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”The War of Ideas in Iran Is Over”

In an interview with Lewis Gropp, published at Qantara, Nader Hashemi talks about the prospects for democracy in Iran: I’m optimistic for many reasons. First, the general social science pre-conditions for democracy look very good in Iran. There is a sizeable middle class, high literacy rates, a political culture that is sophisticated and democratically-oriented and there exists a civil society ...

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The Green Movement — Why It Has Lost…And How It Can Win

“On a breezy morning, we three headed down to a main square at Tehran to join the anti-regime protests on the occasion of the regime’s victory anniversary on February 11, 2010. Seems paradoxical? There were millions of people gathering there: a bizarre, heterogeneous mixture of two large groups of people, supporters and protestors, walking next to each other, each one ...

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The challenge of integrating sexual orientation and socio-economic rights in the movement for democratic change in Iran

The challenge of integrating sexual orientation and socio-economic rights in the movement for democratic change in Iran

”Iranian Progressive Youth” (IPY), an independent association formed to set up a network among Iranians in the Netherlands has run an essay contest on the prospect of democratic change in Iran. Enduring America publishes the three winning essays. The third-place essay considers the challenge of integrating sexual orientation and socio-economic rights in the movement for change in Iran. The author ...

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The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on the Hunger Strikers

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on the Hunger Strikers

“Iranian officials should take all steps necessary to safeguard the lives of prisoners of conscience on hunger strike”. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran says. The Campaign expressed serious concern for the lives of the prisoners on hunger strike. 12 Iranian political prisoners started a hunger strike on last Saturday (June 18). The hunger strikers are protesting the ...

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Flashmob on Two Year Anniversary of Election Crackdown Highlights Continued Abuses in Iran

Flashmob on Two Year Anniversary of Election Crackdown Highlights Continued Abuses in Iran

On 12 June 2011, to mark two years since Iran’s disputed election, the grassroots movements United4Iran and Move4Iran coordinated a flash mob in a Paris metro station to draw attention to the ongoing human rights abuses Iran’s citizens continue to face. The flashmob’s intent was to highlight sustained international support for Iranians, to encourage individuals worldwide to recommit support for ...

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Special Issue of ‘Perspectives’, May 2011: “People’s Power – The Arab World in Revolt”

Perspectives, a print and online publication from Heinrich Böll Foundation, affiliated with the German Green Party, has just published a special issue on the democratic uprisings in the Arab world. Here is the description: The self-immolation of young and jobless Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi in the provincial town of Sidi Bouzid, being deprived of his vegetable stand and humiliated by the ...

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The Green Movement; Unbowed

Tehran Bureau has published an interesting report from Tehran, by Ali Chenar, on latest demonstrations in the streets of Tehran, and a call for Greens to pursue the path of national dialogue: The Iranian right encompass a broad range of factions, and many of the groups and individuals involved are bitter enemies. Their ranks include young clerics and grand ayatollahs, ...

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Iran Crackdown “a Human Rights Disaster”

The first comprehensive report on post-election human rights abuses in Iran comes out by Human Rights Watch: Following the disputed June 12 presidential election and the massive protests it provoked, the government unleashed the most widespread crackdown in a decade. Security forces were responsible for at least 30 deaths, according to official sources. On August 13, Judiciary spokesman said that ...

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