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Topics of the day:

1. Sarkuhi given back passport (4)

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Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 19:07:53 +1000
From: Mehdi Ardalan <mardalan@LAUREL.OCS.MQ.EDU.AU>
Subject: Re: Sarkuhi given back passport

On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Asghar Abdi wrote:

> Sarkuhi's return to Iran after a short time in the west is a great idea set
> by himself, writers inside iran, the authorities of the IRI (surely
> ettela'ate). While he is here, he can have two kinds of contacts. One
> publicly, to talk nothing about his story. The other, privately to pass his
> experience about the behaviour of various political factions inside the IRI.
> The moderate authorities who have given Sarkuhi this opportunity have aimed
> at neutrilising the propaganda of opposition agaist Khatami's government.
>
> Regards,
> Asghar


I dont buy this argument because it tends to rule out the possibility of
any flexibility or setback in the system's dealing with dissidents and
also serves to neutralise any positive outcome that can be reaped from
what can be considered a victory for those dissidents. Some Iranian
expatriates made the same suggestions about Saidi Sirjani during his stay
abroad and only came to realise their mistake when he was dead. They are
doing the same with Marufi and now Sarkuhi. Just because Sarkuhi's
attainment of a passport was relatively unhindered, it does not follow
that his trip would necessarily serve the IRI. I am sure, the IRI
administration had its motives for allowing him this trip, but one must
not think that this would automatically warrant a pessimistic appraoch.
States are in a constant state of "zur-azmaei" with their dissidents and
this state of affairs is sometimes marked by the latter's defeat and
sometimes by the former's concessions.
As far as Mr. Abdi's suggestion that Sarkuhi's trip is aimed at
nuetralising the oppositions propoganda against the President, one must
ask which opposition. If the reference is to the antiIRI opposition,
these are divided in two camps right now. One which advocates a
wait-and-see approach and seeks to achive its aims by helping or at
least not hindering Khatami's efforts. Obviuosly this camp could not
have been the target of IRI's alleged efforts. The other camp composed
of blanket IRI opponents who push for an armed struggle such as the MKO
or the Workers Commuist Parties, do not constitute such a threat in terms
of their propaganda requiring the IRI to take such a measure notwithstanding
the fact that IRI officials know the opposition's views of Sarkuhi and
how they would percieve his trip.
Let's just hope Sarkuhi will not be attacked with eggs and tomatoes
during his trip.

Cheers
Mehdi







>
>
> >Sarkuhi given back passport
> >
> > TEHRAN, April 20 (AFP) - Dissident Iranian writer and journalist
> >Faraj Sarkuhi has been given back his passport by the authorities,
> >the moderate Jameh newspaper reported on Monday.
> > Sarkuhi, who was released on January 28 after one year in prison
> >for "propaganda" against the Islamic regime, told the newspaper that
> >he was in no hurry to leave Iran.
> > But he said he would depart at some point to visit his family in
> >Germany and to give talks about contemporary Iranian literature.
> > However, Sarkuhi said he would not spend more than two months
> >abroad and that afterwards he would return to Iran to concentrate on
> >his journalism and writing.
> > More than 50 Iranian writers last month wrote to Iranian
> >President Mohammad Khatami demanding Sarkuhi be allowed to leave the
> >country.
> > Some 39 German writers, including Gunter Grass et Christa Wolf,
> >also sent a letter to Khatami last month demanding that Sarkuhi be
> >given a passport.
> > Sarkuhi, a former editor-in-chief of the literary monthly Adineh
> >(Friday), was among 134 writers in 1994 who signed a petition
> >demanding greater freedom of expression.
> > Sarkuhi's wife and two children live in Berlin.
>

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Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 10:15:26 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: Re: Sarkuhi given back passport

I mean the MKO and WCP style opposition. At present Aksareyyat are preparing
a "manshur" to support Khatami against hardliners and to criticise
conservatives. The "manshur" will be publicised soon.

