Ahmadinejad promises “giant achievements” next Sunday (& UK charities leap to his defense)

February 07, 2007

* Iranian nuclear scientist “assassinated by Mossad”
* Iran expanding air force reach
* Exiled Iranians protest Iranian Holocaust denial conference

 

CONTENTS

1. Iran strike “would be disastrous”
2. British journalist hopes Iran acquires nuclear weapons
3. Exiled Iranians protest Iranian Holocaust denial conference
4. Farsi-language version of the Yad Vashem website proves popular
5. Iranian government: we demand proof of Holocaust
6. Ahmadinejad promises “giant achievements” next Sunday
7. Iranian nuclear scientist “assassinated by Mossad”
8. Iran expanding air force reach
9. Iran financing Syrian militias loyal to Assad
10. Chirac says nuclear Iran not a big danger, then backtracks
11. Iran installs 328 nuclear centrifuges
12. Hizbullah plants bombs and raises flags across border
13. Iranian schoolbooks prepare children for “jihad”
14. “History is repeating itself”
15. “Iran schools feed pupils ‘war curriculum’ – report” (Reuters, Jan. 30, 2007)
16. “US media reject campaign against Ahmadinejad” (Jerusalem Post, Feb. 4, 2007)
17. “Iran’s parliament speaker meets Islamic Jihad movement head” (ISNA, Feb 6, 2007)
18. “Letter by 100 Iranians condemning Holocaust Denial Conference sponsored by government of Iran” (New York Review of Books, Feb. 15, 2007)



[Note by Tom Gross]

IRAN STRIKE “WOULD BE DISASTROUS”

A coalition of Britain’s leading “charities,” “faith groups” and trade unions has warned Tony Blair and other world leaders that military action against Iran “would be disastrous.” The BBC considered their warning so important that yesterday the BBC world service ran it as its main lengthy world news item. In its coverage the BBC did not include any opposing view giving the case for forcibly preventing Pres. Ahmadinejad from having nuclear weapons.

In a report titled “Time to Talk: The Case for Diplomatic Solutions,” produced by the charity Oxfam, unions Unison, GMB and Amicus, and the Muslim Parliament and Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Blair is warned that “The consequences of military action against Iran are not only unpalatable, they are unthinkable.”

They go on to say: “There is still time to talk and the Prime Minister must make sure our allies use it... Military action is not likely to be a short, sharp engagement but could have a profound effect on the region, with shock waves felt far beyond.”

Left wing and Liberal Democrat politicians in the UK welcomed the report, whereas Conservative shadow defense secretary Liam Fox said: “We cannot give them the comfort of believing that there is any weakness in the western alliance or that there is a chance that they might be able to divide and rule.”

BRITISH JOURNALIST HOPES IRAN ACQUIRES NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Neil Clark, a journalist and writer based in the UK, who is a regular op-ed writer for The Guardian and other newspapers, has written on his blog that he hopes Iran acquires nuclear weapons.

Clark wrote this week: “The President of Iran has of course denied that his country has any plans to build a nuclear bomb and that his only interest is to develop nuclear energy. In the interests of peace, I do hope he’s lying.”

Clark has previously defended other genocidalists like Slobodan Milosevic, which is no doubt why The Guardian continues to print his articles.

EXILED IRANIANS PROTEST IRANIAN HOLOCAUST DENIAL CONFERENCE

100 exiled Iranians have sent a letter to the New York Review of Books condemning the recent Holocaust denial conference which was sponsored by the government of Iran.

The letter, attached at the end of this dispatch, says, “Considering that the Nazis’ coldly planned ‘Final Solution’ and their ensuing campaign of genocide against Jews and other minorities during World War II constitute undeniable historical facts...”

“... [We] pay homage to the memory of the millions of Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and express our empathy for the survivors of this immense tragedy as well as all other victims of crimes against humanity across the world.”

FARSI-LANGUAGE VERSION OF THE YAD VASHEM WEBSITE PROVES POPULAR

This website/email list first reported last year that Yad Vashem was to unveil plans to translate its website into Farsi as a response to Iranian government Holocaust denial. (See the fifth note in the dispatch “Polite society helped pave the way for Iran’s Holocaust conference” (Dec. 18, 2006).)

