Iranian Elections and Political Reform

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Iran will hold a parliamentary election tomorrow, but its latest experiment in democracy is being compromised by religious authority. Reformist candidates have been banned from running, a possible boycott and public disillusionment may depress turnout, and anti-democratic forces may emerge stronger than ever. Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has agreed with President Bush that June 30 is too soon for elections to be held in Iraq. Why is the Bush administration silent about what-s happening in Iran? Does Iran hold implications for a new government in Iraq? We speak with an expert in Middle East politics, a former White House diplomat who served during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis, and Iran's first ambassador to the United Nations about the situation in Iran and its implications for American efforts to extend democracy in the Middle East.
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Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges Skilling

Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran

Kofi Annan's announcement on June 30 deadline for Iraqi elections

McDowell's story on reformists' boycott of Iranian election



Warren Olney