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April 21, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
The chief opponent of Iran's ruling clerics returned Saturday from the United States in a surprising gesture that could give fresh momentum to reformists facing a relentless crackdown. Ailing but still defiant, Ibrahim Yazdi promised to continue his efforts to bring more openness to Iranian society and weaken the grip of the conservative theocracy. "I'll have no political retirement. I will continue the previous policies.
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April 21, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
The chief opponent of Iran's ruling clerics returned Saturday from the United States in a surprising gesture that could give fresh momentum to reformists facing a relentless crackdown. Ailing but still defiant, Ibrahim Yazdi promised to continue his efforts to bring more openness to Iranian society and weaken the grip of the conservative theocracy. "I'll have no political retirement. I will continue the previous policies.
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April 20, 2000 | Associated Press
A hard-line cleric urged his followers to kill pro-reform writers and activists who he says are undermining Iran's revolutionary principles, a newspaper reported Wednesday. "They [reformists] insult Islamic sanctities. They attend a conference to say nonsense. Kill them wherever you find them. This is God's unchangeable tradition," the daily Sobh-e Emrooz quoted Ayatollah Abolqasem Khazali as saying.
NEWS
November 8, 2000 | From Reuters
Iran's most popular female politician went on trial in Revolutionary Court on Tuesday, a day after the prosecutor said he was seeking a possible death penalty for a co-defendant. Jamileh Kadivar, the No. 2 vote-getter in this year's parliamentary elections, faces charges of violating state security and insulting Islam for her part in a conference in Berlin in April on the future of Iran's reform movement.
NEWS
November 30, 1994 | Reuters
Iran's Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Ali Araki, the most senior spiritual guide of Shiite Muslims, has died at the age of 100 in Tehran, the Iranian news agency Irna reported Tuesday. Araki had been the last survivor of a generation of senior Shiite clerics, including the late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who was his student. The question of his succession had already raised heated debate in Iran.
NEWS
October 9, 1990 | Times Wire Services
Iranians went to the polls Monday to elect a panel that chooses their country's spiritual leader. Iranian security forces watched for possible disruptions by anti-Western fundamentalists, who alleged the election was rigged to keep them off the 83-member Assembly of Experts and preserve the power of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, diplomatic sources said. Khamenei, who was among the first to cast a ballot, favors improved relations with the West.
NEWS
August 7, 1989
Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been confirmed as the Islamic spiritual successor to the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who was the nation's supreme leader, the official Islamic Republic New Agency reported. IRNA said the 83-member Assembly of Experts--a group of Iranian jurists and clerics--reaffirmed its vote taken June 4--the day after Khomeini's death--that had provisionally elected Khamenei, 50, to the post in accordance with Khomeini's wishes.
BUSINESS
August 15, 1989 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., Times Staff Writer
Battered and bled by a grinding, eight-year war and constricted by the politics of religion, the economy of Iran presents Hashemi Rafsanjani with the toughest challenge of his new presidency. The day after his Aug. 3 inauguration, Rafsanjani announced in a sermon in Tehran that he has a crash program with long- and short-term policies to revive limping factories, restore the petroleum industry, provide work for the jobless and put goods on the empty shelves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1988 | Associated Press
Leading Islamic spokesmen urged action to counter what they said this week is a widespread impression, fed by foreign news coverage, that Muslims are culturally backward, ignorant fanatics. But concern over anti-Muslim sentiment was barely noted in a communique at the end of a two-day meeting of information ministers from 43 Islamic nations. Their conference was aimed at improving the exchange of news among themselves and breaking down barriers to the non-Islamic world.
NEWS
November 8, 2000 | From Reuters
Iran's most popular female politician went on trial in Revolutionary Court on Tuesday, a day after the prosecutor said he was seeking a possible death penalty for a co-defendant. Jamileh Kadivar, the No. 2 vote-getter in this year's parliamentary elections, faces charges of violating state security and insulting Islam for her part in a conference in Berlin in April on the future of Iran's reform movement.
