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Despite a February 15th United Nations review of its human-rights practices, Iran’s government has not curbed its censorship and repression of women’s rights activists. The morning after the review was held, Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian feminist lawyer, was detained by the Iranian government. Her alleged crime is “to have spoken with foreign media” about human rights violations in Iran.
During the U.N. session, delegates from most countries—with the exception of Cuba, Venezuela, China, Russia and a few others—condemned the Iranian government’s treatment of dissenters, especially violence against women and religious minorities. Simultaneously, Iran censored portions of women’s rights websites and blogs reporting on the session.
These latest cases of detention, intimidation and censorship come on the heels of a government crackdown on dissidence on February 11th, the 31st anniversary of the Iranian revolution. To thwart a planned demonstration by Iran’s pro-democracy “green movement,” the government shut down the Internet in parts of Tehran and other major cities. Meanwhile, state-backed, pro-government demonstrations were accompanied with utmost security measures enforced by the Basij (paramilitary forces) and Sepah (the Revolutionary Guard). Even so, shouts of “Death to Dictator!” could be heard during President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech, although few protesters were visible.
Tonight on 360°, Tiger Woods' apology. Plus, one of the missionaries back home from Haiti is speaking out. We also have the raw politics of the Conservative Action Committee Conference. The GOP is planning a comeback, but due they need Tea Party support?
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Tiger Woods faced the cameras today and apologized for his "irresponsible and selfish" extramarital affairs.
"I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone, apply to me. I brought this shame on myself," Woods said during his 14-minute statement delievered at a news conference in Florida today.
Woods hugged his mother, but not his wife. Elin wasn't there.
But he did want to clear up some misconceptions about her.
"Some people have speculated that Elin somehow hurt or attacked me on Thanksgiving night. It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that. Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame."
Tiger admitted he was foolish.
"I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone, apply to me. I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admired me."
Tiger said he's not sure when he'll return to golf. He's heading back to rehab. He's hoping his fans can forgive him.
"Today I want to ask for your help. I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again."
What do you think of Tiger's apology? Share your thoughts below.
Tonight on 360°, Tom Foreman looks beyond Tiger's performance in front of the cameras to what those cameras really captured. Things you might have missed.
Plus, how Tiger's message and adultery are seen by both women and men. John Gray, author of the best-selling book "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" joins us to help tackle that angle.
We also continue to follow the Conservative Political Action Conference, or C-PAC, in Washington. Will the Tea partiers join forces with Republicans, and from their point of view, should they? We've got the raw poltics.
We're also following several developments out of Haiti. Gary Tuchman is back in Port-au-Prince tonight. He's got an update on an orphanage he first visitied in the days just after last month's earthquake. Some of the children there are in new homes in the U.S. But others are still in Haiti, waiting to start a new life.
Anderson also has an interview with one of the missionaries released from Haiti this week. See if Jim Allen knew Laura Silsby before heading to Haiti. Allen also responded to questions about the documents Silsby said she had to take the 33 Haitian children into the Dominican Republic.
Join us for these stories and much more at 10 p.m. ET. See you then!
Good morning. And thank you for joining me.
Many of you in the room are my friends. Many of you in this room know me. Many of you have cheered for me, or worked with me, or supported me, and now, every one of you has good reason to be critical of me.
I want to say to each of you, simply, and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.
I know people want to find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish. People want to know how I could have done these things to my wife, Elin, and to my children. And while I have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say.
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Tiger Woods makes a statement from the Sunset Room on the second floor of the TPC Sawgrass, home of the PGA Tour on February 19, 2010 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Woods publicly admitted to cheating on his wife Elin Nordegren but maintained that the issues remain 'a matter between a husband and a wife.'
Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.
Beat 360° Winners:
“Tiger, Tiger, burning bright
Meeting women in the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could chase thee in thy SUV?”
"Forgive me, this is so uncomfortable, my shirt has too much starch in it, i'm doing my own laundry these days."
Fareed Zakaria | BIO
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A new report saying that Iran could be secretly working on a nuclear weapon is a major development, but not one that should lead the U.S. to consider a military strike against the Tehran regime, according to analyst Fareed Zakaria.
The draft report, obtained by CNN and not yet approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors, is the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency's strongest warning yet that Iran could be aiming to build a nuclear bomb.
Zakaria told CNN the report should spur U.S. diplomacy to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons but that talk by commentators outside the U.S. government of a potential military strike against Iran was wrongheaded. "To be casually talking about military action because we're getting frustrated seems to me somewhat dangerous," he said.