According to new statistics released today (senior staff at Yad Vashem subscribe to this email list and have supplied these figures), about 20,000 people from throughout the world, including 6,000 from Iran, have visited Yad Vashem’s Farsi-language Web site since its launch just 12 days ago (on Jan. 25).

IRANIAN GOVERNMENT: WE DEMAND PROOF OF HOLOCAUST

An Iranian government-sponsored body set up to probe the veracity of the Holocaust has challenged Europe to hand over documents “proving it”.

Mohammad Ali Ramin, the head of the “World Holocaust Foundation” created after Iran’s Holocaust denial conference, said Austria, Germany and Poland in particular should supply documents.

“They should hand over the proof for the dossier on the organized massacre of Jews in Europe during World War II to the independent international fact-finding committee affiliated to this foundation,” the Iranian IRNA state news agency quoted him as saying yesterday.

Baiting such as this, now being engaged by the Iranian government, is typical of anti-Semites.

AHMADINEJAD PROMISES “GIANT ACHIEVEMENTS” NEXT SUNDAY

The semi-official Iranian Fars news agency has said that an upcoming dramatic announcement on Iran’s nuclear “rights” will be made on February 11. Fars said that Ahmadinejad’s “administration is going to publicize the country’s remarkable progresses and achievements within the coming days... The Iranian president also reiterated that February 11 is the day when the Iranian nation’s inalienable right to access and use nuclear technology will be established.”

Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying: “When a nation decides to stand on its own feet to climb up the peaks, Allah helps it and that nation will embrace victory. The Iranian nation will celebrate stabilization and establishment of its nuclear rights during the ten-day dawn.”

The “ten-day dawn” in early February marks the date of Iran’s Islamic revolution in 1979.

IRANIAN NUCLEAR SCIENTIST “ASSASSINATED BY MOSSAD”

Ardeshire Hassanpour, 44, a prize-winning nuclear physicist, had been assassinated by the Mossad according to a report on Radio Farda, which is funded by the U.S. State Department and broadcasts to Iran.

Hassanpour worked at a plant in Isfahan where uranium hexafluoride gas is produced. The gas is needed to enrich uranium in another plant at Natanz.

Radio Farda claimed reports of Hassanpour’s death emerged on January 21 after a delay of six days, giving the cause as “gas poisoning”.

Hassanpour won Iran’s leading military research prize in 2004 and was awarded top prize at the Kharazmi international science festival in Iran last year.

Iran’s Fars news agency said the Iranian government vehemently denied the report. A government official said Hassanpour, a professor at Shiraz University, died from fumes from a faulty gas burner while he slept.

Reports such as the one on Radio Farda may or may not be disinformation. There have also been a number of plane accidents over the last year in which leading members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have been killed.

IRAN EXPANDING AIR FORCE REACH

Jane’s Defense Weekly reports that the Iranian air force has been practicing aerial refueling so that its warplanes can deliver heavy ordnance – potentially with nuclear warheads – at greater ranges in case of war with Israel or the United States.

According to Jane’s (which is generally a reliable source), the recent defense pact between Teheran and Damascus means that Iranian planes can use Syrian airspace for their training as well.

Separately, it was announced today that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards will hold two days of war games in the Gulf and Sea of Oman this week, focusing on launching missiles, Iranian news agencies reported yesterday. The exercises will be staged today and tomorrow by the missile units of the Guards’ naval and air forces.

IRAN FINANCING SYRIAN MILITIAS LOYAL TO ASSAD

Syrian opposition sources have claimed that Iran has transferred tens of millions of dollars to organize, equip and finance at least two major militias under Syrian President Bashar Assad’s direct control.

Ammar Abdul Hamid, director of the Tharwa Foundation and a leading Syrian dissident, said “The alliance between Syria and Iran dates back more than two decades, and was explicitly reaffirmed by the two ruling regimes as recently as January 2005... indeed, the two are now joined at the hip.”

It is believed that Syria has reimbursed Iran by providing its military with a base in Zabadani near the Lebanese border and the Iranians have also manned a facility in Mazraa, near the military airport outside Damascus.

The opposition source said that Assad is now receiving so much Iranian military and financial help that as a result there has been a decline in support within his Alawite community. Many in the Alawite minority believe that Assad’s pro-Iranian policy would spark a backlash by the majority Sunni community.

