Monday, September 24, 2007

Iran is free!

Unh huh.

Government agents have raided and closed down influential Iranian news website Baztab, which is critical of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The website, closed down on Sunday, is linked to an ex-commander of Iran's revolutionary guards, General Mohsen Rezaii, now member of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council.

The body resolves legislative issues between the Iranian parliament and the Council of Guardians - which has veto power over all legislation.

The agents seized Baztab's editorial offices. The website had over the last few weeks had harshly criticised the Iranian government, especially its handing of the economy.

The Baztab news site had already been blocked last year, and only after several outcries and protests, was it allowed to resume. The siege and closure of Baztab's offices were ordered by General Rezaii himself, suggesting a growing power struggle between factions within the regime.

Rumours about an imminent aerial attack by the United States against Iranian nuclear and military installations, have caused an unprecedented internal shake-up among the various factions inside Iran.