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"Confessions" of the Protesters

"Confessions" of the Protesters

About 100 protesters arrested for their involvement in post-election violence were put on trial today.  The defendants included supporters of reformist opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, and aides of former reformist president Mohammad Khatami.  The Tehran Times reported that according to the indictment, a number of protesters confessed that the post-election unrest […]

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As the Inauguration Day Nears

As the Inauguration Day Nears

Defying the government ban, ten of thousands of Iranians gathered yesterday at Tehran’s main cemetery for the 40-day commemoration of those killed in the aftermath of the election.  Police used tear gas and baton to break up the demonstration.  The Press TV reported that 50 people were arrested in the protest.  Renowned Iranian filmmaker Panahi […]

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Prison Abuse Reported in Iran

Prison Abuse Reported in Iran

Today both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times carried stories on the prison abuse going on in Iran.  The New York Times reported: Some prisoners say they watched fellow detainees being beaten to death by guards in overcrowded, stinking holding pens. Others say they had their fingernails ripped off or were forced […]

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Secy. Clinton Officially Confirms: The Eagle Has re-Landed

Secy. Clinton Officially Confirms: The Eagle Has re-Landed

At the recent ASEAN Regional Forum in Thailand, U.S. Secretary of State Clinton, before the the 25 nations present, officially confirmed a substantial shift in U.S. foreign policy when she stated: ‘On behalf of our country and the Obama administration, I want to send a very clear message that the United States is back, that we […]

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United for Iran: Global Day of Action

United for Iran: Global Day of Action

All across the world today, people are showing their solitary to the Iranian people in their struggle for democracy, freedom and human rights.  In over 80 cities, from Austin, Texas to London to Tokyo, people are protesting against the disputed Iranian presidential election and the severe clampdown on opposition activities by the Iranian government.  The […]

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ASEAN Integration: Human Rights Illusion

ASEAN Integration: Human Rights Illusion

Human Rights Come to ASEAN? On Monday, in Phuket, Thailand, ASEAN laid out plans to formally adopt the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AIGCHR) at its regional meeting in October of this year.  The commission will have a mandate for greater human rights education, information dissemination, and inter-regional capacity building.  It will be be […]

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Sino-U.S. Relations: A Marriage of Convenience?

Sino-U.S. Relations: A Marriage of Convenience?

In his inaugural speech, President Barack Obama asserted that the United States remains “the most prosperous, powerful nation on earth.” No matter how powerful a nation is, however, its priorities still need to be rearranged and sometimes compromised, especially when dealing with key allies and partners. This much was evident by U.S. Secretary of State […]

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