Azar Nafisi

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The Gabarron International Award for Thought and Humanities

For her determined and courageous defense of human values in Iran and her efforts to create awareness through literature about the situation women face in Islamic society.

Forced to leave her country, from U.S. exile she remains one of the most influential voices among silenced Iranian intellectuals.

Her message has contributed strongly in raising awareness about what is happening in Iran and encouraging women from the Islamic world to fight for their rights.

These were the words in the announcement of the jury decision for the Gabarron International Award of Thought and Humanities 2011. The jury recognized AZAR NAFISI’s career under the presidency of Mr. Demetrio Madrid Lopez, and with Acting Secretary Mr. Juan Ramón Lucas Fernández. Members of the jury include: Mr. Juan Ramón Lucas Fernández, Journalist and Director of the Spanish National Radio Show “On days like today”, The Honorable Mr. Demetrio Madrid López, First President of the board of Castilla y León and President and Advisor of the Second Section of the Consultative Council of Castilla y León, The Honorable Mr. Jesús Núñez Velázquez, President of Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio, Mr. Ignacio Perez Alonso, CEO of The North of Castilla, Mr. Bieito Rubido Ramonde, Director of ABC and Ms. Paloma Segrelles de Arenaza, Member of the Board of Directors for Herbalife Spain and President of the Youths Commission of the Century XXI Club.


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For They Know What They Do Know

by Barbad Golshiri

Making art, as I’ve always put it, is a habit—a poor one in my case. Making art is not initially creation but constant repetition, salvaged by making puny differences in certain orders on the plane of the feasible. Art is, semiotically speaking, purely negative; it cannot be defined positively. And of course doing it entails not doing something else. Like some of my Iranian colleagues, I’m not doing it these days. We have all seen frames that we can freeze, stick to, and damn. Barring whatever may cross the thresholds of our studios and whatever may enframe and transcend what has been going on in the streets of Iran, perhaps the same thing crossed each of our minds: we have no future.

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In The Eyes Of The World, A Reimagined Iraq

Iraq seems to have entered the world’s consciousness mainly through violence _ through murderous coups, brutal suppression of Iraqi citizens and, for the past three decades, wars and invasions. Today, five years after the start of the U.S.-led invasion, whenever Iraq appears in the news, references to suicide bombs, casualty numbers, the military “surge” and terror usually accompany it.

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BBC Podcast: Children of the Revolution

With unprecedented challenges facing the Islamic Republic of Iran 30 years after the Revolution, the 50 million Iranians who are under 30 (of the 70 million population), will have by far the biggest impact on the future of Iran and the shape the Islamic regime will take in the years to come.

In two compelling programmes, we take listeners inside the lives of Iran’s younger generation. We explore what life offers to its burgeoning young population – highly educated, creative, internet savvy, sexually active, but desperately disillusioned: Iran is home to the highest number of heroin addicts in the world. Listen to Podcast Programs »»

Support Iranian Women: Join the One Million Signatures Campaign

Sign the “One Million Signatures” campaign petition calling for an end to discriminatory laws against women such as men’s uncontested right to divorce, polygamy, and child custody.
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Iranian parliament submits new legislation attempting to push back current family laws; in response Iranian women’s rights activists take action

The Iranian parliament has submitted legislation attempting to push back current family laws, reversing the few rights that exist for women. We are very concerned about this new development. Please see the article below for information on how Iranian women’s activists are taking action to prevent this bill from becoming law.

Over 2000 Equal Rights Defenders Object to Proposed “Family Support” Legislation
: In a statement issued today, 2000 equal rights defenders have objected to the Family Support Legislation submitted to parliament by the executive branch, earlier this month. The statement asserts that while lawmakers have claimed that the Family Support Legislation intends to address shortcomings in the law and bring it up to date in accordance with the needs and realities of today’s family, it has in fact pushed back family legislation and the status of women by 42 years.

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