Regards,

Asghar
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From: Mehdi Ardalan <mardalan@LAUREL.OCS.MQ.EDU.AU>
To: DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG
Subject: Re: Sarkuhi given back passport
Date: Wed, Apr 22, 1998, 10:07 am


On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Asghar Abdi wrote:

> Sarkuhi's return to Iran after a short time in the west is a great idea
set
> by himself, writers inside iran, the authorities of the IRI (surely
> ettela'ate). While he is here, he can have two kinds of contacts. One
> publicly, to talk nothing about his story. The other, privately to pass
his
> experience about the behaviour of various political factions inside the
IRI.
> The moderate authorities who have given Sarkuhi this opportunity have
aimed
> at neutrilising the propaganda of opposition agaist Khatami's government.
>
> Regards,
> Asghar


I dont buy this argument because it tends to rule out the possibility of
any flexibility or setback in the system's dealing with dissidents and
also serves to neutralise any positive outcome that can be reaped from
what can be considered a victory for those dissidents. Some Iranian
expatriates made the same suggestions about Saidi Sirjani during his stay
abroad and only came to realise their mistake when he was dead. They are
doing the same with Marufi and now Sarkuhi. Just because Sarkuhi's
attainment of a passport was relatively unhindered, it does not follow
that his trip would necessarily serve the IRI. I am sure, the IRI
administration had its motives for allowing him this trip, but one must
not think that this would automatically warrant a pessimistic appraoch.
States are in a constant state of "zur-azmaei" with their dissidents and
this state of affairs is sometimes marked by the latter's defeat and
sometimes by the former's concessions.
As far as Mr. Abdi's suggestion that Sarkuhi's trip is aimed at
nuetralising the oppositions propoganda against the President, one must
ask which opposition. If the reference is to the antiIRI opposition,
these are divided in two camps right now. One which advocates a
wait-and-see approach and seeks to achive its aims by helping or at
least not hindering Khatami's efforts. Obviuosly this camp could not
have been the target of IRI's alleged efforts. The other camp composed
of blanket IRI opponents who push for an armed struggle such as the MKO
or the Workers Commuist Parties, do not constitute such a threat in terms
of their propaganda requiring the IRI to take such a measure notwithstanding
the fact that IRI officials know the opposition's views of Sarkuhi and
how they would percieve his trip.
Let's just hope Sarkuhi will not be attacked with eggs and tomatoes
during his trip.

Cheers
Mehdi







>
>
> >Sarkuhi given back passport
> >
> > TEHRAN, April 20 (AFP) - Dissident Iranian writer and journalist
> >Faraj Sarkuhi has been given back his passport by the authorities,
> >the moderate Jameh newspaper reported on Monday.
> > Sarkuhi, who was released on January 28 after one year in prison
> >for "propaganda" against the Islamic regime, told the newspaper that
> >he was in no hurry to leave Iran.
> > But he said he would depart at some point to visit his family in
> >Germany and to give talks about contemporary Iranian literature.
> > However, Sarkuhi said he would not spend more than two months
> >abroad and that afterwards he would return to Iran to concentrate on
> >his journalism and writing.
> > More than 50 Iranian writers last month wrote to Iranian
> >President Mohammad Khatami demanding Sarkuhi be allowed to leave the
> >country.
> > Some 39 German writers, including Gunter Grass et Christa Wolf,
> >also sent a letter to Khatami last month demanding that Sarkuhi be
> >given a passport.
> > Sarkuhi, a former editor-in-chief of the literary monthly Adineh
> >(Friday), was among 134 writers in 1994 who signed a petition
> >demanding greater freedom of expression.
> > Sarkuhi's wife and two children live in Berlin.
>

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Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 10:24:44 +0100
From: rf203@HERMES.CAM.AC.UK
Subject: Re: Sarkuhi given back passport

Hello, Hello, this list is for news Only, please take your discussions to
the other one which is for discussions. Can't list owners please take
action and do something about this? Lately there are a lot of irrelevant
discussions here.

