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Nobel Prize Winner Says Iran's Regime Won't Last

ABC's Senior Foreign Correspondent Jim Sciutto reports:

In a calm but defiant interview with ABC News, Iranian human rights activist and 2003 Nobel Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi said the current Iranian regime has “no popular base”. “I promise you, this regime will not last,” she said. Pressed as to how a largely a popular protest movement can challenge a regime which seemingly has all the cards -- police, military, basij paramilitaries, Revolutionary Guards -- she said the movement is becoming more widespread despite the crackdown, spreading from Tehran to other cities. She said political backing from prominent religious leaders adds strength, and that while political leaders such as Mirhossein Mousavi have been largely quiet, “the real leaders are the people.”

Asked about the international community’s renewed push for economic sanctions against the regime, Ebadi said sanctions will “harm the people and will not bring about the collapse of the regime”, explaining that the regime will use sanctions as a pretext crack down further. (She also opposes a military attack for the same reasons.) Her preferred remedy: that the US and the West express “verbal support only” for the opposition and seek to stop weapons sales to the government.

On a more personal note, she said Iranian authorities did in fact confiscate her 2003 Nobel, despite the govt’s denials. She said the Revolutionary Court, which handles all cases involved security, confiscated her and her husband’s safety deposit box, where the prize was stored. She said they also froze the couple’s bank accounts and pensions. and the govt is now trying to get her to pay taxes on her Nobel prize award money, even though she says such awards are not taxable in Iran.


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Added: Dec-9-2009 Occurred On: Dec-9-2009
By: marinemom
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Iran, Middle East
Tags: iran, shirin ebadi
Location: Teheran, Tehran, Iran (load item map)
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  • I uploaded this because I thought it was interesting, and frankly, I agree with her.

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  • tony montana's sister.

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  • What a fooked up leadership. I see an ending soon...real soon.

    I just hope the Mullahs are skined, than stoned and sent to the Sunni Kurds as slaves.

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  • now i know why she won nobel price...

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  • She's just pissed because Iran has frozen her assets & confiscated her nobel pfft prize. Iran is under no threat of collapse.

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    • Iran is under no threat of collapse, but it's present form of government will not last. Someday the present dictators will die off, and those young people protesting in the streets - they will be running the country. It's inevitable.

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    • If the 'arrogant powers' were to back off then they may vote in a less hardline government. This government was voted in as a direct result of Western threats. Those young people in the streets won't change a thing with force. They have no guns & can't even get past the Basij let alone the IRGC.

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    • Oh come on! Voted in? Define "voted in". You mean like where you vote, and your vote is counted? That kind of voted in?

      How do you know who they "voted in"?

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    • That is complete BS and you know that! Amajimmajammalad didn't even have sense to hide it well, but he just declared those results. That guy who was predicted to be 2nd. or 3rd. in the poll usualy got like 100% of the votes in his home town, but now suddendly everybody was voting mr. wannabee mahdi.

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    • Mousavi was the first to declare victory. 4 hours after the vote counting began. He had also declared earlier that he would not accept losing. The vote was fiddled, it always is. It was irresponsible of Mousavi etc to use the people in that way. Mousavi & Rafsanjani were making trouble in that election. They are much worse than Ahmadinejad IMO.

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