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Iranian Alert -- February 1, 2004 -- IRAN LIVE THREAD --Americans for Regime Change in Iran
The Iranian Student Movement -- Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 2.1.2004 | DoctorZin

Posted on 01/31/2004 11:43:27 PM PST by DoctorZIn

The US media almost entirely ignores news regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran. As Tony Snow of the Fox News Network has put it, “this is probably the most under-reported news story of the year.” But most American’s are unaware that the Islamic Republic of Iran is NOT supported by the masses of Iranians today. Modern Iranians are among the most pro-American in the Middle East.

There is a popular revolt against the Iranian regime brewing in Iran today. Starting June 10th of this year, Iranians have begun taking to the streets to express their desire for a regime change. Most want to replace the regime with a secular democracy. Many even want the US to over throw their government.

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movement in Iran from being reported. Unfortunately, the regime has successfully prohibited western news reporters from covering the demonstrations. The voices of discontent within Iran are sometime murdered, more often imprisoned. Still the people continue to take to the streets to demonstrate against the regime.

In support of this revolt, Iranians in America have been broadcasting news stories by satellite into Iran. This 21st century news link has greatly encouraged these protests. The regime has been attempting to jam the signals, and locate the satellite dishes. Still the people violate the law and listen to these broadcasts. Iranians also use the Internet and the regime attempts to block their access to news against the regime. In spite of this, many Iranians inside of Iran read these posts daily to keep informed of the events in their own country.

This daily thread contains nearly all of the English news reports on Iran. It is thorough. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary. The news stories and commentary will from time to time include material from the regime itself. But if you read the post you will discover for yourself, the real story of what is occurring in Iran and its effects on the war on terror.

I am not of Iranian heritage. I am an American committed to supporting the efforts of those in Iran seeking to replace their government with a secular democracy. I am in contact with leaders of the Iranian community here in the United States and in Iran itself.

If you read the daily posts you will gain a better understanding of the US war on terrorism, the Middle East and why we need to support a change of regime in Iran. Feel free to ask your questions and post news stories you discover in the weeks to come.

If all goes well Iran will be free soon and I am convinced become a major ally in the war on terrorism. The regime will fall. Iran will be free. It is just a matter of time.

DoctorZin


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iaea; iran; iranianalert; iranquake; protests; southasia; studentmovement; studentprotest
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1 posted on 01/31/2004 11:43:29 PM PST by DoctorZIn
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Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail DoctorZin”

2 posted on 01/31/2004 11:48:34 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Movement's Representative Blasts Khomeini's Legacy on Famous "Arte TV"

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Jan 31, 2004

Kaveh Mohseni, the SMCCDI's Representative in France, blasted, this evening, Rouh-ollah Khomeini's legacy during an interview with the famous French-German "Arte TV". The program recorded in the Paris office of the SMCCDI was aired by this EU funded Cultural and Political TV in order to mark the 25th anniversary of the return of the founder of the Islamic republic regime on Feb. 1st 1979 to Iran.

Mohseni, who was shown having a banned "Lion & Sun" flag by his side and sitting behind his monitor showing from the Movement's website the pictures of the July 1999 Students Uprising, described the exasperation of the secularist Iranians and even those of strong religious believes by stating: " Majority of Iranians have today witnessed another version of Islam than the one existing under the former regime. They're seeing how tolerance has been replaced by intolerance of Khomeini's lecture and legacy..."

"The founder of this regime went ahead and even qualified the tragic Iraq-Iran war as a "God Given Benediction" He emphasized.

Speaking about the so-called "reformist" challenges "within the regime", Mohseni added: " People have understood that reforms can't be possible with this regime. They saw how those self-called reformists tried each time to appropriate the popular actions in their name as they did it with the Students and other layers of the society's actions and demonstrations without even defending those arrested. That's why Iranians have now turned their back to them..."

The broadcast of this program confirms the increasing change of part of EU's behavior in reference to Iran and its understanding of the possibility of a radical political change in the months to come.

"France-3", the French governmental TV, made on July 8th 2004, an interview with a SMCCDI female member during which she was describing the agony of Iranians. This member speaking with a hidden face and under the name of "M" stated, as well, about the exasperation of Iranians from EU's stands and its policy of supporting the regime. Since then, the number of contacts made between EU Media sources and the SMCCDI are in constant raise. Several interviews have been made, in the last months, by French, German and Italian TV and radio networks as well as written press with the Movement's members.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_4782.shtml
3 posted on 01/31/2004 11:50:37 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
108 Iranian Reformist MPs Resign in Vote Dispute

Sun February 1, 2004 02:36 AM ET
Parinoosh Arami
TEHRAN (Reuters) -

More than 100 Iranian reformist lawmakers submitted their resignations on Sunday in protest over a hard-line watchdog's decision to disqualify hundreds of reformist candidates from parliamentary elections on Feb. 20.

"Now the totalitarians have decided to eliminate republicanism and after that Islam by forming a show parliament. We have no choice but to resign," prominent reformist member of parliament Mohsen Mirdamadi said in a speech on behalf of 108 resigning lawmakers.

The resignations marked a significant escalation of Iran's worst political crisis for years which was sparked by the Guardian Council's decision to bar more than 2,000 aspiring candidates from standing in the election.

Reformist allies of President Mohammad Khatami accuse unelected hard-liners, who have used their sweeping powers to block most reform efforts since Khatami's 1997 election, of carrying out a blatant grab for power.

"One (political) faction lacks the support of the people. They want to gain it by force through the Guardian Council," said parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi.