CHIRAC SAYS NUCLEAR IRAN NOT A BIG DANGER, THEN BACKTRACKS

French President Jacques Chirac said in an interview that Iran’s possession of a nuclear bomb would not be “very dangerous” and that if it used the weapon on Israel, Teheran would be immediately “razed”.

Chirac, who made the comments last week in a joint interview with The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and the French weekly magazine Le Nouvel Observateur, called reporters back the next day in an attempt to have his quotes retracted.

In a second interview Chirac said “I should rather have paid attention to what I was saying and understood that perhaps I was on the record.”

In an article posted on its website, the New York Times said the interview was taped recorded and on the record.

For once, The New York Times has almost certainly got it right: French government sources on this email list in Paris tell me that Chirac’s true policy is to allow, even encourage, the Islamic Republic of Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. Chirac is confident they would be used only on the U.S. and Israel and would not affect France.

IRAN INSTALLS 328 NUCLEAR CENTRIFUGES

Iran on Monday installed two cascades of 164 centrifuges each in its underground Natanz nuclear plant, laying a base for “industrial-scale” enrichment of uranium for atomic fuel, according to European diplomatic sources. The cascades are to be test-run shortly, without uranium feedstock inside, and fuel material would then be added if the test were successful.

HIZBULLAH PLANTS BOMBS AND RAISES FLAGS ACROSS BORDER

Hizbullah planted five deadly explosive devices on Israel’s northern border, which were located by the Israeli army and detonated from a distance.

IDF officials said it was possible that the bombs were planted as part of a planned kidnapping attack similar to the abduction last year of reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser that sparked the war last summer.

The bombs, weighed between 15 to 20 kilograms each, and were made of high-grade explosives disguised as boulders to blend in with the rocky terrain.

Israeli defense officials slammed UNIFIL and the Lebanese government for not preventing Hizbullah from laying these fresh bombs as they are meant to do under UN resolutions.

Hizbullah also erected 30 green-and-yellow banners across southern Lebanon near the Israeli border on Friday, as UN peacekeepers changed commanders. The flags were raised several meters from the Blue Line that divides Lebanon and Israel.

Italian Maj. Gen. Claudio Graziano on Friday took over command of the UNIFIL forces, which currently stand at 12,000 but is to expand to 15,000 peacekeepers. In a ceremony at UNIFIL headquarters in the southern coastal town of Naqoura, Graziano took over from French Maj. Gen. Alain Pellegrini, who previously headed the force.

For more on Hizbullah and Iran, please see “The deadly threats of Hizbullah and Iran”.

The penultimate article in this dispatch reports that Iran’s parliament speaker, Gholam Ali Hadadeadel met yesterday with the head of the Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Abdullah.

IRANIAN SCHOOLBOOKS PREPARE CHILDREN FOR “JIHAD”

The first article below, from Reuters, reports that “Iran’s schools are nurturing a siege mentality in children with textbooks showing preparations for war and depicting Israel and the West as the enemy... One textbook gave 13-year-olds a basic overview of light arms while one early reader book depicted the murder of a Palestinian toddler by an Israeli soldier.”

A survey by the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (CMIP) found that “Iran’s war curriculum is a danger to the world’s peace and security. This is the way the books develop a siege mentality in the minds of the students,” the CMIP director of research told a news conference in Brussels.

He said the textbooks were underpinned by the belief that Iran was a world power preparing for global “jihad”, or holy struggle, with the aim of world dominance of Islam. “This has been a structural component of the Iranian regime since (the Islamic Revolution in) 1979. It is not a product of (President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad.”

“HISTORY IS REPEATING ITSELF”

The second article attached below reports that leading American news media outlets “have refused to sell Internet site ad space to the Jewish Agency for a campaign against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

The Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization (WZO) recently approached over 40 of the U.S.’s leading news media but none agreed to sell banner space.

CNN International was one of the news media that refused to display the advert on its website. In an official response they argued that “CNN International has for many years had in place strict and broad guidelines in relation to political and advocacy advertising on its international services, in respect to the diverse and often strict advertising laws in the many countries in which it operates... These mean that CNN does not accept advertisements that are deemed to fall into this category.”

Shlomo Molla, who heads the Jewish Agency’s campaign against anti-Semitism, said that “It seems as if history is repeating itself… People stood by passively when Hitler rose to power also.”

