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Tale of Two Cities: From Istanbul to Tehran

On Saturday 15th June when the Turkish protester in Istanbul's Taksim sqaure, resisting their government's latest Islamization drive,  were tear-gassed, fired on by water cannons and eventually brutally driven out of the square, the jubilant crowd on the streets of Tehran were celebrating the dawn of a new Islamic presidency. There could be no bett ... Continue reading »

بی‌ بی‌ سی‌ فارسی‌ در انتخابات شرکت می‌کند

مسعود بهنود چهره سر شناس بی‌ بی‌ سی‌ فارسی‌ به دستور رهبر خامنه‌ای عمل کرده و پشتیبانی خود را از نظام ولایت فقیه با شرکت در انتخابات (حوزه لندن) اعلام می‌‌دارد.   ... Continue reading »

Missing Fred

It is nearly a week since the most prolific contributor to this site, published his last blog. Fred may have left this site indefinitely. For a blogger who used to blog at least twice a day, a week oa silence is a long time. Fred, left us in no doubt about his feelings in relation to the site's new "approval" polcy.   He, very understandbly, chose ... Continue reading »

Circular Life of

  In August 2012 Jahanshah Javid, the founder and former editor/publisher of,  gave an interview to Arash Karami which was publisehd on PBS ForntLine's tehranburaue. Before you read the full interview, and to demonstrate my point of view, I invite you to read excerpts from the interview and compare them with some of the guidelines of   ... Continue reading »

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