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  EurasiaNet Eurasia Insight - Will a Standoff in Iran Mean the End of Reformists?
Khamenei, by asking the Guardian Council to conduct its investigations on the presumption of innocence, may be trying to deny reformists the option of depicting the conservatives as unreasonable.
Several reformist leaders believe that after allowing reinstatements, the Guardian Council would target "prominent reformists" for exclusion from the February 20 vote.
According to Mohsen Mirdamad, a leader of the reformist faction in the current legislature, nearly 200 of the 290 seats contested are already slated for conservative candidates.
www.eurasianet.org /departments/insight/articles/eav012204a.shtml   (1043 words)

  Iran - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The struggle between reformists and conservatives continues today through electoral politics, and was a central focus in the Iranian presidential election of 2005, which resulted in the election of conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iranian budget deficits have been a chronic problem, in part due to large-scale state subsidies– totaling some $7.25 billion per year–including foodstuffs and especially gasoline.
Most Iranians are Muslims; 90% belong to the Shi'a branch of Islam, the official state religion, and about 9% belong to the Sunni branch (many of them are Kurds).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Iran   (4001 words)

 Special Dispatch Series - No. 286
Iranian reformists and conservatives responded differently to the attacks on the U.S. While the reformist Iranian leaders and press hastened to condemn the attacks, calling them "terrorist" operations, the conservative leaders postponed issuing a response, and ultimately issued a general condemnation of terrorism.
Yet the Iranian leadership is unanimous in its unwavering opposition to the American attack on Afghanistan, and to the coalition currently being put together by the U.S. As an alternative, it suggests involving the UN in political moves against terrorism.
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, and others[xviii], tried to present the Islamic connection with the attack as an Israeli plot, saying that the Zionists were trying to link terrorism with Islam and pointing out that their efforts to target Islam have been far more than their condemnation of terrorism.
www.memri.org /bin/articles.cgi?Page=countries&Area=iran&ID=SP28601   (1184 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Region | The reformist within   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
But while Iranians broadly throw their support behind the reformist camp, they are also acutely aware that the types of reform sought are severely limited and many find this deeply unsatisfying.
But popular support for the reformists is not so much due to their grassroots organising, than it is a result of the situation where the movement is the only legal means through which people can oppose the regime.
If the reformists are to follow through with their rhetoric, then they must be prepared to see politicians from across the political spectrum participate in the open space they are struggling to create.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2000/488/re6.htm   (971 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Iranian reformists' plea gagged
Iranian authorities have banned the publication of a letter that called on the country's supreme leader to intervene to break the political deadlock holding up the reform process.
It is the latest move in a political crisis that has been intensifying as reformists become increasingly frustrated by the blocking of new legislation by conservative-controlled bodies.
It accused unelected right-wing institutions of mounting a concerted campaign to undermine the reformist movement and its chief symbol, President Mohammad Khatami, despite the latter's landslide election victories.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/middle_east/2937262.stm   (489 words)

 iranian.com: Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, How the reformists lost the presidency
Although this reformist agenda remained far from realization, during his two-terms, President Khatami encouraged the expansion of the institutions of civil society and championed the transformation of Iranian political discourse towards a democratic pluralism.
What the reformists and their cheap duplicates learned was that the majority of the people did not share their conception of what reform in Iran means.
But the Iranian reformists should learn that liberty is the first victim of economic disparity, and social injustice is the inevitable consequence of repression.
www.iranian.com /Opinion/2005/June/Ghamari/index.html   (3326 words)

 Gulfnews: Iran reformists fight for survival after poll bar
Angry Iranian reformists led by the president launched a fight for their political survival yesterday after a hardline watchdog barred thousands of liberal candidates from running in next month's parliamentary polls.
The action of the hardline Guardian Council, described by one leading reformist as a "coup d'etat", set reformists and conservatives on a collision course and could force the government to abandon the February 20 vote.
He said reformists might call on the government to scrap the election if the hardline vetoes were not overruled.
archive.gulfnews.com /articles/04/01/12/107777.html   (514 words)

 Iranian Activists In the Shadow of the Bomb
Disturbing for many Iranian reformists was Ahmadinejad's appointment of the notorious hard-liner Mustafa Pour-Mohammadi to the head of the powerful Interior Ministry, which is responsible for the vetting of all political and social groups within Iran.
Reformists in Iran maintain their near-universal solidarity, but the lack of attention and moral support from the international community has left them more vulnerable to harassment from the hard-line government appointed by Ahmadinejad.
Ultimately, though, she and her fellow reformists are toiling in the dark -- and potentially dangerous -- shadow cast by their president's fervent saber-rattling.
www.aina.org /news/2006083095727.htm   (1267 words)

