Crackdowns

Iran Confiscates Nobel Medal

Iranian authorities have confiscated the Nobel Peace Prize medal of human-rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi—a first in the 108-year history of the award, and also a sign of the Iranian government’s increasing intolerance of dissent. According to Ebadi, the government seized the award three weeks ago from a safety-deposit box and also demanded $410,000 in taxes it claims are owed on her $1.3 million prize. Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the prize, said, “Nobody is able to send me to exile from my home country.”