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Brave Iranian women continue fight against forced hijab

An important point that is too often neglected: There are women in Iran and elsewhere who choose to wear the hijab but firmly (and bravely) insist that other women should not be forced to do so.
These photos show many Iranian women understand the fight against forced hijab is not about whether the hijab is good [...]

Corbyn on Iran – Crooked Talking, Dishonest Politics

Many people think politicians are sleazy liars.
Jeremy Corbyn would like you to believe that he is different. So would his followers.
Making The Case For Iran
The rest of us are going to take some convincing, to say the least. All the more so, Mr Corbyn, after we saw you on TV earlier today with [...]

Class war in Iran

I know many Harry’s Place commenters have reacted angrily to The New York Times’s coverage of the Iranian protests.
But as the uprising continues into its second week, and as the regime tries to crack down by arresting and attacking protesters and cutting off their means of communication, I found a recent Times piece by Amir [...]

Simon Tisdall on Iran

In his piece in today’s Guardian Simon Tisdall gives no space to the various concerns voiced by protesters across Iran. The article is titled:
Iran’s enemies would be wise not to wish for regime change
and its first sentence reads:
Like birds of prey circling high in the desert sky, Iran’s many foes and rivals are watching the street [...]

What can we usefully do?

Conservative writer Bill Kristol has a wise take on how those of us outside Iran should be reacting to the current uprising against the corrupt and oppressive regime of the Islamic Republic.
Here's a crazy idea: The foreign policy/Middle East/Iran experts who are taking shots at each other for alleged past Iran policy mistakes might spend [...]

Last night in Tehran

Protesters in Tehran tear down a poster of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
پاره کردن عکس رهبر جمهوری اسلامی به دست معترضان در #تهران#تجمع‌های_اعتراضی
— RadioFarda راديوفردا (@RadioFarda_) December 30, 2017

Surely much more to come.
Anti-government protest in Khoramabad: "We don't want an Islamic republic." #Iranprotests
— Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) December 30, 2017

Further update: Check out #Iranprotests [...]

Alberto Nisman was indeed murdered

It’s not a surprise, but it’s good news that after two-and-a-half years of lies and coverups (some of which we documented here), the truth has finally come out.
A team of forensic analysts has determined that Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who claimed that the president of Argentina [Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner] covered up Iran’s role [...]

Bravery in Iran

At Tabriz University in Iran, an awe-inspiring student stood on a stage with an official of the powerful and brutal Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and denounced him for killing and torturing Iranians and for supporting the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

I can only hope he somehow manages to stay safe.
And yes, I’ll say [...]

Boycott of women’s world chess championship in Iran, is defending women’s freedom of choice

This is a cross-post by Potkin Azarmehr
When the US female chess champion, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, and some of the world’s other top female chess players announced last week, they will boycott the next world chess championships in Iran, because they have been told they are expected to wear the compulsory headscarves in Iran; it was a truly [...]


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