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June 5, 1992 | From Associated Press
Roars of "Death to America!" swelled from the shrine to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Thursday as hundreds of thousands of Iranians marked the third anniversary of the Islamic revolutionary leader's death. A special group of about 10,000 mourners pounded their heads and beat their chests in a choreographed display of grief. On cue, the breast-beating stopped, and the crowd chanted, "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," familiar refrains of the ayatollah's followers.
August 14, 1989 | From Associated Press
Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that Iran will never hold talks with the United States. Hours earlier, Iran had renewed an offer to help free Western hostages in Lebanon. The official Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored here, reported in a commentary late Sunday that Tehran was "ready to use its maximum influence for the release of all hostages" if the United States released Iranian assets worth billions of dollars it froze 10 years ago.
June 28, 2005
Re "Iran's Victor Urges Unity in Wake of Vote," June 26: Superficially, the win by hard-liner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may sound bad, but it makes dealing with the Iranian government easier. No more of its shenanigans playing the reformist-versus-conservative card. We will see a more evenhanded response, although it's nearly impossible to get a straight answer all the time. Also, there is no such thing as the Iranians now taking a more hard-line approach in nuclear talks. All dealings and concessions in that area come directly from the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
August 4, 2009
The Iranian government has displayed brutality and disdain for its own people in numerous ways since the disputed June 12 election that prompted mass demonstrations. The latest was a show trial this past weekend of at least 100 prominent reformist politicians, journalists and foot soldiers, with some high-profile "confessions" that family members and Iran- observers say were coerced.
December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Political turmoil built Sunday over the burning of an image of Iran's revolutionary founder, which was aired, in a controversial move, on state television. Accusations that the incident was carried out by anti-government demonstrators sparked protests as well as threats against reformist leaders. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday said reformist politicians and anti-government demonstrators had defiled the image of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, during National Students Day protests last week.
September 20, 2008 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
Iran's highest authority lashed out against Israel on Friday with some of his harshest comments in recent memory about the Jewish state. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is Iran's top political and military figure, said his country's hostility to Israel extended beyond the government to the Israeli people as well. In saying so, he was brushing aside recent overtures by top Iranian officials to the Israeli public.
August 3, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Tehran's hard-line Revolutionary Court warned Sunday that those criticizing its ongoing proceedings against postelection protesters could face jail time themselves. The threat came after a chorus of reformists and even some political conservatives labeled as a sham the televised court hearing Saturday of about 100 defendants arrested in the unrest that followed the disputed June 12 presidential election in which incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner.
In a sermon punctuated by cries of "Death to America!" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei laid down a tough line Friday against any normalizing of ties with the United States, saying such scandalous talk must not be tolerated. But Iran's supreme leader stopped short of criticizing Mohammad Khatami, the country's popular president who last week urged a U.S.-Iranian cultural exchange, professed admiration for American civilization and suggested removing the "wall of mistrust" between the two countries.
August 10, 1989 | SHIREEN T. HUNTER, Shireen T. Hunter is deputy director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
The latest hostage crisis has been taking place at a delicate moment in the political evolution of the Middle East. If not properly handled, the crisis may reverse positive trends of the last few months, thereby prolonging the hostages' anguish and worsening the political atmosphere in the region--particularly regarding Iran. Increasingly in recent months, Iranian politics have become introspective.
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