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'By certifying that Iran is in compliance, the Trump White House simply complied with a legislative milestone, designed to keep the administration that brokered the agreement honest. Critics of the deal, eager for stronger action taken more quickly, should probably see certification not as a disappointment, but as a delay.

It does not signal, the Trump official told me, that this White House has concluded the JCPOA serves American interests. Rather, certification is a placeholder during the review process. It is buying time for the administration to muster its resources while it plans how to move forward on Iran. ...'


Mar. 13th, 2013 06:11 pm
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I support your right not to believe in G-d. I support every person's right to make their own decisions about religion: to believe in one God, or many, or none at all. To practice religion as a traditionalist, or as a liberal, or a reformer or a heretic or an apostate or an unbeliever. To embrace revelation or to reject it. To pray facing Jerusalem, or Calvary, or Mecca, or not to pray at all. To follow a single, absolute, fixed line of belief, or to change your mind a hundred times a day about what you believe and why you believe it (the latter is closer to my own faith). And I expect that you respect every other person's rights. A faith coerced is no faith at all; and a faith that justifies evil is an evil faith.

As a believer, I stand with the unbelievers.
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Before I join in the celebrations over the long-awaited dispatch of Osama bin Laden, it's only appropriate to mark the passing of a man whose life enriched the world. Iranian activist Siamak Pourzand - father of the activist Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi - took his own life last Friday.

'A leading Iranian dissident has killed himself in what appeared to be a final act of defiance against the Iranian regime that had nearly ruined him.

Farsi-language websites reported over the weekend the death Friday of Siamak Pourzand, an 80-year-old journalist and essayist who was one of his country’s leading political and cultural writers before the 1979 revolution that later brought a theocratic regime to power.

After the revolution, Mr. Pourzand became one of the main writers affiliated with Iran’s domestic secular opposition in the 1990s.

According to his children, Mr. Pourzand jumped from the sixth-floor balcony of his apartment in Tehran, where he has been under house arrest for the last five years.

“My father was a secularist, and he believed the culture of Iran needed to be safeguarded from the religious revolutionaries in 1979,” said his daughter, Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi in a phone interview Sunday. ...'

Banafsheh-Jaan, I am weeping with you.
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I'm not as proficient in Persian as I'd like to be. But I can tell you for sure that "Marg bar Jomhuriye Eslami" does not mean "The Iranian people bless the sainted memory of Ayatollah Khomeini."
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Iranians burn Basij HQ in Tehran!
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I keep thinking about this dream that I posted a while back in LJ:

I'm in a MacDonald's in Tehran. By chance, I look up and see - either directly through the window, or reflected in the glass - a familiar figure: the scruffy beard, the cruel, arrogant smile, and the famous eponymous dinner jacket. He's surrounded by officials and bodyguards and he appears to be sitting down to a meeting in a neighboring building.

"He's here! Everybody get down!" somebody shouts in English (or else I can understand Farsi). Everyone in the restaurant dives under the tables. I steal a peek out the window in time to see a blinding flash, followed by a series of ear-splitting booms. Glass and overturned tables are everywhere, but people are cheering. Then there's the sound of sirens, but it's all over.

Best. Dream. EVER.
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Anonymous Iranian woman, via The Spirit of Man:

I'll participate in the rally tomorrow in Tehran. It might be violent. I may be one of those who will die tomorrow. I want to listen to all beautiful tunes that I have heard in my life, again. I want to listen to some cheap Los Angeles made Iranian music. I always wanted to have much narrower eyebrows too. Yeah, I'll check in with my hair-dresser tomorrow before I go to the rally. Oh, there are some excellent scenes in the famous Iranian movie Hamoon I want to see before I leave. And I gotta re-visit my own bookshelf. Iran's poets Shamloo's and Farrokhzad's poems are worth re-reading. I've to see the family photo albums once again.

I'll have to call my friends and say good-bye to them. In this big world, my possession is only two bookshelves. I've already told mom and dad whom to give these books to in case I never come back. There are only two more courses left for me to get my BA degree but to hell with the degree. I'm anxious and excited.

I wrote these scattered words for the future generations so that they know we were not sentimental or uselessly emotional. I'm writing this so they know we did every thing in our power to make this work for them and so that they realize if our forefathers surrendered to the Arab and Mongolian invaders physically, but they didn't give in to their tyranny with their spirits. They resisted it. And I wrote this for tomorrow's children...
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Winston at The Spirit of Man
Just got off the phone with a friend inside of Iran. He has mentioned several points which I am going to list here:

1- We intend to be non-violent every day. Our strategy is silent resistance.

2- People do not trust the regime.

3- The free world should give us moral support

4- The whole idea of Islamic revolution is now under question by the people

5- Every body is anxiously waiting to see what will happen tomorrow. No one knows what awaits them

6- People of Iran are very agitated and angry with the government.


Jun. 19th, 2009 06:56 am
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Updates on the Iran situation below the cut.
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Three Iranians interested in converting to Judaism recently left their native country, but have been unable to find any entity to assist them.

The three Shi'ite Muslims left Iran and approached the Israeli embassy and Jewish communities in Azerbaijan, but were rejected. It is impossible to convert to Judaism in Iran, as they would be considered heretics, a crime punishable by death. ...
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Even more astonishing, Iran's new Islamic-guided government has established a system of legalized prostitution, through the practice of "sigheh" or "temporary marriages," by which a Mullah arranges a "legal union" between a man and a girl (some as young as 9 years old) for a fee. The so called "marriage" can last anywhere from one hour to 99 years. Under this system, the men are free to enter into as many temporary marriages as they so desire, without having ANY legal obligation or responsibility towards the women and children that they "marry" only to use as sexual objects and slaves.

Not surprisingly, this legalized system of slavery and oppression has led to a growing sex-trafficking industry that is partially operated by government officials and Mullahs themselves. ...
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Three students from Amir Kabir university, Abbas Hakimzadeh, Ali Azizi and Majid Tavakoli, staged a sit in at the university entrance today. They were protesting at the decision to ban them from continuing their education. The three are involved with student publications which have been critical of the university management and President Ahmadi-Nejad's government. Their criticisms have resulted in the decision to
ban them from studying at the university.

The campus security threatened to forcefully remove the three students and this resulted in a spontaneous human chain by other students to protect the three. Campus marshals tried to break up the gathering by physically attacking the 200 students who had formed the human chain. One injured student was taken to hospital. ...
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Ghazal Omid is an Iranian activist living in Canada, and the author of "Living in Hell" as well as three forthcoming books. I spoke with her last night; she talked about women's rights, education, and the future of Iran. Here's the interview:


Jun. 13th, 2006 10:06 pm
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Marg bar Israel, Marg bar Amrica …

Comment by Kiumars — June 11, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

How exciting! Notice that poster Kiumars’ idea of an “opposite” view is to flame us with “death to Israel, death to America” in Arabic. ...

Comment by Shy Guy — June 12, 2006 @ 1:31 am

just piss me off.

That’s Persian, not Arabic.

Comment by asher813 — June 12, 2006 @ 6:02 pm
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The Muslim Woman:
Even today, Iranian women are not allowed to enter the stadiums like the male counterparts.

Though President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad announced formally that the ban on women watching soccer has been lifted, he immediately had to take back his words because some of the leading clerics resented his decision, thereby pouring water on the beaming hope of thousands of female fans.

However, one thing is worth mentioning here that the taboo that had been in vogue since time immemorial regarding the non-existence of women soccer players is at last broken.

The Iran women’s football team has taken the first step towards glory by playing their first open-air football game against a foreign team.

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