March 11, 1989
The Ayatollah sentences novelist Salman Rushdie to death for "The Satanic Verses"; 12 European nations respond by imposing diplomatic sanctions on Iran. And what is the U.S. reaction? Khomeini's behavior is condemned . . . by the Writers Guild of America. Perhaps TV's fall season can be held up until he softens his position. JEFF M. ROSS Northridge
May 21, 2013 |
TEHRAN - In a highly anticipated decision likely to spark controversy, Iran's supervisory electoral body on Tuesday disqualified two high-profile candidates from next month's presidential race after both were assailed as disloyal to the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The powerful Guardian Council, composed of senior clerics and jurists, gave no reason for barring the would-be candidates, former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a confidant of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
May 16, 2013 |
TEHRAN - Iranians must wait until next week to find out who will be on the ballot in next month's presidential election, a key electoral panel said Thursday, as it continued to mull the fate of two prospective candidates who have shaken up the race. The Guardian Council, which vets office seekers, said it needed an extension until Tuesday to judge the suitability of the nearly 700 presidential aspirants. A council official told reporters that 10 or more candidates may be approved, a relatively high number that could make it difficult for one to win a majority without a runoff election.
January 9, 2011 |
On the Black Hill A Novel Bruce Chatwin Penguin: 256 pp., $16 paper Bruce Chatwin, the brilliant English writer and stylish nomad, died from AIDS-related complications in early 1989. His memorial service, held in a Greek Orthodox church in London on the day that Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the death of Chatwin's friend Salman Rushdie, was a legendary event, mobbed by fans, celebrities and hundreds of journalists. Chatwin was by then a cult ?
March 26, 2013 |
AL QASR, Lebanon - Each evening, Ali Jamal and other men in this border town grab their Kalashnikov assault rifles, jump on their motorbikes and ride across the irrigation canal into Syria to protect their homes. The enemies are Sunni rebel "terrorists," he says, who target Jamal and his neighbors because they are Shiite Muslims. "Imagine, these people used to be our neighbors," said the 40-year-old farmer, perplexed by the transformation. "Now they want to kidnap and kill us. " Tensions gripping the villages along the border here between northeastern Lebanon and Syria illustrate the increasingly sectarian nature of the 2-year-old Syrian conflict and the risks it poses for the entire region.
March 4, 1989
It was disheartening to learn that singer Cat Stevens, a Muslim since 1977, has backed the Ayatollah Khomeini's death threat against Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses" (Morning Report, Feb. 24, and "The Sound and the Fury," March 1). In view of the themes of Stevens' music, it is curious that the artist, now Yusuf Islam, is suddenly intolerant of another artist. To think that a brilliant, sensitive and loving soul such as Stevens' could now deny Christ's most basic message is, in itself, more of an argument against Islam than anything Salman Rushdie could have written.