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November 4, 2009 | Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
President Obama today called for a new relationship with Iran in a statement that marked the 30th anniversary of the takeover by Iranian militants of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The seizure of the embassy by radical students marked the beginning of Iran's turn to hard-line policies. Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days. "This event helped set the United States and Iran on a path of sustained suspicion, mistrust and confrontation," Obama said in his statement.
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WORLD
January 28, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Iran executed two people today and sentenced nine more described as political protesters to death as "enemies of God," in an apparent attempt to intimidate a widespread protest movement challenging the nation's hard-line establishment. Mohammad-Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were hanged before dawn for their alleged role in the deadly April 2008 bombing of a mosque in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, the Iranian Students News Agency reported, citing a statement by the Tehran prosecutor's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Hundreds of Iranian Americans are expected to attend a convention in Anaheim on Saturday that will explore the current state of Iranian politics after the election of new president Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani, 64, a cleric considered a moderate pragmatist, was elected in June in a landslide victory. He replaced outgoing two-term President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was barred from seeking a third term. Convention delegates are expected to discuss Iran's nuclear capabilities, human rights issues, religious persecution and the role of opposition groups.
WORLD
May 3, 2009 | The Associated Press
Opponents of Iran's hard-line president accused him Saturday of faking his support by busing in students and soldiers to attend his public appearances, a strategy brought to light by a death in a bus crash. The student's death Wednesday gave reformist challengers to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ammunition to attack a leader they blame for the country's faltering economy and its deepened international isolation.
WORLD
June 19, 2010 | By Meris Lutz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hard-line Iranian clerics determined to reverse the trend of what they regard as "badly veiled women" took aim Friday at an unlikely target: conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In a televised interview last week, Ahmadinejad suggested a "cultural campaign" against interpretations of Islamic dress that have been deemed improper by authorities rather than the humiliating high-profile police crackdown already underway. His comments came weeks after law enforcement agencies stepped up efforts to curb what many within the regime see as a threat to the ruling ideology.
WORLD
September 1, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, congratulated the "revolutionaries" behind the so-called Arab Spring rebellions but warned them against allowing the United States to take advantage of the upheaval, reflecting the Iranian leadership's deep unease with the uprisings that have swept the region. "If the Muslim nations stand against those who interfere in their internal affairs, these nations will experience progress," Khamenei said Wednesday. "But if the world of oppression and world Zionism, including the oppressive regime of the United States, take control, the Muslim world will experience major problems for decades.
OPINION
March 18, 2012 | By Sarah Chayes and Amir Soltani
The Middle East showdown over Iran's apparent effort to obtain nuclear weapons capability is not entirely about nuclear arms, nor even about regional security. The dispute is, at heart, about power, and preserving it. It's about the governments of two religiously defined nations using nuclear brinkmanship to distract from the legitimate grievances and explosive restiveness of their own populations. In the case of Iran, the most potent threat to the theocracy of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is not one that a nuclear weapon could deter, for it lies within Iran.
WORLD
April 4, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
Iranian scientists have submitted plans to start work on at least one new nuclear facility by September, a top official was quoted as saying Saturday, in a move that could inflame tensions with the West. Ali Akbar Salehi, who oversees Iran's complex of nuclear installations, told the semiofficial Iranian Labor News Agency that his Atomic Energy Organization has taken steps to commission "one or two" new sites pending the approval of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He said the new installations were in line with a 2009 policy to expand the nation's nuclear technology infrastructure.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Officials for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Friday that they were concerned about the Iranian business connections of Siemens Corp., a potential contender for lucrative contracts to build light rail and subway cars for the agency. Siemens, which owns Siemens Transportation Systems Inc., partnered with Nokia last year to provide TCI, Iran's telecommunications company, the technology to monitor voice calls on the country's fixed and mobile telephone networks.
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