Iran opposition remains defiant but struggles to keep up protests By: Ian Black, The Guardian, December 3, 2009
It’s not easy getting a clear picture of what’s happening in Iran these days: correspondents from western news organisations have not been granted visas since June’s disputed presidential elections; the few accredited foreign journalists still in Tehran face severe restrictions; and international attention focuses mostly on the nuclear issue, with occasional diversions. Yet there’s no shortage of information from individual Iranians who manage to keep in touch with the wider world, by phone, email and social networking sites. Read full article… Iran sentences two journalists to long prison terms By: Committee to Protect Journalists, December 3, 2009
The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the sentencing of Hengameh Shahidi and Saeed Laylaz, two prominent journalists, to extended prison terms. Shahidi was sentenced on Monday to six years and three months in prison, while Laylaz was sentenced to a prison sentence of no fewer than nine years, according to local and international news reports. Read full article… Iran: Top student leader arrested By: Iran Human Rights, December 2, 2009
With the approach of the National Students Day, December 7, the authorities have stepped up persecution and prosecution of student activists throughout the country, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. Authorities arrested prominent student leader Milad Asadi, a member of the Central Council of the Student Union to Foster Unity, at his home on the afternoon of 1 December. Other student have been detained or summoned on to appear before the Revolutionary Court. Read full article… Green leverage over Iran By: Michael Gerson, Washington Post, December 1, 2009
Iran has entered a final stage of irrevocable choices about its nuclear program. It has backed out of a deal that would have sent most of its uranium stockpile abroad to be processed for peaceful purposes. Following a censure of Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ahmadinejad announced plans to construct 10 additional nuclear enrichment sites and Iran’s parliament passed a resolution urging decreased cooperation with the IAEA. This is a regime in total defiance of international demands, moving toward breakout nuclear weapons capability. Read full article… Iran prison doctor ‘was poisoned’, prosecutors say By: BBC News, December 1, 2009
The doctor who died at an Iranian detention centre holding opposition supporters was poisoned, the Iranian authorities have said. But it was still not known if Dr Ramin Pourandarjani committed suicide or was murdered. “The coroner said he died after consuming medical pills, the traces of which were found in his salad,” Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Doulatabadi said. The coroner also revealed the person who delivered the food had been interrogated. Read full article… The Iran syndrome By: Christopher Dickey, Newsweek, December 1, 2009
Once again, Iran has taken hostages. This time, they are Britons-four of them young crewmembers of a racing yacht sailing out of the tiny principality of Bahrain, and one of them a radio announcer who was along for the ride. As usual, the Iranian regime is claiming that these people broke the law, in this case by wandering into Iran’s territorial waters. As usual, Iranian officials are threatening to denounce them as spies. And, as usual, all Tehran is proving is that it makes up laws… Read full article… Egypt’s opposition misled by fixation with Mubarak’s son By: Amr Hamzawy, The National, December 1, 2009
Political opposition in Egypt has been stirred by a recent campaign against Gamal Mubarak, the son of the president Hosni Mubarak, becoming Egypt’s new president in 2011. In particular, Ayman Nour, a key opposition figure and a presidential candidate in 2005, has mobilised a wide spectrum of political groups to present a united front in upcoming legislative and presidential elections in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Upon closer look, however, Mr Nour’s rallying cry is troubling. Read full article… Iran: A blogger released, another arrested By: Hamid Tehrani, Global Voices Online, November 30, 2009
Iranian authorities released Mohammad Ali Abtahi,former vice president and blogger on a $700,000 bail one week ago after his lawyer said he had been sentenced to six years in prison. Human rights activists reported that a few days ago Sasan Aghayi, a blogger and journalist got arrested in Tehran. Read full article…
South Africa: The Sharpeville massacre – defeat or backfire?
By: Philippe Duhamel, New Tactics, November 19, 2009
In 1960, the apartheid system was being expanded by the South African government through a system of obligatory passes that even women now had to carry, or risk being arrested and charged. These new requirements were being challenged by a campaign of nonviolent defiance that was quickly gaining momentum. Read full article…
Eastern Burma ‘comparable’ to Darfur
By: Lawi Weng, Irrawaddy, October 29, 2009
The growing instability in eastern Burma from ongoing military conflict is forcing thousands of ethnic people to become internally displaced persons according to a press release from the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC. The statement said at least 75,000 people in eastern Burma were forced to leave their homes during the past year, meaning the number of IDPs in the area now exceeds half a million. TBBC compared the scale of displacement to that of Darfur in eastern Sudan.
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