January 25, 2005 |
Whispering like conspirators, the two cousins hook their thumbs in their belt loops, skim cocky eyes over the women and swivel, stiff-legged from their hips, like the men they have become. Across the room, and a few steps away on the gender spectrum, a man with shaggy hair wrinkles a pug nose in the mirror and struggles to drape a silky scarf over his head in the style of Islamic womanhood.
February 28, 1999 |
Ten years ago this month, Salman Rushdie received what he has called his "unfunny Valentine." On Feb. 14, 1989, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini condemned "The Satanic Verses" as blasphemy, and called for Rushdie's death. The author, who lives in London, was forced into hiding. The novel's Japanese translator was murdered, and the Italian and Norwegian translators were attacked. A decade later, the 51-year-old Rushdie is, in many ways, a fortunate man.
February 2, 1999 |
School bells rang and helicopters showered flowers on the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Monday as Iran marked the 20th anniversary of his return from exile. The bells--along with whistles from trains and ships at port--were sounded at 9:33 a.m., the moment the supreme leader's jet touched down in Tehran on Feb. 1, 1979. Helicopters also dropped flowers on Khomeini's golden-domed tomb inside a sprawling cemetery. After returning from 15 years of exile, Khomeini overthrew the U.S.
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June 19, 1998
As an Iranian, I felt that James E. Akins' June 10 commentary reflected facts about the regime in Iran and the effect of Mohammad Khatami's presidency. All the news coming out of Iran through my friends and relatives points to worsening economic and political conditions, contrary to the wishful thinking by some about moderation, easing of life for the average Iranian and civilized behavior by the regime. The majority of Iranians have experienced the brutal nature of this (Khomeini's)
July 6, 1997 |
German officials are looking into information from a former top Iranian spy that the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered the December 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, a magazine reported. The weekly Der Spiegel said the tip came from Abolghassem Mesbahi, a co-founder of the Iranian intelligence service who later went into exile.
March 18, 1995
Ahmad Khomeini, 50, son of Iran's late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. A cleric and politician, the younger Khomeini lived for years in his father's shadow but had been expected to seize power after the ayatollah's death in 1989. Instead, he kept a low profile, apparently seeking to act as a powerbroker. In Tehran on Thursday six days after suffering a massive heart attack.