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There are 4 messages totalling 319 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Iran parliament to debate curbs on press freedom
2. Iran/AP: Iran Dissidents Kept on Terror List
3. Iran/Ha'Aretz: Mapping out a dialogue with Iran
4. Iran/Neshat: Was the Suicide of the murderer due to Vajebi ?


Date: Sat, 26 Jun 1999 14:40:52 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran parliament to debate curbs on press freedom

WIRE:June 26, 9:03 a.m. ET
Iran parliament to debate curbs on press freedom

TEHRAN, June 26 (Reuters)

Iran's parliament begins debating this week a proposal to restrict
fledgling press freedoms that is seen as part of a conservative attempt to
reverse President Mohammad Khatami's reform policies.

Conservative deputies seeking tighter control on press activities submitted
a bill nearly a month ago after a failed attempt to impeach Khatami's
liberal Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani, who has strongly resisted
pressure to clamp down on the pro-reform press.

A parliamentary commission has already given preliminary approval to what
appears to be a watered-down version of the bill, and the general debate
could start as soon as Sunday.

The contents of new draft have yet to be disclosed, but press reports say
it asks among other things for journalists to be held directly responsible
for what they write.

Under the present laws introduced soon after the 1979 Islamic revolution, a
publication's director is held accountable for the content of all articles
in it.

Iran's constitution guarantees press freedoms but bans insults to Islam or
any activities which could threaten the Islamic government in power.

Hardliners have tried to use these provisos as the basis for their campaign
against a growing number of liberal publications which have flourished
under the new administration and are a thorn in the side of the
conservative establishment.

``Some newspapers in the name of freedom are challenging the verses of the
holy Koran...Is this what freedom means: to fight the Koranic verses?''
Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi Amoli, a leading conservative cleric, said at the

Reformers believe the bill is part of an effort by the conservative
establishment to reassert the complete control over society that they held
before Khatami's 1997 election.

``The aim of the sponsors of the bill is to limit the existing press
freedoms, and through the press ensure their control of political life,''
Hossein Marashi, a moderate parliamentarian, told Arya newspaper.

The bill was likely to be passed as reformers made up only around 90 of the
270 deputies, he said. Defeat for the measure would require the type of
dramatic swing in favour of the reformers by moderates and independents
that saved the Minister of Culture from impeachment last month.

Greater freedom of expression has been one of Khatami's main achievements
in his attempt to create an Islamic civil society. The issue has taken on
greater resonance in the run-up to parliamentary elections next March which
could give him the pro-reform parliament he needs to accelerate his


Date: Sat, 26 Jun 1999 14:44:32 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/AP: Iran Dissidents Kept on Terror List

Saturday June 26 12:33 PM ET

Iran Dissidents Kept on Terror List
By CASSANDRA BURRELL Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two dissident groups hostile to the governments of Iran
and Sri Lanka have lost a legal bid to be removed from the State
Department's list of terrorist organizations.

A federal appeals court, in an opinion released Friday, said the law left
the judges little room to decide whether Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright acted properly in declaring the groups have engaged in terrorist
acts that threatened the national security of the United States.

The three-judge panel said it was not for the court to decide whether the
People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam committed terrorist acts.

``As we see it, our only function is to decide if the secretary, on the face
of things, had enough information before her to come to the conclusion that
the organizations were foreign and engaged in terrorism,'' wrote Judge A.
Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia

``Her conclusion might be mistaken, but that depends on the quality of the
information in the reports that she received - something we have no way of
judging,'' he wrote for the court.

Once a group goes on the list, its bank accounts become subject to seizure
and it becomes illegal for U.S. citizens knowingly to contribute financial

The law governing the list does not require the government to present
information that would qualify as ``evidence'' in a court, the appeals panel
said, and any classified information the secretary of state used in reaching
a conclusion may continue to remain secret.

``That we cannot pronounce on the question does not mean that we must assume
the secretary was right,'' the court said. ``It means we cannot make any
assumption, one way or the other.''

Unclassified information presented to the court said the Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam was founded in 1976 to push for a separate Tamil state in Sri
Lanka. According to the State Department, the group has used violent means,
including bombing and political assassination, to achieve its goal.

The People's Mojahedin Organization is Iran's largest and most active
Iranian dissident group, according to the State Department. Its primary goal
is the overthrow of the Iranian government and the establishment of a
secular republic.

The group was formed in the 1960s and ``its history is studded with
anti-Western activity,'' that has included violence and terrorism, according
to a CIA Intelligence Research Paper quoted in the opinion.

The court said neither group appears to have property or accounts in the
United States.

``A foreign entity without property or presence in this country has no
constitutional rights, under the due process clause or otherwise,'' it said.


Date: Sat, 26 Jun 1999 14:50:33 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Ha'Aretz: Mapping out a dialogue with Iran

Friday, June 25, 1999

Mapping out a dialogue with Iran
By Ze'ev Schiff

Anyone who has thought about the arrest of a group of Jews in Iran on
charges of spying for Israel and the United States can't help but wonder why
Jews who live in a place where the ayatollahs determine how minorities shall
be treated and hand out death sentences to suit their religious and
political purposes would elect to put themselves at risk. For a Jew, living
in today's Iran is like wandering in an unmarked minefield.President
Khatami's declaration that Iranian Jews enjoy full rights is worthless.
Khatami has not managed to grant protection even to his close associates who
have been put on trial.

