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Welcome to cryfreedom.net, formerly known as.Womens Liberation Front.  A website that hopes to draw and keeps your attention for  both the global 21th. century 3rd. feminist revolution and especially for the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' (translated the Zan, Zendagi, Azadi)  uprising in Iran and the struggles of our sisters in the Middle East.
This online magazine started December 2019 as a monthly and will now be published evey two weeks and concerning the 'Women, Life, Freedom' revolution in Iran every week. Thank you for your time and interest.
Gino d'Artali
indept investigative journalist
radical feminist and women's rights activist 
 

August 20, 2023
Preface to the new format of the 'Women's Arab Spring 1.2 Revolt' and the Iran 'Woman, Life, Freedom' movement
pages lay-out


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JINA MAHSA AMINI
The face of Iran's protests. Her life, her dreams and her death.

In memory of Jina 'Mahsa' Amini, the cornerstone of the 'Zan. Zendagi. Azadi revolution.
16 February 2023 | By Gino d'Artali

And also
Read all about the assasination of the 22 year young Jhina Mahsa Amini or Zhina Mahsa Amini (Kurdistan-Iran) and the start of the Zan, Zendagi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran  2022
and the latest news about the 'Women Live Freedom' Revolution per month in 2023: September 17 - 1 -- August 31 - 18 -- August 15 - 1-- July 31 - 16 --July 15 -1--June 30 - 15--June 15-1--May 31 -16-- May 15-1--April--March--Feb--Jan  


Tribute to KIAN PIRFALA, 9 years old and victim of the Islamic Republic's Savagery 10 years ago.

And
For all topics below
that may hopefully interest you click on the image:

 

'THE NO-HIJABIS

Updated September 7, 2023

 

'BIOLOGICAL

TERROR ATTACKS
AGAINST SCHOOLGIRLS'
Updated September 6, 2023

'IRANIAN JOURNALISTS
UNDER SIEGE'

Updated September 7, 2023

'BLINDING

AS A WEAPON'
Updated July 18, 2023

'THE HANGING SPREE'

 Updated September 6, 2023 

CLICK HERE ON HOW TO READ ALL ON THIS PAGE 

Here we are to enter THE IRANIAN WOMEN'S REVOLUTIONISTS against
the supreme leader, the arch-reactionary Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his placeman president, Ebrahim Raisi. The message of the women when he visited a university is plain: <give way or get lost> in 2023.
IN MEMORY OF from left to right ASRA PANAHI (16)- JHINA MAHSA AMINI (22) - NIKA SHAKARAMI (16), SARINA ESMAILZADEH (16) HADIS NAJAFI (20), AND MORE WOMEN WHO WERE ASSASINATED SO FAR BY THE IRANIAN AXIS OF EVIL.
 
Click here for a total list so far

'Facing Faces and Facts 1-2'  (2022) to commemorate the above named and more and food for thought and inspiration to fight on.
and 'Facing Faces & Facts 3' edited December 2022/March 2023

Dear reader, from here on the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' pages menu will look a bit different and this to avoid too many pop-ups ,meaning the underlined period  in yellow tells you in what period you are and click on another underlinded period to go there. However, when needed a certain topic will be in yellow meaning it's a link to go that topic and will open in a new window. If you dissagree about any change feel more than free to let me know what you think at info@cryfreedom.net
This does not count for the  above topics which, when clicked on, will still appear in a pop-up window and for now the 'old' lay-out 'till I worked that all out. Thank you. Gino d'Artali
(Updates September 17, 2023)

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PART 1 OF THE REGIME'S ATTEMPT AND CRUELTY TO TRY AND CRUSH THE PROTESTS AND COMMEMORATION OF THE KILLING OF JINA MAHSA AMINI ALMOST A YEAR AGO

'JINA AMINI REVOLUTION'
Please go this page which is dedicated to the coming commeration of Jina Mahsa Amini, heinously murdered by a basij for apparently wearing her hijab wrongfully. Do participate:
http://www.cryfreedom.net/2022-2023-commemoration-of-Jina-Amini.htm

Please do read because I wrote some thoughts and reflection about the coming commemoration of the killing of the 22-year-old Jina Mahsa Amini


