Friday 5 June 1998
Iran bows under pressure to stop death by stoning By Charlotte Edwardes in Teheran
THE Islamic practice of execution by stoning, widely regarded as one of the most barbaric customs in Iran, has fallen into disrepute under the reformist President Mohammad Khatami.
In the past, stoning was deemed the appropriate punishment for a variety of capital crimes, including adultery and drug smuggling. But immediately after the election of Mr Khatami last May, the number of stonings fell sharply. Western-based human rights groups understand that no stoning has been carried out this year.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said: "Execution is in Islamic law. It therefore can never be overturned as such. But since Khatami's election, our direction is to prevent state-sanctioned incidents of stoning and find other ways of punishing guilty people."
Government officials acknowledge that it is difficult to stop stoning entirely, especially in rural areas where it is still regarded as the appropriate punishment for adultery. But it is clear that the government is withdrawing its backing for the practice. An official from the Ministry of Islamic Guidance, which is responsible for ensuring that Iran functions along appropriate Islamic lines, said: "In the past year there have already been changes in the way criminals are executed. Drug smugglers are no longer killed by stoning. There has been strong pressure from Europe to prevent stonings from taking place. Drug runners, for example, are now hanged or shot and last year about 76 drugs smugglers were sentenced to death in this way."
1-Ahmadreza ABEDZADEH (Pirouzi), age 32, 66 caps. An experienced keeper, athletic, confident, albeit some say over-confident. Has been criticised for his penchant for theatrics but should hold his own in France.
12-Nima NAKISA (Pirouzi), 23, 1 cap. A young, rising star, seen as Iran's future goalkeeper. He has good skills but there are still questions about his temperament. Made debut in warm-up against Croatia.
22-Parviz BOROMAND, 24, 0 caps. Third choice keeper.
3-Naeem SAADAVI (Pirouzi), 28 (29 on June 16), 8 caps. An aggressive, attacking defender who works hard on the right side of the team. Sometimes neglects his defensive duty in his eagerness to get forward.
4-Mohammad KHAKPOUR (Pirouzi), 29, 37 caps. Seen as the anchor of Iran's defence. Solid, tough, and strong sweeper. Former midfielder who honed his skills in Singapore helping Geylang United to the championship.
15-Ali Akbar OSTAD ASADI (Zob-e-Ahan), 32, 29 caps. Unlike Saadavi, he prefers to stay back in his defensive role on the left side of the defence. May be past his peak.
20-Mehdi PASHAZADEH (Esteghlal), 24, 4 caps. A tall, athletic defender who usually man-marks the opposing team's star striker. Physically imposing and brave.
5-Afshin PEYRAVANI (Pirouzi), 28, 37 caps. A good defender but criticised for a tendency to have mental lapses. Experienced but has had injury problems of late.
17-Javad ZARRINCHEH (Esteghlal), 31, 55 caps. Resurrected by former coach Tomislav Ivic after being dropped by Majeli Kohan. A veteran defender, alert, reliable, and solid. Has also had fitness problems, however.
14-Nader MOHAMMADKHANI, 34, 16 caps. Experienced but little used defender who played in last warm-up game against Croatia.
6-Karim BAGHERI (Arminia Bielefeld), 24, 44 caps. Supremely talented, one of Iran's 'German trio'. Confident, tough, aggressive and likes shooting from outside the box. Iran's leading scorer in World Cup qualifying rounds, with 19 goals in all.
9-Hamid ESTILI (Bahman), 31, 44 caps. Complements Bagheri in the middle and is a dangerous goal-scorer in his own right. Gained valuable experience in Singapore's soccer leagues.
2-Mehdi MAHDAVIKIA (Pirouzi), 20, 24 caps. Speedy, dangerous midfielder. Short, stocky and strong, he is capable of exploiting slow opposing defenders.
21-Mehrdad MINAVAND (Pirouzi), 22, 23 caps. An attacking midfielder who is brilliant one minute and awful the next. Has good technique and is capable of crossing superbly.
7-Alireza MANSOURIAN (Esteghlal), 26, 33 caps. A calming influence in the middle of the pitch. Passes the ball well and use his intelligence.
16-Reza SHAHROUDI (Pirouzi), 26, 34 caps. His experience in Turkey playing against European-calibre players stands him in good stead. Works down the left and likes dribbling and has good touch.