Reformists won a comfortable majority of parliament's 290 seats in 2000 elections. Among those barred from this month's vote are more than 80 current reformist deputies.

The mass resignations will make it difficult for parliament to continue functioning given the requirement of a quorum of two-thirds of members to be present to hold a session.

"They want to cover the ugly body of dictatorship with the beautiful dress of democracy," Mirdamadi said in an unusually stinging public address broadcast live on state radio.

The resignations will be submitted to parliament's presiding board for consideration later in the week, members of parliament told Reuters.

The electoral dispute has raised concern abroad about the future of democracy in the oil-rich nation, which this month marks the 25th anniversary of the Islamic revolution that brought clerics to power.

Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari on Saturday said the elections would lack legitimacy if allowed to go ahead with so many candidates barred from the race.

CALL FOR VOTE DELAY
He said the candidate bans meant reformists would not be able to compete for more than half of parliament's seats. Reformist parties have said they will boycott the elections.

Mousavi-Lari, who is responsible for organizing the vote, has called on the Guardian Council -- an unelected body of 12 clerics and Islamic jurists -- to agree to a postponement of the poll.

Scores of top government officials, including vice-presidents, Cabinet ministers and state governors have also threatened to resign over the election dispute.

Khatami, who has tended to avoid direct confrontation with hard-liners since coming to power, has voiced hope that the dispute can be resolved through negotiations and pledged to hold a competitive election on the scheduled date.

Karroubi said he and Khatami had started "new measures" to resolve the standoff on Saturday night.

He did not elaborate but called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the last word on all matters of state, "to intervene and resolve this issue."

Analysts say Khamenei, concerned that the elections will cause a crisis of legitimacy and increase international criticism of Iran's clerical rule, may step in to force the Guardian Council to reinstate most of the banned candidates.

Despite the intensifying political atmosphere, public interest in the dispute remained muted. After years of broken promises of reform, most Iranians have grown increasingly disenchanted with the reformist-conservative power struggle.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=4255972


4 posted on 01/31/2004 11:57:13 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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108 Iranian Reformist MPs Resign in Vote Dispute

Sun February 1, 2004 02:36 AM ET
Parinoosh Arami
TEHRAN (Reuters)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1069389/posts?page=4#4
5 posted on 01/31/2004 11:58:15 PM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
How does this bode? To resign one body means either relinquishing power or taking it somewhere else.
6 posted on 02/01/2004 2:03:27 AM PST by risk
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To: risk
"The resignations will be submitted to parliament's presiding board for consideration later in the week,"

Resignations have to be approved by Khatami. We'll see what he does and what what the MP's do thereafter.
7 posted on 02/01/2004 4:32:54 AM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: risk; nuconvert
Not a serious resignation to me yet... but if it becomes serious Iran will face a deep political crisis.
8 posted on 02/01/2004 6:27:17 AM PST by F14 Pilot ("Terrorists declared war on U.S. and War is what they Got!")
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To: All
117 Iranian lawmakers resign

CNN International
Feb 1st, 2004

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Ahead of elections later this month, 117 reformist lawmakers resigned from Iran's parliament Sunday, protesting the conservative Guardian Council election commission's disqualification of reform candidates.

Parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi made a scathing speech against members of the council, saying they were trying to usurp the power of the people by deciding which candidates can run for parliament on February 20.

Karroubi said the GC's role is to oversee elections, not decide who should run for office.

He urged Iran's hard-line Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to intervene.

Next week, Karroubi said each of the lawmakers will address parliament, explaining why he has resigned. Then, the legislature will vote on whether to accept or reject the resignations. The process is expected to take about a week.

On Friday, the GC reversed its ban on about one-third of the candidates it had initially barred, the council said.

Overall, hundreds of potential reform candidates were summarily disqualified by the conservative GC. Reformers hold a significant majority.

Iran's Interior Minister Seyed Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari said Saturday that "the only decision made at the end of talks (with the GC) was to increase the number of disqualified (members of parliament) from 83 to 87," the state run news agency, IRNA, reported.

"Naturally, holding election would be out of question," Lari said.

Amid the impasse, Iran's moderate President Mohammed Khatami was hospitalized Saturday with a bad back, but appeared on Iranian television Sunday at an inauguration ceremony.

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/02/01/iran.elections/
9 posted on 02/01/2004 6:31:35 AM PST by F14 Pilot ("Terrorists declared war on U.S. and War is what they Got!")
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To: nuconvert
"resignations have to be approved"

LOL fascists
10 posted on 02/01/2004 7:32:10 AM PST by risk
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To: DoctorZIn
Activity Heats Up as U.S. and Iran Flirt With Closer Ties

February 01, 2004
The Washington Post
Robin Wright

In a major diplomatic shift, Iran and the United States are seriously probing whether to reengage now that they have overlapping interests in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to officials and analysts from the two nations.

The interest is reflected in a burst of activity, including a trip to Tehran later this month by a delegation of congressional staffers. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), who organized the visit, has called it "historic," adding, "This is a significant step, and we can build on it."

The State Department has prepared for Secretary Colin L. Powell an analysis on the potential to move forward, and the White House has approved meetings by Republican and Democratic legislators with Iranian officials, say U.S. officials and congressional sources.

"The Bush administration's attitude now is: No promises, no commitments, but let's see where this goes," a congressional source said.

The overtures come after a quarter-century of hostility -- and several false starts dating back to the secret arms-for-hostages swap in the mid-1980s. President Bush called Iran one of three nations in the "axis of evil" in his 2002 State of the Union address.

