Culture of Human Rights

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25-Feb-2010 (10 comments)


Focusing on abuses

We must not ignore human rights in Iran

11-Feb-2010 (28 comments)
Old habits are difficult to break. After years of almost singularly focusing on the nuclear issue, the west has been slow to react to the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Iran. While United Nations Security Council members are preparing new sanctions over the nuclear issue, the UN has yet to address Iran’s human rights abuses since the fraudulent elections last summer. Now more than ever, the narrow nuclear focus must be set aside and renewed attention given to the state of human rights in Iran. It is literally a matter of life and death>>>


Our patience is not infinite

To Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

09-Feb-2010 (99 comments)
Although I have already highlighted the deteriorating human rights situation in Iran on several occasions in writing and in person, I deem it necessary to once again draw the attention of Your Honour and the distinguished members of the UNHRC to the following issues as you prepare to review the Islamic Republic of Iran's human rights record, on 15 February 2010: My compatriots have endured a difficult period. Their peaceful protests were responded with bullets and imprisonment>>>


Please Release Our Children

Anxious, worried but still hopeful their children will be released soon

05-Feb-2010 (25 comments)
One evening last week at the Free Library of Philadelphia, I met Alex Fattal. I saw pain on his face, as he came up to me. A nice, kind young man, he told me who he was. I learned that he is the brother of Josh Fattal who, along with two of his friends, was on a hiking vacation in Iraqi Kurdistan before they were arrested by the Iranian authorities. This was in July, now it is February, and they are still in prison. Evin: Where else? The mothers and the families of Shane, Josh and Sarah have had no direct contact with their loved ones. No phone calls, nothing>>>


معنویت و پاکدینی روشنفکرانه - 2

آیا معنویت و پاکدینی روشنفکرانه میتوانند بدیلهائی برای دین باشند؟

03-Feb-2010 (one comment)
در ربع آخر قرن بیستم در آمریکا شاهد یک حرکت مذهبی بنیادگرایانه قوی بوده ایم که شاید بتوان از آن به سومین احیای مذهبی (اولی و دومی در قرون هجدهم و نوزدهم رخ دادند) تعبیر کنیم. در ایندوره شرکت مردم در کلیساهای بنیاد گرا بمراتب بیش از اقبال آنها از کلیساهای "جریان اصلی" پروتستان (مانند پرسبیتارین و اپیسکوپل و متدیست) بوده است. عجیب اینست که جامعه شناسان این دوران بجای مطالعه این پدیده هنوز به مرده ریگ عصر روشنگری یعنی خیال خوش تقدس زدائی از تفکر انسانی (سکولاریسم ذهنی) و ناسوتی سازی حیطه عمومی تکیه میکردند>>>


Sorrow or bliss

Women with movies demanding social change

03-Feb-2010 (2 comments)
Neshat’s prominent style of magic realism combined with strong elements of female melodrama unfolds a strong tale about societal turmoil and personal nightmares from five female perspectives. I consider Iran as the fifth character, which is highly misunderstood, mistreated, and even raped at the end by fundamentalist forces, very much like the lives of other four characters. Iran in this era stands on the verge of a profound transformation from a poor developing country to an independent wealthy nation with a democratic government>>>


So much in common

The Nazi regime and Ahamdinejad’s Islamic Republic

30-Jan-2010 (93 comments)
The English historian, Richard Evans, in his three extraordinary volumes on Nazi Germany goes into great detail about the rise and fall of the third Reich. As someone who follows the events in today’s Iran, reading the 700 pages of volume two, The Reich in Power, I am struck by various similarities between the Nazi regime and the Islamic Republic. One is the role of resentment of perceived humiliation by foreign powers in both regimes. The Nazi regime derived much of its popularity and ideological fervor from anger about the humiliating terms imposed on Germany following World War One>>>


Green birthday

Green birthday

Photo essay: Celebration with protest in southern California

by Bita Cali
25-Jan-2010 (3 comments)



Hope for Humanity

Humanity needs not meet with a "natural" disaster to realise that wealth is there to be shared