 Iran News - Iranian reformists concede defeat ahead of poll   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
TEHRAN, Feb 15 (AFP) -- Iranian reformists will lose their majority in parliament after elections on Friday, the spokesman for the sole pro-reform group contesting the polls conceded Sunday.
Most those disqualified are reformists, among them some of the movement's most prominent figures.
Iranians to vote in second round of polls but result not in doubt
www.iranmania.com /News/ArticleView?NewsCode=22608&NewsKind=CurrentAffairs   (226 words)

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Iranians said that the equipment had been imported and that it was polluted from its country of origin.
The Iranian regime is used to promoting its vision of controversial issues and sending out signals to the outside world by way of the Friday sermon at Tehran University, which sees hundreds of thousands of worshippers.
The Iranian regime has been far ahead of that of Saddam Hussein in the sense that it is facing up to US pressure by employing a dual strategy, that of using pretexts and using measured and calculated climbdowns while covering up its tracks with statements for local and regional consumption.
yaleglobal.yale.edu /article.print?id=2609   (1563 words)

 Al Jazeera English - Archive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Iranian reformists allied to President Muhammad Khatami have accused conservatives of making the country look despotic by barring thousands of liberal-minded candidates from a national election.
Reformists, who won control of parliament in a 2000 election for the first time since the 1979 Islamic revolution, are fighting for survival after the Guardian Council blocked thousands of Khatami's allies from running in next month's poll.
The election is considered by many Iranians as a test of popular patience with what they see as a toothless reform movement.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/81AC9BE0-23E7-41E7-9E34-C466E2B11B2F.htm   (617 words)

 Asia Times: Iranian reformists prepare for challenge
Moreover, the reformist majority is a loose coalition of social democrats and moderate groups.
Soon after the three-hour weekend inaugural session of parliament, reformist and conservative lawmakers visited the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to pay respects to the father of the Islamic revolution that overthrew the pro-American Shah of Iran 21 years ago.
In his speech at the inaugural session of the new parliament, the president was seen to echo the mood of many Iranians.
www.atimes.com /c-asia/BE31Ag02.html   (742 words)

 "Iran after the Elections" (February-March 2004)
This lack of organic connectivity between the reformists and the wider public did not pose problems in the first few years as both parties were buoyed by the retreat of the regime's hardliners.
Those reformists who chose to boycott the election were still discredited by the fact that they had been unwilling to take such strong measures until the four-year-old conservative onslaught finally threatened their own re-election.
The reformist Spring in Iranian government was less an outgrowth of societal forces than a political experiment approved for a time by hard-line clerics who have now seen fit to end it.
www.meib.org /articles/0402_iran1.htm   (2138 words)

 Hard-liners toss Iranian reformists from ballot
Nearly 60 reformist members of parliament held a sit-in at parliament on Sunday to protest the action.
The Iranian Student News Agency reported that governors general around the country had said in a letter to Khatami that they would resign if the disqualification of candidates was not reversed.
But Iranian newspapers reported on Sunday that the majority of disqualifications were made because the candidates opposed Iran's religious government or were members of illegal opposition groups.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/a/2004/01/12/MNGAC486OI1.DTL&type=printable   (646 words)

 Flopping Aces: The Iranian Election Lie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Many Iranian reformists, alarmed that his opponent, the hardline former mayor of Teheran Mahmood Ahmadinejad, came second in the initial round of voting, have called on supporters to switch their votes to the 70-year-old Mr Rafsanjani despite the fact that he is a veteran of the regime.
Indeed, Mustafa Moein, the leading "reformist" in the race, was actually winning at three, but dropped out of contention within the hour, as Rafsanjani consolidated his hold on first place.
Karroubi said the election was rigged by elements of the Iranian military, along with militias, known as Basiji, which are controlled by the hard-liners and the Guardian Council, the cleric-controlled panel that has final say over all government actions.
floppingaces.blogspot.com /2005/06/iranian-election-lie.html   (1861 words)

 INDOlink - International News - Iranian Reformists Concede Defeat In “Unfree Elections”
Tehran, Feb. 16 (NNN): Iranian reformists will surely lose their majority in country’s Parliament after elections on Friday, spokesman for the sole pro-reform group contesting the polls, Ali Akbar Mohtashami-Pur conceded on Monday.
Some 2,500 reformists were barred from the February 20 poll by the right-wing vetting body, the Guardian Council.
The reformists issued a list of 132 seats where they said there was no real competition, with right-wing candidates guaranteed victory however small the vote.
www.indolink.com /displayArticleS.php?id=021504101843   (443 words)

Iranian reformists have always advocated broader economic, political and social freedoms to increase trade and job opportunities.
The Iranian government is unlikely to change these policies over the next several years because these banks provide jobs to thousands of workers and in this way guarantee loyalty to the government.
It is one of the few things on which both the hard line clerics and reformist politicians agree, and it is the reason that there has been no internal pressure to privatise banks or reform the lending sector.
www.a-listonline.com /iran/html/article649.html   (1026 words)

