The Cultural Endeavor of Laughtivism

By: Solmaz Sharif
Wed Sep 4 2013
  A Persian proverb says: “Tell the door what the wall would hear,” meaning if you wish to tell someone something, but want to be polite about it, you can daintily skirt the issue, and merely intimate what you cannot say directly, so as not to bruise someone’s feelings. This might sound strange to Americans, who are generally more direct in their interactions.They might wonder why...

Sharif: Rouhani can take steps to improve Iran press freedom

Tue Jul 9 2013
Writing for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Cyberdissidents.org Program Manager Solmaz Sharif writes "After eight hellish years for Iran's journalists under outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the election of Hassan Rouhani was welcomed with hope for a better future. As soon as he takes office in August, he should act on his view and take steps to protect journalists in...

Rohani Didn't Beat a Single Woman: Interview

Tue Jun 25 2013
Cyberdissidents' Solmaz Sharif interviewed Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi who explains how Iranian women keep registering as presidential candidates to protest the Guardian Council's decision to disqualify women for not meeting its definition of "rejal."   Of the Feminist movement in Iran, Ebadi says "The feminist movement in Iran does not accept this interpretation [that women...

Nabil: Islamic Human Sacrifices

Thu May 9 2013
Cyberdissidents.org Blogger Board Member Maikel Nabil writes "If you’re an atheist, then you’re lucky you aren’t in Bangladesh this week. Last Sunday, violence exploded in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, leaving at least 30 people dead. The violence was organized by a coalition of Islamic groups calling themselves “Hefazat-e Islam,” which means in...

Iran’s Repression of Baha’i Gets Worse

Wed Mar 20 2013
Iran’s Repression of Baha’i Gets Worse
Last week, the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran submitted his third report to the Human Rights Council and it was not good news. Dr. Ahmad Shaheed expressed his grave concern about the deteriorating situation for Iran’s Baha'i population since his last report during the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly in October 2012. Human rights...