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Muslim Until Proven Innocent

Haroon Moghul Religious Dispatches February 24, 2012 This article discusses racial/religious profiling in the NYPD’s “public safety” tactics.

The Golden Cage and Discursive Struggle

Shirin Ebadi weaves together a narrative of one family’s response to revolutions in Iran in a way which illustrates the destabilizing power of injustice.  Ebadi provides an overview of the history of Iran from the beginning of the 1900s up to the present (when the book was produced), outlining the history of Western interference in … Continue reading

If you can’t eliminate injustice, at least tell everyone about it.*

Shirin Ebadi’s Golden Cage humanizes the political history of 20th century Iran. This is ostensibly the role of an activist: to make a subject relatable and affect both popular and policy conception thereof. Her narrative is not not necessarily posed as an extension of her activism, though it would be difficult to separate such a … Continue reading

Iran’s Supreme Leader ‘orders Revolutionary Guards’ to guarantee election

Con Coughlin 2-26-12, Iran’s Khameini asks Revolutionary Gaurd to help rig election. After falling out with the current president he wants to make sure the conservative side wins. Many people will probably refuse to vote as a form of protest against the unfair elections. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/9106825/Irans-Supreme-Leader-orders-Revolutionary-Guards-to-guarantee-election.html

The Golden Cage: How the politics of the Iranian Revolution dismembered a family

The Golden Cage is described like this :“It’s as if…well, you see, it’s as if each one of them has locked himself in a golden cage—beautiful, strong, and as safe and secure as any ideology. But it’s still a cage, and they can’t see out of it or communicate with each other (96).” This is … Continue reading

‘Afghans should apologise to US over Qur’an burning’

The Muslim News, February 27, 2012 Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum accused Afghans on Sunday of “overreacting” to Quran burning as he stepped up his criticism of President Barack Obama for apologizing over the incident. 

A Clash of Ideologies

In her book, The Golden Cage, Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi shares the life stories of Iranian people by taking us inside the home of an Iranian family struggling to endure the socio-political chaos that never seems to end. The Golden Cage challenges the reader to reflect on narrow-minded ideologies that break families apart … Continue reading

A Shared Struggle

Shirin Ebadi’s book, The Golden Cage is a remarkable story about her personal experience in Iran during the Iranian Revolution. The book not only captures the childhood of the three brothers of her best friend and their different roles. These three brothers and their journey in Iran only shows a small part of the many … Continue reading

Laureates Call for Release of Iranian Opposition Leaders

Laureates Call for Release of Iranian Opposition Leaders February 1, 2012 http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2012/01/ebadi-campaign/ February 14 marks the one-year anniversary of the house arrest of the presidential rivals of Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinezhad.  Shirin Ebadi, in conjunction with her fellow Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, released a statementcalling for their release: “The presidential rivals of Mr Ahmadinezhad, Messrs Musavi and Karrubi, and … Continue reading

Iran state TV says Oscar win victory over Israel

By Nasser Karimi, Associated Press Published: February 27, 2012 8:30am EST TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran trumpeted the Islamic Republic’s first foreign film Oscar win Monday as a triumph over archfoe Israel — even as audiences in Israel packed theaters to watch the movie that beat their country’s entry at the Academy Awards.

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