PART 2 OF THE REGIME'S ATTEMPT AND CRUELTY TO TRY AND CRUSH THE PROTESTS AND COMMEMORATION OF THE KILLING OF JINA MAHSA AMINI ALMOST A YEAR AGO

PART 3 : 14 - 13 SEPTEMBER 2023 OF THE REGIME'S ATTEMPT AND CRUELTY TO TRY AND CRUSH THE PROTESTS AND COMMEMORATION OF THE KILLING OF JINA MAHSA AMINI A YEAR AGO  
 

WHO JINA AMINI REALLY WAS.
By Diako Alavi, a journalist from Saqqez and family friend of Mahsa Amini 
 

PART 4 : 15 - 14 SEPTEMBER 2023 OF THE REGIME'S ATTEMPT AND CRUELTY TO TRY AND CRUSH THE PROTESTS AND COMMEMORATION OF THE KILLING OF JINA MAHSA AMINI ALMOST A YEAR AGO
Part 5: 16 - 14 - 11,September 2023
Part 6: 16 September 16, 2023

Part 7: 17 - 15 September, 1023
Part 8: 18 - 17 September, 2023

Part 9: 20 - 12 September 2023
Update:
Part 10:  22 - 21 September 2023


Gino d'artali's opinion: We mourn AND fight!

September 8, 2023
<<Iran's Ongoing Literacy Crisis: Women and Girls Left Behind...
 

 

September 13 - 11, 2023
<<An Iranian Teacher's Ordeal in Karajís Ghezelhesar Prison...
and <<For the Incarcerated Parents...
and <<Troops Deployed across Iran's Saqqez ahead of Mahsa Anniversary...
and <<A year of revolt after the death of Jina Mahsa Amini...>>...
and <<Female prisoners call on Bahareh Hedayat to end her hunger strike...
and <<Şiraz Hamo: 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' uprising will achieve victory...
and so much more news...
 

September 11 - 8, 2023
<<Dozens of Environmental Activists Detained in Kurdistan Province...
and <<Karaj Inmate Describes <Horrific> Prison Conditions...
and <<Head of Saqqez Football Board Arrested...
and <<Jailed Iranian Activist Mohammadi Beaten in Prison Hospital...
and Ayda Rostami committed to the medical ethics oath until her death...
and <<Kurdish Political Prisoner Handed Capital Punishment...
and so much more news...
 

September 8 - 7, 2023
<<Two More Relatives of Iran Protest Victims Arrested...
and <<The <Black Hole> of Karaj: Inmate Describes Harrowing Prison Conditions...
and <<Massoumeh Yavari Detained In Limbo, Deprived of Her Basic Rights...
and <<Call for general strike in Rojhelat on September 16...
and more news
 


September 6 - 2, 2023
<<Dozens of Karaj Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Protest at Jail Conditions...
and <<More Academics Sacked in Iran ahead of Mahsa Anniversary...
and <<Iranian News Website Blocked amid Media Crackdown...
and <<Iranian Political Activist Ramezanzadeh Jailed with Dangerous Criminals...
and <<Baha'i Woman in Iran Handed 16-Year Prison Term...
and so much more news
 

Cruel regime stories not for the faint of heart:
September 1, 2023
<Evin Prison is a University and Iran is a Detention Center>....
and
August 30, 2023
<<Pedram Azarnoosh: A Slain and Immortal Giant of the Protests....
and
August 29, 2023
<<Yasaman Rezaei Babadi: Threatened with Rape if She Didnít Confess....
and
August 27, 2023
<<Maryam Akbari Monfared, A Brave Woman Standing Like a Mountain against All Odds....

 

September 1, 2023
<<Iran's Sunni Leader Blasts Raisi for Broken Promises...
and <<Revolutionary Guards Showcase Forced Confessions of <Royalist> Protesters....
and <<Human Rights Groups Call for UN Probe into Iran Prisoner's Death....
and <<Iranian Asylum Seeker Says Turkiye Deportations Accelerating....
and <<More Relatives of Slain Iran Protesters Arrested
more news coming up soon....