One would have to be an idiot to believe that Israel would put the lives of
20,000 Iranian Jews - whose access to the Iranian government is
nonexistent - at risk by recruiting them for espionage activity. At first,
the Iranians arrested a larger group of Jews from Shiraz. Israel was made
aware of this, but it was decided not to make a big stir in order to give
reason a chance to prevail.

The silence did not help, and now, those arrested are being accused of
spying and their lives are in danger. In Iran, where torture is common, any
type of confession can be extracted in an interrogation.

All indications are that, at most, three of the Jews could be accused of
trying to escape from the Iranian "paradise."

All the facts attest that the Jews fell victim to the struggle going on in
Iran between supporters of President Khatami, who seek closer ties with the
West, and their opponents from the camp of Iran's religious leader,
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

It's a characteristic occurrence in despotic regimes, like those of Stalin
and Saddam Hussein, for Jews to fall prey to a government's internal
political struggles.

In Iran, they well know that harming Jews constitutes more than an offense
to Israel. They know it will arouse Jewish communities around the world, as
well as many people in the United States Congress and in various foreign
ministries, to take action against Tehran.

This will, of course, foil Iran's rapprochement with the West, to the
satisfaction of Khatami's adversaries. One might be tempted to conclude from
this that the Iranian president is devoted to making peace with Israel.
During his recent visit to Damascus, he did not neglect to tell Hezbollah
leaders that the military struggle against Israel must continue.

When pressure to release the Jews mounted, Iran responded in typical fashion
with a step meant to push the spotlight off of the Jews' arrest: It leaked
that Tehran is interested in a special regional accord that would prevent
the use of surface-to-surface missiles in the Middle East. More than
actually talking about missiles, the Iranians accused Israel of every
possible evil and misdoing, including missile production. Even though the
chances for such an accord are quite slim, it was deserving of real
discussion, but not merely as a move designed to divert attention from the
bogus plot cooked up by the Iranians.

Even before the Jews were arrested on espionage charges, two conflicting
phenomena were apparent among Iranians with respect to their attitudes
toward Israel.

On the one hand, Iranian leaders held nothing back when it came to hurling
accusations, such as one that Israel was meddling in the production of oil
in the Caspian Sea with the aim of causing damage to Iran.

Another claim was that Israel was somehow involved in the murder of the
Iranian deputy chief of general staff (an assassination that was apparently
carried out by the Mujahedeen).

This assertion posited that such a step by Israel came in response to
Tehran's assistance to Hezbollah and its training of other Palestinian
groups in Iran.

The other side of the coin is that various Iranians are now more willing
than ever before to hold a dialogue with Israel on different topics. They no
longer automatically flinch from the possibility, as Palestinians and other
Arabs did in the past.

The arrest of the Jews in Iran and the danger that their lives have been put
in could very well throw a wrench into this trend. On principle, a
propensity for dialogue must be viewed as a positive development. The chasm
in knowledge between Israel and Iran is vast and perilous - especially when
neither side understands what the other's red lines are


Date: Sat, 26 Jun 1999 16:45:32 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Iran/Neshat: Was the Suicide of the murderer due to Vajebi ?

Neshat News Paper
Vol. 1; No.: 87
Page 3

By Seid Ebrahim Nabavi
In The Without Title Column

Was the Suicide of the murderer due to Vajebi (From Translator: Depilatory

Because our people has a good knowledge and for so asking the good
questions; And because the suicide of the masterminds is the work of Vajebi
in most case; We found necessary to bring 4 answers to each of the following

1) Why the investigations on the last murders is taking so long ?

- Because the Bathroom is out of order
- Because the Lame (Bath Sponge) was not ready
- Because the Soap was lost
- Because Said Emmami (From translator: The so-called
Suicided) was not ready to have bath

2) Who were implicated in the last murders ?

- The murderers were implicated and had names
- The rulers were implicated but didn't had names
- The murderers and the murdered were implicated and had
- The instigators were implicated but didn't had names

3) Who were the real responsibles of these murders ?

- The un-controlled elements, The Zionists and the imperialist
- The imperialist agents, the Zionists and the un-controlled
- The Zionists, the imperialist agents and the un-controlled
- The 3 answers are right

4) When the evidence was brought that the mastermind was connected to
foreign powers ?

- While suiciding
- After suiciding
- Between finishing taking bath and starting to suicide
- None of those

5) Why the last murders investigation became so complicated ?

- Because a longer rope (cord) was used
- Because it was already complicated and was supposed to
ease but didn't
- Because it was necessary to become complicated
- Because it was already complicated from the beginning

6) What are the methods that we can use in a suicide process in a bathroom ?

- Jumping down from the Shower Head
- Swallowing a Smoothing Stone (Used to massage the foot)
- Suffocating from the hot water vapor
- To slip in the bath
- Other methods

7) Was the suicide of the mastermind's of the murders due to Vajebi
(Depilatory products) ?

- Yes it was due to Vajebi
- No it was a necessary thing
- No it was a possible way to do
- it is possible

8) What are the methods to avoid suicide ?

- Usual Surveillance method but useless
- Special Surveillance method but useless
- Very Special Surveillance method but useless
- Extreme Special surveillance but useless

All those answering to all questions will be awarded of 1 meter
of rope/cord (From translator : Rope/Cord meaning Hanging Rope/Cord).

Moral Conclusion: Extreme complication is due to extreme ease (from
translator: ease to understand).


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