8-Sirous DEENMOHAMMADI (Shahrdari Tabriz), 27, 16 caps. Recalled by Ivic and has impressed in recent friendlies to earnr a place in the squad.
11-Khodadad AZIZI (Cologne), 26 (27 on June 22), 27 caps. The 1996 Asian Player of the Year. A dazzling striker with good speed and a fine touch and finish. Has fared well in Germany and will be Iran's main threat to opposing teams in France.
10-Ali DAEI (Arminia Bielefeld), 29, 50 caps. A fiery, tough goalscorer. Tall and effective in the air, he has been dubbed 'The Finisher' for his scoring ability. Scored World Cup record of seven goals in one game against the Maldives in qualifying. Has signed to play for Bayern Munich next season.
18-Sattar HAMEDANI (Bahman), 23 (24 on June 6), 3 caps. Another young player with a bright future who will benefit from the experience of going to France.
13-Ali LATTIFI, 22, 0 caps. Young striker who earned surprise call-up to World Cup squad.
19-Behnam SERAJ, 26 (27 on June 19), 0 caps. Celebrates his birthday two days before much anticipated match in Lyon against the United States.
PARIS, June 6 (Reuters) - A series of poor results, behind-the scenes bickering and a late change in coach is hardly the ideal preparation for the World Cup finals.
But despite the traumas of the past three months, Iran appear to have bounced back just in time for the start of their first appearance in the World Cup finals since 1978.
Iran's latest coach Jahal Talebi had the shortest time of all World Cup coaches to get his squad in shape.
Appointed less than three weeks before the start of the tournament, Talebi inherited a side low on confidence after a series of poor results in pre-World Cup friendlies.
His predecessor, Croatian Tomislav Ivic had been fired after a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Italian club side AS Roma.
That result came on the back of a poor showing in an April four-nation tournament in Tehran.
Ivic was jeered by the home crowd after his side lost to Hungary and failed to impress in a 1-0 win over Jamaica.
The Croat had only been in charge since January when he replaced Brazilian Valdeir Vieira -- the man who had guided Iran to a place in the finals before he was shown the door.
But while time has been tight for the latest man to be put in charge, Talebi has made a positive impact on Iran's last minute preperations for France.
In his first game in charge, Iran defeated Inter Milan 4-1.
Although the Italians fielded a number of second-string players, the game gave the Iranians a much-needed confidence boost -- coming just days after the thrashing by Roma.
Despite a 2-0 away defeat to Croatia in Iran's next game, Talebi delared himself pleased with his side's performance against strong opponents.
Much of the recent improvement in Iran's form can be put down to the return to the side of three key players.
Striker Ali Daei, based in Germany with Arminia Bielefeld, showed his value to the side with two goals against Inter.
The tall frontman, who moves to Bayern Munich next season, had missed most of Iran's warm-up games due to club commitments.
Ali Daei's return to the squad, along with two other Bundesliga-based players -- forward Khodadad Azizi and playmaker Karim Bagheri -- gave Talebi something close to the side that defeated Australia in a dramatic qualifying play-off.
Iran's stirring performance in Melbourne still inspires hope among the fanatical supporters in the Gulf state.
Two goals down to much-fancied Australia with 14 minutes of their play-off remaining, Iran's World Cup hopes seemed dead.
Then came a two-goal blast from Bagheri and Azizi and suddenly Iran were through on the away goals rule to their first World Cup finals since 1978.
It was a dramatic end to the most tortuous of all qualifying routes.
Iran had been forced into the play-off with the ``Socceroos'' after they could only finish second in their final Asian qualifying group, plunging them into a play-off with Japan in Malaysia, which they lost 3-2 on the golden goal rule.
But qualification, even the hard way, was cause for mass celebration on the streets of Tehran.
The undisputed number one in Asia in the mid-seventies, the impact of revolution and war saw Iran decline in the Asian pecking order well behind Kuwait, Japan and South Korea.
But, while qualification returned Iran to its place as a leading force in Asian football, Iran's results against European sides in recent months show they will have to play well above themselves if they are to worry group favourites Yugoslavia and Germany.
Throughout qualifying Iran looked shaky in defence, with elementary slip-ups costing key points.
Talebi has sought to remedy that problem by moving the experienced Mohammad Khakpour to sweeper -- a move that appears to have improved the back-line.
The 29-year-old Khakpour, who has played in Turkey and Singapore, was used in midfield by Ivic but always stated his desire to play as the last man.