August 31, 2023
<<Commemorating the leading women of Ashraf slain on September 1, 2013....
and <<Dozens of Professors Dismissed in Two Years of Raisi's Rule....
and <<Swimmer Tackles 48.5km Manhattan Effort for Iranian Women and Protesters....
and <<Iranian Protester Who Faced Three Death Sentences Dies in Prison....
and <<More Arrests of Alleged <Terrorists> Ahead of Mahsa Amini Anniversary....
and <<Maryam Akbari Monfared sentenced to two years in prison....
and so much more news
and by clicking the date it also goes to other links and news of
the first 3 weeks of August 2023 and more
 

 

2-weekly opinion by Gino d'Artali:
Dedicated to the women-led revolution
September 1, 2023
 August 4 - July 15, 2023
July 15 - 1, 2023
June 30 - 15, 2023

June 15 - 9, 2023

 

When one hurts or kills a women
one hurts or kills hummanity and is an antrocitie.
Gino d'Artali
and: My mother (1931-1997) always said to me <Mi figlio, non esistono notizie <vecchie> perche puoi imparare qualcosa da qualsiasi notizia.> Translated: <My son, there is no such thing as so called 'old' news because you can learn something from any news.>
Gianna d'Artali.

'THE JINA REVOLUTION'
That's how the following will be called because that's how the thousands I'm sure, if not more, will commemorate Jina Mahsa's killing on September 16th. 2022
And as a preface from Gino d'Artali about the extra reporting around the coming up commemation of Jina Mahsa Amini's killing on September 16, 2022 and about the intended crackdown of the regime and its judiciary and the facist IRGC on the to be expected protesters; the in Saqqez, birth-place of Jina, living Kurdish people; family members of Jina and the press among others I'll start as noted below. For all that will come after this part 1 there will be following parts untill ... not decided yet:



JINHA - Womens News Agency - September 12, 2023
<<201 Kurds sentenced to total of 715 years prison sentence in Iran
News Center- The Hengaw Organization for Human Rights has released a report titled, <The 'Women, Life, Freedom' Movement: A Report on the Human Rights Violations and Harsh Sanctions of Kurdish Protests by the Islamic Republic of Iran>. <The Iranian authorities have subjected hundreds of Kurdish citizens to unfair trials and harsh sentences following the Women, Life, Freedom Movement,> said the report. The organization has documented the legal proceedings against Kurdish citizens, who participated in or supported the movement, and verified the identities of approximately 202 detainees so far. <One Kurdish citizen was sentenced to death and executed, while 201 others received a total of 715 years and 6 months of imprisonment, 21 years, and 6 months of suspended imprisonment, 2,227 lashings, as well as additional monetary fines and social deprivation,> the report said.
'At least 192 children were arrested'
According to the report, at least 192 children from various cities in Kurdistan have been arrested by the security and intelligence organizations of the Islamic Republic of Iran since September 2022. Four children received prison sentences. 17-year-old Kourosh Grawand from Sarableh was sentenced to seven months in prison; 16-year-old Farhad Nowaei from Mahabad was sentenced to two years in prison; Arshia Barzin from Javanrud was sentenced to three years in prison and 74 lashes, Kianoush Azami from Javanrud was sentenced to 10 months in prison and 74 lashes, the report said.
Prison sentences against Kurdish women
According to the report, at least 23 Kurdish female activists have been collectively sentenced to 69 years and seven months in prison and 18 lashes by the judicial system of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Among them, four female activists received suspended sentences ranging from one to three years.

Teachers and students were targeted
<The Iranian authorities have persecuted Kurdish teachers and students for their support of the movement,> the report said, <More than 100 Kurdish students were detained by security institutions during the movement. Several of them were deprived of continuing their education, and at least eight individuals received a total of 19 years and one month of imprisonment and three years of suspended imprisonment. One of these students also received 74 lashings as part of the sentence. Additionally, at least four Kurdish teachers received a total of 16 years and four months of imprisonment by the judicial system of the Islamic Republic of Iran.>
Torture against detainees
The majority of detainees have experienced physical and psychological torture and have been denied access to legal counsel or attorney, the report said. <The cases have been constructed solely based on the power of intelligence agents, resulting in the issuance of conviction sentences. The judicial authorities have not demonstrated any judicial independence in carrying out their duties.> >>
Source:
https://jinhaagency1.com/en/actual/201-kurds-sentenced-to-total-of-715-years-prison-sentence-in-iran-33833

