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(Mollie Ziegler Hemingway) Code name Esther

By idaflo | October 2nd, 2010 | No Comments » 

Queen Esther as pictured on CPH Archbook

By Mollie Ziegler Hemingway at GetReligion.org

One of my favorite religion stories this week was this New York Times tale of intrigue and computer coding. I know I’m always calling for more and/or better coverage of the role religion plays in everyday life. But this was just too exciting:

Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them.

That use of the word “Myrtus” — which can be read as an allusion to Esther — Read More »

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10 Worst Places in the World to Live If You’re a Woman

By idaflo | August 11th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Can you add to the list?  Iran comes to mind, as well as the womb, where sex-selection abortions are routinely performed globally, against vulnerable unborn women.

August 11, 2010
by The New Agenda

The following article is cross-posted from MSNDegree.com. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and not necessarily those of The New Agenda.

Photo from www.americansforunfpa.orgPhoto from www.americansforunfpa.org

Violence, rape and little or no education is a fact of life for many women all over the globe. Read More »

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Iran declares war on mullets, ponytails for men; approves of hair gel and Elvis ‘dos

By idaflo | July 5th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Several possibilities here….
1) “Dos” that Don’t make the cut
2) MacGyver bigotry surfaces in Iran – first they came for the mullets…
3) Don’t take a bullet for your mullet
4) What on earth are “eighties-era floppy fringes”?

Iranian standing before photos of forbidden hairstylesBy Xeni Jardin at boingboing.net

Iran’s ministry of culture has released a catalog of government-approved hair styles, in an effort to eliminate the menace of “decadent Western cuts.” According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, forbidden ‘dos include ponytails, mullets and spiky hair. Read More »

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FOR NEDA (English) – ThisIsForNeda

By idaflo | June 16th, 2010 | No Comments » 

Neda - Iran Martyr

FOR NEDA reveals the true story of Neda Agha-Soltan, who became another tragic casualty of Iran’s violent crackdown on post-election protests on June 20, 2009. Read More »

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American held in Iran says loneliness hardest part

By idaflo | May 20th, 2010 | No Comments » 

The kids may be lonely, but what the moms are going through negotiating with Iran, that’s torture.

This is a situation, where is one was well-read, or had a recollection of music and poetry, recalling and reciting such things could bring great comfort and a sense of sanity in all the gloom and uncertainty.

Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – One of three Americans jailed in Iran says the loneliness of captivity is the hardest part in the first public comments from the trio since their arrest in July.

Iranian authorities arrested Sarah Shourd, her boyfriend Shane Bauer and their friend, Josh Fattal along the Iraqi border some 10 months ago. Iran has accused them of spying….(continue reading here)

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Iran continues to kill those seeking freedom

By idaflo | May 10th, 2010 | No Comments » 

The heartbreak in Iran continues.  While the media in America, and the folks in power are silent or completely understated on the Iran human rights/freedom issue.

From The Canadian Free Press….

These individuals were executed because they did not bow their heads to the Islamic Regime and they refused to cooperate

Tragedy at the Notorious Evin Prison-Execution of Five (5) More Political Prisoners in Iran

By Sayeh Hassan  Monday, May 10, 2010

While many mothers all around the world celebrated Mother’s day with their children, 5 mothers in Iran had a bloody mother’s day, when they found out that their beloved children had been executed at the notorious Evin Prison early Sunday morning (May 9th 2010).

Sunday morning many of us woke up to the tragic news that five Kurdish political prisoners who had endured years of imprisonment and torture had been executed Sunday. These individuals were Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heydariyan, Farhad Vakili, Ms. Shirin Alam Hooli and Mehdi Eslamiyan. ….(continue reading here)

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