In contrast, the State Department on Friday welcomed the congressional visit. "We've always encouraged exchanges, people to people exchanges, with Iran. We've certainly encouraged congressional travel, in general. So I guess it sounds like it would be fine with us if that's what they decided to do," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.

The two U.S. interventions in countries that share long borders with Iran have galvanized a rethinking of policy in Washington and Tehran, officials and analysts say. Iran's agreement in December to allow surprise inspections by U.N. arms experts to verify that Tehran is not producing nuclear weapons also changed the atmospherics.

"Iran's acceptance of the terms was important, because it indicated a willingness to engage with the international community and a flexibility on controversial issues that we've not seen before," said Shaul Bakhash of the Brookings Institution.

Since then, Washington provided rescue personnel and aid after an earthquake leveled the historic city of Bam, killing 40,000, and offered to send a high-level humanitarian delegation led by Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) and including a Bush family member. Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi met with Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) last month at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, while last week Specter and Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) co-hosted Iranian U.N. Ambassador Javad Zarif at a Capitol Hill dinner, a visit approved by the Bush administration. Also in the works is a visit by Iran's soccer team for games against D.C. United and the L.A. Galaxy in April.

Overtures have been made before. Yet the two nations have rarely been interested at the same time -- as they are now, say U.S. and Iranian analysts. Unlike past contacts, these are public. And while neither is ready for full rapprochement, "this time it's more than a flirtation," said Hadi Semati, a Tehran political scientist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Both countries have more incentive to reengage than at any time since 1979, when the United States took in deposed shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Iranian students responded by seizing the U.S. Embassy and holding 52 Americans hostage. The crisis led to a break in relations.

"The potential is great, because the necessities are also great. Failing to work things out on major issues that concern Afghanistan and Iraq and wider regional security could harm both sides. Conversely, developing a working relationship will benefit both sides," said William G. Miller, a former U.S. diplomat in Iran now at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Both the United States and Iran need stability in Iraq, a prerequisite for pulling out U.S. troops from that country. Iran has a Shiite majority with large Kurdish, Sunni and Arab minorities -- the same groups that are in Iraq. Internal tension in Iraq could easily spill across the 912-mile border.

In Afghanistan, Washington and Tehran share an intense interest in preventing the Taliban's return and stemming the Afghan heroin flow across the 585-mile border with Iran into Europe.

There are other incentives, too. In Iran, which today begins 11-day celebrations of the revolution's 25th year, officials no longer call the United States the Great Satan or use terms such as "Westoxication." Iran's focus is instead on why Washington blocks its membership in the World Trade Organization.

"There are clearly significant elements today in Iran who believe they need a more normalized relationship with the United States in order for them to fulfill their economic and political potential in the world," Biden said.

Fear, after the United States' use of military might on two of Iran's borders, is another reason for Iran's willingness to talk, Specter said. Others suggest that the changed regional security situation is more of a factor.

"The threat from Saddam [Hussein] is no longer there, so the opportunity for Iran to have a peaceful neighbor is more at play than the fact they saw that we can [win decisively]. The Iranians recognize that the Americans and Brits have helped them pacify two dangerous borders," said Rep. Victor F. Snyder (D-Ark.), who has met with Iran's U.N. envoy three times.

Conservatives in both capitals are still reluctant. "The irony is that Iran is one place Bush would like to find a way to diminish tensions. I'm not sure that exists with his neo-con advisers," Biden added.

Presidential elections in both countries between late 2004 and early 2005 also limit progress. Tehran's current crisis over parliamentary elections this month hampers action since Iran needs consensus on sensitive steps.

"Realistically, any major breakthrough will be postponed until after elections in both countries. Until then, there are only likely to be limited or necessary steps to manage the relationship, but even these can be important in setting a new tone and paving the way for the future," said Nasser Hadian, a Tehran University political scientist on sabbatical at Columbia University.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2047-2004Jan31.html?nav=hptop_tb
11 posted on 02/01/2004 7:52:13 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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Egyptian President Declines Iranian Invitation

February 01, 2004
AFP
IranMania

TEHRAN -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has declined an Iranian invitation to attend an economic summit in Tehran later this month, a visit that was supposed to have heralded a resumption of diplomatic ties between Iran and Egypt, the Iranian foreign minister said Sunday.

"Mr Hosni Mubarak is not going to participate himself, but a high-ranking delegation is going to be sent," Kamal Kharazi told reporters.

"Iran-Egyptian relations are in the reconstruction phase and need time," he added. "There should be a natural and definite course for relations to be resumed in the near future."

"What is important is that both sides have decided on this and are working on it," he added.

Iran had invited Mubarak to a summit of the Islamic group of eight due to be held in Tehran from February 19-20.

The group was set up in 1998 on Turkey's initiative. It comprises Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.

Diplomatic ties between Cairo and Tehran were severed in 1979, the year that Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel and gave asylum to shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi when he was deposed by the Islamic revolution.

http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=22174&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
12 posted on 02/01/2004 7:53:31 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: nuconvert
Khatami will not approve the resignations.
13 posted on 02/01/2004 11:47:17 AM PST by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn
FM rejects visit to Iran of some US congress members

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on Sunday rejected news published by some US media on visit to Tehran of several US congress members, saying no planning has been made for such a trip, IRNA reporte from Tehran.

He made the remarks while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a Foreign Ministry photos and documents exhibition in Tehran.

On participation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the upcoming D-8 meeting to be held this month in Tehran, Kharrazi said according to what has so far been announced, President Mubarak will not attend the meeting.

