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June 10, 2015

Still more proof that the Iranian “leadership” class is unworthy of the Iranians it purports to lead.


"It seems that not one single thing escapes the attention of hardliners in Iran, bent on using the extraordinary powers they hold to suppress every effort by Iranians to exercise their right to freedom of expression. They have even decreed that men should refrain from sporting various hairdos and—yes I am not kidding—from plucking their eyebrows, because those are considered to be indications of “devil worshipping” and homosexuality.

"Although such preoccupations may seem risible to some, the people who are caught up in this dragnet are suffering very real and harsh consequences.

"Atena Farghadani is a 28-year-old artist and women’s rights activist. She drew a cartoon depicting some members of Iran’s Majles (Parliament) with animal heads, as a form of protest against bills that are in different stages of moving through the parliamentary process that, in an effort to boost child-bearing, would among other things, restrict access to contraception and establish preferences in hiring for married women over single women.

"We just learned that she has been sentenced to an astonishing twelve years and nine months in prison on spurious charges of “spreading propaganda against the system,” “insulting members of the parliament through paintings” and “insulting the Supreme Leader” because of her cartoon. She is also being charged with “gathering and colluding with deviant groups” because she has met with the families of those killed by government agents in the unrest following the 2009 presidential elections and because of an art exhibition she held which was attended by members of Iran’s persecuted Baha’i community." —Elise Auerbach Quote of the Day – Pejman Yousefzadeh

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 10, 2015 9:44 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The same old story. A lot of liberal lefty people living here, the animal rights folks, the tree-huggers, all the malcontents complain about Big Brother and jack-booted thugs (cops). Even the righty conservatives are convinced that Big Brother has them in shackles. The monkey people are alla time clamoring for more free stuff and more than half our population is overweight. Queers, females, old people, disabled people, everyone whining about how repressive life is here in the United States.

Look at what happens in "liberated" countries like Iran. Heck, look no further than Mexico. Guilty until proven innocent is one of their cornerstones.

People are dying, literally dying to get into the US and many of the folks here are pissing on the flag. I say "go, go to your idea of a workers' paradise. Don't call me when they give you a life sentence for laughing at their president".

I say the same to people that immigrate here and constantly criticize us and insist on flying their country's flag. If it's so bad here and so good in the "old country" why not go back there?

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 10, 2015 11:37 PM

I'd love to force the malcontents out of the country. Shave their heads, strip them naked, chip them and send them packing.

As for those who come here…mexicans, etc…and want to hoist their GD flags….I'm all for shooting them where they stand.

Posted by: Jack [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2015 9:19 AM

Chasmatic: Pejman Yousefzadeh is a conservative.

Posted by: Fat Man [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2015 12:08 PM

Yowza, she should be in jail for excessive hotness.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2015 3:36 PM

Fat Man, I wasn't riffing on Pejman. I drifted off against all the people that think the US is repressive. They should go to countries where the death sentence is handed out like parking tickets. Basic freedoms are taken for granted here but elsewhere to speak of certain things must be done in secret.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2015 10:36 PM

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