Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Iran: Khatami says reforms have stalled

I have rearranged the order of the paragraphs in this AP article ... because it makes more sense to read it this way!
The soft-spoken president has said the closure of more than 90 pro-democracy publications in the past three years, the arrests of dozens of prominent intellectuals and writers and the holding of closed trials without jury violated the constitution. Hard-liners have ignored his warnings.

... Khatami, however, said he still had some hopes for success.

"A ray of hope still exists. Considering the circumstances (in the country) I believe there is no way other than continuing the path we have begun. With patience and wisdom, hopefully we will succeed," IRNA [Islamic Repubic News Agency] quoted him as saying.
Huh! I wonder what he's really thinking.

And while we're on the subject of Iran ... check out this article on last year's arrest of the Iranian dancer Mohammad Khordadian. The man was arrested and convicted for "promoting moral corruption" by holding dance classes in the United States.

You cannot make this stuff up!