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23rd Annual Report of Republic in Iran

People celebrate after the soccer match in Abu Dhabi between Iran and UAE in a World Cup qualifier, in Mohseni square, north Tehran, Iran.
In a new movie, young Iranian lovers are harassed by morality police for being alone together in a car. The outraged young man finally attacks the officer -- often to the cheers of the audience. In a series of remarkable outbursts on the streets -- following soccer matches by Iran's national team -- crowds have defied Islamic "authorities", flouted Islamic rules and introduced some serious political questions.
Islamic "president" Mohammad Khatami came to New York City to attend a U.N. summit as U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies explored new information tying his regime's intelligence services to Sept. 11 and to previous anti-American terrorist attacks, Insight has learned.
Thousands of Iranian demonstrators have poured into the streets in recent weeks shouting protests with fierce intensity. Even more astonishing is that Iranian crowds gathering to cheer the national soccer team in World Cup competition have erupted with denunciations of the conservative clerics who have long kept Iran a strictly Islamic despotism. A figure emerging as a leading voice for this popular discontent is Reza Pahlavi, exiled son of the late shah of Iran. Pahlavi's call for secular democracy and nonviolent civil disobedience has been beamed into Iran this year from Los Angeles on satellite TV.
Thirty-one member of so-called "reformist" group went on trial Sunday in closed-door proceedings that could set up another show between rival Moslems: conservatives and "moderates". Conviction by the Revolutionary Court could bring death sentences.
Turkey has promised to take delivery of Iranian natural gas in December. The 25-year gas deal has been valued at more than $20 billion.
Iran has the world's second-largest reserves after Russia, it has been slow to develop its gas resources and even slower to find markets abroad.
Iran's soccer fervor turns political and violent against ruling clerics. Following a succession of recent soccer matches, hundreds of thousands of Iranian boys and girls have poured into streets across Iran, chanting "Zindibad azadi!" (Long live freedom), blaring banned pop music from car radios, and shouting in support of the exiled son of the shah, now emerging as the likely figurehead for the democratic desires of Iranian youth.
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Posted 05-Apr-02 | Revised 08-Apr-2002