Iran began its fourth mass trial of people accused of
fomenting unrest after the disputed June presidential election, state
broadcaster IRIB reported.
The official IRNA news agency said
earlier those to be put on trial in a Tehran Revolutionary Court
included former Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh, former
Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeh, former government spokesman
Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, and Iranian-American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh.
June 12 vote plunged the Islamic state into its most serious internal
crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution and exposed deep divisions in
its ruling elite.
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In a 67-page report, Human Rights Watch
(HRW) detailed an intensive “sexual cleansing” campaign of
murder, torture, kidnapping, beatings, and blackmail carried out
against those perceived to be gay in Iraq.
The report, entitled
“They Want Us Exterminated: Murder, Torture, Sexual Orientation and
Gender in Iraq,” is based on interviews recently conducted by an HRW
team in Iraq with more than 50 men who identified as gay, as well as
with doctors, journalists, United Nations aid officials, and others.
clerical leadership on Friday stepped up a campaign to silence
opposition claims that protesters had been raped in prison, with prayer
leaders in at least three major cities denouncing the accusations and
their chief sponsor.
Iran will probably not have the technical ability to produce enough
fuel to make a nuclear bomb before 2013, US Director of National
Intelligence Dennis Blair told a senate intelligence committee earlier
this year. But only now has that become public.
The Head of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Political Bureau, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, says certain Western states are seeking to turn the ongoing political milieu in Iran to their advantage.
Hale, in his July 8 request, said there was “an urgent operational need for the capability to strike hard and deeply buried targets in high-threat environments,” and top commanders of U.S. forces in Asia and the Middle East...
police fired tear gas and arrested protesters mourning the
young woman killed in post-election violence who has become a symbol
for the opposition to Tehran's hardline leaders.
The clashes erupted after hundreds of supporters of opposition
leader Mirhossein Mousavi gathered to mourn Neda Agha-Soltan, whose
death on June 20 was captured on video and has been seen by hundreds of
thousands on the Internet.
Top Iranian leaders called for greater protection for
opposition demonstrators arrested during this summer's protests after
at least 3 have died in custody.
Reflect concern, even among Iran's
ruling elite, that some of those detained are being mistreated by
officials and groups operating under the authority of the powerful
Revolutionary Guard Corps, which has taken an ever larger role in
Iranian affairs since protests over June's disputed presidential
election triggered a massive crackdown.
"I think the Iranian government is learning quickly how to control
and contain these things," said the executive director of
The Tor Project whose free
downloadable Tor program allows Internet users to work through a
network of relays run by volunteers around the world to access blocked
sites and hide what they are doing on the Internet. Active sessions
using Tor in Iran have jumped from a few hundred before the election to
thousands after, the nonprofit group said.
In the latest sign of dissension within Iran’s conservative ranks, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s new deputy withdrew in response to a letter demanding his removal written by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, state television and news agencies reported.
If the Iranian
government won't end its nuclear program, the chairman of the House
Foreign Affairs Committee will push
legislation that "would force companies in the energy sector to choose between doing business with Iran, or doing business with the United States," said Rep. Howard Berman, a California Democrat.
A full-fledged Israeli nuclear response, using some, but not all, of its 200 nuclear weapons, would target most major Iranian cities and major military bases. It would kill 16 million to 28 million people within three weeks.
The Israeli government has reserved the right to carry out a first strike on Iran's nuclear facilities if the country continues to defy the international community and spreads instability in the Middle East.
With Armenia's civil aviation organization confirming that the Caspian Airlines plane that crashed in Iran on Wednesday had passed all pre-flight safety inspections, the cause of the disaster remains a mystery.
"We also say we're not going to just wait indefinitely and allow for the development of a nuclear weapon, the breach of international treaties, and wake up one day and find ourselves in a much worse situation and unable to act," he said
The U.S. military on Thursday reluctantly turned over to Iraq five
Iranians it had accused of fomenting violence in Iraq [2 1/2 years ago]. The Iraqi
government promptly invited them to meet Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
and then released them to Iranian custody.