David

PS. Apologies to all other members, but I had to remind these guys.
--------------------------------------------------------------------
On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Mehdi Ardalan wrote:

> Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 19:07:53 +1000
> From: Mehdi Ardalan <mardalan@LAUREL.OCS.MQ.EDU.AU>
> Reply-To: RESPECT@simorgh.gpg.com
> To: DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG
> Subject: Re: Sarkuhi given back passport
>
> On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Asghar Abdi wrote:
>
> > Sarkuhi's return to Iran after a short time in the west is a great idea set
> > by himself, writers inside iran, the authorities of the IRI (surely
> > ettela'ate). While he is here, he can have two kinds of contacts. One
> > publicly, to talk nothing about his story. The other, privately to pass his
> > experience about the behaviour of various political factions inside the IRI.
> > The moderate authorities who have given Sarkuhi this opportunity have aimed
> > at neutrilising the propaganda of opposition agaist Khatami's government.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Asghar
>
>
> I dont buy this argument because it tends to rule out the possibility of
> any flexibility or setback in the system's dealing with dissidents and
> also serves to neutralise any positive outcome that can be reaped from
> what can be considered a victory for those dissidents. Some Iranian
> expatriates made the same suggestions about Saidi Sirjani during his stay
> abroad and only came to realise their mistake when he was dead. They are
> doing the same with Marufi and now Sarkuhi. Just because Sarkuhi's
> attainment of a passport was relatively unhindered, it does not follow
> that his trip would necessarily serve the IRI. I am sure, the IRI
> administration had its motives for allowing him this trip, but one must
> not think that this would automatically warrant a pessimistic appraoch.
> States are in a constant state of "zur-azmaei" with their dissidents and
> this state of affairs is sometimes marked by the latter's defeat and
> sometimes by the former's concessions.
> As far as Mr. Abdi's suggestion that Sarkuhi's trip is aimed at
> nuetralising the oppositions propoganda against the President, one must
> ask which opposition. If the reference is to the antiIRI opposition,
> these are divided in two camps right now. One which advocates a
> wait-and-see approach and seeks to achive its aims by helping or at
> least not hindering Khatami's efforts. Obviuosly this camp could not
> have been the target of IRI's alleged efforts. The other camp composed
> of blanket IRI opponents who push for an armed struggle such as the MKO
> or the Workers Commuist Parties, do not constitute such a threat in terms
> of their propaganda requiring the IRI to take such a measure notwithstanding
> the fact that IRI officials know the opposition's views of Sarkuhi and
> how they would percieve his trip.
> Let's just hope Sarkuhi will not be attacked with eggs and tomatoes
> during his trip.
>
> Cheers
> Mehdi
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> >
> >
> > >Sarkuhi given back passport
> > >
> > > TEHRAN, April 20 (AFP) - Dissident Iranian writer and journalist
> > >Faraj Sarkuhi has been given back his passport by the authorities,
> > >the moderate Jameh newspaper reported on Monday.
> > > Sarkuhi, who was released on January 28 after one year in prison
> > >for "propaganda" against the Islamic regime, told the newspaper that
> > >he was in no hurry to leave Iran.
> > > But he said he would depart at some point to visit his family in
> > >Germany and to give talks about contemporary Iranian literature.
> > > However, Sarkuhi said he would not spend more than two months
> > >abroad and that afterwards he would return to Iran to concentrate on
> > >his journalism and writing.
> > > More than 50 Iranian writers last month wrote to Iranian
> > >President Mohammad Khatami demanding Sarkuhi be allowed to leave the
> > >country.
> > > Some 39 German writers, including Gunter Grass et Christa Wolf,
> > >also sent a letter to Khatami last month demanding that Sarkuhi be
> > >given a passport.
> > > Sarkuhi, a former editor-in-chief of the literary monthly Adineh
> > >(Friday), was among 134 writers in 1994 who signed a petition
> > >demanding greater freedom of expression.
> > > Sarkuhi's wife and two children live in Berlin.
> >
>

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Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 19:44:49 +1000
From: Mehdi Ardalan <mardalan@LAUREL.OCS.MQ.EDU.AU>
Subject: Re: Sarkuhi given back passport

Sorry.

