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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has imposed new sanctions on Iran by announcing visa restrictions of Iranian government officials, military leaders and law enforcement officers.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the travel ban on senior officials reflects a coordinated effort by the U.S. and Britain. She says Canada will take similar action.

Clinton said in a statement that the officials were targeted on Friday for participating in human rights abuses.

None of the Iranians was immediately identified. The list included judiciary and prison officials.

Clinton said the actions are an important reminder to Iran that those who commit abuses will be held accountable. She said the U.S. will stand up for the Iranian people until their government brings human rights violators to justice and protects its citizens.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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