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OPINION
January 23, 2004 | Robert A. Pastor, Robert A. Pastor is a professor and director of the Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University.
Who would have believed that an Iraqi ayatollah would be teaching the United States about the importance of direct elections, and that the Bush administration would be resisting the idea? Who would have thought that the United States would try to export the Iowa caucuses to Iraq when the essence of the caucuses violates the first principle of a fair election: a secret ballot?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An NBC attorney attempted Friday to persuade federal appeals court judges in Pasadena to strike down the largest libel verdict against an American news organization--a $5.3-million judgment that the network defamed singer Wayne Newton in newscasts that linked him to organized crime figures. NBC lawyer Floyd Abrams said the stories were the product of aggressive reporting, not ill will, and should be protected by the First Amendment. But Newton's lawyer, Morton R.
NEWS
April 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, attacked the country's reformist newspapers, accusing them of undercutting the Islamic Revolution. He also warned hard-liners not to take the law into their own hands. Some conservatives are believed to use violence against opponents. Speaking to an estimated 100,000 young people in Tehran's Grand Mosque, Khamenei said there were 10 to 15 newspapers undermining Islamic principles, insulting state bodies and creating social discord.
BUSINESS
February 25, 1989
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini blusters and everyone caves in. Bookstores take Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses" off their shelves. The State Department is "appalled." Our secretary of state thinks it's "regrettable." What wimps! Whatever happened to standing tall? Next thing, Khomeini will demand that American women go veiled. May the great goddess save us from all religious fanatics. MARY ST. MARTIN Pomona
WORLD
June 5, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Western accusations that Iran was seeking nuclear weapons were a "sheer lie," and he declared that attempts to punish Tehran would jeopardize the world's oil supply. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed the implied threat, saying Iran was too dependent on oil revenue to disrupt the flow of crude.
NEWS
October 6, 1994 | Reuters
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Wednesday denounced Gulf Arab states for lifting a secondary boycott of Israel, saying it was treason against Arabs and Muslims. Khamenei, in remarks at a military academy graduation ceremony reported by Tehran Radio, said the Gulf states had committed "the biggest treason against Islamic and Arab nations, especially the Palestinians."
NEWS
April 27, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsed the recent crackdown on reformist newspapers in Iran, describing the publications as "deviant" and urging supporters not to remain silent. He condemned "a deviant media movement that is trying to shape public opinion and turn it against Islam . . . and the Islamic Republic." His remarks came amid reports that a court dominated by hard-liners had sent a warning to the brother of reformist President Mohammad Khatami.
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