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Obama BFF Iran targets free speech via crackdown on artists and activists

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DUBAI (Reuters) – An Iranian poet who backed a reformist candidate in 2009’s disputed presidential election has been detained amid a crackdown on artists and activists, a U.S.-based rights group said.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) said late on Friday that Hila Sedighi had been arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport on Jan. 7 as she returned from the United Arab Emirates.

Dozens of journalists, activists and artists have been arrested on charges such as “propaganda” since October in an apparent crackdown on free expression and dissent ahead of next month’s election to parliament and the assembly that will choose Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s successor.

Iranian officials have not commented on Sedighi’s case. The ICHRI said her arrest was likely linked to an earlier suspended jail sentence she received in 2011 for her activism two years earlier.

Sedighi was an active supporter of reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in the 2009 presidential election. After hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was returned to office, demonstrators took to the streets claiming the election was fraudulent, and Sedighi recited poetry at the protests.

The hardline Revolutionary Guards and judiciary cracked down on the protests and placed Mousavi under house arrest, alongside fellow candidate Mehdi Karroubi, where they both remain.

Conservative factions describe the events of 2009 as “sedition”. Khamenei on Saturday said the protests were an “unsuccessful coup d’etat” orchestrated by Iran’s enemies abroad.

Sedighi was awarded the Hellman/Hammett prize for free expression by Human Rights Watch in 2012. Another Iranian recipient of that prize, journalist Isa Saharkhiz, was arrested in November.

(Reporting by Sam Wilkin; Editing by Helen Popper)

Happy International Women’s Day!.. Islamic Style

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Saudi Anti-Terrorism Effort Gets Serious, Targets Women Drivers

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They say that the Saudis aren’t serious about fighting terrorism, but once again the Kingdom shows its commitment to standing on the front lines against the lethal Jihad of… women driving cars.

Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month after they defied edicts that prohibit women from driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants said.

The Specialized Criminal Court, to which their cases were referred, was established in the capital, Riyadh, to try terrorism cases but has also tried and given long prison sentences to a number of human rights workers, peaceful dissidents, activists and critics of the government.

Well it’s not like there are any terrorists for them to try. The terrorists are just sent to “rehab” where they live a posh lifestyle and listen to Islamic lectures before being described rehabilitated.

But now those women drivers are dangerous.