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There are 12 messages totalling 844 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. The NCRI and the Talashgaran-e-Jamey-e-Baz
2. Unemployed workers attack public building in Iran
3. Palestinian Islamist leader visits Iran
4. Wave of arrests in Iranian town supporting dissident cleric
5. IRAN NEWS (some news selected)
6. Tehran municipality's revenues decline sharply amid real estate slump
7. Iraq offers to renew acceptance of Iranian accord it violated
8. Shell oil may challenge U.S. Iran sanctions
9. Iran seized four tonnes of drugs last week
10. Natural reaction of Iraq to Iran-USA recent improvement
11. CLOSE IN BIRMINGHAM: Freedom of expression and not faith in God brings
peace.
12. Guards commander wants to chop heads, cut off tongues

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 13:12:02 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: The NCRI and the Talashgaran-e-Jamey-e-Baz

Supporters of Fadaii-Minority and the NCRI tried to disturb the meeting held
by "Talashgaran-e-Jamey-e-Baz (Campiagners for free society) in Germany. The
attempt took place on 6 pm Saturday 25 April 1998. The audience crticised
uncivilised behaviour of the unwanted guests and guided them out of the
building. The meeting was continued according to program.

Asghar

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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 17:02:45 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Unemployed workers attack public building in Iran

TEHRAN, April 28 (AFP) - Around 100 angry unemployed workers
demanding jobs attacked a social welfare office in southwestern
Iran, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
They attacked the unemployment and welfare office in Dezful,
Khuzestan province, with rocks on Sunday and broke windows,
Hamshahri daily said.
The assailants were frustrated over being excluded from the list
of workers hired by the state-owned Karun sugar-beet industrial
company in the nearby town of Shushtar, it said.
An official with the unemployment office, who was not
identified, told the paper that the city had a high rate of
unemployment and "it is impossible to hire everybody.
"Our town has a quota of around 90 unemployed workers to present
to the Karun company for jobs and more than 200 have signed up," he
added.
Hamshahri, citing an "informed" source, also reported of labor
unrest in the nearby towns of Shush and Andimeshk, saying "there is
a fear that it will catch on to other towns in the region."
Labor unrest frequently takes place in Iran, but has been rarely
reported in the past.
Ali-Reza Mahjub, MP and secretary general of state labor union,
warned last week that the country's chronic unemployment could
worsen as a growing number of young people enter the job market.
"The army of workers will double in number," he said, estimating
that 37 million of the country's 60 million population were under
the age of 24.
Iran's unemployment rate is officially put at nine percent, but
independent sources say it is above 15 percent.


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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 17:02:01 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Palestinian Islamist leader visits Iran

TEHRAN, April 28 (AFP) - Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, spiritual leader
of the Palestinian Islamic militant group HAMAS, arrived here
Tuesday to hold talks with Iranian officials.
Sheikh Yassin was greeted at the airport by Hojatoleslam Ali
Taskhiri, a cleric in charge of the Islamic Culture and
Communication Organisation, which seeks to promote contact between
Moslem countries.
Speaking to reporters, the Palestinian leader praised Iran's
stand on the Palestinian question, "notably support for the
Palestinian struggle against Israel."
"Western countries accuse us of being terrorists only because we
want our rights, and they accuse Iran of terrorism because it fights
Israeli policies," he said.
Sheikh Yassin, who is on a tour of Gulf states, vowed that the
Palestinians will continue to fight the Jewish state "until the
liberation of their territories."
He is to hold talks with several Iranian officials and religious
dignitaries, including possibly President Mohammad Khatami.
The 61-year-old spiritual guide and founder of HAMAS, which has
carried out several deadly anti-Israeli bomb attacks, was released
from an Israeli jail in October.
Earlier this month, he received medical treatment in Saudi
Arabia, where he carried out the annual Moslem pilgrimage to Mecca
known as the hajj. He has been in Qatar for the past week and is
reportedly due in Tehran on Tuesday.
Iran, which calls for Israel's destruction, supports HAMAS in
its fight against the Jewish state.


