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To: DoctorZIn

From A Great Civilization...

                                                IRAN

                                                   ...To the Axis of Evil?

Come learn more about Iran; It's history, heritage and it's contemporary Issues.   

       

Why Iran?

Why Now?

        

      

 Inside Iran...The quest for democracy and freedom has begun...

Speaker’s Biography:

 Larry Elder

Larry Elder has been on KABC Talk Radio in Los Angeles since March, 1994, hosting "The Larry Elder Show," a top-rated daily program from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (PT) on KABC 790, and began a nationally syndicated daily talk show for ABC Radio Networks on August 12, 2002.

Known to his listeners as the "Sage From South Central," Larry sizzles on the airwaves with his thoughtful insight on the day’s most provocative issues, to the delight, consternation, and entertainment of his listeners. The "Sage" engages political and cultural leaders in meaningful debates over race, government, personal responsibility and education that have elevated the talk radio genre. A blend of fiscal conservative and social liberal—with attitude—Elder’s libertarian views have fueled controversy and made him one of the most in-demand radio personalities in the country.

 In May, 2003, Elder shifted his political party registration from "Decline to State" (which, in California, means independent) to the Republican Party. He continues to support the libertarian principles of limited government and maximum personal and financial responsibility.

Kenneth R. Timmerman
The Middle East Data Project

When Investigative reporter and author Kenneth R. Timmerman profiled Osama Bin Ladin for Reader's Digest in July 1998, few people had ever heard of him. Just weeks later, Bin Ladin's terrorists blew up two U.S. embassies in Africa, prompting the U.S. government to launch an international manhunt.

In 1982, Timmerman was taken hostage by terrorists in
Lebanon, and spent 24 days in an underground cell under constant aerial and artillery bombardment.

Timmerman has published three books and a dozen monographs on terrorism, weapons proliferation, and Islamic fundamentalism. In the late 1980s, he was the first Western reporter to interview the heads of Iraq's missile and chemical weapons programs; his first-hand account, The Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq, was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991 and translated into five languages. Over his career he has worked for TIME magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times and major television networks, and appeared regularly on the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal.

After 18 years overseas he returned to the
United States in 1993 to work on the professional staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and conducted several Committee investigations into weapons proliferation. Since leaving government service, he has written for The American Spectator, Reader's Digest, and Insight Magazine on foreign policy and proliferation. Because of his special expertise in Middle East defense issues, he has been asked to give seminars at the U.S. Army War College and other U.S. government agencies, and to testify before Congressional committees and special commissions, including the Commission To Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States chaired by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

From 1994-2000, Mr. Timmerman published a confidential newsletter on strategic policy and trade, The
Iran Brief. His Middle East Data Project, Inc. consults for government and business clients and maintains extensive data bases on terrorism and strategic technology transfers to rogue states. He is also active on the human rights front, and serves as Executive Director of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, a non-profit advocacy group based in Maryland.

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Wednesday Feb 11th at the                              Beverly Hills Hotel
                                                                                                Sunset

Tickets are on sale           $50.00 General admission

                                                  $100.00 VIP   Reserved seating

VIP Reception with Guest Speakers   at 6:30 p.m

General Reception                                      at 7:00 p.m

Program begins w/ a video presentation and an insightful forum at 8:00 p.m sharp

                                                                

                       Advance ticket sales only


6 posted on 01/29/2004 12:25:01 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Civilization Bump from here!
8 posted on 01/29/2004 4:56:47 AM PST by F14 Pilot ("Terrorists declared war on U.S. and War is what they Got!")
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran State Governors Call for Election Postponement
Thu January 29, 2004
(Page 1 of 2)

By Paul Hughes
TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) - Iranian state governors called for a postponement of next month's parliamentary election, state media said Thursday, as Iran's worst political crisis in years neared a tense climax.

State governors are appointed by the interior minister and help organize elections at a provincial level. Their unprecedented opposition to staging an election could make it difficult for Iran to execute the vote smoothly.

Iranian politics has been in an uproar since the hard-line Guardian Council disqualified nearly half of the 8,200 candidates running for parliament, almost all of them reformers.

"Bearing in mind the current conditions, it will not be possible to hold the ... elections on Feb. 20 as previously scheduled," the governors said in a letter to Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Even though about a quarter of barred candidates were reinstated after appeals, "organizing a free and fair election is still impossible since a large number ... have been deprived of their right to run quite illegally," the letter said.

Other senior officials have insisted the election will go ahead as planned, but their optimism that most of the bans would be overturned by the weekend appeared to be unfounded.

The powerful council -- an unelected group of 12 conservative clerics and jurists -- is due to complete its review of the bans by the end of Friday.

A second round of appeals can take place before the vote but scores of reformist members of parliament have said they will resign or boycott the vote unless most of the bans are overturned by this weekend.

POLITICAL CRISIS

The election dispute has become the worst political crisis in years for Iran, which next month marks the 25th anniversary of its 1979 Islamic revolution, and has prompted growing international concern about the legitimacy of the vote.

Reformists say the bans are a blatant conservative attempt to regain control of parliament, which was lost to reformists in 2000 elections. They say that unless the bans are overturned, conservatives would contest 190 of parliament's 290 seats virtually unopposed.

Analysts were divided on whether the political crisis was likely to worsen or would be resolved.
"This is not the end, it's still too early," said Hossein Rassam, who predicted the council would re-admit 1,500 to 2,000 barred candidates after the second round of appeals.

"In the end, both the reformists and conservatives want the system to survive so they will be happy if a deal is reached."

But analyst Mahmoud Alinejad said the reformist movement was beginning to split into two camps, with moderates such as Khatami in favor of a compromise, and radicals such as some MPs and state governors determined to force a showdown.

"It's getting very serious now. I can see some of the reformists splitting off to form a more radicalized opposition outside of the government and parliament," he said.

Khatami has pledged to hold the vote as planned and voiced optimism that negotiations between government officials and the Guardian Council will ensure a competitive election.

Parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi, also a reformist, insisted Thursday that talks between the Guardian Council and a four-strong ministerial negotiating team were going well.

"There is no crisis, it is (just) electoral tension," he said.

But reformist officials say candidates reinstated so far do not include any high-profile reformist figures, including around 80 sitting MPs.

Around 100 MPs have held a sit-in at parliament since Jan. 11 to protest against the disqualifications.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=OZSI530LJCWMUCRBAELCFEY?type=worldNews&storyID=4240457

9 posted on 01/29/2004 7:21:38 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (He who has never hoped can never despair.)
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