24-Jan-2010 (4 comments)
Today, less than two weeks after Haiti first trembled, I sit in wonder as I meditate on the phrase which has been stamped on the conscience of every soul: "Hope for Haiti". I hear the words over the radio and see them plastered over every programme on television and flashed repeatedly over my computer screen. But I wonder if it is really hope that we are purchasing with such generous donations or an ointment for the wounds of guilt?! Is the Haiti catastrophe really a natural disaster or the bitter truth of poverty?!>>>


Reporters Without a Home

This is our investment in time and material for a better future

22-Jan-2010 (one comment)
Since the disputed 12 June presidential election at least 100 journalists and bloggers have been arrested and 23 are still being held. At the same time, around 50 have been forced to flee the country to escape the relentless repression. More are leaving every day. These are the brave and selfless folks that year after year pushed back and challenged status quo. They pressed against the system and pushed the envelop when there were no bright lights or world attention. One organization having nothing to do with any Iranian group has taken the lead to help these people>>>


Academics fear more killings

Concern grows in the wake of particle physicist's death

20-Jan-2010 (4 comments)
Iran's scientific community is reeling after the assassination on 12 January of Masoud Alimohammadi, a particle physicist at the University of Tehran. Alimohammadi was killed by a bomb as he got into his car to go to work. "Everyone is worried that this may be only the start, and that there may be more killings of academics to come," one researcher says. Nature interviewed half a dozen scientists in Iran who knew Alimohammadi, all of whom requested anonymity. Nature magazine interviewed half a dozen scientists in Iran who knew Alimohammadi, all of whom requested anonymity>>>


Prisoner of two regimes

From the prison of the Shah to the prison of Khamenei

20-Jan-2010 (12 comments)
In the very cold winter of 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, returned to Qom, the spiritual capital of the Shiite world, for the first time after his long exile. A huge crowd came out that day. As he made his way to the stage, passing through those who pressed together to see him, the ayatollah's mantle fell off. Once he had settled in his chair, he noticed how chilly he was. "I'm cold," he said. Within seconds, another mantle fell over his shoulders and wrapped him warm>>>


Moulding minds

Tehran seeks to shape regime-friendly education

18-Jan-2010 (19 comments)
As they struggle to fend off their political opponents in the here and now, Iran’s rulers are also taking a longer-term view with an ambitious project to indoctrinate future generations from an early age. Plans to inject school education with more Islamic content, anti-western values and pro-regime and separate content for boys and girls amount to an attempt at an Iranian-style “Cultural Revolution.” The plan is reminiscent of the upheavals in education that followed the 1979 revolution. >>>


قانون فدای مکتب؟

میراث تاریخی باورمندان بیدادگر از "غائلۀ درایفوس" تا قتل های زنجیره ای 77 و تعدیات 88

18-Jan-2010 (6 comments)
مرتکبین قتل های زنجیره ای مانند بانیان محکومیت درایفوس، یک عده مزدور و قاتل بالفطره نبودند.... معتقد و منضبط بودن جنایتکاران نه تنها ذره ای از شناعت اعمالشان نمی کاهد بلکه به مصداق دزد با چراغ آمده قبح اعمالشان را دو صد چندان می کند... منطق قاتلین این بود که معاندین خطرشان از قاچاقچیان و اشراری که اعدام می شوند بیشتر و امکان مجازات قانونی شان کمتر است. بنا براین، و با فتاوا و اجازه هائی که از معدودی مجتهدین و روحانیان متصدی امور برای این اعدامها گرفتند دست به خون متفکران، روزنامه نگاران، محققین، و فعالان سیاسی ایران آغشتند>>>


This moment it is

Arash T. Riahi's "For a Moment Freedom"

18-Jan-2010 (one comment)
For a Moment Freedom tells the story of three groups of heroes, a communist family with a son, two young hip friends with their cousin’s two children, and a simple Kurdish man and an Iranian man, who become good friends after living in Turkey for too long. They all reside at a rundown hotel in the ghettos of Ankara. They share the same daily schedule: going to the UN headquarter, standing in the line for 8 hours to talk to someone in charge and being told to go back home and come back the next day>>>