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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 17:02:24 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Wave of arrests in Iranian town supporting dissident cleric

TEHRAN, April 28 (AFP) - Police have made a wave of arrests in a
town in central Iran where residents have been on strike to protest
restrictions imposed on a dissident senior cleric, a newspaper
reported Tuesday.
Jamee, a moderate daily, said police had arrested a number of
prayer leaders, teachers and shopkeepers from the bazaar in
Najafabad, the hometown of Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri in
Esfahan province.
The authorities have also shut down around 40 businesses in the
bazaar and arrested an unspecified number of merchants after they
took part in the latest strike which began Saturday.
Farda (Tomorrow), a conservative newspaper, said shops in the
bazaar and schools in Najafabad were closed Saturday in protest at
Montazeri's house arrest in the holy city of Qom, also in central
Iran.
It warned that the strike could continue in the coming days and
criticized the authorities for their "lax" attitude.
Shopkeepers have gone on strike several times in the past month
to voice support for the cleric, the disgraced former designated
heir to the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Montazeri has been under increased police surveillance in Qom
since November when he criticized Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei for dominating political affairs.
The latest strike came despite appeals from Montazeri to avoid
public protests, according to newspapers.
Jamee said schools had reopened on Monday after closing for two
straight days. It also said the business strike on Monday was in
protest at the wave of arrests.
Montazeri's remarks against the leader in November provoked a
wave of protests from conservative circles, which organized daily
demonstrations throughout the country.


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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 18:02:56 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: IRAN NEWS (some news selected)

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IRAN NEWS 27/04/98
The exclusive interview of IRAN NEWS with former Assistant Secretary of
State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs Richard Murphy, received
front page coverage by some Persian press yesterday.

Murphy said in the interview, conducted by IRAN NEWS correspondent in New
York, that the U.S. sanctions against Iran have hurt American business. He
also called for "meaningful and clear" official dialogue between the United
States and Iran to pave the way for normalized relations.

IRAN * The paper said that Ansar-e Hizbollah group in Isfahan is duplicating
and distributing the video tape of the confessions made at the court by
Abrishamkar, the deputy mayor of Tehran, at cultural and Basij centers of
Isfahan.

JOMHURI ISLAMI * The paper said in its "For Information" column that
Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani had stayed away from the Thursday gathering of
Qom owing to ailment. "His physician had advised Mr. Hashemi not to travel
or make speeches owing to high temperature," according to an announcement by
the public relations of the Expediency Council.

The paper had reported on Saturday that the reason for Rafsanjani's failure
to attend the meeting was the presence of certain persons and likelihood of
disruption in the speech. On Wednesday slogans against the Tehran mayor,
`Death to Plunderer of Public Assets,' had been noted on leaflets announcing
the gathering.

FARDA * The public relations office of the Expediency Council denied a
report appearing in Saturday's issue of the daily, that Ayatollah Hashemi
Rafsanjani had met with Alexander Haig, the secretary of state under Ronald
Reagan, in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan last year.

JAMEAH * The daily in an article criticized the procedure of arrest of
individuals by the Judiciary without taking into account the repercussions
of such moves. By adopting such a line of policy, the Judiciary provides the
foreign mass media with an opportunity to make a hero of the arrested
person.

The paper regretted that the Judiciary by taking hasty and nervous political
measures, had prepared the grounds for turning figures of "medium status" to
"great heroes" with the end result being to level charges against the
Judiciary that its moves were politically motivated.

Jameah was referring to the repercussion of the detention of the Tehran
Mayor Gholamhussein Karbaschi and some other figures which had been turned
into a hit issue for the foreign media.
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IRAN NEWS 28/04/98
Swedish Psychologist Returns to Iran in Search of Parents

IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK

TEHRAN - A Swedish psychologist of Iranian origin, identified only by her
first name `Christine' has returned to Iran to find her real parents.

According to the Persian daily `Iran', Christine, who was abandoned 41 years
ago in a Tehran street, was found by a municipality worker and handed over
to an orphanage in Tehran.

She was adopted by a Russian man and his Polish wife who later immigrated to
Sweden along with their newly adopted child.

Christine, who attended primary school in Sweden, only found her true
identity when she was sixteen and since then she has been searching for her
real family.

She traveled to the United States to continue her higher education in the
field of psychology. During her stay in the United States, she heard the
news of the death of her stepfather in 1980. Her Polish stepmother died
three years later without managing to find the whereabout of Christine's
real parents in Iran.