I attach three articles and one letter below.

-- Tom Gross



FULL ARTICLES

“IRAN’S WAR CURRICULUM IS A DANGER TO THE WORLD’S PEACE AND SECURITY”

Iran schools feed pupils “war curriculum” – report
By Mark John
Reuters
January 30, 2007

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Iran’s schools are nurturing a siege mentality in children with textbooks showing preparations for war and depicting Israel and the West as the enemy, an Israel-based think tank said on Tuesday.

One textbook gave 13-year-olds a basic overview of light arms while one early reader book depicted the murder of a Palestinian toddler by an Israeli soldier, a survey by the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (CMIP) found.

“Iran’s war curriculum is a danger to the world’s peace and security. This is the way the books develop a siege mentality in the minds of the students,” CMIP director of research Arnon Groiss told a news conference in Brussels.

CMIP has produced surveys of school material in Pakistan and the Palestinian Authority and said its survey of 115 textbooks published in Iran in 2004 was the first of its kind.

Groiss said all the textbooks were underpinned by the belief that Iran was a world power preparing for global “jihad”, or holy struggle, with the aim of world dominance of Islam.

“This has been a structural component of the Iranian regime since (the Islamic Revolution in) 1979. It is not a product of (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad,” he said of Iran’s firebrand president who has called for the destruction of Israel.

Stories and poems aimed at primary school-age children hailed martyrs killed in defence of their country and faith, such as those who died in the 1980 to 1988 war with Iraq, with one illustrated with a rainbow dripping with martyr’s blood.

Akbar Nabavi, an Iranian war veteran and now documentary maker, said the report was intended to misrepresent Iran.

“The American nation respects its soldiers and their cause though they are being killed in a foreign land (Iraq), thousands of miles from home,” he said. “Why shouldn’t we commemorate the sacrifice of our martyrs killed defending their country and their faith?”

MILITARY TACTICS

Groiss highlighted one passage in a reading book for eight-year-olds:

“At that time the Israeli officer pounded (three-year-old) Mohammed’s head with his rifle stock and his warm blood was sprinkled upon his (six-year-old) brother Khaled’s hands.”

Another picture book for 10-year-olds showed veiled girls carrying rifles while material for 13-year-olds provided a basic acquaintance with weaponry, explosives and military tactics.

Israel was consistently referred to as “the regime that occupies Jerusalem” and marked out on maps as “Occupied Palestine”. The United States was the “Great Satan”, the “World Devourer” or the “Arrogant One”.

Despite official opposition to the U.S. government, many Iranians remain sympathetic to the American people and held spontaneous vigils to show support for them after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Groiss acknowledged he had no recent information on the influence the textbooks were having on Iranian children.

While the concept of martyrdom is central to the Shi’ite Islam which is predominant in Iran, no Iranians are thought to have directly executed suicide bombings in recent years.

However, one Iranian group, which insists it has no government affiliation, says it has signed up thousands of would-be martyrs to target U.S. or British interests if Iran was attacked over its nuclear programme.

(Additional reporting by Alireza Ronaghi and Edmund Blair)

 

U.S. MEDIA REJECT CAMPAIGN AGAINST AHMADINEJAD

US media reject campaign against Ahmadinejad
By Mathew Wagner and Laura Rheinheimer
The Jerusalem Post
February 4, 2007

Leading American news media have refused to sell Internet site ad space to the Jewish Agency for a campaign against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to Jewish Agency (JA) Spokesman Yarden Vatikay.

The JA and the World Zionist Organization (WZO) recently approached over 40 of the US’s leading news media through Network Solutions, an Internet ad company, said Vatikay. But none agreed to sell banner space.

“They claimed the ad was a political statement and, therefore, disqualified,” said Vatikay. “I find it unbelievable that a campaign against hatred and anti-Semitism could be considered political.”

Shlomo Molla, the head of the WZO’s Department for Zionist Institutions, who also heads the Jewish Agency’s campaign against anti-Semitism, said that he was “deeply disappointed” with America’s news media for refusing to sell the JA space on their Web sites.

“It seems as if history is repeating itself,” said Molla, 39. “People stood by passively when Hitler rose to power also.”