NCRI - Womens committee - September 12, 2023 - in Women's news
<<1,000 prominent women of the world support the resistance of Iranian women for freedom and democracy
London Conference highlights world support for Iran protests and resistance of Iranian women
British lawmakers and distinguished personalities participated in a conference this morning, September 12, 2023, at the House of Commons in London, declaring support for the resistance of Iranian women for freedom and democracy. The conference entitled, <Iran: One Year into Iran's Popular Uprising, Onward to the Democratic Republic,> featured prominent women from the UK Houses of Parliament. Azadeh Zabeti, Co-President of the Anglo-Iranian lawyers, moderated the event. The NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi sent a message to the conference and Ms. Anna Firth, MP, announced and read out the statement signed by 1,000 prominent women in support of the resistance of Iranian women for freedom and democracy.
Maryam Rajavi: Womenís leading role is the fruit of four decades of resistance by Iranian women
Mrs. Rajavi in parts of her message said, <One year ago, a nationwide uprising began in Iran, which persisted for several months, despite a brutal crackdown. Seven hundred and fifty young men and women, including teenagers, were shot to death or killed under torture by the IRGC. Others lost their eyes after being shot by pellet guns. Backed by four decades of resistance, the Iranian people's determination to overthrow the regime, and the fighting spirit of the injured and the parents of the victims have astonished the world. Women's leading role in the uprising which has been the result of four decades of struggle by Iranian women in the PMOI and other groups, has impressed everyone. Some 1,000 prominent women from around the world who are well recognized in leadership, science, art, and social affairs have issued a statement supporting the vanguard role of women in the Iranian Resistance, on the eve of the anniversary of the Iran uprising. The declaration is a sign of international solidarity with the brave women and girls in Iran. During the uprising, the people of Iran showed that they were determined to overthrow the mullahs' regime. They reject all forms of dictatorship. The slogan 'down with the oppressor, be it the shah or the mullahs,' chanted across the country, reflects this desire. The policy of appeasement must be set aside. It will only embolden the mullahs' terrorist regime to commit more crimes, violate human rights in Iran, and engage in more terrorism, and hostage-taking.>
1,000 prominent women support the resistance of Iranian women>>
Read more about it here:
https://women.ncr-iran.org/2023/09/12/resistance-of-iranian-women/

Iranwire - September 12, 2023
<<Civil Society in Saqqez Targeted by More Arrests
Saqqez - A widely respected woman activist in Saqqez has been arrested amid an alarming surge in arrests targeting civil society in Mahsa Amini's hometown ahead of the first anniversary of her death. Security agents violently apprehended Heroo Ghadimi on September 12 without presenting any arrest warrant.
The reason for her arrest is unclear.
The activist has been active in collecting aid for the needy in the western Kurdish city. Earlier in the day, IranWire reported that Omid Moghadas, a prominent activist in Saqqez, was taken into custody without any apparent reason. The Iranian authorities, fearing a flare up in protests ahead of the September 16 anniversary of Aminiís death in police custody, have ramped up security measures in Kurdistan province, particularly Saqqez. Videos shared on social media suggest that troops are being deployed to Saqqez and other cities in Kurdistan. Cities in the province have experienced a significant slowdown in internet speed over the past 48 hours.>>
Source:
https://iranwire.com/en/news/120387-civil-society-in-saqqez-targeted-by-more-arrests/

Iranwire - September 12, 2023
<<Another Activist Arrested in Saqqez amid Intensifying Clampdown
Saqqez - A prominent activist in the western Kurdish city of Saqqez has been detained amid an alarming surge in arrests targeting civil society in Mahsa Amini-s hometown ahead of the first anniversary of her death. Security forces took Omid Moghadas into custody as he is still recovering from a recent heart surgery. Moghadas previously worked at a computer service shop. The Iranian authorities, fearing a flare up in protests ahead of the September 16 anniversary of Amini's death in police custody, have ramped up security measures in Kurdistan province, particularly Saqqez, where Amini is buried. Videos shared on social media suggest that troops are being deployed to Saqqez and other cities in Kurdistan. Cities in the province have experienced a significant slowdown in internet speed over the past 48 hours.>>
Source:
https://iranwire.com/en/news/120376-another-activist-arrested-in-saqqez-amid-intensifying-clampdown/

