Marze Por Gohar calling for peace, in solidarity with Women in Iran

International Women’s Day;Iran and the Global Struggle for Women’s Liberation:

2011 is the global centenary year for International Women’s Day and this time, women from around the world united in Radisson Hotel, Los Angeles, celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future.

International Women’s day was not just dedicated to the idea of successful achievements of women, but through an Iranian party Marze Por Gohar calling for peace, in solidarity with women in Iran who are marginalized in their country’s peace processes.

Press release: The Marze Por Gohar Party Welcomes the Slogans of the Bahraini Youth


LOS ANGELES, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Marze Por Gohar

The Bahraini revolution has a special place in the hearts of Iranians that sets it apart from all the other uprisings sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa.

The young revolutionaries of Bahrain have raised slogans, fostering unity with their Iranian brethren, which will undoubtedly signify the dawn of a new era in the region, where in time natural and historical ethnic, cultural and national unities will dominate over colonial lines and political blocks.

Hengameh in Hell


by Elham Yaghoubian

Iranian Filmmaker Siahpour and the Power of Collaboration

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21 January 2011

Iranian Filmmaker Siahpour and the Power of Collaboration

This is the second in a series of profiles of writers from the Middle East who attended the 2010 International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa. These profiles are based in large part on interviews conducted by the IWP staff.

By Howard Cincotta
Special Correspondent

Making Dialogue in a Politicized Silence


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Marze Por Gohar: Making Dialogue in a Politicized Silence

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2011

The Faces of Iran’s Imprisoned Journalists

Around 70 journalists are now in the prisons of the Islamic Republic and many others, like me, are free on bail, lacking any security. We are afraid that anything that we write may be used as evidence of ‘propaganda against the system’ or ‘conspiracy against national security.’ My colleagues and I try to write as little as possible.” (Open letter from formerly imprisoned journalist Zhila Bani Yaghoob to the Head of Iran’s Judiciary Committee.)

The Lion and Sun Flag: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

When I started my blog almost four years ago I decided to call it “Shiro-Khorshid Forever” (Lion and Sun Forever), because of the unifying aspect of the Lion and Sun Flag. One of the first things the Islamic Regime did after coming to power was to change the symbols of our national flag (Lion and Sun) and replace it with Arabic Symbols in an attempt to strip us of our history and nationality.

Iran’s Citizen Cyber Warriors

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Regardless of the exact political course that ensues in Iran over the next decade, the opposition movement that gained momentum in the aftermath of the country’s 2009 election has already made its historical mark. Nicknamed the “Twitter Revolution,” the movement showcased young, zealous Iranians pioneering the use of citizen journalism and social networking sites in a significant standoff against the regime.