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“L’Iran, une immense prison” – Zahra Rahnavard’s Interview with Le Monde

Zahra Rahnavard’s interview with Le Monde has some very interesting points: Lorsque j’ai décidé d’être au côté de mon mari, pendant la campagne présidentielle, je savais que je me plaçais moi-même dans une position difficile, voire suicidaire. Je savais que tous les groupes intégristes qui sont très misogynes, et le gouvernement, concentreraient sur moi de violentes attaques. La cause des ...

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Putting Heads on Poles Now?

In order to intimidate the Green Movement activists and spread fear and terror, Iranian autocrats seem to have started a new wave of execution of political prisoners. Last week, Iran’s Revolutionary Court  announced that five political prisoners—Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heidarian, Farhad Vakili, Shirin Alamholy, and Mehdi Eslamian— have been executed in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. These executions follow convictions that ...

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Literature as Resistance: A Lecture by Dutch-Iranian Author Kader Abdolah

Literature as Resistance: A Lecture by Dutch-Iranian Author Kader Abdolah

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eYfCTDidqI#] As a student in Tehran, Abdolah joined a secret, leftist, underground group opposed to the dictatorship of the Shah and later the Ayatollah Khomeini regime. Before fleeing Iran Abdolah contributed articles to an underground journal, and he also clandestinely published two books. Upon leaving Iran, Abdolah attained political refugee status in the Netherlands where he has lived since and ...

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“Do Muslims Vote Islamic?”

The new issue of Journal of Democracy has a free access article by Charles Kurzman and Ijlal Naqvi on the limited ability of Islamist parties to win over Muslim voters. Here two excerpts from the paper: Our second conclusion is that the electoral performance of Islamic parties has been generally unimpressive. In the 89 elections that Islamic parties have contested ...

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