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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 [...]


Maybe I’ll finally have to read a Harry Potter book now.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 2, 2016

(Hat tip: Dave McAvoy)
I'll use my influence whatever way I want. This country needs to be freed of fascists on both right and left.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 27, 2016

Argentine prosecutor: Nisman was murdered

Now that Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is no longer president of Argentina, and her chosen successor was defeated in last November’s election, we may get closer to the truth about the death of Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor who turned up evidence that Kirchner and others helped cover up Iranian involvement in the 1994 bombing of [...]

Press TV reporter records sexual harassment by boss, flees Iran

After releasing recordings of the news editor sexually harassing her over the phone, Sheena Shirani– a reporter for the Iranian-state propaganda channel Press TV– has fled the country.
This is not the first time that Hamid Reza Emadi [the news editor] has made news headlines. In March 2013, the European Union blacklisted him and his boss [...]

The Supreme Leader on an athlete’s greatest honors

Yes, you guessed it: wearing a chador and refusing to wrestle a Zionist.

Fuck Off, Alex Salmond

I am sure this has nothing to do with his currying favour with Iran.


This is so good to see.

One day Iran too will be free.

Nude statues covered up in Italy to avoid offending President Rouhani

The BBC reports:

Italian hospitality for the visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stretched to covering up nude statues.
Mr Rouhani and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi spoke at Rome’s Capitoline Museum after Italian firms signed business deals with Iran.
But several nudes there were hidden to avoid offending the Iranian president.
Italy also chose not to serve wine [...]

Welcome home

At a moment when American politics is going through one of its periodic bouts of insanity, it’s good to read some of the comments by Amir Hekmati, the former US Marine who was arrested in 2011 on spying charges while visiting his grandmother in Iran and was released on January 16 as part of a [...]