-line crackdown on the media was triggered by their rout in the
February legislative election, which sent a clear signal that the
pro-democracy reforms of President Mohammad Khatami have gained nationwide
popularity and acceptance.

Reformist candidates won about 70 percent of seats contested but hard-line
authorities annulled 12 reformist victories. They also said there might be
changes in the capital of Tehran where reformists won 29 of the 30 seats,
alleging fraud and inconsistencies.

A second-round election to decide 66 seats in the 290-member parliament, or
Majlis, will be held May 5. A reformist dominance of the legislature was
expected to boost Khatami, a moderate cleric who came to power in 1997.

Despite hurdles, he has eased many of the social, political and cultural
restrictions that the clerical government has imposed since taking over in
the 1979 Islamic revolution. Khatami's cause has been championed by the
reformist papers.

Without support from the press, reformist lawmakers and candidates might have
to wait until parliament resumes session May 27 to restart direct dialogue
with the people: The constitution mandates that Majlis debates be broadcast
live on state radio.

``The reformists are under siege. They are looking to the opening of the
Majlis as the cavalry,'' said Saeed Laylaz, an analyst who used to write for
the Azad daily before it was closed down Monday with a court order issued by
the hard-line judiciary.

After this week's crackdown, only one reformist newspaper, Bayan, remained on
the stands because it has not been so outspoken as the others. Sixteen other
newspapers were banned by the hard-line controlled judiciary, including the
Mosharekat newspaper published by Khatami's brother Mohammad-Reza Khatami.

Two reformist journalists, Akbar Ganji - Iran's leading investigative
reporter - and Latif Safari, also have been arrested.

Despite the pressure, Khatami was quoted Thursday on Iranian TV as saying
everyone should ``act within the framework of the law in order to calm the
crisis and meet the needs of society.''

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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 20:40:35 +0100
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: fereshtegAn dar khedmate derooghguyAn

fereshtegAn dar khedmate derooghguyAn

dar sAl e dovom e hejri, mohammad ben abdullah droogh bozorgi rA az qovl

e khodA be khorde piroAn e bisavAd va
sAde andishash dAd. oo ede'A kard keh khodA va fereshtegAn dar jang e
badr be naf'e moslmAnAn vAred e nabard bA
moshrekin e qoreiysh shodand. az an tArikh hameye drooguyan e tArikh az
jomleh khomeini, khAmneyi va rafsanjAni
barAy e su e estfadeh az kharhAye moqaled e khod droogh mohammadi rA
tekrAr mikonand. dar qazyeye tabas
khomeini in ede'A ra kard va emrooz dar namAz e jomeh rafsanjAni AnrA
tekrAr kard. khoshA be hAl e pirovAn in
dorooghguyAn e herfeyi. agar ba'zihA barAye shafAye hajjAreyAn dast be
do'A bardAshteh va entezAr dArand keh khodA
va fereshtegAn be jAy e pezeshgAn hajjAreyAn ra shafA bedahand, az
rafsanjAni entezAr e bishtari namiravad.
mohammad rezA pahlavi niz da ketAb ma'mureyat barAye vatanam az in
dorooghhA be khord e mardom dAde bood.
hamchonAnkeh mohammad dar jang e ohod shekast khord va dorooghgueyash
fAsh shod va hamchenankeh
mohammad rezA bA cheshme geryAn az iran farAr kard, rafsanjAni ham hich
soodi az dorooghhayash nakhAhad bord va
faqat az arzesh harfhAyash dar nazd e tahsil kardegAn kAsteh khAhad
shod.

asghar abdi

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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 20:46:47 +0100
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Students Protest Newspaper Closure, IRIB Screening of Berlin Conference

Students Protest Newspaper Closure, IRIB Screening of Berlin Conference


MASHHAD About 2000 students from the Ferdowsi University here on
Wednesday staged a demonstration in protest against the closure of
several dailies and periodicals.
A political activist and former member of the editorial board of Payam-e
Hamoun' magazine, Nasser Ameli, protesting against the closure of 13
dailies and periodicals, said a government that allows to be criticized
is a reformist government as was the case with the government of Imam
Ali (AS), the first Shia Imam.
A resolution was recited at the end of the gathering which voiced strong
objection to the clampdown on the press and the decision by the Islamic
Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) to screen selected parts of the
Berlin conference.
It also called on the Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi
Shahroudi to reconsider structure the Judiciary.
Meanwhile, about 500 students of Yazd University staged a gathering in
protest at the IRIB's viewing of the Berlin conference as well as
closure of certain daily newspapers and periodicals.
A member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF), the Yazd
branch, Alireza Farzad said at the gathering that annulment of public
votes is not less important than closure of dailies and "this runs
counter to national unity." A statement read out at the gathering said
that closure of newspapers and arrest of journalists in a society which
according to President Mohammad Khatami should move toward tranquility
and calm, would not be in the interest of the country and would only
please the enemies of Islam and the revolution.
(IRNA)

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Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2000 20:50:16 +0100
From: "a.abdi" <a.abdi@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Coup in Iran?!

Tehran Times 29/04/2000

Coup in Iran?!


In hundreds of dispatches transmitted to different parts of the world,
the foreign media have been trying to insinuate that the top commanders
of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) "have mapped out a
strategy to force reformists to stay silent or pull aside" in a crisis
committee' described as a precursor to a coup against President Seyed
Mohammad Khatami.
Even the Tehran bureau of a Western news agency went to such an extent
as to claim that "it had been given notes from a tape made at a recent
meeting of the committee, detailing a three-stage program to weaken the
reformers, halt their advance and then eliminate them." "The first stage
was to close down 18 newspapers. The other stages included tapping
leading reformers' telephones and disrupting the Tehran Bazaar and
seminaries to provoke senior clerics ...," the dispatch added.
The writers of these baseless stories simply ignored the second
statement issued by the IRGC which ruled out the possibility of any coup
against the government and only referred to the IRGC's first statement
in which the sons of the revolution warned that "the enemies will feel
the blow in their skulls and will be stopped forever from hatching plots
..." In its second statement, the IRGC dismissed the rumors of a coup,
saying that "today, the word coup d'etat is a defunct word in our
country.
Considering the foundation that was laid by the Founder of the Islamic
Republic late Imam Khomeini for political management of the country,
coup d'etat is a meaningless, alien and irrelevant word." Many of the
suspended papers and even some government officials and political
circles were taken in by such baseless reports dispatched by the foreign
media and started to sound a note of warning in society against a
possible coup, thus misleading and disturbing the public.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in his
recent remarks criticized some publications for serving the interests of
the enemies by disparaging Islamic and revolutionary principles and
trying to create tension and discord in society.
But the Leader praised and expressed his strong support for President
Khatami, stressing that the president was a staunch defender of the
system and the revolution.
Considering the Leader's strong support for the president, is there any
possibility of staging a coup against the government by the IRGC?
Anybody enjoying common sense will definitely rule out this possibility.

It is wrong to expect the enemies to stop their hostile propaganda
against the Islamic Republic, but political figures and government
officials are rightly expected to show more wisdom and reject such
unfounded reports which are only aimed at fomenting discord, tension and
concern in society.

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