Meanwhile, Iran runs roughshod over its citizens

The civil war in Libya and the uprisings in the Middle East continue to dominate the news. But we shouldn’t lose track of Mehdi Karroubi and Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the two Iranian oppositon figures jailed by the Iranian regime. The BBC ominously reported:

Both Mr Mousavi and Mr Karroubi have called for demonstrations in Iran in the light of the recent uprisings in Tunisia and in Egypt. Earlier this month the two men, along with their wives, were detained in their respective homes in Tehran as protests were staged on the streets of the capital.

On Monday one of Mr Karroubi’s sons told BBC Persian service he had been told his father had been “taken by security forces to an unspecified location”.

Mr Mousavi’s Kaleme website reported that the men and their wives “have been arrested and were transferred to the Heshmatiyeh prison of Tehran”.

The White House used its usual tepid language. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Monday, “We obviously find the detention of opposition leaders to be unacceptable. And we call [for] them to be treated well and released.” (The language was less harsh than that used by United Nations ambassador Susan Rice last week in reference to I… >>>

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