The biggest concern at the moment is the lack of a clear first choice keeper with Talebi yet to choose between Pirouzi's experienced Ahmad Abedzadeh or his younger club teamate 23-year-old Nima Nakisa.
Although question marks remain over the defence there can be no doubt that Iran can be dangerous in attack thanks to their German-based trio.
Midfielders Mehrdad Minavand and Mehdi Mahdavikia are the engine of the side in midfield.
Iran's most interesting game -- as much for its political ramifications as for the match-up itself -- will be the June 21 showdown in Lyon with the other Group F team, the United States.
The two bitter political foes have shown signs of a slightly warming relationship but the match which comes less than 20 years after Iranian militants took 52 Americans hostage is certain to be one to watch.
Regardless of results against Germany and Yugoslavia, victory over the U.S. alone would probably be enough to bring the crowds on to the streets of Tehran again.
TEHRAN, June 5 (AFP) - Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani has welcomed as a "positive action" the condemnation by the United States of an attack on an Islamic court building here which left three people dead.
"This terrorist act has been condemned by the United States, which may be a positive action," he said during a speech late Thursday marking the ninth anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Rafsanjani added, however, that "if the Americans are really opposed to terrorists they should put an end to their activities in their own country."
At least three people were killed and six injured in Tuesday's blast at the Revolutionary Prosecutors Court building here.
The attack was claimed by the People's Mujahedeen, also known as the Mujahedeen el-Khalq, the main Iranian armed opposition group.
A US State Department spokesman condemned the attack on Wednesday.
"The United States government strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Tehran," State Department spokesman James Rubin said in a statement. "We offer our condolences to the victims.
"We note that the Mujahedeen el-Khalq has claimed responsibility for these attacks," Rubin said, adding that US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has included the group on the list of foreign terrorist organisations.
Rafsanjani is currently head of the Expediency Council, a top advisory body, and is considered the third-most powerful man in the Islamic regime after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mohammad Khatami.
Iran's foreign ministry urged the United States and European countries meanwhile to crack down on the activities of the People's Mujahedeen.
Foreign ministry spokesman Mahmoud Mohammadi, cited by the official IRNA news agency, criticized the "indifferent" reaction of the European Union to the attack.
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TEHRAN, June 5 (AFP) - Iran's top judicial official, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, warned moderate newspapers on Friday against fostering divisions in Iranian society.
"I call on the ministry of culture to do more to monitor these newspapers, in particular the latest ones," he said during Friday prayers at the tomb here of Ayatollah Ruhullah Khomeini, leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Observers said Yazdi's warning was specifically aimed at the new moderate newspaper Jameeh, or Society, which has been the target of vehement criticism by fundamentalist and conservative circles in the Islamic Republic.
"Do not divide the people, help the government and speak mostly of economic problems, which are the most important in the country," Yazdi said.
Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani, an advocate of openness and a freer press, criticized Jameeh on Tuesday for publishing a photograph in which a drawing could be seen in the backround of exiled former president Abolhassan Bani Sadr.
Mohajerani warned that "opponents and the enemies of liberty can also be those who do not respect their limits," and called the publishing of the photo "a flagrant sign of the abuse of freedom."
Iran's print media has become more diversified and critical since moderate President Mohammad Khatami came to power. The increased press freedom is largely due to Mohajerani, a key member of Khatami's government.
Hi, I know that it is unusual to send attachment to this list, but I found this statement very interesting, it seems that not so many people support gurilla warfare or terrorism anymore!
Regards, Farhad A.
