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By Bob Dole
The industrious island has proved itself worthy of U.S. inclusion
Topic - Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Special elections at select spots in the United States for Iranian-Americans and expatriates to vote on Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's replacement kick off Friday, but voter turnout is low as young people in particular see their ballots as worthless.
With the Iranian presidential election to be held this Friday, the clerical regime’s ayatollahs are begging people to vote, fearing worldwide scorn without substantial voter participation.
With the Iranian presidential election to be held this Friday, the clerical regime's ayatollahs are begging people to vote, fearing worldwide scorn without substantial voter participation.
Iran is teetering on the brink of political chaos in the wake of last week's news that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was arrested, questioned and warned to shut up by the heads of the Islamic regime's security forces before being released seven hours later.
The Iranian reformist website Kaleme.com says Iranian filmmaker and women's right activist Mahnaz Mohammadi has been arrested in Tehran.
The Obama administration imposed new economic and travel sanctions on Iran's police and paramilitary forces for their role in violence against protesters after 2009 elections.
President Obama has reversed course on his administration's policy of limiting criticism of Iran's human rights abuses, speaking out Sunday in support of imprisoned dissidents seeking democracy in the Islamic republic.
Police used tear gas and batons Tuesday to disperse anti-government protesters demanding the release of opposition leaders, with several people arrested in the biggest street clashes in Iran's capital in more than two weeks, witnesses and opposition websites said.
Iranian authorities have taken senior opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi to a prison in Tehran, a reformist website reported Monday.
Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi will stand trial for sedition, according to a report by Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.
Youth were disillusioned in the 2009 special elections in the United States, when protesters took to the streets to oppose the re-election of Mr. Ahmadinejad instead of the reform candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, he said, in the AP report.
"All small businesses are suffering," said Hossein, the manager of a photography services shop. "People have less money to spend, and many firms are simply laying staff off."