However, a senior Egyptian delegation is to arrive in Tehran to take part in the meeting, he added.

On Tehran-Cairo relations, Kharrazi said bilateral tie between the two countries is taking its natural and sound trend so that official ties will be established between the two sides in the near future.

The important point is that, the two countries are determined to establish such a relation, the foreign minister reiterated.

On fate of the four Iranian diplomats kidnapped by the Zionist regime in 1982, he said in order to follow up the case he is to visit Lebanon this week.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi on Saturday also denied reports that a US congress team was to visit Tehran soon. "No planning has been made for the visit of American Congress members to Iran and such trips are not on agenda," he added.


http://www.payvand.com/news/04/feb/1001.html
14 posted on 02/01/2004 11:49:21 AM PST by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn
Iranian MPs' resignation letter - text

MPs have been angered by the ban

The following is the text of identical resignation letters submitted by more than 100 members of Iran's parliament, protesting at the disqualification of thousands of candidates from elections due on 20 February.

In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

To the honourable Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Majlis, Hojjat ol-Eslam val-Moslemin Mehdi Karrubi, peace and greetings.

The failure to respect the nation's rights, the pursuit of an illegal disqualification process by the Guardian Council and the precedent that is being created in the supervision of the elections make it impossible for a free, fair, just and legal election to take place for the seventh Majlis.

These illegal actions are such that I am no longer able to act in accordance with the oath that we took on the basis of Article 67 of the constitution.

I hereby present my resignation from the post of deputy on the basis of Articles 92 and 93 of the Internal Regulations of the Majlis, and in protest at the destruction of the republican aspect of the system and the transformation of the Islamic Consultative Majlis into a non-popular and ceremonial Majlis.

I should be grateful if you could order the necessary legal procedure in relation to my resignation as soon as possible.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3449021.stm
15 posted on 02/01/2004 11:50:37 AM PST by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn
Khatami slams Jewish lobby in Washington; says Tel-Aviv is ''real'' capital of US
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami slammed the Zionist lobby in the United States, saying it is being used by the "criminal Zionist regime" to set the United States' foreign policy agenda, according to the private German television network 3sat, quoting Iran's chief executive as saying Saturday.

"Israel is not the friend of the US because Israel's Zionist lobby decides a major part of American policy. I have once said in a speech that I do feel sorry for the American nation because although its capital is Washington, its real capital is Tel Aviv," Khatami said in
an exclusive interview with the German television station.

"The tax money of the hardworking American nation is being used for a small group who can impose on the US the spread of war and violence in the world," he added.

In the meantime, the Iranian president also reiterated that "historically, as well as morally, Israel is not a legitimate state". (Albawaba.com)

http://www.albawaba.com/headlines/TheNews.php3?action=story&sid=269383&lang=e&dir=News

Iran's "reformist" President. ;)
16 posted on 02/01/2004 11:54:50 AM PST by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn
Arlen Specter says the Iranian government "deserves credit", and we should open relations.

When is this jerk going to get voted out of office?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,110053,00.html

Specter said Iran was enormously impressed by the Bush administration's use of force in Iraq and had shown signs of wanting better relations. He cited Iran's decision to submit its nuclear facilities to international inspection.

Also, Specter said, "They have helped us in the fight against Al Qaeda and in the Afghanistan situation."

"I don't think we have given them sufficient credit. They deserve credit" for their support against the terror network headed by Usama bin Laden, he said.
17 posted on 02/01/2004 11:58:11 AM PST by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn
List of those who gave their resignations:

The following is the list of those MPs and the constituencies they represent at the Majlis:

1.Mohsen Armin (Tehran)
2.Gholam-Heydar Bai-Salami [Khaf-Rashtkhar (Khorasan Province)]
3.Hossein Ansarirad [Neishabour (Khorassan Province)]
4.Mahmoud Akhavan Bazardeh [Langaroud (Gilan Province)]
5.Behruz Afkhami (Tehran)
6.Ali-Mohammad Ahmadi [Aligoudarz (Lorestan Province)]
7.Mehdi Ayati [Birjand (Khorassan Province)]
8.Seyed Ebrahim Amini [Mamasani (Fars Province)]
9.Hassan Almasi [Pars-Abad, Bilesawar (Ardebil Province)]
10.Baha'oddin Adab [Sanandaj (Kurdestan Province)]
11.Shahrbanu Amani Zanganeh [Orumieh (West Azarbaijan Province)]
12.Ali Akbarzadeh [Varzaqan (East Azarbaijan Province)]
13.Mohammad-Reza Esmaeeli-Moqaddam (Qom)
14.Asgar Eslamdoost-Karbandi [Talesh (Gilan Province)]
15.Javad Eta'at [Darab (Fars Province)]
16.Rahman Behmanesh [Mahabad (West Azarbaijan Province)]
17.Ahmad Burqani-Farahani (Tehran)
18.Mohammad-Baqer Baqeri-Nejadianfard [Kazerun (Fars Province)]
19.Ahmad Pournejati (Tehran)
20.Mohammad Piran [Razan (Hamedan Province)]
21.Ali Tajernia [Mashhad (Khorassan Province)]
22.Mohsen Tarkashvand [Tuyserkan (Hamedan Province)]
23.Gholam-Hossein Takafoli [Mashhad (Khorassan Province)]
24.Hassan Towfiqi [Kashan (Isfahan Province)]
25.Seyed Valiollah Tavakolli-Taba-Zavareh [Ardestan (Isfahan
Province)]
26.Ali-Akbar Jafari [Saveh (Tehran Province)]
27.Jalal Jalalizadeh [Sanandaj (Kurdistan Province)]
28.Soheila Jelowdarzadeh (Tehran)
29.Shahbaz Hosseinzadeh Taqiabadi [Takab (West Azarbaijan Province)]
30.Seyed Masood Hosseini [Qorveh (Kurdestan Province)]
31.Fatemeh Haqiqatju (Tehran)
32.Abdulreza Heydarizadi (Ilam)
33.Seyed Mohammad-Reza Khatami (Tehran)
34.Nasser Khaleqi (Isfahan)
35.Mohammad-Hossein Khalili-Ardakani [Karaj (Tehran Province)]
36.Morteza Kheyrabadi [Sabzevar (Khorassan Province)]
37.Mohammad Dadfar (Boushehr)
38.Hassel Dasseh [Sardasht (West Azarbaijan Province)]
39.Fatemeh Rakeie (Tehran)
40.Ahmad Ramezanpour-Nargessi [Rasht (Gilan Province)]
41.Hassan Ramezanpour [Shahreza (Isfahan Province)]
42.Hossei Ruzbehi [Sari (Mazandaran Province)]
43.Jalil Sazegar-Nejad [Shiraz (Fars Province)]
44.Mohammad-Ali Sadaie-Jahromi [Jahrom (Fars Province)]
45.Davood Soleymani (Tehran)
46.Abdollah Sohrabi [Marivan (Kurdestan Province)]
47.Behyar Soleymani [Fassa (Fars Province)]
48.Mansoor Soleymani-Meymandi [Shahr-e-Babak (Kerman Province)]
49.Seyed Ali Seyed Aqamiri [Dezful (Khuzestan Province)]
50.Mohammad-Reza (Meyssam) Saeedi (Tehran)
51.Waliollah Shoja-Pourian [Behbahan (Khuzestan Province)]
52.Jassem Shadidzadeh [Ahvaz (Khuzestan Province)]
53.Ali Shakuri-Rad (Tehran)
54.Seyed Mashallah Shakibi [Ferdows (Khorassan Province)]
55.Ahmad Shirzad (Isfahan)
56.Reza Saleh Jalali-Astaneh [Astaneh-Ashrafieh (Gilan Province)]
57.Gol-Mohammad Salehi [Lordegan (Charmahal-Bakhtiari Province)]
58.Zabihollah Safaie [Assadabad (Hamedan Province)]
59.Mohsen Safaie-Farahani (Tehran)
60.Mostafa Taheri Najafabadi [Najafabad (Isfahan)]
61.Seyed Mehdi Tabatabaie [Abadeh (Fars Province)]
62.Ali Zafarzadeh [Mashhad (Khorassan Province)]
63.Gholam-Ali Abedi [Nehbandan (Khorassan Province)]
64.Abolqassem Abedinpour [Torbat-Heidarieh (Khorassan Province)]
65.Peyman Ashuri-Darbandi [Bandar-Mahshahr (Khuzestan Province)]
66.Mohammad Abaie-Khorassani [Mashhad (Khorassan Province)]
67.Gholam-Reza Abdolvand [Dorud (Lorestan Province)]
68.Seyed Ahmad Azimi [Shiraz (Fars Province)]
69.Karim Fattahpour-Mavane [Orumieh (West Azarbaijan Province)]
70.Sohrab Bohluli-Qashqaie [Firuzabad (Fars Province)]
71.Ali Qanbar-Adivi [Ardal (Charmahal Bakhtiari Province)]
72.Seyyed Nasser Qavami (Qazvin)
73.Mohammad Kazemi [Malayer (Hamedan Province)]
74.Jafar Kambuzia [Zahedan (Sistan-Balouchestan Province)]
75.Jamileh Kadivar (Tehran)
76.Abdollah Kabi [Abadan (Khuzestan Province)]
77.Mohammad-Ali Kuzehgar [Shahriar (Tehran Province)]
78.Elahe Koulaie (Tehran)
79.Hamid Kahram [Ahvaz (Khuzestan Province)]
80.Mohammad Kiafar [Mianeh (East Azarbaijan Province)]
81.Mohammad Kianush-Rad (Karbalaie) [Ahvaz (Khuzestan Province)]
82.Gholam-Reza Gorzin [Qa'emshahr (Mazandaran Province)]
83.Jafar Golbaz [Savojbelagh (Tehran Province)]
84.Hossein Loqmanian (Hamedan)
85.Ahmad Moradi [Chenaran (Khorassan Province)]
86.Rajabali Mazruie (Isfahan)
87.Akram Mossavarimanesh (Isfahan)
88.Mir-Taher Moussavi [Karaj (Tehran Province)]
89.Mir-Taher Moussavi [Tabriz (East Azarbaijan Province)]
90.Seyed Mojtaba Moussavi-Ojaq (Kermanshah)
91.Seyed Ali-Akbar Moussavi-Khoeini (Tehran)
92.Seyed Issa Moussavinejad [Khorramabad (Lorestan Province)]
93.Seyed Baqer Moussavi-Jahanabad [Yassouj (Kohgilouyeh-Boyerahmad
Province)]
94.Rashul Mehrparvar [Dargaz (Khorassan Province)]
95.Ahmad Meydari [Abadan (Khuzestan Province)]
96.Mohsen Mir-Damadi-Najafabadi (Tehran)
97.Mansour Mirza-Kuchaki-Borujeni [Borujen (Khorrassan Province)]
98.Ali Nazari [Arak (Central Province)]
99.Mohammad Naeemipour (Tehran)
100.Ali-Mohammad Namazi [Lenjan (Isfahan Province)]
101.Seyed Reza Nowruzzadeh [Esfarayen (Khorassan Province)]
102.Serajoddin Vahidi Mehrjerdi [Taft (Yazd Province)]
103.Shamsoddin Vahabi (Tehran)
104.Ali-Asghar Hadizadeh [Mahallat (Central Province)]
105.Mir-Mahmoud Yeganali [Orumieh (West Azarbaijan Province)]
106.Reza Yussefian [Shiraz (Fars Province)]
107.Mohammad-Reza Ali-Hosseini-Abbasi [Nahavand (Hamedan Province)]
108.Behzad Nabavi (Tehran)
109.Elyas Hazrati (Tehran)
110.Jafar Afqahi-Farimani [Fariman (Khorassan Province)]
111.Rasul Jamaati-Malvani [Fuman (Gilan Province)]
112.Abd-ul-Rahman Tajoddini-Khuzani (Isfahan)
113.Rahman Namju [Bukan (Kurdestan Province)]
114.Abolfazl Shakuri (Zanjan)
115.Hossein Afarideh [Shirvan (Khorassan Province)
116.Rasul Sediqi Bonabi [Bonab (East Azarbaijan Province)]