 Iranian Reformists Fire Unprecedented Criticism At Supreme Leader
In Iran, reformist lawmakers have taken the unprecedented step of challenging the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Some observers say the reformist deputies -- who earlier staged a three-week-long sit-in to protest the council's electoral ban -- are now ratcheting up the pressure in an attempt to regain the trust of Iranians disillusioned by the failure of the reformist movement.
Now, the reformists say the council, with the tacit approval of Khamenei, have abused "the most basic right of the people: to choose and to be chosen."
www.payvand.com /news/04/feb/1141.html   (793 words)

 THE IRANIAN: Revolution, Amir
The sentence, "reform is dead, long live reform," shows the nature of the "reformists" as it parodies the English language with one important difference: the Shah is missing, and the king is renamed "reform." What it is then, is merely a new aristocracy hidden behind words such as Republic and Islamic.
On the contrary; it is the disenchantment of the Iranian masses with the government of God that is 'channeled' by the reform intellectuals.
In the Iranian Daad, we have a third person singular of the verb to give daadan which could act as a sentence because the personal pronoun is often omitted.
www.iranian.com /Amir/2002/December/Reformists/index.html   (2645 words)

 Iranian reformists closer to election reinstatement | www.azstarnet.com ®
The move gives reformists a victory in their election battle with hard-line Islamic clerics.
Reza Yousefian, a reformist lawmaker who is among those banned from the ballot, said the review will have nothing to do with the Guardian Council.
Reformists, including President Mohammad Khatami, had threatened to boycott or refuse to hold a vote they said would be undemocratic because nearly a third of the candidates, all of them reformists, were stricken.
www.azstarnet.com /sn/printDS/8602   (318 words)

 FarsiNet News - News related to Iran, Iranians and Persians - April 2000
Without support from the press, reformist lawmakers and candidates might have to wait until Parliament resumes session on May 27 to restart direct dialogue with the people: the constitution mandates that Parliament debates be broadcast live on state radio.
Rubin said the Iranian press has played an important part in political developments and the U.S. are worried whenever free press is challenged anywhere in the world or any statements are made that question the fundamental right of free expression.
The Iranian pro-reform press came under mounting pressure of the powerful conservatives, who dominate most of the sensitive organs but suffered a series of serious setbacks in elections in past two years.
www.farsinet.com /news/april2000.html   (3419 words)

 World Press Review - Iran - Bush
It seemed that the reformists were winning a few battles in their war against conservatives, who control the army and judiciary.
Within a few days after Bush’s speech, it was obvious that the Iranian conservatives had managed to consolidate their forces and had used the opportunity to portray the reformists as America’s fifth column in Iran.
If you (reformists) don’t believe in the basic values of the Islamic Republic, what is the difference between you and the Americans?” In addition, Kayhan featured many anti-American headlines, including a call to Iranians to show force on the 23rd anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution (Feb. 11).
www.worldpress.org /mideast/0402iran.htm   (354 words)

 Fair vote 'impossible,' say Iranian reformists | www.azstarnet.com ®
TEHRAN, Iran - Leaders of Iran's reformist Parliament conceded defeat to the country's ruling clerics Thursday and predicted that this month's elections would go forward with a sweeping ban on liberal candidates in place.
Iranians elected a reform-minded president twice and voted in a majority of reformers in the last parliamentary elections.
Turnout this month is likely to be extremely low, as the head of Iran's largest reformist party said its members wouldn't take part, nor would the 127 members of Parliament who resigned in protest over the ban this week.
www.azstarnet.com /sn/printDS/8762   (353 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Iranian reformists insist all 3,000 disqualified from parliamentary ...
Iranian reformists insist all 3,000 disqualified from parliamentary elections be allowed to run
TEHRAN, Iran – Reformist lawmakers vowed Thursday to keep up their sit-in protests at parliament despite intervention from Iran's supreme leader aimed at resolving a political crisis over the barring of candidates from next month's elections.
Meysan Saeidi, another disqualified lawmaker, said he and the approximately 90 other reformists gathering for several hours daily in the parliament lobby, won't call off the sit-ins until all 3,000 people are reinstated.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20040115-0742-iran-elections.html   (456 words)

 Hard-Liners Still Hold Strongest Cards in Iran   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
And by obliging reformists to accept a compromise hammered out at the top levels of Iran’s clerical hierarchy, hard-liners can further discredit their rivals in the eyes of an Iranian public already frustrated by the unrealized pledges of reform.
The public have shown no sign of rallying to the reformists’ cause during this week’s political standoff and are likely to be further disillusioned by the compromise that seems to have followed.
That could deprive reformists of some of their leading lights in the next Parliament but would probably be more acceptable to the reform movement than having too few candidates overall to assemble a credible list.
www.arabnews.com /?page=7§ion=0&article=38109&d=16&m=1&y=2004   (642 words)

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