Iranwire - September 12, 2023
<<Mahsa Anniversary: Movements of Troops Reported in Kurdistan
Saqqez - Videos shared on social media suggest that troops are being deployed to Saqqez and other cities in Kurdistan province, four days ahead of the anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death. One of the clips shows trucks carrying special forces on the road between Bijar and Diwandareh cities.
Their potential destination could be Diwandareh or Saqqez, where Amini is buried. The Iranian authorities, fearing a flare up in protests ahead of the September 16 anniversary of Amini's death in police custody, have ramped up security measures in Kurdistan, particularly in Saqqez. Activists, athletes and ordinary citizens have been arrested or summoned by security authorities across the province in recent days, while cities have experienced a significant slowdown in internet speed over the past 48 hours. <An internet disruption has been registered in #Iran for the second night in a row from ~1:00 am local time,> global internet monitoring organization NetBlocks reported. <Network data show connectivity falling down to 71% of ordinary levels,> it added.>>
Source and read more here:
https://iranwire.com/en/news/120374-mahsa-anniversary-movements-of-troops-reported-in-kurdistan/

Iranwire - September 12, 2023
<<Kickboxer Arrested in Saqqez ahead of Mahsa Anniversary
Saqqez - The Islamic Republic's security forces have violently arrested another athlete in the hometown of Mahsa Amini amid an intensifying crackdown ahead of the anniversary of her death later this week. The kickboxer Taher Sultani was apprehended in the western Kurdish city of Saqqez in the early hours of September 12. The previous day, the head of the Saqqez football board, Shirko Hejazi was taken into custody. There is no immediate information regarding their whereabouts.>>
Source:
https://iranwire.com/en/news/120373-kickboxer-arrested-in-saqqez-ahead-of-mahsa-anniversary/

Jinha - Womens News Agency - September 12, 2023 - By ŞERİN MİHEMED
<<Şiraz Hamo: 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' uprising will achieve victory
Qamishlo- In an interview with NuJINHA, Şiraz Hamo, coordinating member of the Kongra Star, talked about the 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi (English: Women, Life, Freedom)' uprising that started in Iran and Rojhelat Kurdistan following the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini in Tehran on September 16, 2022.
<The killing of Jina Mahsa Amini by Iran's so-called morality police turned into the spark of the uprising in Iran,> she said, <This uprising was not the result of that moment. It was an extension of the previous uprisings that had broken out against the existing dictatorial regime. The people of Iran and Rojhelat Kurdistan, especially women, rose up and demanded the change of the current system. They want to overthrow the cruel regime and change the injustice practices carried out by the regime aiming to intimidate people.> 'People from all ages have played their part'. Pointing out that people of all facets of life have participated in the uprising led by women, Şiraz Hamo said, <People from all ages have played their part with determination in the uprising led by women to change the current regime. The slogan 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' began to be chanted in the uprising to have a country based on freedom and equality. We need Jin (Women), Jiyan, (Life) and Azadi (Freedom) to have a life based on justice, equality, peace and democracy.>
'The effect of the revolution in Rojava has shown up itself all around the world'
<The women of Iran, who were influenced by the revolution in Rojava, rose up against the Iranian regime and the killing of Jina Mahsa Amini sparked the uprising,> said Şiraz Hamo. <Women chanted the slogan 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' to demand freedom. Women have many achievements that play an important role in the development of society in the 21st century. The freedom of women means the freedom of society. The effect of the revolution in Rojava has shown itself all around the world. Therefore, the 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' slogan has been chanted by women demanding freedom and wanting to enjoy their rights all around the world.>
Call for unity
In her speech, Şiraz Hamo recalled how women all around the world cut their hair and held protests to express their solidarity with Iranian women. She also called on all women to unite against the patriarchal mindset. <As women, we must support each other wherever we are. We must raise our voices together against the policies implemented against us to achieve victory by resisting and struggling. What has happened is a good model; women have overcome all difficulties by struggling and organizing themselves with determination and they have achieved many gains.> Şiraz Hamo thinks that women in Iran should keep resisting and making their voices heard all around the world. <The 'Jin, Jiyan, Azadi' uprising will definitely achieve victory.> >>
Source incl. video
https://jinhaagency1.com/en/actual/Siraz-hamo-jin-jiyan-azadi-uprising-will-achieve-victory-33827?page=1