http://www.payvand.com/news/04/feb/1004.html
18 posted on 02/01/2004 12:04:47 PM PST by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn

19 posted on 02/01/2004 12:05:18 PM PST by freedom44
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To: freedom44
He's out of his mind, not in touch with reality, brainwashed by Ney.
20 posted on 02/01/2004 12:05:51 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: DoctorZIn
"There are clearly significant elements today in Iran who believe they need a more normalized relationship with the United States in order for them to fulfill their economic and political potential in the world," Biden said."

Yeah......so get rid of the regime and we'll talk........
21 posted on 02/01/2004 12:10:37 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: freedom44
Let's face it, he'll do whatever Khamenei tells him to.
22 posted on 02/01/2004 12:13:47 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: AdmSmith
# 18 pong

List of resignations:
23 posted on 02/01/2004 12:16:52 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: freedom44
Good Posts, thanks
24 posted on 02/01/2004 12:23:16 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: nuconvert; DoctorZIn; F14 Pilot; Pan_Yans Wife; Persia; Cyrus the Great; RunOnDiesel; ...
For your information--this is an older article on Joseph Biden who's supposively received lots of money from Islamic republic's lobbyists.


Row deepens over Senator Biden's support of the Clerical regime

The row is deepening over Senator Joseph Biden controversial support of the Islamic republic regime.

The well know senator who's, as well, the Chairman of the US Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, is accused to have collected money in order to try to give a respectable image to the Islamic republic regime which is known as one of the most renegade and repressive regimes of the World.

Biden has participated in several meetings, organized by the Islamic republic's lobbyists, during which he has collected substantial amounts of money in order to finance his campaign. One of these meetings was held on February 19th and was organized by "Sadegh Namazi-khah", head of the religious "Iman foundation" and a notorious Islamic republic's lobbyist living in Los Angeles.

This was the first time that such High Rank US official had the audacity to walk, openly, in such institution in order to collect money from controversial sources when the boys and girls of those who he's representing have died, directly and un-directly, by the hands of his direct and un-direct contributors.

Thousands of emails and faxes have been sent, since beginning February, to Biden's offices condemning his actions and statements in reference to the Clerical leadership ruling in Iran.

In addition to thousands of Iranians, living in the US, common American citizens and US Politicians are getting involved, as well, in this affair by issuing statements or letters condemning Biden's activities.


As an example, Biden was slammed, today, by the Delaware Republican Chairman Everett Moore who stated:
"I can't believe that Senator Biden would have a fund-raiser at the home of a Pro-Tehran lobbyist two weeks after the White House made it abundantly clear that Iran was aiding the Al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan. Frankly, I am appalled that Senator Biden would have the audacity as the Senate Foreign Relations Chairman to take money from a lobbyist supporting a country that brutalizes women, ignores human rights, and endorses terrorism...

...Senator Biden should return the campaign money and apologize to the American people for taking it in the first place, especially apologize to the many Iranian Americans living in this country who reject the Tehran regime....

...Before Senator Biden goes endorsing the Iran government and taking money from their supporters here, he should tell them to hand over the
Terrorists who have killed countless Americans and stop aiding al Qaeda forces. No wonder Senator Biden strongly opposed the President's remark that Iran was part of the 'Axis of Evil'" said Moore.

The Delaware Republican Chairman added: "Clearly, the pro-Iran lobbyist was attempting to buy Senator Biden's influence as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee by contributing to his re-election campaign. With Biden's relentless support of Iran, it can be viewed as money well spent through the eyes of the Pro-Iran lobbyist..."

http://66.34.243.131/iran/html/article214.html
25 posted on 02/01/2004 12:25:49 PM PST by freedom44
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To: nuconvert
So, the brother of the president is as well resigning. They must have discussed this several times.
26 posted on 02/01/2004 12:39:14 PM PST by AdmSmith
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To: DoctorZIn
Political Quake: 123 Reformist MPs Resign to Protest Elections Bans

•The reformist MPs had hoped that with their resignations, they would force the Majles to close down, and prevent it from voting on such important bills as the upcoming fiscal year's budget and the government's fourth five-year economic development plan, reported foreign news agencies AFP and AP from Tehran, adding that the earlier 109 resignations were not enough to bring the number of MPs present to below two-thirds of total MPs. (Jean Khakzad)

