April 18, 2000 |
Iran's conservative outgoing parliament passed measures Monday to rein in the liberal press, whose influence is increasing in the Islamic country. The measures, part of a series of amendments to the press law, came as Iran's electoral watchdog nullified parliamentary poll results in several regions, drawing criticism from reformers. The press restrictions ban criticism of the constitution, seen by some in the liberal media as a hurdle to democratic reforms.
June 29, 2001 |
Iran's hard-line watchdog body has rejected legislation aimed at guaranteeing public trials by jury for government critics and protecting the rights of political prisoners, newspapers reported Thursday. The Guardian Council, whose oversight role is intended to ensure that statutes do not violate the Iranian Constitution or Islamic law, rejected the "political crime" bill approved by parliament in late May, the government-owned daily Iran reported.
July 15, 2001 |
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has set up a new assembly of Islamic experts to clear religious obstacles to legislation amid frequent disagreements between parliament and a clerical oversight body. The Assembly on Jurisprudential Affairs will advise the Guardian Council, a conservative-run watchdog that reviews legislation, on the more complicated religious issues and ways to reconcile Islam with modern demands, newspapers reported Saturday.
August 6, 2001 |
Fears of a national crisis grew after hard-liners delayed the swearing-in of Iran's reformist president, Mohammad Khatami. At the heart of the dispute is a fight for control of the powerful Guardian Council, seen as one of conservatives' last strongholds. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader, ordered an arbitration council to intervene in the row over nominations for seats on the powerful council, which can veto legislation by Iran's reformist parliament.
June 16, 1996 |
COMBAT Twelve Years in the U.S. Senate by Warren Rudman (Random House: $27.50; 275 pp.). "Combat"? It's a peculiar word with which to title a civilian memoir, especially since it concerns an institution once known for its gentility and is written by a man sometimes referred to as the Senate's "conscience."
October 16, 2013 |
GENEVA -- U.S. diplomats began a second day of international talks over Iran's nuclear program, facing political pressure from Congress if Iran fails to show a new willingness to make concessions by the end of the day. The two-day negotiating session, begun Tuesday in a United Nations palace, is exploring a deal under which Iran would agree to curbs on its disputed nuclear program in exchange for an easing of tough international economic penalties and...