Just another day in Iran

Four Iranian gay men are due to be executed for sodomy under their nation’s Shari’a laws, Pink News is reporting. The four men — identified by the Human Rights Activist News Agency in Iran as Saadat Arefi, Vahid Akbari, Javid Akbari and Houshmand Akbari — are set to be hanged after their guilty verdict was approved recently by high … Continue reading Just another day in Iran

Iran has a culture minister?

When he’s not keeping silent on his regime’s jailing of artists who support the country’s reform movement, Iran’s deputy culture minister Javad Shamaqdari is defending directors who claim sympathy to Adolf Hitler. Director Lars von Trier has since apologized for his “unintelligent, ambiguous and needlessly hurtful” remarks about the Fuhrer, which got him banned from … Continue reading Iran has a culture minister?

Iran and reality

Andisheh frames it well: Will sanctions convince Iran to give up its nuclear fuel enrichment program? Don’t be silly. Of course it won’t. Sanctions, schmanctions. Iran has been living with economic sanctions for three decades. They haven’t worked yet, have they? Sure, they make life difficult for regular Iranians, but clearly nothing we’ve done has … Continue reading Iran and reality

it’s all about iran

Forget unemployment, global warming, health care or even Afghanistan. The biggest challenge facing Barack Obama in 2010 and beyond is how best to navigate the unrest in Iran. Saber rattling won’t help. I was among those critical of the administration’s initial reaction to the post-election demonstrations, and clearly the opposition would like some assurances that … Continue reading it’s all about iran

your new hero

Mahmoud Vahidnia, a student from the prestigious Sharif university and winner of the International Math Olympics, recently confronted Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei during a rare question-and-answer session: “Why can’t anyone in this country criticize you? Isn’t that ignorant? Do you think that you make no mistakes? Why have they made an idol out of you … Continue reading your new hero

the “elected leader” of iran?

Most Iranians — including several high-ranking clerics — don’t view Ahmadinjead that way, but Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs apparently does. Iranian patriots are pissed, and so am I. Time to “recalibrate” again, Mr. President. (And ‘how bout seizing the opportunity to replace your priggish press secretary? Contrary to Robert Gibbs’ opinion, he’s not the smartest … Continue reading the “elected leader” of iran?

detained in iran

As you’d expect: “On the first day, while blindfolded, the interrogator took me to a parking garage. They kept everyone standing for 48 hours with no permission to sleep. On the first night, they tied up our hands and repeatedly beat us and other prisoners with a baton. They kept cursing at the prisoners. The … Continue reading detained in iran