formerly known as
Womens Liberation Front


Welcome to, 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 as well as especially for the Zan, Zendagi, Azadi uprising in Iran and the struggles of our sisters in Afghanistan.

This online magazine will be published evey month and in case of the Iranian 'Woman, Life, Freedom' revolution every week. It started December 2019. Thank you for your time and interest.

Gino d'Artali - Italy
founder of, independent indept investigative journalist, radical feminist and womens' rights activist.










                                                                                                            CRYFREEDOM 2019/2020

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 Zan, zendagi, Azadi (Women, life, freedom) revolution in Iran  2022
and the ZZA Revolution per month:  May 15-1--April--March--Feb--Jan 2023  
covering the period of the 'Women Life Freedom' revolution in 2023 and with links to the period of  the murdering of Jina Mahsa Amini on September 2022 'till December 2022.. 
updated 6 May 2023



MAY 2023:
 <Without hijab, the Islamic Republic would not have much of a meaning,> says Dehghan, vice-president....
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: What the vice president really is saying is when all free women burn their hijab the Islamic republic will be burned to ashes. ...
and more news
APRIL 2023:

Unveiled And Unbroken, Woman's Revolution In Iran.
The 'witch-hunting' on the unveiled has started:


Update 9 - 4 May 2023


Update: BLINDED Part 10 - may-march-2023



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UPDATES: LINKS 2 'Blinding as a weapon' (menu to the right) AND 'Biological terror attacks' (menu to the left) go here: 
Gino d'Artali
Indept investigative journalist


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.

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

This is how the Iranian basiji shoot with pellets at especially girls and women and how they hang now martyrs of the women-led revolution.

Click here to go the second half of
May 2023

..15 May 2023
 <Without hijab, the Islamic Republic would not have much of a meaning,> says Dehghan, vice-president.
Read also what I, Gino d'Artali,  have to say to that...

<<Baha'i Prisoner of Conscience Barred from Receiving Visitors for Three Weeks...
<<Row over Hijab Sparkes Violence at Tehran University...
<<Security Forces Fire Tear Gas at Iranians Protesting Trio's Imminent Execution...
and more news

14 - 11 May 2023
<<Economic Hardship Forces Iranians to Sell Organs...
and incl. a link to a related movie.

<<The Courage Award goes to the Iranian Women's Democratic Association in Italy...

Unjust Expulsions and Arrests: Teachers' Struggle Amidst Clerical Regime’s Crackdown
and more news

12 May, 2023
Iran's Top Sunni Cleric Calls for <Free and Fair> Elections....
Read below

12  - 9  May
<<Economic Hardship Forces Iranians to Sell Organs
and more news
and supporting news for the 'blinding as a weapon' victims

9 may - 24 april 2023
<<A Political Prisoner's Letter from Evin Prison: What should we regret?....
<<Guerrilla Theater and Iran's Nationwide Protests....
and more news

May 5 - 1 2023 (Part 1)
<We have nothing to lose!...>
and more news

May 2 - 1 2023 (Part 2)
<Iranian athlete and activist Mahsa Zarrin Chang found dead...>
and more news

May 2, 2023
How the dictatorship terrorizes children.

May 1, 2023 - Labour Day in Iran

28 April 2023
<Iran's Top Sunni Cleric Calls for Impartial Courts and Labor Rights.... jail without legal verdicts ....
...<In Baluchistan, there are always 30 to 40 on death row and they send them all together for execution, and they [the judiciary] demand that the executions be carried out within two months...  


Click here for the 2022 'Chapters'




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.

