Posts tagged ‘Iran’

December 3, 2010

Zahra’s Paradise

by f

from Zahra's Paradise

I’ve been reading this webcomic for a while now, but I didn’t think to write about it until my cousin brought it up this morning.

Zahra’s Paradise is the story of a man named Mehdi who goes missing in the recent post-election Iranian protests. He leaves behind a mother, desperate to find him, and a brother who turns to technology to help him understand what has happened to his family. The titular Zahra was an expatriate photographer who came back to take pictures of prisoners at Evin, the notorious Iranian prison. She was caught getting too close to her subjects, imprisoned, tortured, raped and then killed. Though it was initially covered up, a post-mortem quickly revealed the causes of her death.

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July 20, 2010

Dear Person Whose Search Terms Make Us Sick,

by subterfusex

There are no search suggestions for 'incest.'

Our blog stats tell us that you found us by looking for, “free 13 year old incest.”

Obviously you did not find what you were after on this blog. We assume you landed on D’s post about Sharron Angle’s inability to empathize with anyone who is not her. Under normal circumstances we would consider that punishment enough, but the nature of your search requires a harsher condemnation.

What the fuck, dude?

There is no ambiguity in your search. You are looking for porn, involving a thirteen year old, and incest.

No, really, what the fuck?

(The fact that you want it for free does not improve our opinion of your character.)

We at Subterfuge are typically pro-sexuality. Whatever gets you off, it’s your business–until what gets you off hurts another person, and they are unwilling or unable to give consent. A thirteen year old qualifies as ‘unable to give consent.’ They are in the midst of puberty, without the maturity or breadth of knowledge to understand what is happening to them. Worse, you want incest, which immediately forces us to consider emotional manipulation. Such a young person is at the mercy of older family members, with an ingrained desire to be liked, loved, and accepted. It is not uncommon for those desires, when spurned, will be turned downward and this child may commit abuse against other children. Kids want to explore, and should be given room to in safe ways, but not all exploration is done in good faith. And the people who look for and make porn with such a theme are not acting in good faith.

What titillates you makes us retch. For us, the thirteen year old you mention is not a hot search term, he or she is a person with vulnerabilities that you wish to exploit. That exploitation is part of the kick.

Here is what happens when thirteen year olds are coerced into sex, rape, and incest.

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July 11, 2010

LiLo’s RTs will be held against her in a court of public opinion.

by d

They're saying what? I just hit a button!

The headlines are outraged–Lindsay Lohan is comparing herself to that innocent Iranian woman sentenced to stoning! I really don’t care about Lindsay, but I do care about Sakine, so I clicked.

Linsday Lohan got a DUI a while back, and she’s done a bunch of stupid things like not show up to her hearings, or follow through on things the judge ordered her to do, like attend alcohol education classes. Durr. She was just in court again this week, and the judge has ordered to jail for her violations. The world weeps for her, really.

So, what did she say? She didn’t, she Tweeted. Here is exactly what she tweeted:

It is clearly stated in Article 5 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that….
4:09 PM Jul 7th via web

, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
4:09 PM Jul 7th via web

this was taken from an article by Erik Luna.. “November 1 marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. But there were no
4:12 PM Jul 7th via web

celebrations, parades, or other festivities in honor of this punishment scheme created by Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission….”
4:13 PM Jul 7th via web

Instead, the day passed like most others during the last 15 years:Scores of federal defendants sentenced under a constitutionally perverted”
4:13 PM Jul 7th via web

system that saps moral judgment through its mechanical rules.”
4:13 PM Jul 7th via web — please RT
4:15 PM Jul 7th  via web

The tiny link takes you a Newsweek article about Sakine, the Iranian woman.

Maybe I’m thick, but I don’t see the connection. That link looks like a pretty standard re-tweet to me. The bulk of the messages here are certainly referring to the ‘harsh’ sentencing she was given this week, but I hardly think she’s comparing herself to a victim of Shariah Law.

So what’s with inflammatory articles like this one at Hollywood Life?

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July 6, 2010

Call for action: Sakine Mohammadi e Ashtiani to be stoned to death

by d

Iran has sentenced a woman, Sakineh Mohammadi e Ashtiani, to death by stoning. She has been convicted of adultery, based on a confession given during torture by whipping. The law has condemned her, but there is a movement to put international pressure on Iran.

Sign the petition:

Sakine Mohammadi e Ashtiani faces a horrible punishment for an act of nature: sex. But apparently sex outside of marriage is volatile enough that this woman deserves to be executed by stoning. At least some people in Iran think so. She will almost certainly be murdered by a corrupt “justice” system in a most excruciating way unless WE do something about it. This petition is that something. Although stoning is sadly not terribly uncommon in some parts of the world, saving one person from this atrocity could help to build the movement against inhumane punishments and executions worldwide and promote more justice in troubled nations like Iran. YOU have power to help stop this, the choice is simply yours to do it or not. I urge you brothers and sisters, for we have no more room for hate in our world, the free MUST remember the forgotten. This is simply our duty to our fellow human, to stand up for her when she cannot. I beg you to share this with anyone who would sign it, as it will send a strong message to those capable of helping this poor woman have her right to life.

CNN report:

Letter from her children:

May 16, 2010

Save Kiana Firouz

by f

Kiana Firouz in Cul de Sac

Save Kiana Firouz.

Something needs to be done about this.

From the above:

“Kiana Firouz, 27 years old, is an outspoken Iranian LGBT rights activist, filmmaker, and actress. When clips of her video documentary work featuring the struggle and persecution of gays and lesbians in her country were acquired by Iranian intelligence, agents began to follow Firouz around Tehran, harassing and intimidating her. She fled for England where she could safely continue her work and studies.

She plays a starring role in Cul de Sac, a documentary film produced in the UK about the condition of lesbians in Iran, and based heavily on Firouz’s own life story. Directed by Ramin Goudarzi-Nejad and Mahshad Torkan, the movie will premiere in London in a few days. Since the trailer was posted on YouTube in December 2009, Cul de Sac has attracted global media attention, with thousands of views. Apparently, some of those views included members of Ahmadinejad’s puppet media in Iran. They know who Firouz is and what she stands for. They may want her to come back to the country she was born in to answer for it.”
Save the life of Kirana Firouz, Coilhouse Magazine

When they have her back, they’re going to kill her. The punishments are severe & to the point. First three offenses include lashings. But such a severe thumb to the eye of the Iranian theocracy, and she’s likely to be hanged to death. She’s 27. She’s got so much promise and so much life and love in her. If she dies, she will have literally died for love. Let’s not make her a martyr. British citizens, write to your government! Let them know that they are her last defenders and that they must defend her from certain death — it is their moral and ethical duty, for which the rewards are fantastic.

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