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http://www.payvand.com/gerdsooz =begin= amyr antXam: mn nXam mZhby ra qbvl ndarm
ebas amyr antXam sKngvy dvlt mvqt v ksy kh byS az hmh zndanyan syasy dr asartgahhay jmhvry aslamy bh sr brd dr 3 Smarh nSryh jameh bh gftgv ba Kbrngar ayn rvznamh nSst v by vahmh az rnjy kh rJym jmhvry aslamy br vy tHmyl krd, baz hm sKn gft. dr zyr bKShayy az ayn gftgv ra my Kvanyd. Sma bh Gh dlyl Azad Sdyd? mn Azad nSdm, mra az zndan aKraj krdnd. GTvr? amyrantXam: dastan ayn Tvr bvd kh mn panzdh sal dr avyn v qzlHCar v gvhrdSt zndany bvdm. bed mra dr dymah 3731 az zndan avyn mntql krdnd bh yk bazdaStgah vzart aTlaeat dr Smal thran, mnzl kvGky bvd kh Gnd ataq dr Tbqh dvm daSt. dryky az ataqha hm Aqay kyanvry zndgy mykrd, yk ataq ra hm bh mn dadnd kh dr Anja zndgy krdm. mdty aCla mlaqat ndaStm, bed Gnd saety mlaqat dadnd. ba tvjh bh aynkh Kanvadh mn dr ayran nbvdnd, mn bh Kanh Kvdm nmyAmdm v Kanham dr aKtyar frd dygry bvd. bh hmyn jht bh mnzl yky az aqvam myrftm. dr Anja avl dv saet mrKCy dadnd, panzdh rvz bed Sd Gharsaet v bed Sd yk Sbanhrvz v bed az Gnd dvrh bh sh Sbanhrvz rsyd. mra GharSnbhha myAvrdnd v Snbhha mybrdnd, ayn mlaqatha hr panzdhrvz yk bar Cvrt mygrft. Gndyn bar atfaq aftad kh bray brdn mn nyamdnd. mn tlfn krdm v aetrax krdm. Aqayan bed az yk hfth, dh rvz taKyr dv mrtbh mra brdnd bh hman bazdaStgah v bed dvmrtbh Avrdnd bray mlaqat v bh hmyn trtyb mlaqatha mnXm Sd. bed az dv sh mah dvmrtbh nXm mlaqatha brhm Kvrd ta aynkh dr avl AZr 5731 Aqayan mra bray mlaqat bh mnzl aqvamm Avrdnd v Snbh CbH bh dnbalm nyamdnd. mn tlfn krdm v sival krdm kh Gra nyamdyd? gftnd ranndh bh sfr rfth, frda tlfn krdm, gftnd hnvz az sfr nyamdh, mdty bhanh ranndh mTrH bvd, bed gftnd maSyn bnzyn ndard ya lastyk ndard, ya Krab ast. bhanhha yk mahy Tvl kSyd v mn hr rvz tlfn mykrdm. Xahra Kyly dltan myKvast bh bazdaStgah brgrdyd? albth Gra? bray aynkh mn bayd tjdyd mHakmh bSvm v bayd mlt ayran v taryK ayran v mrdm jhan bdannd athamat mn Gyst? bed Gh Sd? bh Kanh ASnayan Avrdnd v dygr nbrdnd. avaKr AZr 5731, AKryn bar kh tlfn krdm, Aqayany kh msivl bazdaStgah mn bvdnd gftnd ta aTlae canvy dygr dnbal Sma nmyAyym. bnabrayn mn az An taryK Azad hstm. Amdm bh dnbal Kanham, An ra drst krdm v dr hmyn ja kh gftgv myknym, zndgy ra AQaz krdm. ta mdtha hmyn rvbrv, mamvran aystadh bvdnd v Apartman mra zyr nXr daStnd ama alan An afrad ra nmybynm v nmydanm dnbal mn Kvahnd Amd ya nh! Sma dr ayn mdt mCaHbhhay mKtlfy krdhayd v namhhay mKtlfy nvSthayd v Xahra ktaby hm Amadh krdhayd? Gnd jld ktab Amadh krdham. dr ayn mdt ba Sma brKvrdy nSdh? Gra Gndyn bar msivlan amr tlfn krdnd v Kvastnd bh dydn mn byaynd. mn mTlqa nmyKvastm bh Kanham byaynd. gftnd agr nmyKvahyd kh bh mnzl Smabyayym, bh mHvTh saKtman brj Sma myAyym v Sma ra mybynym, mn dydm CHyH nyst, gftm byayyd. Amdnd Gnd bar Amdnd aynja v ba hm CHbt krdym. dr Ghar mahy kh az bazdaStgah aKraj Sdham, Hdvd Ghar bar Amdhand v drbarh msail mKtlf CHbt krdhaym. mn dr mvrd msail kl kSvr v dr mvrd pyrvzy Aqay Katmy nXrat Kvdm ra gftm, drbarh syast jhan nXryat Kvd ra gftm. drbarh Ayndh nXam jmhvry aslamy v Kvdm nXratm ra Kyly CryH gftm. Gndyn bar Aqayan aCrar krdnd kh mn az mCaHbh krdn Kvddary knm ya dr mvrd msail kSvr Hrfy nznm, mn bh aySan gftm kh Sma vXyfh Kvdtan ra anjam mydhyd, mn hm vXyfh mly Kvdm ra anjam mydhm. mn