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No Irã
“Iran has finally confirmed the arrest of Hossein Derakhshan.

From the Associated Press via the International Herald Tribune:

Iran confirmed on Tuesday that a well-known Iranian-Canadian blogger, who had made trips to Israel, was in detention.

Judiciary spokesman Ali Reza Jamshidi told reporters that Hossein Derakhshan was detained under order from the revolutionary court.

Derakshan, described as the “father” of Iran’s vigorous blogging scene, had been rumored to be in prison for the last two months according to international human rights groups, before Tuesday’s confirmation.

He was detained in November, few weeks after he returned to Iran.

Jamshidi says Derakhshan was charged with insulting religious figures. He did not elaborate.” leia mais

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Em Gaza
“A Fatah official in Ramallah told the Post that at least 100 of his men had been killed or wounded as a result of the massive Hamas crackdown. Some had been brutally tortured, he added.
The official said that the perpetrators belonged to Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin Kassam, and to the movement’s Internal Security Force.

According to the official, at least three of the detainees had their eyes put out by their interrogators, who accused them of providing Israel with wartime information about the location of Hamas militiamen and officials.” leia mais

“Since the operation began on December 27, Hamas operatives have executed several people it classified as collaborators. (…) Independent sources said that among the dead were those not known publicly to have been collaborators, as well as others long suspected of cooperation with Israel, or those arrested and later released.

Estimates of the number of suspects executed range from 40 to 80, but amid the prevailing conditions shelling, fear of walking the streets and media blackouts it is virtually impossible to verify the numbers or identities of the dead. leia mais

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Na Rússia
“Um advogado de direitos humanos que lutava contra a libertação de um coronel que havia matado uma mulher tchechena foi assassinado no centro de Moscou por um homem armado com uma pistola com silenciador, segundo autoridades. Uma jornalista que tentou intervir no momento do ataque também morreu.leia mais

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Na Venezuela
“Sob a alegação de que não tinham autorização, o governo Hugo Chávez dissolveu ontem uma marcha estudantil no centro de Caracas com gás lacrimogêneo e balas de borracha. Foi o mais grave de vários incidentes registrados desde sábado, quando o mandatário venezuelano lançou oficialmente a campanha pela reeleição indefinida ordenando “jogar gás do bom e meter preso” em caso de distúrbios de oposicionistas.”