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Walk of shame

In a statement that has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook, UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights NGO in Geneva, expressed disappointment that Sweden’s self-declared “first feminist government in the world” sacrificed its principles and betrayed the rights of Iranian women as Trade Minister Ann Linde and other female members walked before Iranian President Rouhani on Saturday wearing Hijabs, Chadors, and long coats, in deference to Iran’s oppressive and unjust modesty laws which make the Hijab compulsory — despite Stockholm’s promise to promote “a gender equality perspective” internationally, and to adopt a “feminist foreign policy” in which “equality between women and men is a fundamental aim.”

Kalhor & Grammy

Cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma and his ensemble ‘Silk Road’ of which Iranian Kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor is also a member won a Grammy for ‘Sing Me Home’ on Sunday.

Kalhor has been nominated 4 times for Grammy. 

Ambition

"so-called" judge

Federal judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's immigration order.

President's reaction was to call him the “so-called” judge. That is all he can do to the judge.

Ain’t democracy grand where a federal judge can overrule President, Iran and Iranians deserve no less.  

Resemblance

Ayatullah Tanasoli:

 

Resemblance that only Iranians recognize. 

Heroine

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had refused to defend Trump’s new immigration policies, and instructed Department of Justice lawyers to decline from defending the executive order that would temporarily halt immigration from Muslim majority nations.

Trump fired her

New Uncle

No Ban

Going home

She makes 9

Some of the world’s top chess players have decided to boycott this year’s Women’s World Championship in Iran because they refuse to wear headscarves as required by that country’s Islamic government.

The international tournament starts in Tehran on Feb. 10, but nine of the 64 players who qualified are refusing to go. Four of them have said publicly that the boycott is in protest of Iran’s restrictive laws against women.

One of the most outspoken chess players is Argentina’s Carolina Lujan, who withdrew from the championship after the World Chess Federation told her she would have to abide by Iranian headscarf laws during the tournament. Lujan was also told she would not be allowed to be alone with a man in private—a restriction she says could hinder her ability to meet with her coach before each match.

“The obligatory use of the hijab is not just a simple dress code,” Lujan wrote on Facebook. “It means a lot to me, and due to my beliefs and values I am not going to be forced into using it.”

 

Lujan added in a follow-up message, “In my country…we do not force Muslims to remove their hijab. We respect their choice.”

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Death Belongs to Others, Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco, March 5, 2017