France 24 - September 12, 2023
Paris (AFP) <<Iran exiles' fragile unity fractured, a year after Amini protests
Ever since the Islamic Revolution of 1979 ended the imperial rule of the last shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iranian exiles have been notorious for spending more time feuding between themselves than opposing the theocratic leadership in Tehran. But the unprecedented protests that erupted last year, sparked by the September 16 death in custody of Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested for allegedly violating Iran's Islamic dress code, created new momentum to help Iranians inside the country by creating a unified movement abroad. In February this year, the shah's son Reza Pahlavi joined with other figures who have often been at loggerheads to create the Alliance for Democracy and Freedom in Iran (ADFI), a coalition that then published a <Mahsa Charter>, a roadmap setting out a path for a transition to a secular democracy. As well as the US-based Pahlavi, key members included Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, campaigner Masih Alinejad, Iranian-Kurdish figure Abdullah Mohtadi of the Komala party and activist Hamed Esmaeilion, who lost his wife and daughter when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner in 2020. But Esmaeilion, who had been instrumental in organising rallies in the West in support of the protests, announced barely a month after the group was formed that he was leaving it, denouncing <undemocratic methods> in a broadside aimed at Pahlavi. Ebadi, Alinejad and Mohtadi followed suit, lamenting that the <situation has made it difficult to continue our solidarity>. As the first anniversary of the watershed moment of Amini's death looms, the hoped-for unity has now evaporated.>>
Read more here:
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230912-iran-exiles-fragile-unity-fractured-a-year-after-amini-protests
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: I've never trusted this Pahlavi from the beginning because 'the apple does't fall far from a tree'. But the freedom loving people of Iran are more united than many think. When I publish this we are one day away from commemorating the killing of Jina Amini and I wrote a commemorating poem for her. Read it here:
LINK TO POEM

France 24 - September 12, 2023
Tehran (AFP) <<A year since Iran unrest, hijab takes backseat to economic woes
<I believe economic issues are much more important than the topic of hijab,> 41-year-old housewife Zahra told AFP. Nationwide protests under the popular slogan <woman, life, freedom> erupted after the death in custody of 22-year-old Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini on September 16, 2022. Amini had been arrested days earlier for allegedly breaching the Islamic republic's strict dress code, requiring women to dress modestly and cover their head and neck. <I, myself, have no problem with hijab but would be happier if the economic conditions get better,> said Zahra. Like others interviewed by AFP, she declined to give her surname for fear of facing repercussions. Women in Iran, especially in Tehran, have increasingly been flouting the mandatory headscarf despite government efforts to tighten controls over the dress code. But across the country, where inflation is hovering at 50 percent and the prices of commodities are skyrocketing, many believe the economy takes precedence. The hijab <is a completely secondary and personal issue,> said Raha, a 34-year-old accountant. <Our authorities should first provide good economic conditions,> she said.
- Piling economic pressure -
According to analysts, economic grievances have fuelled public discontent since last year's protests, which persisted for months. Last year's demonstrations -- which saw hundreds of people killed, including security personnel, with thousands more arrested -- posed a major challenge to the government of President Ebrahim Raisi. Raisi, who took office in August 2021, has since pledged to turn around the country's battered economy and <empower the poor>. He reiterated his vows this year to <control inflation> and <improve livelihoods>, blaming Iran's economic woes on the <enemy>. Iran has been reeling under crippling US sanctions since Washington's unilateral withdrawal in 2018 from a landmark nuclear deal.
...
Mehdi, a 40-year-old homeware store owner, said <many people can't afford the goods they need>, adding that <the market is now experiencing inflationary stagnation>. Imported products have now become a luxury that few can afford. <Today, most of the items available at the bazaar, such as pots, spoons and forks, are domestically made,> said Mohammad, 41, who also works at a homeware shop. But the headscarf remains a widely debated topic in Iran, where parliament has been discussing a bill imposing strict penalties on women flouting the hijab law. <This bill is agreeable to some people but not for the general public,> said 43-year-old housewife Fatemeh. The accountant Raha meanwhile believes the country's economic troubles should remain the priority. It's <getting worse by day, people are living hard lives,> she said. <First, they need to address the economic problem, then they can gradually work on social problems.> >>
Read more here:
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230912-a-year-since-iran-unrest-hijab-takes-backseat-to-economic-woes