•In today's Radio Farda Roundtable, which focuses on the prospect of the mass resignations of Majles MPs, Tehran-based lawyer and human rights advocate Mohammad Hossein Aghasi says in order for their action to be effective in closing down the Majles five months ahead of the end of its term, enough MPs should resign to bring the number of MPs present in the Majles below the legal number required for quorum. He says the Majles speaker's appeal to the Supreme Leader is illegal, since according to the constitution, the Supreme Leader has no jurisdiction over such matters, although the conservatives place the Supreme Leader beyond and above the law. The 12-members of the Guardians Council who have created the current crisis represent a power that is beyond their legal authority, he adds. Member of the central committee of the association of the Islamic student councils (Dafter-e Tahkim Vahdat) Hojat Sharifi says: It is not inconceivable that the resignations of the MPs would be approved, because the reformist MPs' decision has been to exit the government and boycott the Majles elections. He adds that there are two analyses about the reasons that Guardians Council moved to disqualify reformist election candidacy applicants, including the Majles MPs, and in effect, eliminate the reformist faction of the regime. One is that they did it out of ignorance; the other interpretation is that the move was organized at the highest level with the approval of the Supreme Leader. However, any regime, in order to stay in power, needs either the support of its people, or the support of foreign governments, he says. It is believed that the totalitarian faction, which finds itself lacking in popular support, has made behind-the-scenes deals with foreign governments, the EU and the US. US-based commentator Hormoz Hekmat says the mass resignations of the MPs would help push forward the movement started by the people and the students and faculty members in the past two months to regain the people's right to sovereignty. But the problem is not that a number of reformists were banned from reelection, the main problem is that the Majles, which should be the people's representative, has had no authority under the Islamic regime, in which, according to the constitution, the Majles has no authority, compared to the vast authorities and powers held by the Supreme Leader and his appointees. He adds that the willingness shown by the Bush administration to negotiate with the totalitarian faction of the Islamic government is not a strategic decision, but a tactical one. The totalitarian faction's hope that it can resolve all its problems through secret deals with foreign governments is not a realistic hope.

•The conservative-backed society of Bazaar merchants threatened the reformists with harsh action. It called the mass resignation of the reformist MPs “a ridiculous show,” in a statement issued today. (Amir Armin)

•Secretary of the Guardians Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said the cabinet and President Khatami himself gave the Council a list of their favorite candidacy applicants and asked that they be reinstated. The public relations office of the presidency denied Jannati's statement. (Bahman Bastani)

•Negotiations with the Guardians Council has produced no result, interior minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari said, urging President Khatami to accept the resignations of 27 cabinet members and provincial governors, who said the mass disqualifications by the Guardians Council of 2,400 out of 8,000 candidacy applicants would result in un-free and uncompetitive elections. President Khatami and the interior minister had both said the government will only hold free and competitive elections. Elections in which half of the winners have already been decided by the Guardians Council would not be competitive, the interior minister said. The coordination council of the reformist faction, made up of representatives of 18 pro-reform parties and political groups, announced that it would not participate in the elections. However, conservative commentator Amir Mohebbian of the Resalat newspaper predicted that the differences between the two factions over the elections would soon be resolved in secret negotiations. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian)

•Some of today's reformists used to be considered hard-liners, whereas some of those who are now seen as within the conservative camp, used to known as moderates, foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi said in an interview with Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung, playing down the reformist-conservative dichotomy that is being reported in the foreign press. The current problem arising from the mass disqualification of reformist Majles candidacy applicants is temporary issue and resolvable, he added. (Shahram Mirian, Cologne)

•There was no way left for the Majles reformist MPs but to resign, senior dissident cleric Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri said, according to his son Ahmad Montazeri, who tells Radio Farda that his father believes the conservatives would back down from their bans on the reformist candidates, when the Supreme Leader eventually intervenes. In his meeting with German ambassador to Tehran Freiherr Von Maltzahn, Ayatollah Montazeri said the Shiite clerics in Najaf and Qum are in constant touch and there are no differences or competition between them, Ahmad Montazari says. Ayatollah Montazeri told the German ambassador that the formation of Israel was a result of the German oppression of the Jews in Europe, and now that Israel exists, it would be good if the Western countries saw to it that an independent state be formed for the Palestinians, who have lost their homes as the result of the establishment of the Jewish State. (Jean Khakzad)

•In an interview with the Rome daily Corriere della Sera, Ayatollah Montazeri said the Guardians Council's decision to disqualify reformist candidacy applicants was “illegal,” and a “treason” against the Islamic revolution (Ahmad Ra'fat, Rome)

•The mass resignation of the Majles MPs would impact the Islamic regime's relations with the EU and the US, because for the first time, it has become clear to the world that a powerful faction in Iran is trying to make its total hold on power legitimate, German press commentator and University of Osnabruek professor Mohsen Maserat tells Radio Farda. (Shahram Mirian, Cologne)

http://www.radiofarda.com/transcripts/topstory/2004/02/20040201_1830_0140_0646_EN.asp
27 posted on 02/01/2004 12:39:16 PM PST by freedom44
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To: AdmSmith; nuconvert; F14 Pilot; Pan_Yans Wife; DoctorZIn
Lost in translation
Preparation for the arrival of international journalists coming to Iran

By Faramarz Dalir
February 1, 2004
iranian.com

TEHRAN - Give foreign journalists a good impression of Iran, even if it means lying or mistranslating Iranians' words, Mohammad-Hossein Khoshvaght, head of Iran's international press bureau told translators in a series of recent meetings.

