Tehran, May 29 - Iran is spending millions of dollars and reorganising the paramilitary Bassij Force to attract new volunteers following low morale and widespread defections during last year’s anti-government nationwide uprising.The Bassij militia, an off-shoot of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is currently headed by IRGC Brig. Gen. Mohammad-Reza Naqdi.
His wife and other son have been in jail for the past six monthsMr. Mohammad Salam Joshan, 52, father of a member of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) residing in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, was arrested on Monday evening, May 24, at his work place in Sorkhe-Hesar of Karaj, west of Tehran and taken to Evin prison. He was charged with rebellion and acting against national security.
Majid Tavakoli, a political prisoner, who is on his fifth day of dry hunger strike, has fallen critically ill. In a show of solidarity for his action, his mother along with number of other political prisoners have joined in with their own hunger strikes.
On May 23, Majid Tavakoli, a student activist from Tehran Polytechnic University, started a dry hunger strike to protest against his transfer to solitary confinement. His move follows pressures by the regime’s prosecutor Jaafari Dowlatabadi on 100 political prisoners forcing them to repent in writing and appeal to the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to pardon them. Majid and most of the prisoners have refused to give in to their outrageous demands. Angered by his refusal, the henchmen transferred him to solitary confinement.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday rejected Iran's criticism of the Kremlin for supporting draft sanctions, saying that Russian attempts to resolve the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme had repeatedly fallen on deaf ears in Tehran.In one of the worst rows between the two countries in decades, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday admonished the Kremlin for bowing to what he said was U.S. pressure to agree sanctions.
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