Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Basiji strike again

A political force for conformity

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi of Iran is threatened at her home

"Scores of young men gathered around the Tehran home-office of Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, shouted slogans against her and vandalized her home in the latest episode by hard-line political groups close to the government to intimidate the human rights lawyer...

"The apparently unarmed young men, chanting, 'Death to the pen-pushing mercenary,' included one who told the Iranian Students News Agency, or ISNA, that he was a member of the Basiji militia. The hard-line group answers to the elite Revolutionary Guard, a parallel branch of the military, and supreme leader Ali Khamenei, the country's highest political and religious authority...

"Thursday's demonstration was the third time in 11 days that authorities or forces close to them have moved against Ebadi..."

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