Khosvaght, who works under the auspices of the ostensibly reformist Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance, has been giving regular pep-talks to groups of translators in preparation for the arrival of 200 international journalists coming to cover the Islamic Republic's 25th birthday and its 7th parliamentary elections.

"I want you to give a realistic image of Iran," he told the translators gathered in his office earlier this week. "If a woman starts saying that her lipstick is a sign of revolution, just don't translate it. Say it's nonsense."

Khoshvaght, a relative by marriage to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told the translators to inform him if any arriving journalists try to cover sensitive stories such as about student activists or political dissidents or if they request to work without a translator for a day.

He told them not to allow the foreign journalists to come to their homes. He suggested that all of the journalists' phone calls would be monitored by intelligence services.

"These days are very tough days," he told the translators. "The security of the regime is threatened. You shouldn't do anything that threatens the security of the system."

The translators are all hired through several private fixer firms and are not ministry employees. Translators in Saddam Hussein-era Iraq were often required to perform such "minder" services. Foreign correspodents in Iran were also closely monitored during the first two decades after the 1979 revolution. They enjoyed a brief period of freedom following the 1997 election of reformist President Mohamad Khatami.

But despite opneing its doors for journalists entering to cover the recent earthquake in Bam, Iran's clerical regime appears to have begun clamping down hard on foreign correspondents, denying visas to some and press cards to others.

In the recent past, authorities linked to Iran's complex of intelligence services have also pressed journalists into performing espionage, demanding that they monitor the activities of fellow journalists and regularly report on their activities as well as their sources' comments.

But Khoshvaght, a former Rome bureau chief of the Islamic Republic News Agency fluent in Italian and English, has often come to the defense of foreign correspondents. Recently he publicly decried the ultra-conservative judiciary's attempts at confiscating the files of foreign correspondents. He showed a level candor rare for Iranian officials following the alleged murder of Iranian-Canadian foreign journalist Zahra Kazemi by official security forces.

http://www.iranian.com/Features/2004/February/Dalir/index.html

200 Journalists to arrive in Iran under strict conditions. Regimes translators told to lie, and mistranslate.
28 posted on 02/01/2004 12:44:23 PM PST by freedom44
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To: DoctorZIn


Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, born in Iran, but living in Britain, arrives for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards ceremony in Los Angeles January 26, 2004. Aghdashloo won the association's best supporting actress award for her role in the film 'House of Sand and Fog.' REUTERS/Fred Prouser
29 posted on 02/01/2004 12:51:30 PM PST by freedom44
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There has been an addition to the Pahlavi family. A friend sent me an e-mail telling me of the happy event. A baby daughter has been born to Shahzadeh Reza Pahlavi and Princess Yasmine on 17 January, at 17:10 Tehran time. She has been named Farah. Hope picture above works.
30 posted on 02/01/2004 12:53:37 PM PST by freedom44
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To: freedom44
Freedom in Iran ~ now!
31 posted on 02/01/2004 1:14:04 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: AdmSmith
LOL.
Yes and LOUD discussions at that.
32 posted on 02/01/2004 1:28:42 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: freedom44
Seems like all these journalists arriving are going to coincide with the timing of the "Terrorist Jamboree" (aka Ten Days of dawn). Maybe there will be some interesting stories published? Or maybe they're relocating the "terrorfest" so that doesn't happen.
33 posted on 02/01/2004 1:44:34 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: nuconvert
Think any journalists will ask about the Iranian journalists who've been imprisoned? Or about all the news papers closed down? NO???? Me either.
34 posted on 02/01/2004 2:07:41 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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Farah is a beautiful baby. I hope her mother has recovered well. New babies are such blessings!
35 posted on 02/01/2004 2:21:42 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'--- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: DoctorZIn
If all goes well Iran will be free soon and I am convinced become a major ally in the war on terrorism. The regime will fall. Iran will be free. It is just a matter of time

I pray that your prediction comes true......a free secular democratic Iran would have a very positive effect on the Middle East & other Arab states.

36 posted on 02/01/2004 2:39:44 PM PST by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: DoctorZIn; F14 Pilot; nuconvert; Grampa Dave; MeekOneGOP; autoresponder; BOBTHENAILER; SAMWolf; ...
There is no coexistence with radical Islamism.

If Khatami thinks otherwise he is naive, or in the vernacular, "smoking crack".

Oh, this crack is so strong, it makes me think
there can be coexistence between radical Islamism
and republicanism! I'm really trippin'!

37 posted on 02/01/2004 4:19:08 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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38 posted on 02/01/2004 5:16:57 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: PhilDragoo
LOL!!



39 posted on 02/01/2004 7:00:21 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: freedom44
Frankly, I am appalled that Senator Biden would have the audacity as the Senate Foreign Relations Chairman to take money from a lobbyist supporting a country that brutalizes women, ignores human rights, and endorses terrorism...

How much nonsense have we had to hear as Biden addressed the talking heads with his suave demeanor. These events, they suggest the need for some investigative journalism.

40 posted on 02/01/2004 7:30:52 PM PST by risk
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To: risk
Apparently it's no secret. Ledeen wrote a sentence or 2 about Biden in one of his most recent articles, also.
41 posted on 02/01/2004 8:11:53 PM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: DoctorZIn
This thread is now closed.

Join Us At Today's Iranian Alert Thread – The Most Underreported Story Of The Year!

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail DoctorZin”

42 posted on 02/02/2004 12:09:17 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: PhilDragoo
haha ! ...

43 posted on 02/02/2004 6:24:28 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out this HILARIOUS story !! haha!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060580/posts)
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