سياوش اردلان، با احمدزيدآبادي، صادق زيباكلام، محمدحسين جعفري و هوشنگ اميراحمدي
Summary of Today's BroadcastRFE/RL Persian ServiceSaturday, June 22, 2002
- Readiness for "all kinds of cooperation" with the US
- Tehran province earthquake casualties
- Rumsfeld accuses Iran of aiding al-Qaeda
- US unlikely to enforce ILSA
- Russia to complete the Bushehr nuclear plant
Iran Ready to Cooperate with the US, Says Rafsanjani
In his sermon to Friday prayers at the Tehran University yesterday, former president Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani reversed his last month's rejection of talks with the US and said if the US treated Iran as an equal, Iran would be ready for "all kinds of cooperation." Four political commentators in Iran and New York evaluate Rafsanjani's new position..
* Tehran-based reformist journalist Ahmad Zeydabadi says Rafsanjani has no clear analysis of Iran-US relations and his flip flops are "confusing."
* Tehran University political professor Sadeq Zibakalam says Rafsanjani seeks to reduce the tense environment created by the conservatives' recent anti-American attacks.
* Conservative journalist Mohammad-Hossein Jafarian claims Iranians follow Supreme Leader Khamenei and would not submit to negotiations from an inferior position.
* Rutgers University professor and head of the advocacy group American-Iranian Council Houshang Amir-Ahmadi says US officials would regard Rafsanjani's words as only words. (Siavash Ardalan)
Earthquake in Tehran Province
* According to early reports a 6.1 Richter earthquake in Qazvin killed more than 500 and injured more than 1000 in the Tehran province, leaving thousands homeless. International affairs deputy of Iran's Red Crescent organization tells RFE/RL that rescuers had no problem reaching the victims immediately by land and air. (Baktash Khamsehpour)
Rumsfeld Accuses Iran of Helping Terrorists Flee Afghanistan
* US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Friday that Iran helped to al-Qaeda members and the Taliban to flee to Iraq. From there, they found their way back to their home countries, including Saudi Arabia. Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi denied the presence in Iran of any al-Qaeda members. (Alireza Taheri)
US Unlikely to Enforce ILSA Sanctions
* Assistant Secretary of State Alan Larson said Friday at a Congressional hearing that the Bush administration would not act tougher than the Clinton administration in enforcing the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) that calls for sanctions against foreign companies that invest in Iran's energy projects. (Baktash Khamsehpour)
Russia to Complete Bushehr Nuclear Plant
* On his return from an official visit to Bushehr where Russia is building Iran's first nuclear energy plant, Russia's deputy atomic energy minister said Russia would continue work on the project regardless of the US protests and is confident that Iran would return to Russia its spent atomic energy fuel. (Mani Kasravi, Moscow)
UN Meeting on Children's Rights
* Zarin Shaqaqi, a board member of the Society to Protect Children's Rights in Southern California, who participated in the UN meeting on children, says the meeting attended by MPs and representatives from governmental and NGO child protection agencies from Iran provided an opportunity for exile child protection groups to meet and cooperate with their domestic counterparts. (Fahimeh Barati, Los Angeles)
* EU adds Basque separatists to its list of international terrorist organizations. (Ahmad Ra'fat, Rome)
* Israel says occupation of the Palestinian towns to continue until suicide bombing ends. (Alireza Taheri)
* UNSG Kofi Anan asks the seven industrial nations and Russia for help in the fight against poverty. (Homayoun Majd, Washington)
* The US warns that terrorists might try to use oil tankers in attacks against targets within the US. (Jean Khakzad, Paris)
* The US made its participation in peacekeeping forces in Bosnia contingent upon exemption from prosecution by the International Criminal Court. (Homayoun Majd, Washington)
* Russia extends the mission of its peacekeeping forces in Abkhazia. (Mani Kasravi, Moscow)
* European countries reconsider their immigration and asylum laws. (Ahmad Ra'fat, Rome)
* European leaders discuss sanctions against illegal immigrants countries of origin. Statistics issued in Vienna places Iran, with 106,000 refugees in Europe, at the eighth in the list of countries sending the most illegal immigrants to Europe. The former Yugoslavia tops the list with 680,000. (Shahram Mirian, Cologne)
* In an interview with RFE/RL, Afghanistan's Washington ambassador Eshaq Shahriyar says his country is taking the first steps towards democracy. (Homayoun Majd, Washington)
ARTS AND IDEAS
RFE/RL's Daily Coverage of Soccer World Cup
* RFE/RL's soccer commentator, Mehrdad Masudi, reports from Seoul on today's World Cup games and the euphoria in South Korea over that country's win against Spain. Ahmad Ra'fat reports on the public reaction in Spain.
New York Magazine
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
* An overview. (Behnam Nateghi)
Seven Days in Tehran
* Interview with Paris-based film director Reza Khatibi, 35, whose first feature "Seven Days in Tehran" about a Franco-Iranian television crew's adventures during an Iran assignment had its US premiere yesterday at the HRW film festival. (Behnam Nateghi)
New Political Thought in Contemporary Iran: Haji Baba-ye Esfahani
* Paris-based political history scholar Javad Tabatabi reviews Mirza Habib Esfahani's translation of James Morier's Haji Baba, which paved the way for a new Persian prose capable of expressing contemporary concepts. (Nazi Azima)
علي اكبر هاشمي رفسنجاني، رئيس مجمع تشخيص مصلحت نظام، طي سخنراني در مراسم رسمي نماز جمعه در دانشگاه تهران پس از انتقاد شديد از آمريكا، لحن مسالمت جويانه اي اتخاذ كرد و اعلام داشت: به شرط آنكه آمريكا با "حسن نيت و شرايط مساوي" با كشورهاي ديگر مواجه شود، "جمهوري اسلامي آماده است همه گونه همكاري با آمريكا بكند." احمد زيدآبادي، روزنامه نگار اصلاحگرا، در مصاحبه با راديو آزادي مي گويد: "رفسنجاني تحليل مشخصي از وضعيت روابط ايران و آمريكا و از وضع روابط بين الملل ندارد و متناسب با اخباري كه روزمره مي شنود، سعي مي كند موضعي اعلام كند." زيدآبادي مي افزايد: حرف هاي رفسنجاني براي مردم "گيج كننده است." دكتر صادق زيباكلام، استاد علوم سياسي دانشگاه تهران در مصاحبه با راديوآزادي مي گويد: رفسنجاني مي خواهد از جو تند ضدآمريكائي كه محافظه كاران ايجاد كردند، بكاهد و راه معتدلي را مطرح كند كه در شرايط فعلي حداقل تاثير آن جلوگيري از وخيم تر شدن اوضاع است. محمد حسين جعفريان، روزنامه نگار مخالف مذاكره با آمريكا، در مصاحبه با راديوآزادي مي گويد: خط پررنگي از مردم به تبعيت از رهبر جمهوري اسلامي مخالف مذاكره با آمريكا هستند و به مذاكراتي كه از نگاه خفت بار و تحقير صورت بگيرد تن در نخواهند داد. دكتر هوشنگ امير احمدي، رئيس شوراي ايراني آمريكائي كه براي برقراري ارتباط بين دو كشور فعاليت مي كند، در مصاحبه با راديوآزادي مي گويد: آمريكا حرف رفسنجاني را مطالعه مي كند ولي آن را به اندازه فقط يك حرف جدي مي گيرند.