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Iran polls at dead-end: Khatami

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    Iran polls at dead-end: Khatami ... TEHRAN, Jan 31: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said on Saturday talks to resolve a crisis over the country s
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2004
      Iran polls at dead-end: Khatami
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      TEHRAN, Jan 31: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said on
      Saturday talks to resolve a crisis over the country's
      parliamentary elections were at a "dead-end" after the Guardian
      Council confirmed bans on hundreds of reformists from standing in
      the vote.....(Reuters)

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top15.htm&date=20040201

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      Iranian reformist MPs resign
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      TEHRAN, Feb 1: A group of 117 Iranian reformist MPs resigned on
      Sunday in protest at the mass barring of candidates from
      forthcoming elections, plunging the Islamic republic into one of
      its worst-ever crises amid what were supposed to be 25th
      anniversary celebrations.

      In a damning statement read out during a stormy Majlis session
      carried live on national radio, the deputies accused powerful
      hard-liners of seeking to impose a Taliban-style religious
      dictatorship.....(AFP)

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top16.htm&date=20040202

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      PERLE MUST RESIGN OR BE FIRED...
      Justin Raimondo, Antiwar.com, 1/30/04
      http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=1804

      When Richard Perle, high-visibility neocon and co-author of a recent
      book that faults the Bush administration for being soft on terrorism,
      spoke at a rally associated with the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), an
      Iranian terrorist group once allied with Saddam Hussein,
      the "mainstream" media was nowhere to be seen. The music-oriented
      event, billed as a fundraiser for victims of the Iranian earthquake -
      and, incidentally, calling for "regime change" in Tehran - was held
      this past weekend, and had generated a fair amount of controversy
      before the curtain opened on the first act.

      Representative Bob Ney (R-Iowa) - who sounded the alarm on the MEK
      long ago in Washington - called for an official investigation of the
      terrorist fundraiser: the Red Cross, originally slated to accept
      funds raised at the rally, withdrew. So did La Leche International.
      But Perle claims that he gave the keynote speech at the event anyway,
      because he was "unaware," as the Washington Post put it, of the
      group's terrorist connections:

      "'All of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross,' Perle said. Informed
      that the Red Cross had announced before the event it would refuse any
      monies because of the event's 'political nature,' Perle said: 'I was
      unaware of that.' Perle declined to say how much he received."

      According to the Post, "FBI agents attended it, and, as part of a
      continuing investigation, the Treasury Department on Monday froze the
      assets of the event's prime organizer."

      Perle claims to have been contacted by the Premiere Speakers Bureau,
      and, when he requested more information from them about the sponsors,
      he was told the rally would be in "solidarity with earthquake victims
      in Iran and an evening for Iranian Resistance." The "Resistance" is
      one of many well-known pseudonyms of the MEK and is the name of their
      principal front group: the National Council of Resistance (NCR)...

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