NEWS
April 20, 2000 | Associated Press
A hard-line cleric urged his followers to kill pro-reform writers and activists who he says are undermining Iran's revolutionary principles, a newspaper reported Wednesday. "They [reformists] insult Islamic sanctities. They attend a conference to say nonsense. Kill them wherever you find them. This is God's unchangeable tradition," the daily Sobh-e Emrooz quoted Ayatollah Abolqasem Khazali as saying.
NEWS
February 18, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Could it happen again? In 1997, a relatively unknown cleric stunned the religious establishment in the Islamic Republic of Iran and won the country's presidency in a 70% landslide. His victory was credited mainly to young voters and women weary of moralistic hectoring and failed economic policies from the country's ruling mullahs. Today, Iranians go to the polls in a general election.
NEWS
November 3, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
In the latest crackdown on Iran's pro-reform press, a leading reformist newspaper editor was arrested on charges of insulting Islamic values, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Mashallah Shamsole Waizin of the banned Neshat daily was detained on a Tehran judge's orders after he failed to show up for a court appearance. Iran's hard-line press court issued a warrant for his arrest last month after Neshat was banned, but until now no attempt has been made to detain him.
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September 11, 1999 | Reuters
The United States released a report on religious freedom worldwide Thursday, concluding that much of the world's population lives in countries in which religious freedoms are restricted. Many of the countries faulted, including China, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, regularly show up on the annual U.S. list of overall human rights abusers. But the report also criticized some U.S. allies, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, for intolerance.
NEWS
June 6, 1995 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1979, a young mullah with a stylishly trimmed black beard helped Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini escape the millions who had assembled in Tehran to welcome him home from 15 years in exile. After a helicopter dash to a hospital parking lot, the cleric packed Khomeini into his old Volkswagen Beetle and rushed him to a relative's home through the city's labyrinthine back streets. The day marked the climax of Iran's Islamic revolution. It also symbolized the emergence of Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri.
NEWS
January 1, 1995 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of isolation and feisty regional rivalries, Iran is seeking to regain a prominent role in Asia through a new array of alliances with its southern Arab neighbors and Muslim nations to the north. And in stark contrast to the virulent, often violent past campaign to export its Islamic revolution, Iran's priority is now increasingly economic--sometimes even at the expense of its earlier ideological goals.
NEWS
October 11, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a stinging attack that indicates the controversy over author Salman Rushdie has not abated, the director of the 1989 Frankfurt Book Fair on Tuesday called on Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani to revoke the call for the British writer's murder.
NEWS
June 6, 1995 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1979, a young mullah with a stylishly trimmed black beard helped Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini escape the millions who had assembled in Tehran to welcome him home from 15 years in exile. After a helicopter dash to a hospital parking lot, the cleric packed Khomeini into his old Volkswagen Beetle and rushed him to a relative's home through the city's labyrinthine back streets. The day marked the climax of Iran's Islamic revolution. It also symbolized the emergence of Ali Akbar Nateq-Nuri.
NEWS
November 30, 1994 | Reuters
Iran's Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Ali Araki, the most senior spiritual guide of Shiite Muslims, has died at the age of 100 in Tehran, the Iranian news agency Irna reported Tuesday. Araki had been the last survivor of a generation of senior Shiite clerics, including the late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who was his student. The question of his succession had already raised heated debate in Iran.
MAGAZINE
April 25, 1993 | ROBIN WRIGHT, Robin Wright, author of "In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade" and a former Mideast correspondent, covers world affairs for The Times from Washington.
ON FEB. 1, 1979, THE DAY A TRIUMPHANT AYATOLLAH RUHOLLAH Khomeini returned to Iran, ending almost 15 years of exile and more than two millennia of Persian monarchy, Ramin Kashani was a graduate student in engineering at USC. For months, the political turmoil engulfing the Pahlavi dynasty had fired the young Iranian's imagination.
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