Despite knowing little about her motherland and inability to speak Persian,
she was still eager to come to Iran in search of her family.

She accidentally met with an Iranian family residing in the United States
who recommended her to refer to the daily Iran's special column devoted to
finding missing members of families.

Since the daily published a picture of Christine at the age of eight and
carried her wonderful story, seven families have claimed that she might be
their missing daughter.

Upon her arrival at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport Sunday night, Christine was
taken by emotions when she saw seven families waiting for her. She preferred
to go to a hotel in a bid to avoid hurting the sentiments of those families.

IRAN NEWS 29/04/98
IRAN * Mostafa Tajzadeh, the deputy interior minister for political and
social affairs, said the ministry intends to draft a bill on elimination of
the approbative supervision by the Council of Guardians for submission to
the Majlis.

"This supervision of the Council of Guardians is a kind of veto right," he
told a group of students of the Razi University in Kermanshah.

"Fortunately the spokesman for the council has said recently that if the
Majlis takes away that right from the council they would not insist on it."

FARDA * The daily interviewed (by telephone) the White House spokesman P.J.
Crawly on Washington's continued pressure on Iran and relations between Iran
and the United States.

Crawly told the paper: "Freezing the Iranian assets is part of our permanent
policy in regard to possible claims against Iran."

Commenting on the same subject, Mohammad Javad Larijani, a rightist member
of the Majlis Foreign Committee, said: "It had been imagined that the U.S.
government has adopted a new policy toward Iran. In practice, all the signs
are to the contrary."

ABAN * The weekly said the Minister of Construction Jihad Mohammad
Saeedikiya will replace Mohsen Rafiqdoust as the head of the Mostazafan and
Janbazan Foundation (MJF).

The MJF chief is appointed by the Supreme Leader.

ABAN * The weekly also said that former U.N. Secretary- General Javier Perez
de Cuellar had written in his memoirs that at a meeting with Iran's former
Foreign Minister Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati the latter had said if the United
States has good intentions it is enough to release 10 percent of Iran's
frozen assets.

Iran says one of the conditions for improvement of relations with the United
States is for the latter to release its frozen assets that now amounts to
$10 billion (with the interest).

JAMEAH * The paper published a second segment of an interview with Abbas
Amirentezam, the spokesman for the Provisional Government of the late Mahdi
Bazargan, who was given an irrevocable life sentence on charges of spying
for the United States. He was released after spending 15 years in Evin
Prison and some time in a small detention center in north of Tehran.

Amirentezam said in the interview that in his opinion, a religious system of
government is unable to solve the problems of the country.

JAMEAH * The paper said police have made a wave of arrests in Najafabad, a
town in central Iran where residents have been on strike to protest
restrictions imposed on Mr. Montazeri, a dissident senior cleric.

It said police had arrested a number of prayer leaders, teachers and
shopkeepers from the bazaar in Najafabad, the hometown of Montazeri in
Isfahan Province.

The authorities have also shut down around 40 businesses in the bazaar and
arrested an unspecified number of merchants after they took part in the
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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 21:53:38 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Tehran municipality's revenues decline sharply amid real estate slump


TEHRAN, April 28 (AFP) - Tehran municipality's revenues have
dropped sharply because of the impact of a corruption scandal in the
city government on the city's real estate market, a newspaper said
Tuesday.
The recent allegations against the municipality had led to
"insecurity in the development sector causing a worrying drop in
revenues," said the daily Hamshahri, which is run by the
municipality.
The city government had a budget deficit of 700 billion rials
(233 million dollars) for the last fiscal year which ended on March
20, the newspaper said.
The crisis could damage the real estate market this year and
halt many development projects in the capital, it quoted experts as
saying. "The management of the city will face many problems in
providing services," it said.
The central bank said in a report last week that the crisis
gripping the construction and property sectors in Tehran is
worsening and beginning to spread to other Iranian cities.
"Investment in the building sector is falling because of a fall
in demand," it said.
The bank said the number of building permits issued last year
had fallen by 41.6 percent and in other cities by 4.7 percent.
Tehran's moderate mayor Gholam-Hossein Karbaschi was arrested
and held for 12 days earlier this month in connection with a
corruption scandal in the city government.
His detention provoked a severe political crisis in the Islamic
republic and renewed fighting between moderate and conservative
factions.


