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Fun should not be legislated
Saturday, February 28, 2004 - ©2004 IranMania.com
TEHRAN, Feb 28 (Iran News) - According to the Tehran Police Chief, public places such as parks, restaurants, shops and stores as well as entertainment and recreation centers can now stay open until 3 am.
Two years ago, on the orders of the Judiciary, the police limited opening hours for all public facilities to midnight. The horrendous traffic problem in the capital during the last few years has reached such a level that it is virtually impossible for Tehrani citizens to venture out for fun and games until at least after 10 p.m. when the traffic dies down a bit.
But the dilemma was that as soon as the residents of the capital went somewhere after 10 p.m., the place would close down shortly thereafter with hardly anytime for the people to have a chance to enjoy themselves.
As a result, fun and entertainment moved into private homes where there is basically very little control over depraved and morally corrupt activities. Analysts consider this decision as a positive and welcome development and a sign that the police and security forces have made a consciously wise choice in their struggle against social and moral depravity. However, other experts are of the view that this latest police directive is a political move by the conservatives.
One of the main campaign slogans of the "Abadgaran" party that swept the Seventh Majlis elections was to allow and create more "fun" for the people.
While welcoming this sensible and prudent action by the police forces, most observers are unanimous in their opinion that fun, recreation, entertainment and happiness should not be legislated by the government as long as it remains within the confines of the law, social norms and behavior. http://www.iranmania.com/News/ArticleView/Default.asp?NewsCode=23011&NewsKind=Current%20Affairs
Iran polls to affect EU talks: Straw
BRUSSELS, Feb 23: Iran's parliamentary election will inevitably have an impact on trade talks between Tehran and the European Union, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Monday.
The EU has linked a resumption of negotiations on a potentially lucrative trade and cooperation agreement with Iran to compliance with pledges to accept intrusive spot checks of its nuclear programme and halt uranium enrichment.
It is also demanding progress from Tehran on human rights, the fight against terrorism and its attitude towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before concluding the pact.
EU diplomats said Friday's election, from which an unelected hardline clerical watchdog barred some 2,500 reformist candidates, could be seen as a step backwards on human rights.
"The results of the elections in Iran will obviously create a new environment for the discussions with Iran to take place," Mr Straw told reporters before a meeting of foreign ministers from the EU's 25 current and future member states.
"It's plain for everybody to see that these were - from the start - flawed elections in which in at least half the constituencies reformist candidates were not on offer to the electorate. By all accounts the turnout is down 25 percentage points from its level when there were free elections in 1997."
Mr Straw did not spell out what impact the poll would have on trade talks with the EU. Conservatives scored an easy victory over the shackled reformists on a record low turnout in the poll, which pro-reform President Mohammad Khatami has branded unfair.
Those banned from standing in the poll included 80 sitting lawmakers, some of whom had been key interlocutors of the EU in its dialogue with Iran. -Reuters http://www.dawn.com/2004/02/24/int12.htm
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