Mir Hossein Mousavi

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Gabriel García Márquez Novel Spurs Rebels in Iran

'News of a Kidnapping' selling out after Mousavi comment

(Newser) - Want to know what it’s like to be an Iranian opposition leader under house arrest? Read Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s News of a Kidnapping. Ever since Mir Hossein Mousavi told his daughters the Colombian novel describes “my situation in captivity,” it’s been flying off the shelves... More »

Iran Reportedly Jails Mousavi

Tehran formally detains opposition leaders, wives

(Newser) - Iran is cracking down on its opposition today, jailing prominent leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, reports the AP. The pair and their wives were arrested and taken to Tehran's Heshmatiyeh jail, according to reformist website Kaleme.com. The two have been under house arrest for two weeks for... More »

Iranian Police Squash Protests

Anti-government rally in Tehran buckles under crackdown

(Newser) - The Iranians who took to the streets of Tehran yesterday for what was supposed to be a major protest met with thousands of security forces armed with clubs, tear gas, and Tasers, who broke up the gatherings, witnesses tell the Washington Post . There were also unconfirmed reports of gunshots, and... More »

Mousavi Goes Missing in Iran

Daughters fear he's been detained, along with his wife

(Newser) - Iran’s top opposition leader and his wife have gone missing, and their daughters fear they have been detained. Mir Hossein Mousavi hasn’t been seen or heard from since Tuesday, and security forces have surrounded his family home and cut all communications in and out, his daughters tell the... More »

Iran Prayer Chants Urge Opposition Leaders' Deaths

Thousands call for executions of Mousavi, Karroubi

(Newser) - During prayer services today in Tehran, thousands of worshipers chanted against two opposition leaders, the AP reports. They called for the execution of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi following protests this week that drew tens of thousands of supporters. Karroubi was quoted last night as saying he’d accept... More »

Cops Shoot Tear Gas at Iranian Protesters

Opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi's house blocked, phone lines cut

(Newser) - Hundreds of Iranian riot police shot tear gas at protesters in Tehran today, as thousands marched toward the city’s central square in a show of solidarity with Egypt. Some police rode motorcycles and wielded paintball guns, the New York Times reports. Protesters chanted “Death to the dictator”—... More »

A Year Later, Iran Tense, Quiet

Green Revolution muted as protests called off

(Newser) - A year to the day after mass protests erupted over election fraud, Mir Hossein Mousavi vowed that Iran's opposition would "continue our peaceful methods"—but the so-called Green Revolution whose momentum threatened to topple the presidency of Mahmoud Ahamdinejad appeared muted. A mass protest planned for today was... More »

Tehran University Erupts in Protests

Students turn on Ahmadinejad after Kurds executed

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received a hostile reception when he made an unannounced visit to a university in northern Tehran yesterday. Students chanting "Ahmadinejad, the liar is our guest today," and "you are sucking the blood from our country" gathered to protest the Iranian president's presence, and clashed with... More »

Meet the Time 100

Magazine unveils latest megalist

(Newser) - The Time 100—Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world—has just hit the interwebs, and as usual, the names range from obvious to head scratching. The names you expect are there—Barack Obama, Oprah, Steve Jobs—as are some you might not, or... More »

Mousavi: 'Cult' Is Running Iran

Opposition leader issues harshest rebuke yet

(Newser) - Iran's opposition leader says a dictatorial cult is ruling Iran in the name of Islam, the strongest rebuke yet by Mir Hossein Mousavi. In comments posted on his website today, Mousavi says his movement's strategy is to effect reform by raising the consciousness of the Iranian people. But he acknowledges... More »

Iranian Nuclear Professor Killed in Bomb Blast

Tehran University physicist was a Mousavi supporter

(Newser) - A nuclear physics professor who publicly backed opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi in the June presidential election was killed today when a bomb-rigged motorcycle blew up outside his home. State media identified the victim as Masoud Ali Mohammadi, a professor at Tehran University, which has been at the center of... More »

Mousavi: I Will Die for Reform

He makes first statement since death of his nephew

(Newser) - In his first public statement since the death of his nephew during anti-government protests, Mir Hossein Mousavi says he, too, is willing to die for the cause. "I am not afraid to die for people's demands," said a statement on his website, without mention of his nephew. He... More »

Iran Seizes Bodies of Dead Protesters

Mousavi spokesman calls nephew's death an assassination

(Newser) - Iranian authorities are holding the bodies of at least five people killed in anti-government protests in an apparent bid to prevent activists from rallying at their funerals. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi's nephew is among the dead, and his family is charging that government forces seized his body from a... More »

Iran Regime's Days May Be Numbered

Opposition's tenacity could signal 'breaking point' for Tehran: experts

(Newser) - The anti-government protests that started in Tehran this weekend show that the opposition movement still has plenty of fight in it—and could eventually topple the clerical regime. Though the fraudulent election was a full 6 months ago, the protesters, whose efforts reach the world on YouTube, appear uncowed by... More »

Report: Mousavi's Nephew Dead in Iran Protests

Opposition leader's kin died of wounds in fierce clashes: Aide

(Newser) - The nephew of Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi has been killed in fighting between protesters and security forces, a close aide says. Ali Mousavi died of wounds in a hospital today, says the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of government reprisals. More »

Regime Change in Iran Could Easily Backfire

The current crew is limited by its own incompetence

(Newser) - Iran’s current government leaves much to be desired, but would the installation of a less ideological, more democratic government actually be desirable for the US and its allies? Maybe not, writes Stephen Walt . For example, Mir Mousavi, Ahmadinejad’s jilted rival in the last “election,” agrees with... More »

New Iranian Protests Turn Violent

Journalists banned, phones blocked, university locked down

(Newser) - A state-run rally devolved into chaos in Tehran today, as police clashed with opposition supporters renewing their post-election discontent. Police fired tear gas at the protesters in various squares throughout the city, while plainclothes Basij militia beat demonstrators with batons, witnesses told Reuters and the AP . Elsewhere, protesters and the... More »

Neda's Boyfriend: 'This Movement Will Never Die'

In hiding after fleeing Iran, says the movement is still strong

(Newser) - "I still cannot believe it. I think I will see Neda again," the boyfriend of the iconic slain Iranian protester tells the Guardian in his first interview since fleeing the country. "Now I have left Iran, I can cry out," says Caspian Makan, who was tossed... More »

Iranian Police Clash With Protesters

Tear gas, beatings mark 30th anniversary of US Embassy takeover

(Newser) - Iranian security forces beat anti-government protesters with batons and fired tear gas today on the sidelines of state-sanctioned rallies in Tehran to mark the 30th anniversary of the US Embassy takeover. While pro-government demonstrators chanted "death to America" outside the former embassy, opposition marchers nearby cried "death to... More »

Iran Students Hope to Reignite Smoldering Unrest

Green movement plans major protest tomorrow

(Newser) - Iranian students are planning a major protest tomorrow, their first in six weeks, hoping to turn an annual parade commemorating the taking of the US embassy in 1979 into an anti-government rally. Though largely forgotten by the media and discounted by Western policy makers, the so-called “green movement” that... More »

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