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“Siamak Pourzand was imprisoned for years in his home”

May 2nd, 2011
“Siamak Pourzand was imprisoned for years in his home”

Iranian history and culture owe a lot to “Siamak Pourzand”, Iranian journalist and lawyer. Someone who had a huge experience in the media especially the press, and was also responsible of the management of the first festival of Iranian films and foreign films selected in 1954. After the revolution, in 2000, after the incident in the Berlin conference, he was arrested and sentenced to eleven years. According to her daughter Banafsheh Pourzand, he was repeatedly under various physical and mental torture. He was also banned to leave the country and to have any kind of activity. Finally, on April 29, while he was under house arrest, died of disease. In this regard, Ardavan Roozbeh had the following conversation with Banafsheh Pourzand, Siamak Pourzand’s daughter:You know that he was in prison for 6 years. During the first year, he was held in private or solitary confinement and suffered a lot. When he was arrested, he was abducted from my aunt’s house. He was then 72 years old and what they inflicted to him is unimaginable and impossible to describe.


“Watching the movie ”Outcasts III” is mandatory by the police”

May 2nd, 2011
“Watching the movie ”Outcasts III” is mandatory by the police”

While the controversial competitive sale between “A Separation” and “Outcasts III” still goes on in the artistic and non-artistic circles, it seems that it is so important matter for some in the governing body to the point that even the Police forces have got involved in this affair. Regarding this point, it seems that this has become a matter of dignity within the system. According to news received by Radio Koocheh, and confirmed by a source in the police who preferred not to be named, since Saturday April 20, commanded by the Chief of Police, himself, Gen. Ahmadimoghadam, all police units must watch the movie “Outcasts III”. The Police has paid for all the tickets. Thus, according to the number of staff members on duty in Greater Tehran Area GTA, the police has allocated a colossal budget to this matter. This order seems to be sent to other provinces.A Police officer working in a police station confirmed this news and reported to Radio Koocheh: “On Monday, they announced at the station that a group of soldiers on duty will be deployed to the police headquarters.


“The government deliberately frightens people involved with the regime of any change”

April 30th, 2011
“The government deliberately frightens people involved with the regime of any change”

If we want to have an overview of the royal family in Iran, we can have two perspectives considering the positions of this last Iranian Prince, ” Reza Pahlavi ”. The Heir to the crown, that advocates of monarchy refer to for more than three decades, or the political activist with secular ideas looking for democracy. This Iranian Prince, in recent years, has been the subject of discussions of different groups. Sometimes from the Royalists perspective and sometimes from the critics of monarchy. But what is obvious, and according to his own statements, he does not consider himself as the absolute heir of the monarchy that should be restored at any price in Iran.
After the tenth presidential elections in Iran, his presence in the political arena is mostly evident. A Prince photographed with his green bracelet who clearly introduces himself as a supporter of a secular and democratic movement.


”Jamming devices in the Rajaii Shahr prison”

April 24th, 2011
”Jamming devices in the Rajaii Shahr prison”

It is almost three months that violent behavior and lack of providing health care to prisoners in Rajaii Shahr, Karaj, have increased. Transfer of some prisoners to the section that has nor facilities, neither telephone, more violence and insulting the prisoners are examples of such behavior.
News from Rajaii Shahr Prison are about the reduced number of allowed visits, search of prisoners personal belongings and insulting the prisoners. Also some prison guards have threatened the prisoners to death. The hall number 12 of the section 4 of this prison is the political prisoners section. Recently, some of the political prisoners go on hunger strike and it is heard that they are going to go on hunger strike again in case their situation is not improved. This hall has already been searched by the prison guards a few times over the past few days. ”Khalid Hardani”, one of the prisoners in this hall, has been directly threatened. Even recently in this prison officials have tried to install jamming devices in case of the possibility of cell phone data transfer out of the prison.


“Thirty-three killed in Camp Ashraf”

April 10th, 2011
“Thirty-three killed in Camp Ashraf”

After Iraqi troops attacked the camp which belongs to the PMOI in the province of “Diyala”, Iraq’s organizations and activists from different groups, regardless of their political views condemned this act. In this attack on Saturday morning at Camp Ashraf, a large number of people were injured, and according to the latest news 31 people were killed. Families of some of the residents of Camp Ashraf, protested in front of the White House today, and told Radio Koocheh that the number of killed has been increased to 33. Protesters, while chanting slogans in front of the White House demanded the review of this military operations against the residents of Camp Ashraf. They were mostly families of those that still live in Camp Ashraf. Hajar Mojtahedzadeh, Hanif Mojtahedzadeh’s sister who still lives in the camp, noted that more than a hundred of injured people in this conflict, despite the severe need of medical assistance and surgery, were not allowed to leave the camp.


