Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy New Year 2010!

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Taking the Gloves Off

If there had been any doubt that the regime in Iran would eventually break down all opposition, today’s disturbing news tell a different story. The more or less silenced leaders of the ‘Green Movement’, Messrs Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, … Continue reading

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Person of the Year 2009

On the Day of Tasu’a, when millions of Shi’ites in Iran and elsewhere commemorate the beginning of the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, Imam Husayn at Kerbala in 680 CE, The Times has announced that Neda Agha Soltan, only … Continue reading

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The Rioters’ Cleric

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri has passed away yesterday at age 87. He died of a heart attack, or stroke, when sleeping in his bed at home. Hundred of thousands of mourners are right now gathering in Qom, where he … Continue reading

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Still Waning

These days I was thinking, among other things, of German Orientalist Navid Kermani’s ‘Terror of God’, his moving and stunning PhD thesis of 2005. Besides Biblical (and Qur’anic) Job, German poet Heinrich Heine and many other sufferers (not least members … Continue reading

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