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Iran

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Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2003 February 25, 2004 The Islamic Republic of Iran [note 1] is a constitutional, theocratic republic in which Shi’a Muslim clergy dominate the key power structures. The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, dominates a tri-cameral division of power […]

“Like the Dead in Their Coffins” Torture, Detention, and the Crushing of Dissent in Iran

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If there had been no press, no investigations by the Parliament, no Article 90 Commission, I think that I would still be in prison or I would be dead. They made sure that I was not forgotten�If I had spoken out and no one knew my name from the newspapers, I would be dead. I […]

Iranian-Americans 2006 Democracy convention in DC

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On May 25, 2006, Iranain-American held their second convention for a democractic, secular republic in Iran and in support of democractic change there. Below are some media reports on this event. The Washington Times, May 25, 2006 As a teenager, she spent 2½ years in an Iranian prison, fearing for her life and watching other […]

Turkey intercepts ship with suspected arms headed for Syria

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ANKARA (AFP) — Turkey has intercepted a vessel in the Mediterranean suspected of carrying weapons and ammunition to Syria, a diplomatic source told AFP on Wednesday. “We received information that the vessel has a cargo of arms and ammunition headed for Syria,” the source said on condition of anonymity, adding that Turkish authorities would search […]

CNN Poll: Iran a bigger threat to U.S. than North Korea

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By CNN’s Political Unit Americans see Iran as a bigger threat to the United States than North Korea, according to a new poll. The CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday showed 81% view Iran as a very serious or moderate threat to the U.S. Three quarters of Americans said North Korea represents a similar threat. The […]

Iran builds submarine force in Persian Gulf face-off

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United Press International DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, April 20 (UPI) — Iran has been building up its submarine fleet for the last decade, adding mainly indigenously built small boats armed with torpedoes and mines that make them ideal platforms to carry out Tehran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, the gateway to the Persian […]

Iran’s supreme leader embraced concept of nuclear arms, archival document suggests

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Washington Post (blog) By Joby Warrick In a speech three months ago, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei repeated his religious edict against nuclear weapons, insisting that his country would never build them. But a newly published document suggests that Khamenei hasn’t always viewed the bomb as a “great sin.” According to an internal U.N. […]

12 Christians in Iran await verdicts after Easter Sunday apostasy trial

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Fox News By Lisa Daftari Twelve Christians stood trial Easter Sunday in Iran, where they were called “apostates” in a courtroom and tried on multiple charges, according to sources close to Iran’s Christian community. The Christians had been acquitted on the same charges, including “crimes against the order,” a year ago in Bandar Anzali, a […]

'Alarming' surge in executions, says Amnesty

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BBC Amnesty International says there was a surge in the number of executions carried out worldwide in 2011, mainly centred in the Middle East. In an annual report, the group said Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia were most responsible for the increase. But it also noted that China executed more people than the rest of […]

'Sweden has betrayed the Arab struggle for democracy'

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Revelations that Sweden has helped the regime in Saudi Arabia enhance its military capabilities amount to a betrayal of the Arab spring and support for a Saudi-backed Arab counter-revolution, argue a group of Arab and Swedish pro-democracy activists. Saab ‘rewarded’ official who drafted Saudi deal (7 Apr 12) Saudi Arabia a ‘family business’: Bildt (4 […]
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