ta mvqey kh mytvanm CHbt knm, Hrf myznm. vXyfh mly Sma Gyst? vXyfh mly mn afSakrdn Gyzhayy ast kh mlt ayran az An Agah nyst. mlt ayran az Gh Gyzy Agah nyst? mvxve mHakmhmn, athamat mn v msail mrbvT bh zndan, mvardy ast kh mlt ayran bayd az An Agah Svd. aynkh Gh mvardy az Hqvq bSr - Gh dr daKl zndanha v Gh dr Karj az An nqx Sdh ast. albth mn tnha ksy nystm kh adea knm az ayn mvard Agah hstm, Sayd hmh Anhayy kh byrvn zndan bvdnd, ayn mvard ra bhtr az mn bdannd. vly dr daKl zndanha, agr hm ksany Agah baSnd, mmkn ast jsart byan ayn mvard ra ndaSth baSnd. ksany kh ayn msail ra mydanstnd ya Agah bvdnd, ya zyr Kak rftnd v dygr vjvd ndarnd kh byan bknnd. vly mn az hman rvzhay nKst ayn aHsas dr vjvdm bvd kh bh KaTr ayn mmlkt v mrdm dr zndan hstm v bayd az Hqvq Anha dfae knm. Aya dr Hal Haxr fealyt syasy daryd, albth bh Qyr az mCaHbhha v gftgvha? blh, mn elyalaCvl bh dnbal hmkary ba grvhhay mly dr ayran hstm kh btvanm vHdt v atfaq nXry byn Anha brqrar knm. Aya dr Hal dr ayran grvh mly feal darym? blh, nhxt Azady, Hzb mrdm ayran, Hzb mlt ayran, jbhh mly ayran v Hzb zHmtkSan mlt ayran hstnd v sayr grvhhayy kh mn asmSan ra nmydanm ya alan HaxralZhn nystm. Aya dr Hal Haxr dydgahy mcbt dr nhxt Azady nsbt bh Sma jvd dard? ayn ra nmydanm. ama mn Gvn salha dr nhxt Azady bvdm v Aqayan az hmkaran v dvstan v hmrahan v hmfkran gZSth mn bvdhand, bray Anha aHtram qayl hstm. v metqdm kh Anha br asas dydgahhay KvdSan bray njat ayran tlaS myknnd. albth dydgahhay Anha ba dydgahhay mn bsyar mtfavt ast. v bh lHaX bynS syasy v jhanbyny hmjht nystnd. mn bh dlyl hfdh sal zndan v ASna bvdn ba Kyly msayl dydgahhay dygry darm kh dvstan ma An dydgah ra ndarnd, Aqayan metqdnd kh nXam jmhvry aslamy bayd HfX v tCfyh Svd v metqdnd nXam mZhby mytvand mSklat kSvr ra Hl knd, dr Halykh mn metqd hstm kh nXam mZhby nmytvand v qadr nyst mSklat ayran ra Hl knd, )...( albth dr Gnd mah gZSth kh Aqay Katmy br sr kar Amdh, SrayT tQyyr krdh v mn mytvanm ba Sma CHbt knm. az Gnd mah qbl az rvy kar Amdn aySan dr dvran ryast jmhvry Aqay rfsnjany hm ayn pySrft HaCl Sdh bvd, yk mqdary fxa baz Sdh bvd v alan dr zman Katmy fxa baztr Sdh, Aqay Katmy ba ayn aydh Amdnd kh qanvn ra dr mmlkt Hakm knnd, dr Halykh dr 91 sal gZSth qanvn dr ayn mmlkt ajra nmySd. qanvn asasy az svy adarhknndgan kSvr zyrpa gZaSth Sdh bvd. Kvd Sma hm kh qanvn asasy ra qbvl ndaryd? qanvn asasy ra qbvl daStm v bh An ray dadm, vly bh ayn dlyl kh ba SrayT zman ma qabl qyas nyst v dr An dst brdhand v ba vxe amrvz hmahngy ndard, An ra qbvl ndarm, vly elyh An hm nmyjngm. vly mrdm qanvn asasy ra qbvl darnd. nh, agr yk hmhprsy anjam Svd, mytvan gft blh ya Kyr. vqty mrdm dr antKabat ryast jmhvry Srkt myknnd, hmyn amr nSandhndh mqbvlyt vxeyt nzd Anan ast. aynTvr nyst. mn hm dr antKabat Srkt krdm, bray Ankh bh Aqay Katmy ray dadm. ps Gra mygvyyd kh mn nXam mZhby ra qbvl ndarm. Tbq qanvn asasy jmhvry aslamy nXam mZhby ast. qbvl ndarm kh ntayj kar v bazdh karS mnfy bvdh v )...( bh frx pZyrS AnGh gftyd, GTvr mytvanyd cabt knyd kh elt pyamdhay nadrst nXam, mZhby bvdn An ast? az 22 bhmn 75 kh nXam mZhby rvy kar Amd, bray mdt dh mah Aqay bazrgan fealyt krdnd kh btvannd qdmy dr rah bhbvd mSklat ayran brdarnd kh albth Hkvmt aySan hm tvsT nXam mZhby srngvn Sd v knar gZaSth Sd. qsmt aeXm ayn salha, yeny hjdh sal v Gnd mah ra, nXam mZhby adarh krdh v alan vqty az nXr aqtCady, ajtmaey, frhngy v bhdaSty ngah myknym, mybynym ba mSklat eXymy dstbh gryban hstym. )...