The only Internet sites that agreed to sell the banner space to the JA and WZO were JTA Global Jewish News, Haaretz’s English edition, Google, Network and The Jerusalem Post.

CNN, one of the news media that Network Solutions said it approached, admitted that it refused to sell the banner space to the JA and the WZO.

“CNN International has for many years had in place strict and broad guidelines in relation to political and advocacy advertising on its international services, in respect to the diverse and often strict advertising laws in the many countries in which it operates,” CNN said in an official response. “These mean that CNN does not accept advertisements that are deemed to fall into this category.”

The Jerusalem Post contacted several additional media outlets that appear on a list supplied by the JA – including ABC News, the Boston Herald, Cox news, and Clear Channel for responses. All denied knowledge of the JA ad campaign.

Rob Klein, vice president of Integrated Sales at the Village Voice, who also said he knew nothing about the campaign, said his paper reserved the right to reject advertising at its discretion for a variety of reasons.

“It could be because of the way something is written or the political content,” said Klein. “It goes on a case-by-case basis. Each one has to be reviewed.”

Michael Cohen, publisher of the Village Voice, said he hadn’t heard of any advertisement being rejected, including the JA’s ad. He said it was “highly unlikely” that the ad had been rejected without his knowledge because “sales representatives work based on commission and it is in their interest to sell as much ad space as possible.”

The ad, which was designed by Arad Communications, pictures Ahmadinejad with subtitles of his most virulently anti-Zionist statements flashing in red letters.

“As the imam said, ‘Israel must be wiped off the map,’ and “Anyone who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury” are some of the quotes.

A recording of Ahmadinejad addressing a cheering crowd is played over and over. The site also invites viewers to sign a petition censuring the Iranian president for his anti-Semitic comments.

The banner with an AOL link to the site shows flies buzzing around a light bulb. “When you ignore the risks you get burned,” states the banner.

 

IRAN CEMENTS TIES WITH PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD

Iran’s parliament speaker meets Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement head
ISNA
February 6, 2007

Iran’s parliament speaker, Gholam Ali Hadadeadel stated that the conflicts and disaccords among Muslims sects was a great victory to the Zionist regime and the enemies of Islam.

In the meeting with Palestine’s Islamic Jihad movement secretary general, Ramadan Abdullah, Gholam Ali Hadadeadel remarked that the U.S. In the meeting with Islamic Jihad Palestine’s movement secretary general, remarked that the world and the Zionist regime propose the danger of the Islamic Republic of Iran in order “to divert the attention of the world from Palestine, which is Islam’s main issue”.

He also expressed disappointment regarding the neutrality and approval of some small neighboring countries before the plots of the Zionist regime. He also expressed disappointment regarding the neutrality and approval of some small neighboring countries before the plots of the codes regime.

“It’s very disappointing that some countries state their protests against Iran and propose the idea of Sunni and Shiite sects among Muslims in stead of stating their oppositions against the murder and crimes of the Zionists and the U.S. against the oppressed Palestinian, Lebanese and Iraqi nation,” he said.

He went on to say that on one hand these countries spread the red carpet for Israel and on the other hand they recognized Iran as a dangerous country. He went on to say that on one hand these countries spread the red carpet for Israel and on the other hand they recognized Iran as a dangerous country.

“Muslims in all parts of world must not forget the main enemies of Islam,” he asserted.

In the final parts of his talk, Hadadeadel insisted on preserving the unity among Palestinian groups by avoiding interior conflicts in the present sensitive regional circumstances.

For his part, Ramadan Abdullah appreciated the perpetual material and spiritual support of the Iranian nation and government.

Referring to the defeat of the Zionist regime in the 33 day war against the Islamic resistance in Lebanon, Abdullah stated that sowing seeds of disaccord among Muslims in the region was the new strategy of the Zionist regime and the U.S.

“Unity among Muslims is the greatest threat to the U.S. and the Zionist regime,” he added.

He also referred to the triangle composed by the U.S., the Zionist regime and some other countries. “They do not look at Israel as an enemy but look up on Iran as the danger,” he concluded.

