Tag: Iran

Human Rights Issue Update: The GOP and Human Rights

It’s election season! The Republican selection process is underway, so let’s take a look at where the contenders stand on some important human rights issues.

Posted in Politics and Elections, Human Rights

Human Rights Issue Update: Illegal Adoptions Tearing Families Apart

In this issue update, I’m tackling some issues that continue to rear their ugly heads and some new ones you may just be hearing about for the first time. Take the next few minutes to put yourself in someone else’s shoes…

Posted in Human Rights

Joan Baez Sings ‘We Shall Overcome’ In Farsi

During last month’s fixed election, Joan Baez sat down in what appears to be her kitchen to dedicate a stately solo version of “We Shall Overcome” to the people of Iran – with lyrics in Farsi.

Posted in Music and Activism, Trends in Music and Society

Persepolis 2.0: History, Comics Repeat Themselves in Iran

By Richard Gehr In 2004, Marjane Satrapi published Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, a graphic autobiography about her family’s experience during the 1979 Islamic Revolution, when the Shah of Iran was overthrown (with the help of the US government). The new regime turned out to be even more repressive than the previous one, so…

Posted in Human Rights

The Chartreuse of Civil Disobedience in Iran

This post commemorates the millions of Iranians who have taken to the streets in the spirit of Mohandas Gandhi’s satyagraha and Martin Luther King Jr.’s peaceful rebellion. The protesters mostly wear the lime-green chartreuse color (it’s a real “clash” of opinions) associated with presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. On Monday, at a rally in Azadi (Freedom)…