About two weeks ago, I received a gruesome death threat from Hamid Reza Ahmadabadi, one of the more prominent figures of the Basij — Iran’s much-dreaded paramilitary arm. In his message, he said I’d be butchered because I had been insulting the sanctity of Iran’s revolutionary and Islamic values. He warned that one of his agents in the United States would cut out my tongue and slash my breasts before killing me. I was to be “slaughtered” in the same manner that former opposition leaders had been murdered abroad in the 1990s.
In a later interview with the BBC Persian service, he reiterated the same threats, making references to the assassination of Shahpour Bakhtiar, the shah’s last prime minister, and Fereydoun Farrokhzad, a dissident artist who was murdered in Germany.… Seguir leyendo »
Last week, FIDE, the international chess federation, quietly announced that Iran would host next year’s Women’s World Chess Championship, which means contestants will have to cover their hair with scarves to comply with a “modesty” law fundamentalist clerics put in place after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
As British Grandmaster Nigel Short spread the news, expressing concern, the 2016 U.S. champion, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes, a Georgian American, made a morally courageous move: Paikidze said she would skip the competition rather than comply with a law that denies women and girls fundamental human rights.
“I will NOT wear a hijab and support women’s oppression.… Seguir leyendo »
During an interview last month with TV host Charlie Rose, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif asserted that Iran doesn’t “jail people for their opinions,’’ a comment that was met with howls of protests from Iranian activists and journalists who have tasted the hospitality of Iran’s prison system. A photoshopped image of Zarif with a long wooden nose was circulated online. Journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouei, who was jailed in the 2009 crackdown, challenged Zarif’s claim in an open letter on Facebook:
“I testify that [President Hassan] Rouhani’s government and his foreign minister are lying about this issue,’’ he said, noting that he was subjected to psychological and physical torture while being held “because of his opinions and articles written in the country’s newspapers.”
Stung by the reaction, Zarif offered an explanation on his Facebook page.… Seguir leyendo »
En 2009, une coalition s’est formée autour de Mir Hossein Moussavi et Mehdi Karoubi, qui représentaient les éléments religieux modérés face à Mahmoud Ahmadinejad et à ses alliés au sein des Gardiens de la révolution islamique (IRGC) et de la milice islamiste bassidji.
Ahmadinejad était supposé l’emporter facilement mais, alors que la campagne électorale progressait, il devint évident, au bout d’un mois, que quelque chose était en train de se passer. Un jour après l’annonce du résultat de l’élection présidentielle donnant Ahmadinejad vainqueur, des centaines de milliers de personnes envahirent les rues de Téhéran pour protester. Le peuple voulait du changement.… Seguir leyendo »