Iran Facebook arrest

Ali Heydari, an Iranian internet activist, has been arrested by the Islamist fascist forces in Iran for posting critical contents on Facebook. 


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Cleaning Crew Arrive at Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

A Bunch of Mops, Cleaners, and Trash Bags Delivered to Saudi Consulate Ahead of Khashoggi Murder Probe

What does it say about the credibility of an investigation when a cleaning crew fully equipped with boxes of chemicals, mops, trash bags, and... milk arrives at the scene of the alleged crime right before the probe begins?

"You couldn't make his up!!! Literally minutes after Saudi authorities said Turkish investigators could enter the consulate—a cleaning team arrived and entered the building."
—Jamal Elshayyal, Al Jazeera

At around the same time Saudi King Salman insisted in a Monday morning phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump that his regime had nothing to do with the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi—a denial Trump dutifully echoed to reporters while suggesting that perhaps "rogue killers" were behind the gruesome crime—video cameras captured a team of cleaners hauling several buckets of mops, two large cases of trash bags, Dixi cleaning solution, another carton of what appears to be bleach, and two cases of Pinar milk through the front door of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

The cleaning crew was seen entering the consulate shortly before Turkish investigators were set to arrive to carry out an "inspection" in search of additional evidence of who was behind the disappearance of Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the Saudi royal family.

If the Saudis were concerned about the optics of a well-prepared cleaning crew arriving on the scene of an alleged murder just moments before the start of an investigation that is being closely watched by the international community, they did not show it—the crew walked in the front entrance of the consulate in full view of Reuters and Associated Press cameras and journalists.

Independent reporter Borzou Daragahi joked in a tweet that "the way to preserve the integrity of a possible crime scene and bolster confidence in the investigation is to bring in a bunch of cleaners through the front door before the detectives arrive."

Stand Still

San Pedro market yesterday.

Going, going, gone

Valentino yesterday.


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Captive Environmentalists


Eight environmental activists arbitrarily detained in Iran in January and February 2018 remain in detention eight months later without clear charges, Human Rights Watch said today. 

On September 30, family members said on social media that judicial authorities had told them that the detained environmentalists can only be represented by lawyers from a pre-approved list of 20 that the judiciary had published in June. The authorities have not allowed the detained environmentalists access to lawyers of their choice or set a trial date.

“Iran’s judiciary is again highlighting its role as key functionaries in a repressive state machinery rather than defenders of justice,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Even though the environmentalists have spent eight months in pretrial detention, the authorities have still not come up with a criminal charge against them.”

Artist at work

In Plaza de Armas.

Desiree Akhavan: Being bisexual is 'incredibly taboo'

Celebretainment: Desiree Akhavan says being "bisexual is a struggle" and still "incredibly taboo".

The 44-year-old Iranian-American film director - who got critical acclaim for her 2018 movie 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post', which starred Chloe Grace Moretz as the titular character dealing with her own homosexuality - is attracted to both men and women but she says it's still hard for people to identify with that sexuality as it doesn't have the same sense of "community or backing" as lesbianism.

Speaking to The I Paper, Desiree said: "I'm the child of immigrants; I was raised in New York; I live in England; my parents are from Iran. I've never quite felt American, never felt Iranian. I've been openly bisexual but when I'm in a lesbian relationship, I always feel not gay enough; when I'm in a straight relationship. I always feel not straight enough.

"My life has been determined by being somewhere in between, and not quite belonging to any of the heavily organised communities that I was raised in.

"I don't think it's a nice one. It doesn't have the community or the backing of 'lesbian'. I still struggle with it. I've always had a difficult time identifying with anything."

Desiree - who stars in and directs new Channel 4 comedy drama series 'The Bisexual' - has confessed she still hasn't yet "found her place in the world" and struggles with knowing exactly where to fit in.

Desiree added: "You think that you'll know your place in the world and you'll be happy. It's very strange, and it's not at all the case. I still feel like I haven't found my place in the world. That might be something I take with me my whole life."

Feeding Jeremy

Made something like khoresh karafs today and shared some with my neighbor.