PIC the hunt on students back then
NCRI - Womens committee - September 11, 2023 - in Podcast
<<University Purge in Iran: Crisis in Higher Education
Today, we look into the sweeping dismissals of professors across at least 150 universities and the university purge in Iran.
This situation is both timely and alarming. The expulsion of students began several months ago, and now, in August, professors are also facing termination. These actions coincide with the approaching first anniversary of the nationwide uprising in 2022 and are driven by the regime's fear of another revolt. Their goal? To quash last year's leaders-the students-and stifle the university, which served as a focal point for protests. During last year's nationwide movement, universities played a vital role in the protests. Today, numerous university students and professors have been arrested, summoned, banned, suspended, or terminated. In August, the pace of professor dismissals increased significantly. They were let go for various reasons, including retirement and academic performance. So far, we have verified the names of over 60 dismissed professors, including a dozen women. At Tehran's Sharif University of Technology, a student association voiced their objection to the dismissal of a professor, noting that security measures have intensified to the point where it feels like the university is under the control of security agencies. They also issued a warning: <The dismissal of professors who do not align with the government's agenda and the security confrontations with students will not only lead to the university communityís disillusionment with the government but also result in a daily exodus of Iranís intellectual elites.> In Iran, the university has long been a symbol of freedom and a breeding ground for progressive ideas, which has drawn the hostility of the regime since its inception.
Khomeini, the mullahs' first supreme leader, viewed academics as products of Western education and labeled them as arrogant. In 1980, he declared that the actions of academic institutions influenced everything in the country. This led to a 'Cultural Revolution', resulting in the dismantling of universities in April 1980. The universities remained closed for three years, and tragically, 17 students lost their lives, with over 2,000 students injured. Many students and academics were arrested, and detained, and some even faced execution. The regime's Cultural Revolution Council purged professors and academics, established committees for control, and introduced measures to reshape higher education institutions according to the ruling regimeís ideology.>>
Read more here:
https://women.ncr-iran.org/2023/09/11/university-purge-in-iran/https://women.ncr-iran.org/2023/09/11/university-purge-in-iran/
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: Yes, history, as always because almost literally people and especially the ones rulling, never learn from history.

Iranwire - September 11, 2023
<<Prominent Iranian Women's Rights Activist Jailed; Reason Unknown
Atefeh Rangriz, a well-known writer and women's rights activist in Iran, has been arrested amid an intensifying clampdown on civil society. Rangriz conveyed the news to her family on September 10 during a brief phone call from Semnan prison, some 200 kilometers from Tehran. She did not provide any information about the charges against her or the circumstances of her arrest. She had been detained several times in the past for her activism, most recently in May 2019. Rangriz was sentenced to 11 years and six months in prison but was later released under an <amnesty.> The Iranian authorities, fearing a flare up in protests ahead of the September 16 anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death in police custody, have ramped up their crackdown on activists in recent months. Last month, security forces arrested 12 women's rights activists in the northern province of Gilan. The detainees were reportedly subjected to physical abuse and denied basic rights while in detention.>>
Source:
https://iranwire.com/en/women/120346-prominent-iranian-womens-rights-activist-jailed-reason-unknown/

Iranwire - September 11, 2023
<<Iranian Poet Sattar Rezaei Handed Suspended Prison Term
A Revolutionary Court in the central Iranian province of Isfahan has sentenced poet, translator and political activist Sattar Rezaei to three years' suspended imprisonment, IranWire has nearned. <In my view, suspended imprisonment amounts to a form of psychological torture for the accused. This type of punishment is often used to isolate political activists,> a source close to the Rezaei family said. Rezaei was arrested in November 2021 after taking part in farmers' protests in Isfahan and faced charges including <connection with anti-revolutionary elements abroad,> <spreading false information in cyberspace,> <disparaging the leadership> and <engaging in propaganda activities> against the Islamic Republic.
He was later released on bail.
His sentencing comes amid an escalation in the authorities' crackdown on civil society and political activists ahead of the September 16 anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death in police custody.>>
Source:
https://iranwire.com/en/news/120338-iranian-poet-sattar-rezaei-handed-suspended-prison-term/

