Tuesday, October 20

Iran: City Scholar Condemned (3#) -

Iranian-American academic Kian Tajbakhsh has been sentenced to "more than 12 years" in prison, according to his lawyer, Houshang Azhari. He holds a doctorate in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

:: Reuters :: - - - :: Bloomberg ::

A controversial pro-democracy program for
Iran has been cut by the Obama Administration.

Some Iranian critics believe that the program focused the authorities' attention on NGOs and Human Rights activists, making them targets of allegations that they were acting as U.S. agents to overthrow the current system of government there.

Most of the activists have been advocating
Reforms, rather than systemic change.