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February 15, 1989 | CHARLES P. WALLACE and DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writers
As anger over an allegedly blasphemous novel continued to gather force in the Islamic world, Iran's spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, said Tuesday that the author and publishers of the book should be killed.
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February 2, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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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March 8, 1989 | From Associated Press
Iran on Tuesday severed diplomatic relations with Britain, accusing its government of anti-Islamic "treachery" for refusing to denounce Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses." Iran's Parliament had given Britain one week to lift a diplomatic embargo and "clarify" its stance on the book, which many Muslims consider blasphemous. Tuesday was the deadline. London blamed Tehran for the break. It came after Britain withdrew all its diplomats from Tehran to protest a Feb.
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July 6, 1997 | Associated Press
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.
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March 1, 1989 | KEVIN RODERICK and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writers
Pre-dawn firebombs hurled through windows Tuesday damaged two Berkeley book stores, one a literary and political landmark whose owner had vowed publicly to resist Islamic pressure to stop selling "The Satanic Verses," as violence apparently broke out around the Salman Rushdie novel.
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February 22, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
Iran's government "can expect to be held accountable" if Americans or American companies are hurt by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's campaign against British author Salman Rushdie, President Bush said Tuesday. "Inciting murder and offering rewards for its perpetration are deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior," Bush told reporters at a White House press conference.
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March 17, 1989 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
Ten miles up the freeway from where the missile cruiser Vincennes is berthed, the San Diego State University campus has four Iranian student groups. One of them, the International Muslim Students Assn., is an avowed supporter of Iran's ruler, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. According to university administrators and Iranian community members in the San Diego area, the group consists of only five or six hard-core pro-Khomeini students, plus hangers-on.
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October 28, 1988 | DAN FISHER, Times Staff Writer
Former Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon was involved in an ill-starred 1982 plot to overthrow Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini that also involved several people who would emerge three years later as key figures in the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages affair, according to a book scheduled to be published next week. The previously secret plan had the approval of the late CIA Director William J.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
Thanks to Cat Stevens, Salman Rushdie and the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a whole new kind of programming has hit the Los Angeles airwaves, revolving around rock, talk and censorship. Oldies rock stations KRTH-FM (101.1) and KLSX-FM (97.1) had pulled Cat Stevens recordings from their playlists as of Tuesday, with KRTH deejay Brian Beirne even going so far as to break several Stevens albums on the air.
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July 6, 1997 | Associated Press
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.
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June 5, 1992 | From Associated Press
Roars of "Death to America!" swelled from the shrine to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Thursday as hundreds of thousands of Iranians marked the third anniversary of the Islamic revolutionary leader's death. A special group of about 10,000 mourners pounded their heads and beat their chests in a choreographed display of grief. On cue, the breast-beating stopped, and the crowd chanted, "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," familiar refrains of the ayatollah's followers.
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April 4, 1990 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"To be reborn, first you have to die." --From "The Satanic Verses," by Salman Rushdie On the morning her husband was condemned to death, Marianne Wiggins woke up with a terrible hangover. The night before, she had been at a London party celebrating the publication of her latest novel, and the champagne had been flowing freely. As she returned home at 1 a.m. with her spouse, writer Salman Rushdie, their talk turned to the future and an upcoming joint book tour of the United States.
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February 17, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani accused the West of resurrecting the Salman Rushdie affair, saying the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's death call against the author of "The Satanic Verses" for blaspheming Islam was merely an Islamic scholar's viewpoint, Tehran Radio said.
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February 15, 1990 | From Associated Press
Iranian radical leaders said Wednesday that no matter how closely he is guarded, British author Salman Rushdie will be killed in accordance with the edict issued by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini just months before his death. Parliament Speaker Mahdi Karrubi and Parliament member Ali Akbar Mohtashemi spoke to Iran's Parliament on the one-year anniversary of Khomeini's death sentence against Rushdie, who is accused of blaspheming Islam in his novel "The Satanic Verses."
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November 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
A Muslim leader in Britain said Friday that he plans to go to Iran in a campaign to persuade that nation's leaders to revoke their death threat against author Salman Rushdie. "A price on his head is below the dignity of the Iranian government--it belongs to gangster movies and Westerns," said Dr. Hesham Essawy, chairman of the Islamic Society for the Promotion of Religious Tolerance. He said he plans to speak at universities and to the media in Egypt and the Persian Gulf states in February.
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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 13, 1988
A senior Iranian official denied reports that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is terminally ill. Interior Minister Ali Akbar Mohtashami was quoted by Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored in Nicosia, Cyprus, as saying that the nation's spiritual leader "is now in perfect shape." Khomeini, 88, has been reported to be in frail health since he suffered a heart attack two years ago. There have also been unconfirmed reports that he has cancer.
NEWS
July 14, 1989
Millions of Iranians chanting "Death to America!" and beating themselves in ritualistic grief surrounded the gold-domed tomb of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, ending days of mourning for the founder of the Islamic republic. Speeches by his religious successor, President Ali Khamenei, who appeared in public for the first time since Khomeini's June 6 funeral, and other Iranian leaders directed a tirade against the "terrorists" of the United States and its allies.
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July 13, 1989 | From Reuters
Obeying one of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's last instructions, Iran has redrafted its constitution to abolish the post of prime minister and make the next president the Islamic republic's chief executive, Tehran Radio said Wednesday.
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