Iran

Iranian-born actress uses film to fight for justice

Catholic News Service 26 June 2009
By Lou Baldwin

PHILADELPHIA. When Iranian-born actress Shohreh Aghdashloo was asked by co-director Cyrus Nowrasteh to consider the lead role in the movie "The Stoning of Soraya M.," her immediate reaction was, "I've been waiting for this for 20 years."

 

Greek journalist arrested in Iran

News From Greece  24 June 2009

The Greek Foreign Ministry confirmed that the Greek journalist, Yasson Athanasiadis was arrested in Iran on Saturday. He is a freelance journalist, who was reporting the presidential elections in Iran

 

A Call for American Boldness in Iran

DanielPipes.org 24 June 2009
By Daniel Pipes

In a striking coincidence, two very different expressions of Iranian dissent took place exactly simultaneously on two continents on Saturday, June 20. Between them, the Islamic Republic of Iran faces an unprecedented challenge.

 

America is Not Iran, Get Over it

Brussels Journal  24 June 2009
By A. Millar

The moral bankruptcy of the Left – epitomized by its backing of Islamic dictators and extremists over moderate Muslims – saw it defeated across Europe in recent EU elections. From what I read yesterday, the Huffington Post, and American liberals, might want to take a lesson from that.

In one op-ed piece, Frank Schaeffer tells us that “the real lesson of Iran” actually has nothing to do with Iran, and everything to do with American conservatives. Neoconservatives and the religious-Right are – so we’re told – trying their best to establish a Christian, pro-Israel dictatorship, replete with Old Testament law.

 
 

The Streets of Tehran




The world may or may not be witnessing a popular revolution in Tehran, but we are certainly witnessing a revolution in communications.

The Ayatollahs can expel the journalists and control the airwaves ... but they have not been able to stop the revolutionary technology that combines mobile phones that take photographs and videos, coupled with the Internet sites like Twitter to spread the word, and Flickr and YouTube to distribute the images to the rest of the world.

 

Why Iran's Women Are Rioting

Right Side News 24 June 2009
By Deborah Weiss

The current uprising in Iran is not merely about a fraudulent election. The simmering masses of Iran are restless for the freedom and prosperity they once enjoyed, before being straitened for decades by the strictures of religious fanaticism. The people have seized upon this election fraud to push for greater openness and such forgotten notions as women's rights. Nothing better illustrates the awful injustices Iranian women face than a soon-to-be released film, The Stoning of Soraya M.

 

Hamid Dabashi on Iran Protests: “This is Not Another Revolution. This is a Civil Rights Movement”

Democracy Now  24 June 2009

In Iran, supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi have called for another protest in Tehran today in defiance of the government ban. At least nineteen demonstrators have been killed in the ten days since

 

Yippee "Hizbullahi" and "Chaadoris"? Some Sad Realities About Irredentist Iran

Right Side News 23 Juni 2009
By Andrew Bostom

One wants to be a martyr, and the other should be persuaded

Mousavi, during  a Saturday June 20, 2009 speech to his faction of jihadists in southern Tehran stated , "...he was ready for martyrdom and that he would continue his path." Now if only Ahmadinejad could be persuaded to martyr himself as well, and the movements of both men were then disempowered, if not dissolved, by whatever means....Hope springs

 

Iranian protestors threatened with massacre

Guardian 23 Juni 2009
By Julian Borger

Iranian security forces yesterday threatened a "decisive and revolutionary confrontation" with opposition demonstrators if protests continued against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who claimed victory in

 

Iran: Suppressive forces violently attack tens of thousands of protestors in Tehran

The Iranian regime’s suppressive forces violently attacked tens of thousands of protestors gathered at Tehran’s Rezaiha (Haft-Tir) Square on Monday at 19:30 local time.

 

Neda Soltan (Girl Shot in Video) Denied Proper Funeral in Iran

The funeral of Neda Salehi Agha Soltan, the name of the 27-year-old (this corrects earlier reports of a 16-year-old Neda) who was shot Saturday while attending a reformist demonstration in Tehran (and whose

 

Video/Movietrailer: True Story "The Stoning of Soraya M." banned in Iran

Official Website for The Stoning of Soraya M. 23 Juni 2009
Release Date: 26 June 2009 (USA)

Because of its "highly critical attitude" toward the Iranian legal system, the novel The Stoning of Soraya M was banned in Iran

Based On A True Story: A shocking and true drama, it exposes the dark power of mob rule, uncivil law, and the utter lack of human rights for women. The last and only hope for some measure of justice lies in the hands of the journalist who must escape with the story -- and his life -- so the world will know.

 

Neda Becomes a Symbol of the Protests

Spiegel Online 23 Juni 2009
By Ulrike Putz

She sinks to the ground -- and a few minutes later she is dead. A video that has been repeatedly posted on the Internet purports to show the last moments of Neda, a young Iranian woman shotin the heart by

 

Terrorism, Nuclear technology, Reform - Should We Support or Oppose Iran’s June Revolution

Canada Free Press  23 Juni 2009
By Daniel Greenfield

Various anti-Jihad bloggers and columnists are going head to head on the issue. As some have pointed out, the leading Iranian opposition figures such as Rafsanjani and Mousavi are not significantly better than

 
 

Iran's Pro-Democracy Protestors Call for Our Help

Brussels Journal 22 June 2009
By A. Millar

A cartoon on TehranBureau.com depicts Iranian pro-democracy protestors bloodied and beaten by president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s thugs. As they scream for “help” in the background, France’s president Sarkozy remarks “I feel someone is calling us!?” US president Obama – his face awash with characteristic dreaminess – responds, “my friends, we should think positive.”

 

Iran: Italy 'would open embassy'

ANSA 22 June 2009

Rome. Wounded demonstrators could take refuge if EU decides. Italy would open its Tehran embassy to wounded Iranian demonstrators as long as this was done in a European Union framework, the

 

Italy urges end of violence in Iran

ANSA 22 June 2009

Rome. Italy wants an end to the violence in Iran and a ''serious'' review of the recent presidential election, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Monday.

 

How the BBC helped bring the Ayatollah to power

Telegraph.co.uk  22 June 2009
By Ed West 

While I agree with Boris Johnson that having Obama in the White House has helped the Iranian reformers by mellowing Muslim hostility to the West (one of the reasons I can't join the Right's Obama-cussing

 
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