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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 21:52:38 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iraq offers to renew acceptance of Iranian accord it violated


BAGHDAD, April 28 (AFP) - Iraq said Tuesday it is prepared to
renew acceptance of its border with Iran in return for Tehran
dropping demands for compensation from their eight-year war which
Baghdad started.
"Iraq is ready to renew the 1975 Algiers accord under which the
two countries' border passes through the Thalweg, the deepest part
of the Shatt al-Arab waterway, if Tehran gives up its claims to
damages under UN Security Council Resolution 598," the weekly
newspaper Al-Shab said.
The paper, which is run by Uday, eldest son of Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein, said Iraq and Iran "agree to continue their contacts
on advancing the normalization process ... especially after Tehran
officially announces that it will give up war damages."
Resolution 598, adopted in 1987, ended the fighting, but despite
the ceasefire, no peace treaty has been signed.
On the eve of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, Baghdad announced that
the Algiers accord was null and void and demanded all of the Shatt
al-Arab.
But at the beginning of the August 1990 to February 1991 Gulf
crisis, Saddam announced that he accepted the Algiers agreement in
order to obtain Iranian support.
The waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flow into the vast
Shatt al-Arab, which empties into the Gulf.
The waterway is vital for Iraq, which has no other major sea
outlet.
Obstacles to an Iraqi-Iranian peace include prisoners of war,
Iraqi aircraft sent to safety in Iran during the Gulf crisis, and
each side's support for the other's opposition.
Iran refuses to return the aircraft, saying that would violate
the UN embargo against Iraq.


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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 21:52:59 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Shell oil may challenge U.S. Iran sanctions


LONDON, April 28 (UPI) -- The British arm of the Anglo-Dutch oil
group, Royal Dutch/Shell is reportedly moving ahead to produce gas from
the South Pars field in Iran and export it to Pakistan.
The report today from the prestigious Middle East Economic Survey in
London, says such a major Shell investment could could touch off
controversy in the United States, because of U.S. sanctions.
The U.S. State Department is under pressure to take invoke the Iran
Libya Sanctions Act against French oil company Total, which has already
invested in early stages of the South Pars project.
If Shell does the same, some reaction is considered likely.
Shell belongs to a group, including British Gas, Gaz de France and
Petronas of Malaysia, hoping to pipe gas from the offshore South Pars
field in the Arabian Gulf to Karachi in Pakistan.
The survey reports Shell's board endorsed plans to sign a framework
agreement to develop South Pars, the world's second largest gasfield.
Today's Times of London reports one Shell spokesman saying ``we have
an interest in Iran, we have an interest in the South Pars project and
we continue to talk to the Iranian authorities.''
The newspaper reports a British Gas spokesmen said ``We see this as
positioning ourselves for when business in Iran is normalised.''
The U.S. iran-Libya sanctions law has long provoked tension among
European nations and America. U.S. oil companies are strictly barred
from investing in Iran and the law extends the sanction against foreign
companies with US interests, such as Shell.
The EU has threatened to challenge any American attempt to apply
sanctions against a European company.


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Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 21:54:04 +0200
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran seized four tonnes of drugs last week

TEHRAN, April 28 (AFP) - Iranian police have seized around four
tonnes of various drugs in a northwestern region bordering
Afghanistan in the past week and arrested 48 traffickers, the
official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday.
The suspects were members of an international drug gang shipping
drugs from Afghanistan to Turkey, it said.
Morphine made up 608 kilograms (1450 pounds) of the total
narcotics seized in Khorasan province.
General Bahram Norouzi, Khorasan's police commander, said the
suspects had been tracked down from the Afghan border to Orumieh,
the main town in West Azerbaijan province bordering Turkey.
Iran is a major transit route for drugs from Afghanistan and
Pakistan destined for Europe via Turkey.
Around 200 tonnes of drugs were seized in Iran last year.

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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 16:03:27 -0700
From: MANOUCHEHR REZAEI HORMUZ <mhormuz@USA.NET>
Subject: Natural reaction of Iraq to Iran-USA recent improvement

It could be predictable once Iran-USA relations becomes better, Iraq would search the ways to approach to Iran but Iran's national interest
does not allow us to disregard what Iraq has done to our nation.
If we accept that the relationship between Iran and USA is in favore of our great nation(not like Aryamehr's time), we would realize that
Iraq is in trouble now, the power which provoked them to attack to Iran, is melting the ices between two countries.
As an Iranian, I would have claimed both of those, I would say that
Arvand Roud(not Shat-al-ar..) must be divided by two countries and Iraq has to pay war damage partially.

