Monthly Archives: June 2009

‘North Tehran Syndrome’ – how the media (and others) lost their way in Iran

I was 20 feet away from Iran’s president – the one named Mohammad Khatami; the one with a degree in Western philosophy; the one who founded an institute devoted to “dialogue among cultures and civilizations.” This was Tehran in 2004, … Continue reading

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‘The Stoning of Soraya M’ – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Lots of buzz about the new film, “The Stoning of Soraya M,” which Huffington Post blogger Chip Hanlon calls “extraordinary” and film critic Emanuel Levy labels “a powerful tale.” The movie – a dramatization of a 1986 stoning in Iran … Continue reading

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Doctor tells how Neda Soltan was shot dead

Doctor tells how Neda Soltan was shot dead by Ahmadinejad’s basij – Times Online . This is a must read for anyone who has seen the video of Neda Soltan, the Iranian woman shot to death by an Iranian militia. … Continue reading

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Accidental icons: 10 years ago, Ahmad Batebi was the bloody face of Iran

This time, the protester’s face is covered up. This time, all we see are his eyes, looking away from the other demonstrators at Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square. The latest edition of The Economist (“Iran rises up”) doesn’t repeat its cover … Continue reading

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What would Khomeini do? God willing, he’d protest

On the streets of Tehran, Iranians were demonstrating en masse against their government. In retaliation, Iran’s armed forces were killing and maiming them – prompting the protesters’ spokesman to say that mass demonstrations would continue indefinitely. “Whenever (government) repression is … Continue reading

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Photo déjà vu: Kent State 1970, streets of Iran 2009

The photo below left, which shows Iranian plain-clothes police beating a protester on the streets of Iran, was published on Monday by The New York Daily News. (Taken by Agence France Press/Getty Images, it was photo No. 30 in the … Continue reading

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In droves, Iran’s women have come out of their political closet

She’s in her sixties; wears floral head scarves and oversized, pink-rimmed glasses; waves her finger in speeches a la Bill Clinton; and speaks in a forceful manner that commands attention, especially when she says – as she did the other … Continue reading

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