( karnamh ayn nvzdh sal, mnfy ast. mn ba hyGks mKalft SKCy ndarm. hmh Aqayan az nXr mn bh envan yk ansan mHtrm hstnd, vly ntayj karSan ast kh mnfy ast. AnGh gftyd bh frx drst bvdn nSan mydhd kh nXam mvjvd karAmd nyst, Aya ayn bh An meny ast kh karAmd nbvdn, naSy az jnbhhay mZhby ast? Htma, bsyary az msaily kh dr ayn salha bvjvd Amdh bh hmyn dlyl bvdh. Sma yadtan hst kh ayn Aqayan avayl kh br sr kar Amdnd Gh dydgahhayy nsbt bh tjart daStnd, vly btdryj Hrkt Anha tQyyr jht dad v bh HfX bazar v HfX tjart prdaKtnd v srmayhhayy kh alan edhay bh dlyl Trfdary az nXam mZhby andvKthand crvthay badAvrdhay ast kh mtelq bh mlt ayran ast v bhnaHq bh dst edhay aftad. ba tvjh bh AnGh gftyd, Sma athamaty ra kh dadgah bh Sma vard krdh v az qvl Amrykayyha acbat Sdh kh amyrantXam mslman v mZhby nyst, tayyd myknyd? aCla, mn mslmanm, mn dr Kanvadh mslman bh dnya Amdham. ps Gra ba yk nXam mZhby mKalft myknyd? bray ayn kh ntyjh karSan mnfy ast. dr Tvl taryK, bSryt dv dfeh mZhb ra dr amvr syasy tjrbh krdh )...( albth, ayn bdan meny nyst kh ma ba dyn mKalfym. bh ebart dygr Sma dydgah laiyk daryd nh xd dyny? mn bh dKalt nkrdn dyn dr amvr syasy metqdm, hr Gh asmS ra myKvahyd bgZaryd. mn mslmanm, Syeham, dr Kanvadh mslman bh dnya Amdham, Sdyda bh Kdavnd v Hxrt rsvl )C( v aslam eqydh darm, v agr Kdavnd v enayt av nbvd, mn Ty ayn hfdh sal Cd bar bayd kSth Sdh baSm, vly mn nmrdm, zndh mandm ta bh amrvz, v ayn enayt Kdavnd ast v atka mn bh Kdavnd v aslam. bnabrayn nmySvd tmam aynha ra knar gZaSt v athamat v aXharat msKrh sfart Amryka ra pZyrft kh mn mZhby v mslman nystm. mn mslmanm. Gh ksy mygvyd kh mn mslman nystm? mnmslmanm v tmam msail dyny v mZhby ra qbvl darm v ajra myknm, ama dKalt dyn ra dr syast nadrst mydanm; bh dlyl yk tjrbh syCd salh dr dnyay msyHyt v yk tjrbh 02 salh dr ayran. jameh: alan Sma az nXr qanvny Gh vxeyty daryd? tbrih Sdhayd? amyrantXam: hyGkdam, hyGkdam, hmanTvr kh gftm Hkm abda Qyrqabl tQyyr ast. Aqayan dr AZr 5731 kh mn ra az zndan byrvn krdnd bh mn gftnd, ta aTlae canvy bh dnbal Sma nKvahym Amd, bed az dv mah Amdnd aynja, dv nfr Aqayan az vzart aTlaeat kh msivl amvr mlyvn hstnd, Amdnd aynja v gftnd az nXr dadstany anqlab Sma zndany hstyd, vly az nXr ma Sma zndany nystyd, bh hmyn dlyl Sma dr byrvn zndgy myknyd, vly dadstany anqlab hnvz Sma ra zndany mydand, bnabrayn, ayn teryf ra Sma pyda knyd kh mn Gh mvqeyty darm. jameh: Gra bh Karj nmyrvyd? amyrantXam: bray aynkh tvTih ast kh mn brvm v dygr ntvanm brgrdm. mn nmyKvahm vTnm ra trk knm. mn ayrany hstm v myKvahm dr hmyn Ab v Kak bmyrm. tmam tlaSm ra bray ayn Ab v Kak krdham v my knm. =end=
yk saly kh Ghrhy kSvr ra tQyyr dad
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Iran were knocked out after the first round in 1978 and their qualification for France 98 has been impressive, if only for the scorelines. The 17-0 win over the Maldives, a game in which Karim Bagheri scored seven of his 17 qualifying goals, was the biggest in World Cup history.
Iranians, male and female, are fanatical in their support for the national team After losing to Japan in a play-off, they went on to beat Terry Venables' Australia and earn the right to take on the world's greatest footballing nations.
