[Hat tip to Engage]
This piece, by Robert Tait, is from The Observer.
Iran has hanged up to 30 people in the past month amid a clampdown prompted by alleged US-backed plots to topple the regime, The Observer can reveal.
Many executions have been carried out in public in an apparent bid to create a climate of intimidation while sending out uncompromising signals to the West. Opposition sources say at least three of the dead were political activists, contradicting government insistence that it is targeting ‘thugs’ and dangerous criminals. The executions have coincided with a crackdown on student activists and academics accused of trying to foment a ‘soft revolution’ with US support.
Meanwhile, Iran continues to hold four U.S. citizens hostage. Haleh Esfandiari from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars , Parnaz Azima, a journalist for Radio Farda, Ali Shakeri, a founding boardmember of the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding at the University of California at Irvine and urban planner Kian Tajbakhsh.
[UPDATE: Esfandari was released on Tuesday.]