Iran is in a dangerous situation where tension-causing policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as those of a few foreign governments threaten the peace and well-being of the Iranian people. Perpetuation of current conditions expands the sprawling shadow of war over our country, militarizes the social atmosphere, and exposes the population – and especially women – to increased discrimination, violence, poverty, and misery.

Activists of the women’s rights movement have continuously criticized crisis-invoking acts and have emphasized that the means to reduction of tension and lasting peace in the region lies in respecting the equal rights of citizens regardless of their religion, gender or sexual orientation, ending repression, expanding civil and political participation of women, inclusion of women in prevention of ever increasing violence, and engaging different groups, guilds, ethnicities and nationalities in key political and national decisions. (more…)

Asghar Farhadi: “At the time when talk of war, intimidation, and aggression is exchanged between politicians, the name of their country, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics….I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilisations and despise hostility and resentment.” (more…)

Thousands of Americans have non-violently occupied Wall St — an epicentre of global financial power and corruption. They are the latest ray of light in a new movement for social justice that is spreading like wildfire from Madrid to Jerusalem to 146 other cities and counting, but they need our help to succeed.

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