 

100 EXILED IRANIANS CONDEMN HOLOCAUST DENIAL CONFERENCE

Letter by 100 Iranians condemning Holocaust Conference sponsored by government of Iran in Tehran
On the Holocaust conference sponsored by the government of Iran
By Gholam Reza Afkhami and over one hundred others
The New York Review of Books
Volume 54, Number 2
February 15, 2007

www.nybooks.com/articles/19831

To the Editors:

We the undersigned Iranians,

Notwithstanding our diverse views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict;

Considering that the Nazis’ coldly planned “Final Solution” and their ensuing campaign of genocide against Jews and other minorities during World War II constitute undeniable historical facts;

Deploring that the denial of these unspeakable crimes has become a propaganda tool that the Islamic Republic of Iran is using to further its own agendas;

Noting that the new brand of anti-Semitism prevalent in the Middle East today is rooted in European ideological doctrines of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and has no precedent in Iran’s history;

Emphasizing that this is not the first time that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has resorted to the denial and distortion of historical facts;

Recalling that this government has refused to acknowledge, among other things, its mass execution of its own citizens in 1988, when thousands of political prisoners, previously sentenced to prison terms, were secretly executed because of their beliefs;

Strongly condemn the Holocaust Conference sponsored by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tehran on December 11-12, 2006, and its attempt to falsify history;

Pay homage to the memory of the millions of Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and express our empathy for the survivors of this immense tragedy as well as all other victims of crimes against humanity across the world.

