By Abdollah Pakatchi
As the international Women’s day is coming up on March 8th, beholding the events of the past year or two may convince us that this is a day of failure rather than of celebration. No doubt, women are the most affected victims of fundamentalism that has emerged as the principal global threat of today. Yet, the events of this past year, may give us the notion that we are thinking in the right direction. Terrorists and extremists have had an upper hand, humiliating and mistreating women. Terrorist groups, no matter what they call themselves, no matter which part of the world they come from, misogyny is one of their foremost believes. This fact forces us surrender to the deduction that this is a day of failure for women’s rights. This impression is, nevertheless, a trap set forth by extremist to lure us to a wrong conclusion. This reductionist terminology finds itself in battle with the real world. The truth is that women’s struggle, in our time, is far ahead of what it was a decade ago.
Continue reading International women’s day in Iran: A Day to Celebrate, or . . . ?
By Nasreen Feizi
Specifying the time needed to go from A to B is always one of the most important parameters of mankind in pursuing their smallest to biggest objectives, and even in their routine daily lives. The reason is by specifying the time needed to span a distance man can calculate the time needed to reach his objective. Currently, scientists are using this parameter and they can easily say one can reach the moon in a period of two weeks.
This is a scientific example and it has nothing to do with people’s lives, spirituals or moral principles. However, we the members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran stationed in Camp Liberty (adjacent to Baghdad International Airport) have been living in Iraq for nearly 30 years now in our struggle to free our country, Iran, from the grasps of the ruling religious fascism, have never been able to calculate the time period between the words and deeds of human rights organizations, especially the United Nations.
Continue reading Distance between words and deeds is at times the longest
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By Amir Basiri February 18, 2015
While U.S. President Barack Obama is pressing to finalize a nuclear agreement with Iran, a growing number of congressmen and officials from allied states, especially in the Middle East, are expressing deep concerns over the framework of the deal being shaped.
During the course of these talks, the Obama administration is reluctant in showing any reaction vis-a-vis Iran’s increasing crusade to expand its influence across the Middle East; in fact it appears the administration is ready to provide Tehran a power-role in the region, which will come at the expense of the people of Middle East nations—especially in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
Continue reading The growth of Islamic extremism, a byproduct of nuclear talks with Iran
By Massoud Azadi
This place is the so-called Camp Liberty near Baghdad airport where several thousand members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran are residing. Today, words like liberty and democracy have lost their meaning and become void, used by anyone for their own intention and personal interests.
Now, please come with me to Camp “Liberty”.
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A true story of a rainy day in Camp Liberty
By Bahman Bakhshi,
It is 3 O’clock of a rainy afternoon in Camp Liberty, where Iranian dissidents live, just next to Baghdad international airport. Some call it Liberty Prison. It is one of the last cold days of winter. I have to wear my large wool socks and my knitted gloves to keep me warm in my very cold room. I also have my scarf around my neck. This scarf with its white lines means a lot to me. It is a souvenir of my fallen friend, Bijan. He was killed on a Christmas Eve when it did neither rain nor snow in Camp Liberty, but fatal rackets fell on us. I look through my window which unlike all windows in winter is not Steamy at all. That reminds me of my childhood, when I used to draw pictures with my finger on steamy windows. You find no steamy window in Camp Liberty. There is a logistic siege exerted on us by the security forces that control the camp.
Continue reading Rain in Prison
By Nasrin Faizi
It was February when I was finally released from Prison after some 10 years. During this time, I was only kept behind bars for my political dissent to the mullahs ruling my country. A day after my release, in order to pay my respects to my friends who had been executed by the Iranian regime, I rushed to the Behesht Zahra Cemetery in Tehran.
Yet what I saw before my eyes were broken tombstones, shattered by the repressive regimes’ elements. The regime’s forces had no mercy on them when they were alive, and after their death emptied their hatred and animosity on their lifeless graves.
Continue reading From the Behesht Zahra Cemetery in Tehran to the Pearl Cemetery at Ashraf
By Ahmad Rahbar
We live in a tumultuous world, where unrest is waged in its every corner. In Africa, the radical Islamic group Boko Haram has been the source of much suffering in region it controls, promoting barbarity instead of Islamic values. In the Middle East, the viciousness reaches its peak, where criminals like Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, Lebanese Hezbollah’s Leader Hassan Nasrallah, and former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki wreak havoc under the orders of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The chaos they have left in their wake has given birth to a fundamentalist group, which in reality is the Sunni brand of the theocracy ruling Tehran, the terrorist activities of which span over the Middle East and reach out as far as France.
Continue reading Be the echo of this voice