“I will help you kill yourself”

April 8th, 2011
“I will help you kill yourself”

Room number 106 at Georgetown University, Washington DC, on March 23, hosted for the first time in Georgetown, the projection of “I will help you kill yourself “, a film by Kian Amani, an Iranian filmmaker. The story of four Iranian gays from Iran to Turkey. Wounds of Iranian asylum seekers in Turkey, queer social conditions in Iran and another view of the Iranian community, were perhaps the points that could be seen in his about an-hour film.
The story starts in a café, “Mehrdad” is a homosexual and talks about his situation in Iran. Kian Amani is a journalism and filmmaking graduate and has nearly a dozen years experience in working for different medias.In his career, he has directed six documentary films. “Nine to Five”, 2001, “Abyaneh”, 2002, “Lala Jean” ,2003, “Pyre shalyar”, 2005 and “Standing in the land” in 2007 and his last film, which was unveiled recently. At the meeting after the movie, a number of enthusiasts Iranian and foreigners who attended the screening of this film, commented


“The heart speaks the same language everywhere”

March 31st, 2011
“The heart speaks the same language everywhere”

When we hear the name of a ”class”, it reminds us of tiredness and repeat. The heavy atmosphere and academic teachers who have to check the homework and expect you to sit anxiously and wait your turn. At least, it was for me. To me, school meant a heavy and spiritless classroom and university a series of text books. In other trainings such as the second language course also the same atmosphere governed. I have seen many of those who have attended classes and forgot most of their little learnings in these kind of disturbing anxiety. Totally by chance, I came across a different class in the “Bethesda” library, in Maryland, America that is, in my opinion, another level of training. In this Library, people gather two days a week and few teachers teach, not the formal English training but the conversation. It is called ”English Conversation Club”. You sit there, and write your name and the country where you are from on a piece of paper and take turn to introduce yourself.


“A step forward for Human Rights in Iran”

March 31st, 2011
“A step forward for Human Rights in Iran”

After nearly three weeks of studying the case of human rights in Iran, on Wednesday March the twenty-third, between forty-seven countries currently on the UN Human Rights Council, regarding the status of Iran’s human rights, twenty-five countries abstained, fourteen countries voted in favor and seven countries voted against sending a rapporteur to Iran.Thus, after nine years that ”Maurice Copithorne” was appointed as Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, United Nations has decided to send another Rapporteur to Iran. Mr. ”Copithorne”, despite international efforts never reached Iran. Earlier, another Human Rights Rapporteur, ”Galindo Pohl” could just have a single trip to Iran. But in this political juncture that according to political experts is the most difficult period for the rulers of Iran, lack of acceptable response regarding the issues raised about human rights violations in one hand and increasing social protests and appointment of a special rapporteur, have made the situation very difficult for the Islamic Republic in the international community.


“Another attack on the Syrian people”

March 25th, 2011
“Another attack on the Syrian people”

Reports from the city of “Dara’a” in Syria suggests that police opened fire on protesters again throughout Wednesday and Thursday. According to reports, at least forty people have been killed so far. AP says that even an eleven-year-old girl has been killed. The Police and other forces of Syria attacked a mosque on Wednesday and with direct fire killed six people. Also nine others were killed in the city. Reports state that the number of killings on Thursday has been growing and almost 40 people have been killed that day.On Thursday, at the funeral of nine people killed earlier, also police opened fire on people, but the number of people injured and killed has not yet been published in an official report. Mr. ”Assad” declared ”state of emergency” in the cityof “Dara’a” and the city has been surrounded by his command.


“Thousands of Baha’i attended”

March 14th, 2011
“Thousands of Baha’i attended”

On the morning of March eleventh 2011, the funeral of Ashraf Sobhani Khanjani was held at the Khavaran cemetery in Tehran. Ashraf Sobhani Khanjani was the spouse of Jamalaldin Khanjani, one of the seven imprisoned Directors of Iran Baha’i community. Almost ten thousands attended this funeral.The event which started around ten o’clock in the morning was monitored by the security forces from the beginning and according to witnesses many Plainclothes with wireless devices were present in the audience. Also, people who had a video camera were arrested when leaving the ceremony.Security agents also took pictures and films of all the people present and according to a witness, they even filmed the body of the late and the entire funeral and burial.


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