Abadi, Delnaz (Filmmaker, USA)
Abghari, Shahla (Professor, Life University, USA)
Abghari, Siavash (Professor/Chair, Department of Business Administration,
Morehouse College, USA)
Afary, Janet (Faculty Scholar/Associate Professor of History, Purdue
University, USA)
Afkhami, Gholam Reza (Senior Scholar, Foundation for Iranian Studies, USA)
Afkhami, Mahnaz (Executive Director, Foundation for Iranian Studies/Women’s
Rights Advocate, USA)
Afshar, Mahasti (Arts/Culture Executive, USA)
Afshari, Ali (Human Rights Advocate/Political Activist, USA)
Ahmadi, Ramin (Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine/Founder, Griffin
Center for Health and Human Rights, USA)
Akashe-Bohme, Farideh (Social Scientist/Writer, Germany)
Akbari, Hamid (Human Rights Advocate/Chair/Associate Professor, Department
of Management and Marketing, Northeastern Illinois University, USA)
Akhavan, Payam (Jurist/Senior Fellow, Faculty of Law of McGill University,
Canada)
Amin, Shadi (Journalist/Women’s Rights Activist, Germany)
Amini, Bahman (Publisher, France)
Amini, Mohammad (Writer/Political Activist, USA)
Amjadi, Kurosh (Human Rights Advocate)
Apick, Mary (Actress/Playwright/Producer/Human Rights Advocate, USA)
Ashouri, Daryoush (Writer/Translator, France)
Atri, Akbar (Student Rights and Political Activist, USA)
Bagher Zadeh, Hossein (Human Rights Advocate/Former Professor, Tehran
University, Great Britain)
Bakhtiari, Abbas (Musician/Director, Pouya Iranian Cultural Center, France)
Baradaran, Monireh (Human Rights Advocate/Writer, Germany)
Behnoud, Massoud (Writer/Journalist, Great Britain)
Behroozi, Jaleh (Human Rights Advocate/Iranian Mothers’ Committee for
Freedom, USA)
Beyzaie, Niloofar (Theater Director/Playwright, Germany)
Boroumand, Ali-Mohammad (Lawyer, France)
Boroumand, Ladan (Historian/Research Director, Boroumand Foundation, USA)
Boroumand, Roya (Historian/Human Rights Advocate, USA)
Chafiq, Chahla (Sociologist/Writer/ Women’s Rights Advocate, France)
Dadsetan, Javad (Filmmaker)
Daneshvar, Abbas (Chemist, Netherlands)
Daneshvar, Hassan (Mathematician, Netherlands)
Daneshvar, Reza (Writer, France)
Davari, Arta (Painter, Germany)
Djalili, Mohammad Reza (Professor, L’Institut Universitaire de Hautes Études
Internationales, Switzerland)
Ebrahimi, Farah (USA)
Eskandani, Ahmad (Entrepreneur, France)
Fani Yazdi, Reza (Political Activist, USA)
Farahmand, Fariborz (Engineer, USA)
Farssai, Fahimeh (Writer, Germany)
Ghahari, Keivandokht (Historian/Journalist, Germany)
Ghassemi, Farhang (Professor in Strategic Management, France)
Hejazi, Ghodsi (Professor/Researcher, Frankfurt University, Germany)
Hekmat, Hormoz (Human Rights Advocate/Editor, Iran Nameh, USA)
Hojat, Ali (Entrepreneur/Human Rights Advocate, Great Britain)
Homayoun, Dariush (Writer, Switzerland)
Idjadi, Didier (Professor/Associate Mayor, France)
Jahangiri, Golroch (Women’s Rights Advocate, Germany)
Jahanshahi, Marjan (Professor, Institute of Neurology, University College
London, Great Britain)
Karimi Hakkak (Director, Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland,
USA)
Kazemi, Monireh (Women’s Rights Advocate, Germany)
Khajeh Aldin, Minoo (Painter, Germany)
Khaksar, Nasim (Writer, Germany)
Khazenie, Nahid (Remote Sensing Scientist/Program Director, NASA, USA)
Khodaparast Santner, Zari (Landscape Architect, USA)
Khonsari, Mehrdad (Political Activist, Great Britain)
Khorsandi, Hadi (Poet/Writer, Great Britain)
Khounani, Azar (Educator/Human Rights Advocate, USA)
Mafan, Massoud (Publisher, Germany)
Malakooty, Sirus (Composer/Chairman, Artists Without Frontiers, Germany)
Manafzadeh, Alireza (Writer, France)
Mazahery, Ahmad (Engineer/Political Activist, USA)
Mazahery, Lily (Lawyer, President of the Legal Rights Institute/Human Rights
Advocate, USA)
Memarsadeghi, Mariam (Freedom House, USA)
Mesdaghi, Iraj (Human Rights Advocate/Writer, Sweden)
Milani, Abbas (Director, Iranian Studies Program, Stanford University, USA)
Mohyeddin, Samira (Graduate Student, University of Toronto, Canada)
Moini, Mohammadreza (Journalist/ Human Rights Advocate, RSF, France)
Molavi, Afshin (Journalist, USA)
Monzavi, Faeze (Women’s Rights Advocate, Germany)
Moradi, Golmorad (Political Scientist/Translator, Germany)
Moradi, Homa (Women’s Rights Advocate, Germany)
Moshaver, Ziba (London Middle East Institute, SOAS, Research Fellow, Great
Britain)
Moshkin-Ghalam, Shahrokh (Ballet Dancer/Actor, France)
Mourim, Khosro (Sociologist, France)
Mozaffari, Mehdi (Professor of Political Science, Denmark)
Naficy, Majid (Poet/Writer, USA)
Nafisi, Azar (Writer/Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Nassehi, Reza (Human Rights Advocate/Translator, France)
Pakzad, Jahan (Teacher/Researcher, France)
Parham, Bagher (Writer/Translator, France)
Parsipour, Shahrnush (Writer, USA)
Parvin, Mohammad (Human Rights Advocate/Founding Director of Mehr/Adjunct
Professor, California State University, USA)
Pirnazar, Jaleh (Professor, Iranian Studies, University of California,
Berkeley, USA)
Pourabdollah, Farideh (Human Rights Advocate, USA)
Pourabdollah, Saeid (Human Rights Advocate, USA)
Rashid, Shahrouz (Poet/Writer, Germany)
Royaie, Yadollah (Poet, France)
Rusta, Mihan (Human Rights Advocate/Refugee Adviser, Germany)
Sadr, Hamid (Writer, Austria)
Sarchar, Houman (Independent Scholar, USA)
Sarshar, Homa (Journalist, USA)
Satrapi, Marjane (Writer, France)
Sayyad, Parviz (Actor/Playwright, USA)
Shahriari, Sheila (World Bank, USA)
Soltani, Parvaneh (Actor/Theater Director, Great Britain)
Tabari, Shahran (Journalist, Great Britain)
Taghvaie, Ahmad (Founding Member, Iranian Futurist Association, USA)
Toloui, Roya (Human Rights Advocate, USA)
Vaziri, Hellen (Germany)
Wahdat-Hagh, Wahied (Social Scientist, USA)
Zarkesh Yazdi, Fathieh (Human Rights and Refugee Rights Advocate, Great
Britain)
Ziazie, Arsalan (Writer, Germany)


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