(Newser) – Iranian authorities arrested 70 university professors yesterday, after they met with Mir Hossein Mousavi, according to a dissident website, as the regime intensified its crackdown on demonstrators. The professors’ whereabouts are now unknown, but hundreds of activists are now being held in a prison system notorious for torture and human rights abuses. Tehran is calmer today after yesterday’s brutal scenes, and an opposition rally scheduled for today has been canceled.
Western media outlets have received numerous reports of nighttime roundups of opposition figures and international journalists, but the allegations are difficult to confirm because of restrictions on reporting. Pro-Mousavi media outlets have also been targeted; 25 journalists at a paper sympathetic to the candidate were arrested on Monday, and Iranian intelligence said it had raided the outlet’s headquarters to stop “promotion of unrest and efforts to undermine the country’s security.”
and that I could go around dropping acid or ecstasy or mdma in the cups of all the world leaders and people who don’t feel anymore and people who’ve forgotten that the meaning of life is found in the transcendence of being happy and all that we’ve already accomplished. Really. I wish I was a fairy then I’d bake special cupcakes for everyone, with strawberry icing and you’d lay back on your arms in the grass and just smile up at the sky because it’s so awesome… and the clouds… and what a beautiful day… if I was a fairy.
Sitting Here in this white padded room Imagining I’m a meteor flying out through the distant space How this tiny speck called Earth destroys tomorrow… So capable of so many things Why make life taking planes But I believe, that when you lose your route Choose the sunlight It could be your guide No more political dreams Not another excuse Don’t need another love song, we need a love bomb…
To just blow us away! To freaking blow the lights out Turning night to day Hear it from miles away A chance to make it right now Fuck what the government say We gotta save some life now Is that OK?
(Newser) – Peru’s Congress has revoked two laws that led to bloody clashes between police and indigenous protesters, CNN reports. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of ditching the laws that opened up the country’s Amazon region to mining, logging, and oil companies. Dozens of people died earlier this month when police moved in on indigenous people blocking roads to protest the exploitation of their ancestral lands.
“We are thankful because the will of the indigenous people has been heard and we only hope that, in the future, government will pay attention to and listen to the people and not legislate behind their backs,” said the leader of an indigenous group, urging its members to abandon their protests. She added that lives could have been saved if the government had acted earlier.