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We, the Iranians of the diaspora matter!


Upon the termination of her hunger strike Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh the human rights lawyer imprisoned by IR thanked a number of people and groups in a letter which was published in this site by my fellow blogger @Ruhany.  


In this letter Ms. Sotoudeh specifically thanks the Iranians in the diaspora and underscores their importance in Iran's struggle for freedom and Democracy.


از مهاجران ايراني كه پس از جنبش سال 88 نشان دادند تا چه اندازه حضورشان منشا خدمات ارزنده‌اي براي احياي حقوق بشر و دمكراسي در ايران است]


[I thank ] the iranians in the diaspora who after the uprising of the year 88 (2009) showed how their involvement is a valuable vehicle for attainment of freedom and democracy in Iran]


I have always thought that we Iranians who live in societies that afford us free speech need to be the voice of the voiceless of Iran.  We, the Iranians of the diaspora have been mocked and often advised not get involved through a quasi subversive quote of "change must come from within".  In my opinion,  change must come from all possible fronts of this struggle, Ms Sotoudeh seems to agree.   


Thank you Ms. Sotoudeh to confirm our important role.





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G. Rahmanian

AO Jaan,
Although I haven't been back to Iran for more than three decades, I see lots of good in Iranians going back for visits. Just imagine the kinds of conversations people would have with their relatives about the free world outside Iran. Satellite TV channels have done a lot to help Iranians realize there's a free and better world outside of the Islamic hellhole. But talking to a brother, a sister, a cousin, an aunt etc. who is home for a visit and hearing their great stories first hand is a whole different thing. I don't think we can deny the influence of those living in diaspora on broadening the horizons of their friends and relatives back home and giving them the hope that some day they too can live in a free and democratic Iran.


Esfand Aashena

Well if Ms. Sotoudeh said so it must be right. I just hope we can remember to acknowledge and don't insult people's views as we are still only a fraction of the Iranian community at large. For example, insulting religious beliefs or reformers on one hand and giving kudos to Ms. Sotoudeh, who is a reformer, will only piegon hole us into being a population that do not matter in the eyes of the Iranian community at large.


DoNotShootMe If it's well written and well directed and you've got good actors to work with, acting is easy. But making sure all the ducks are in a row is the hard part. It's very rare. John Lithgow

I have to agree with the commentator, Esfand here. I have seen double standard ( don't like to use the word Hypocrisy) by many on this site. Let us hope, this new site makes everyone to reconsider their poor behavior in the past.


DoNotShootMe If it's well written and well directed and you've got good actors to work with, acting is easy. But making sure all the ducks are in a row is the hard part. It's very rare. John Lithgow

No, I am talking about you.



Thank you Mehrban.

Despite what the pro-Regime reformists say that, "Iran should be left to the Iranians inside Iran to do what they want to do" and the rest of us should mind our own business, our efforts do matter.

In the long run, will get rid of this regime by helping each other.


All-Iranians Previous Contributions: ++++++++++ Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall: Confucius

جانا، سخن از زبان ما می گویی



Dear Khaleh Mosheh, there has been so much smoke and mirrors to impede the Iranians of the diaspora to get involved. Nasrin's shout out clears the deck and frees any Iranian in the diaspora that felt by being involved s/he may jeopardize chances for democracy in Iran.
It's always great to see you!



Hi Dr Mohandes, are you really writting from Iran. That is amazing, I thought one can not log in from Iran. Well you are on the ground and I have to defer to you on what is going on in Iran. But my experience from people I talk to on the phone and travelers is that they are scared into submission. I was in Iran almost five years a go and that was the case I sense it is much worse now.

You never know when things will get to tipping point but I know there is quite a bit of dissatisfaction among the people. Thank you for writing here DM, it is great to see someone on the ground in Iran writing here.


Doctor Mohandes Beware. BS detector onboard!

Yes mehrban jan i am really writing from iran. I thought you knew! all you need is a nice and decent software that can guarantee your "secure" and "safe" web serfing.

I have not personally witnessed any cases of being scared into submission, but people are more than dissatisfied, to the point you would hear it day in and day out , in cabs, on the bus, you name it!
Everyone is wondering about that infamous "tipping point" believe me! So what is gonna happen? how is it all going to end? are the questions that you hear being posed by people.



Thanks Mehrban for reminding us of the importance of the Iranian diaspora and how it can assist the freedom movement in Iran. Despite living overseas we are still an extension of that society and share all its concerns. As you and some others have pointed we have more resources in our disposal but unfortunately are unable to organise and use them effectively.



Divaneh jaan, thank you for your comment. I really like the part below because it is so true.

"Despite living overseas we are still an extension of that society and share all its concerns."

It is so hard to cut through the thick layer of nonsense that is fabricated for the purpose of separating us in the diaspora from Iran that many of us are quite confused about the importance of our role.

I just saw a manshoor (what is a proper translation of Mashoor in English?) for a national coalition posted by David ET which seemed to spell out basic and fundamental items that should bind all democratically minded Iranians in Iran and in the Diaspora.

I keep hearing the word Democracy in relation to Iran and I am certain that we will get to the tipping point where we will see a free and democratic Iran. In the word of our fellow blogger Shazdeh Asdolah Mirza every voice and action counts. And I add -if I may-, specially the voice of the Iranian Diaspora which can speak in relative freedom.