January 10, 2005


June 10, 2005

Azadeh, my favorite Persian blogger babe, reports how Iranian women
demanded entry to World Cup qualifier & watched a live soccer match for the first time in the history of the tyrannical Islamic Republic. Azadeh: "I am proud of all of them." Mansour Nasiri, a Persian photoblogger, has pics of women protesting outside the stadium, & also here.

RegimeChangeIran: "A selected group of females were allowed in the stadium in order to help the regime show a better & more human face to naive reporters in quest of seeing 'reforms' taking place in Iran." However, Islamist thugs attacked a crowd of women in the parking lot, sending some to the hospital.

Soccermania is bad news for the mullahs, as spontaneous celebrations turned into antigovernment demonstrations, & more can only follow. Nasiri's Photoblog posts daily photos of life in Iran, including:

Akbar Ganji, Iranian journalist tortured & imprisoned for articles implicating government in wave of political murders. Seriously ill, Ganji was released for medical treatment on May 29, then rearrested yesterday after criticizing the ruling clerics & calling for a boycott of the elections.

Emad Baghi, another journalist imprisoned for debunking Ayatollah Khomeini's claim that the Shah was guilty of the mass murder of 60,000 political opponents. The actual figure is 3164 for the duration of the monarchy, a far cry from the hundreds of thousands murdered in 26 years of Islamic totalitarianism.

Iranian women demonstrating in support of reformist candidate Mostafa Moin.

Iranian women as fashion guerrillas (also here). In Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi has written about the early years of Islamic tyranny, when women were flogged for wearing makeup, nail polish, or showing a single strand of hair

Posted by Jeff at June 10, 2005 12:13 AM

Just how many Persian soccer babes do you have, Jeff?

Just curious...

Posted by: Cassandra at June 10, 2005 09:40 AM

I get around ;p

Posted by: beautifulatrocities at June 10, 2005 11:29 AM

Dear Jeff,
He is Emad Baghi not "Ehad Bargi"
Best wishes,

Posted by: Mansour Nasiri at June 10, 2005 02:05 PM

All of us were wondering if you would catch that obvious spelling gaff!!....;-)

Posted by: Rightwingsparkle at June 10, 2005 07:14 PM

I loved Azadeh’s story and the pictures Mansour took were awesome!!! Unfortunately I was not able to write my comments for Mr. Nasiri. I guess it’s because his site is so busy.

Posted by: Mehrak at June 10, 2005 09:24 PM

I hope I live to see the day when the Iranians throw out the mad mullahs and take back their country.

Good movie about Tehran: Crimson Gold.

Posted by: PJ at June 11, 2005 09:00 AM

The mullahs are going down, the sooner the better.

Posted by: Mystery Meat at June 11, 2005 09:30 PM

Hussein will soon be swinging from a gibbet. Next up: Rafsanjani


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