Iranwire - September 11, 2023
<<Dozens of Environmental Activists Detained in Kurdistan Province
Iranian security forces have reportedly detained at least 35 members of the Sabzchia Association, an environmental protection group in Kurdistan province. The environmentalists were apprehended on September 10 as they were attending the nongovernmental organization's annual meeting in the western city of Marivan, according to the France-based Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN). Those detained were transferred to the detention center of the Marivan Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Intelligence Organization, the KHRD says, adding that the personal belongings of all participants in the meeting were confiscated, including mobile phones. The Sabzchia Association has been active in Marivan since 1999 and has played a key role in protecting forests in the region from wildfires. The mass arrest of its members comes amid increased security measures in Kurdistan province ahead of the September 16 anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death in police custody.>>
Source:
https://iranwire.com/en/news/120321-dozens-of-environmental-activists-detained-in-kurdistan-province/

Iranwire - September 8, 2023
<<London Protesters to Hold Mahsa Portraits On Anniversary of Death
In a powerful display of support for the women-led protest movement in Iran, 50 <art performance protesters> will march through central London on September 13 while holding 10 posters depicting Mahsa Amini. A bigger protest is scheduled three days later to mark the first anniversary of the 22-year-old woman's death in police custody, which sparked monthslong anti-establishment protests demanding fundamental economic, social and political changes. The participants in the first rally will be wearing black clothes in solidarity with the victims of the Islamic Republic's bloody crackdown on the <Woman, Life, Freedom> protest movement. The activist group Stage of Freedom selected 10 portraits of Amini after calling on the public to send them drawings, paintings or digital art featuring the young woman, Ellie Borhan, the organizer of the event, told IranWire. The protesters will convene outside Parliament Square at 10 a.m., with their march scheduled to start at around 11 a.m. They will march past the British Prime Minister's Office in Downing Street, before making a brief stop at Trafalgar Square and engage with the media. From there, they will continue their rally toward Piccadilly, where they plan to halt for a 10-minute break. Their next destination will be the bustling Oxford Street, followed by Hyde Park Corner. From there, they will proceed to the Islamic Republic's embassy. <We anticipate that additional participants will join us as we progress,> Borhan said. <Along the route, we will distribute flyers to invite people to the main protest scheduled for September 16th, which commemorates Mahsa Amini's anniversary of death,> she continued, adding: <We are not associated with any political group.>
The second rally will kick off outside the Islamic Republic's embassy at 1 p.m. <There have been some big movements like Black Life Matters or Unity for Ukraine in recent times,> Borhan said. <Women, Life, Freedom has created a unity which is not only for Iranians. It has become a movement to say no to every repression.> Hundreds of people were killed and thousands were detained in the crackdown unleashed by the Iranian authorities on the protest movement. Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters. <The international community, human rights organizations and women's rights groups must be more vocal and hold the Islamic Republic accountable for their crimes against humanity,> Borhan said. <The cold-blooded murderers who killed so many unarmed civilians since the start of the 'Woman, Life, Freedom' movement in September 2022, many of whom were minors, this is a crime against humanity,> she insisted. On March 8, International Women's Day, Stage of Freedom staged the <Handmaids' March> in central London to show solidarity with Iranian women risking their lives to protest gender discrimination and demand more freedoms. For more than four decades, women in Iran have been subjected to discriminatory treatment regarding employment, education and inheritance, among other things. All women must conceal their hair with a headscarf, or hijabs, while in public and wear loose fitting trousers under their coats. <We will stand until the end and we will take Iran back,> Borhan said.>>
Source:
https://iranwire.com/en/news/120268-london-protesters-to-hold-mahsa-portraits-on-anniversary-of-death/

Note by Gino d'Artali: Read also if you will an overview article by France 24 titled
<A year of revolt in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini>
https://webdoc.france24.com/iran-year-protests-after-death-mahsa-amini-women-repression-crackdown/

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