But preparations for the finals have been fraught with internal wrangling and just a few weeks before their first match Croatian coach Tomislav Ivic was sacked and replaced by Jalal Talebi.
Fanatical supporters: Women have to watch from outside the stadium The nation has always been passionate about football and now the fans have even more reason to be enthusiastic. They are not bothered that Iran are complete outsiders at 500-1. The players are their idols.
Many supporters are women who, despite being banned from the country's stadiums by law, are starting to make in-roads into the male preserve. Sports reporter Mahin Gordji has argued her way into matches and said: "They don't allow any women in Iran to enter the stadium. It is terrible."
The only woman among 29,000 men at Iran's friendly against Kuwait, Gordji added: "I'm so excited because it is my first experience. At first I was so afraid, but now I am delighted."
She is one of many football fans, male and female, who can not wait for the World Cup to start. Iran are unlikely to survive past the first round again, faced with group matches against Yugoslavia, the USA and Germany. But their fanatical support will be on display for however long they stay in France.
(ADVANCER) by Christophe de Roquefeuil
TEHRAN, June 6 (AFP) - The trial of Tehran's moderate mayor Gholam-Hossein Karbaschi, which opens here on Sunday, threatens to rekindle factional fighting within the Iranian government, just as it tries to put on a show of unity after bombings by the exiled opposition.
The trial on corruption charges of Karbaschi, one of the most influential politicians in Iran, is unprecedented in the history of the Islamic republic.
The conservatives, who still dominate Iran's judiciary, are determined to press home their attack on Karbaschi, one of the most prominent supporters of Mohammad Khatami, the moderate cleric elected president in May last year.
There was no official indication Friday as to how long the trial would last, but aides of the embattled mayor said it could be long, as several of Karbaschi's associates were standing trial alongside him.
The trial comes just as the Iranian government has been trying to close ranks following a series of bomb attacks on public buildings here claimed by the People's Mujahedeen, the largest armed opposition group.
The head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, insisted Friday that there was "no disagreement within the government over core values or underlying problems".
"At our monthly meetings, officials have very cordial discussions and reach agreement without difficulty," he said at a prayer service marking the ninth anniversary of the death of the leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
The detention of Karbaschi from April 4 to 15 sparked Iran's most serious crisis since Khatami's election.
The mayor was released on the instruction of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, following a request from Khatami and against the wishes of the judiciary which had wanted him remanded in custody until he had faced trial.
Karbaschi benefited from an exceptional mobilization by the moderate wing of the government, particularly from Interior Minister Abdollah Nuri who did not hesitate to organize meetings and exhibitions in support of the mayor inside his own ministry.