I am aware that some people are sympathizing to poor people and kids
of Iraq(some weep for them), but you should have been in Khorramshahr
Ghasr-e-Shirin, Mehran and Susanguerd and observed those scenes to
cry for Iraqi kids now.
At the west bank of Arvand roud, they have made some Iraqi soldiers statues pointing east which means their Vahshi leader is not going to
let Iraqis forget the war and their crimes against Iran, in the and Baghdad and their main square, they have gathered Iranian soldiers
war hats and march on those everyday.
We never start any conflict against them but please do not symphatize
for Iraqi kid.
Hence, I think at this time which everything is in Iranian favore,
demand all of our dead soldiers from that problem country which has
created obstackles for us since 1932.
One of Iraqi soldires here in Toronto said to me that they were told
to rape Iranian women not for enjoying but to humiliate Iranians. I
think all of Iranians are avoiding any tension with Iraq, that why I call them great nation. However, we have to try our best to indemnify
a small piece of that huge loss.




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Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 00:07:00 +0100
From: Asghar Abdi <asghar@BTINTERNET.COM>
Subject: CLOSE IN BIRMINGHAM: Freedom of expression and not faith in God brings
peace.

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sbzyan ra tHml nkrdh v drKvast Tlaq my knd v Aqay sbzyan av ra Tlaq my dhd.
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Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 19:36:42 -0600
From: Arash Alavi <arash__@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Guards commander wants to chop heads, cut off tongues

Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief threatens to crack down
on liberal + dissent

TEHRAN, April 29 (AFP) - The commander of Iran's
Revolutionary Guards, General Yahya Rahim Safavi, has
threatened to crack down on a wave of internal dissent and
criticism saying it jeopardized the country's security,
newspapers said Wednesday.

"Newspapers are published these days which are threatening
our national security. They contain the same material as
American newspapers," said Safavi in a public speech Monday
in the holy city of Qom, central Iran.

"Liberals have entered the foray with cultural artillery.
They have taken over our universities and our youth are now
shouting slogans against despotism," he was quoted as
saying by Jameeh and Hamshahri, both moderate newspapers.

"We are seeking to root out anti-revolutionaries wherever
they are," the general added.

"We have to behead some and cut off the tongues of others.
Our language is our sword. We will expose these cowards."

The general was referring to the new open atmosphere
prompted by the election last May of President Mohammad
Khatami.

The new government has allowed a record number of
independent publications and some expression of dissent in
the street.

He notably criticized Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani,
a reputed moderate, and the interior ministry, which is
also of headed by a liberal-minded reformist.

"I spoke to Mohajerani and told him his way was threatening
the national security. Do you know where you are going?"
Safavi reportedly said.

Mohajerani said in a public meeting on Tuesday that "no one
has the right to suppress a thought just because he is
opposed to it. Human beings are born to think."

The general also linked the interior ministry to a wave of
strikes in a central Iranian town in recent weeks
protesting against the house arrest of dissident cleric
Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri.

The general also criticized Khatami for calling for
dialogue with the West and for pledging to work ease
tension with the outside world.

"Can we withstand American threats and domineering attitude
with a policy of detente? Can we foil dangers coming from
America through dialogue between civilizations?" he asked.

"Will we be able to protect the Islamic republic from
international Zionism by signing conventions to ban
proliferation of chemical and atomic weapons?" Safavi
added.

An abridged version of his speech published in newspapers
on Tuesday did not contain these direct attacks. Salam, an
Islamic leftist newspaper, did not publish Safavi's
remarks, but warned that they amounted to "taking sides in
the country's political developments."

The armed forces are banned under the constitution from
interfering in politics. But the general said the
Revolutionary Guards had had a political and ideological
agenda since its creation after the 1979 Islamic revolution
to safeguard the regime.

Khatami's landslide win has sharpened the dispute between
the conservative faction and a reformist coalition of
Islamic moderates and leftists.

The president vowed last week to defend the right to
freedom of expression, "even that of my own critics."




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