Mehdi


On Wed, 22 Apr 1998 rf203@HERMES.CAM.AC.UK wrote:

> Hello, Hello, this list is for news Only, please take your discussions to
> the other one which is for discussions. Can't list owners please take
> action and do something about this? Lately there are a lot of irrelevant
> discussions here.
>
> David
>
> PS. Apologies to all other members, but I had to remind these guys.
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
> On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Mehdi Ardalan wrote:
>
> > Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 19:07:53 +1000
> > From: Mehdi Ardalan <mardalan@LAUREL.OCS.MQ.EDU.AU>
> > Reply-To: RESPECT@simorgh.gpg.com
> > To: DNI-NEWS@D-N-I.ORG
> > Subject: Re: Sarkuhi given back passport
> >
> > On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Asghar Abdi wrote:
> >
> > > Sarkuhi's return to Iran after a short time in the west is a great idea set
> > > by himself, writers inside iran, the authorities of the IRI (surely
> > > ettela'ate). While he is here, he can have two kinds of contacts. One
> > > publicly, to talk nothing about his story. The other, privately to pass his
> > > experience about the behaviour of various political factions inside the IRI.
> > > The moderate authorities who have given Sarkuhi this opportunity have aimed
> > > at neutrilising the propaganda of opposition agaist Khatami's government.
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Asghar
> >
> >
> > I dont buy this argument because it tends to rule out the possibility of
> > any flexibility or setback in the system's dealing with dissidents and
> > also serves to neutralise any positive outcome that can be reaped from
> > what can be considered a victory for those dissidents. Some Iranian
> > expatriates made the same suggestions about Saidi Sirjani during his stay
> > abroad and only came to realise their mistake when he was dead. They are
> > doing the same with Marufi and now Sarkuhi. Just because Sarkuhi's
> > attainment of a passport was relatively unhindered, it does not follow
> > that his trip would necessarily serve the IRI. I am sure, the IRI
> > administration had its motives for allowing him this trip, but one must
> > not think that this would automatically warrant a pessimistic appraoch.
> > States are in a constant state of "zur-azmaei" with their dissidents and
> > this state of affairs is sometimes marked by the latter's defeat and
> > sometimes by the former's concessions.
> > As far as Mr. Abdi's suggestion that Sarkuhi's trip is aimed at
> > nuetralising the oppositions propoganda against the President, one must
> > ask which opposition. If the reference is to the antiIRI opposition,
> > these are divided in two camps right now. One which advocates a
> > wait-and-see approach and seeks to achive its aims by helping or at
> > least not hindering Khatami's efforts. Obviuosly this camp could not
> > have been the target of IRI's alleged efforts. The other camp composed
> > of blanket IRI opponents who push for an armed struggle such as the MKO
> > or the Workers Commuist Parties, do not constitute such a threat in terms
> > of their propaganda requiring the IRI to take such a measure notwithstanding
> > the fact that IRI officials know the opposition's views of Sarkuhi and
> > how they would percieve his trip.
> > Let's just hope Sarkuhi will not be attacked with eggs and tomatoes
> > during his trip.
> >
> > Cheers
> > Mehdi
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > >
> > >
> > > >Sarkuhi given back passport
> > > >
> > > > TEHRAN, April 20 (AFP) - Dissident Iranian writer and journalist
> > > >Faraj Sarkuhi has been given back his passport by the authorities,
> > > >the moderate Jameh newspaper reported on Monday.
> > > > Sarkuhi, who was released on January 28 after one year in prison
> > > >for "propaganda" against the Islamic regime, told the newspaper that
> > > >he was in no hurry to leave Iran.
> > > > But he said he would depart at some point to visit his family in
> > > >Germany and to give talks about contemporary Iranian literature.
> > > > However, Sarkuhi said he would not spend more than two months
> > > >abroad and that afterwards he would return to Iran to concentrate on
> > > >his journalism and writing.
> > > > More than 50 Iranian writers last month wrote to Iranian
> > > >President Mohammad Khatami demanding Sarkuhi be allowed to leave the
> > > >country.
> > > > Some 39 German writers, including Gunter Grass et Christa Wolf,
> > > >also sent a letter to Khatami last month demanding that Sarkuhi be
> > > >given a passport.
> > > > Sarkuhi, a former editor-in-chief of the literary monthly Adineh
> > > >(Friday), was among 134 writers in 1994 who signed a petition
> > > >demanding greater freedom of expression.
> > > > Sarkuhi's wife and two children live in Berlin.
> > >
> >
>

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