Demonstrations of support for the mayor were also held at Tehran Univerity, sparking clashes with hardline Islamists and giving rise to fears of unrest on the streets.
The judiciary's decision to press ahead with the trial even after Karbaschi had enjoyed two months' liberty during which he discretely resumed his mayoral duties, is a sign of their determination to continue their campaign against him.
Karbaschi was charged as part of a vast anti-corruption investigation in Tehran city council which has already resulted in the prosecution of several of his associates in recent months.
He is accused in particular of illegally diverting public funds for political purposes during the legislative elections of 1996 and the presidential elections of 1997.
The judiciary is also seeking indirectly to embarrass Khatami who made the enforcement of the rule of law one of the principal slogans of his election campaign.
TEHRAN, June 6 (AFP) - Tehran mayor Gholam-Hossein Karbaschi, who goes on trial on corruption charges on Sunday, is a former cleric who left a religious seminary and became a new-style administrator who changed the face of Iran's sprawling overcrowded capital.
Karbaschi began his education at Koranic schools in the Shiite holy city of Qom and in Esfahan, both in central Iran, in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
He was promoted to the rank of Hojatoleslam, one level below ayatollah, before shedding his frock and turban for Western-style dress.
As a young man he fought against the regime of the former shah, who was toppled in the 1979 Islamic revolution, and spent time in jail.
After the revolution, Karbaschi was appointed by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as his personal representative in the then Gendarmerie, which later became the police force.
After a brief stint at the state-run radio and television organisation, the young activist was given a sensitive post as governor of Esfahan, recognised by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site.
Karbaschi won attention for his administrative abilities after restoring Esfahan to its former glory, much of which had been lost during the chaos of the revolution and the 1980-1988 war against Iraq.
After Iran's pragmatic former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was elected in 1989, he brought Karbaschi to Tehran and put him in charge of a city nearly wrecked by war and neglect.
The 44-year-old mayor gave the city a face-lift through cleanup and green campaigns, and built cultural houses, sports grounds, libraries and art galleries.
He tried to cultivate a 'Robin Hood' image by taxing the rich and spending the money on social services for the poor.
But his modern Western-style ideas angered Iran's traditional forces and triggered opposition to his management style.
The overtaxing of developers also led to a sharp rise in real estate prices, and that, along with Karbaschi's strong-arm tactics to enforce city regulations, sparked discontent among certain sectors of Tehran's 10 million population.
His municipality later set up a flamboyant newspaper to publicize his reformist agenda, and Hamshahri (Fellow Townfolk) is still among the widest read in Iran.
It was not until two years ago, when he started to politically challenge the powerful establishment ahead of legislative elections, that he became a bete noire of the orthodox clergy.
He further undermined the conservatives when he actively campaigned for Mohammad Khatami in May's presidential election against a conservative rival.
Karbaschi has won the praise of many for his strong administrative abilities, while his detractors accuse him of being an egotistical and dictatorial operator.
TEHRAN, June 6 (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is suffering from an unspecified illness but it is not serious, his office said on Saturday.
"This illness is not serious and according to the advice of the doctors treating him, there is no need for concern," Khamenei's office said in a statement broadcast on state radio and television.
"With the necessary rest and fewer activities it will go away," it said.
On Thursday, the 58-year-old Khamenei cut short a speech marking the ninth anniversary of the death of his predecessor, the Islamic republic's founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
"The doctors have not allowed me to speak any longer today," said Khamenei, who appeared tired and visibly ill.
The Tehran Times newspaper said Khamenei spoke for only about 15 minutes compared with one hour last year.
State radio also said Khamenei's office had been "flooded with calls from across the country" inquiring about the supreme leader's health.
Khamenei, who had served as president since 1981, became supreme guide in August 1989 following Khomeini's death in June of that year.
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Real Madrid striker Davor Suker hit a hat-trick, including two penalties, while AC Milan star Zvonimir Boban struck twice-veteran playmaker Robert Prosinecki and Ardian Kozniku were the Croats other marksmen.
Venables’ contract with Soccer Australia expires next month ending a dramatic, if ultimately fruitless, 18 months in charge of the Socceroos. El Tel has been appointed manager of London club Crystal Palace, who were relegated to the English first division from the Premier League this year.
Australia were eliminated from the World Cup by Iran, who won on the away goals after drawing their second leg Asian zone playoff 2-2 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last November following a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Teheran.
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