Tag Archives: Iran

Iran determined to set new record in 2011

Unfortunately a record of the abhorrent kind: In the first 2 weeks of this year alone, Iran has already executed 47 people. And that is the official number. As the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran points out, this … Continue reading

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“For Neda” wins Foreign Press Association Media Award 2010

The documentary “For Neda” about the life and death of Iranian protester Neda Agha-Soltan, which I had the honour to play a small role in, won the Foreign Press Association Media Award 2010 in the category of TV feature/documentary. The … Continue reading

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Update: UNESCO World Philosophy Day in Iran cancelled

I had already commented about UNESCO’s decision to hold this year’s World Philosophy Congress in Iran and about how Iran thanked UNESCO for this. Apparently, the worldwide protest against UNESCO that ensued has had quite some effect: UNESCO has now … Continue reading

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Education Reform, Iranian Style

I have already written about my total lack of understanding for UNESCO’s decision to award the hosting of the 2010 World Philosophy Congress to Iran. But as so often, the Islamic Republic of Iran does not avoid providing plenty of … Continue reading

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UNESCO World Philosophy Day – why in Iran?

Since 2002, UNESCO is holding a World Philosophy Day each year in November. – That’s a nice idea because philosophy is much underrated in public debate. This World Philosophy Day is hosted by a different country each year. – That’s … Continue reading

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What Sarah Shourd can’t say (yet)

Sarah Shourd, the American woman who was hiking in the Iraq-Iran border region last year and was arrested on that occasion and who subsequently spent 13 months in a prison in Iran, was finally released on 14 September 2010 without ever … Continue reading

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TV documentary “For Neda”

On 12 June 2010, the TV documentary “For Neda” was aired on HBO in the United States. Simultaneously and in an unprecedented move, HBO made the movie available on YouTube in full length and also distributed a version in Farsi, … Continue reading

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Why I will join the protests on June 12th.

Saturday June 12th will mark the first anniversary of the rigged Iranian elections. The blatant electoral fraud sparked protests throughout Iran which the Iranian regime only managed to crush by remorseless force. The brutality of the crackdown opened the world’s … Continue reading

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Reports about my trip to Iran in June/July 2009

You might have heard about my trip to Iran in June and July 2009 to join the protests against the rigged elections, a trip that ended up in the infamous Evin prison in Tehran, in the captivity of Iran’s Intelligence … Continue reading

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