#Iran_Protest,#Mahsa_Amini#Nika,#Hadis, A song by Hatef - Betars Azma Video

Iranwire - May 12,2023
Iran's Top Sunni Cleric Calls for <Free and Fair> Elections
Iran's most prominent Sunni cleric has slammed the way elections are being conducted by the Islamic Republic, saying they have led to the election of <weak managers.> Molavi Abdulhamid, the Sunni Friday prayer leader of the south-eastern city of Zahedan, said on May 12 that the Iranian people want <free and fair elections, not the type that is being advertised by some government media for [next year's] parliamentary elections.>
The 76-year-old-cleric criticized the Guardian Council, an unelected body that supervises elections, saying it prevents worthy and capable people from being elected to the presidency, parliament or the Assembly of Experts. The council has a history of disqualifying candidates who don't agree with the the policies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. After Friday prayers, Zahedan residents took to the streets for weekly protests and shouted slogans against the Islamic Republic and Khamenei.
In his latest Friday sermon, Molavi, who has been a key dissenting voice inside Iran since the eruption of the protests, urged the authorities to listen to the people's demands for more freedom and better governance. He said that officials should discuss ways to find solutions to the country's problems with the Islamic Republic's critics, including political prisoners. He also called for security officers who attack civilians to be held accountable with the same <speed and severity.> >>
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Iranwire - May 11, 2023
<<Iran's Suicide Cases on the Rise amid Economic, Social Woes
The number of suicide deaths has grown by more than 40 percent in Iran over a decade, according to officials statistics, as the Iranian people faced deepening economic, political and social upheaval. The 2022 report on <Social Justice Indicators> shows that law enforcement agencies recorded 5,085 suicide cases in 2021, compared to 3,559 in 2011, the collaborative initiative Iran Open Data said in an article published on May 10. Over 40,000 people died by suicide between 2011 and 2021, more than twice the total number of murders recorded during the decade. Law enforcement agency data shows a significant number of deaths listed under the title <other suspicious deaths,> without further description, Iran Open Data noted, adding that the number of these deaths is about six times the total number of suicides and 12 times the number of murders.>>
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Iranwire - May 11, 2023, By ROGHAYEH REZAEI
<<Economic Hardship Forces Iranians to Sell Organs
Around a week ago, two Iranian newspapers, Jahan-e Sanat and Etemad, published reports saying that the collapse of the Iranian currency has led to an increase in the sale of body parts in Iran and their purchase by patients abroad. These reports received a lot of attention. The Judiciary Media Center quickly accused the two papers of <publishing unfounded material,> and Tehran's prosecutor summoned the publishers to court to explain and present evidence for their articles. Following the summons, both papers removed their reports from their websites and from their social media accounts.


In a field report on May 4, the newspaper Jahan-e Sanat wrote that sale of body parts has increased because Iranians have fallen into the <valley of poverty.> It referred to an alleyway in Tehran that has been known as the <kidney market> for years. Firoozgar Hospital, which specializes in urology and kidney diseases, is located near that square. In this alleyway, advertisements can now be seen in this alleyway for liver, bone marrow and cornea transplants and for sperm and ovum donations, according to the report. The report said that the price for a kidney fluctuates between 500 million and one billion tomans, while the Kidney Foundation of Iran has announced a price of 80 million tomans. The actual price depends on how ill the recipient patient is, the blood type and also on the middleman who arranges the deal between the seller and the buyer. <Almost [all organ sellers] do this because of financial problems. Selling body organs is not confined to a specific age group and gender and most of them are between 18 and 40 years old,> the report said. It also pointed out that the families of many patients inside Iran cannot afford to buy these organs and are forced to sell their car or their home to save the lives of their loved ones. The article said that some of the middlemen send Iranians who need to sell their organs to neighboring countries such as the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) or Turkey where they can sell an organ for between $7,000 to $15,000. The report published by the newspaper Etemad was similar, although it had a catchier title: <Iraqis are in the market for buying Iranian kidneys in dollars!> a clear reference to the reality of the lives of millions of Iranians who face unsolvable financial problems because of the freefall of the Iranian currency. The articles had been quoted extensively by Persian-language media outlets outside Iran and on social media.
The Reports Are Removed but the Sale of Organs Continue
On May 5, while the newsrooms of Jahan-e Sanat and Etemad were preparing their Saturday edition, the Judiciary Media Center accused these two papers of <publishing unfounded material.> Within minutes after the announcement by the judiciary’s media watchdog, the two articles were removed from the newspapers' websites and social media accounts. As of now, neither newspaper has given a reason for doing so.....>>
Do read more here:

NCRI - Womens Committee - Women's news - May 10, 2023
<<Iran: Fatemeh Tadrisi and Atekeh Rajabi among arrested teachers
Iranian teachers arrested, indicted, and summoned amid protests. During yesterday's protests by teachers in 22 cities across 14 provinces in Iran, a number of protesting teachers were arrested. Among those detained were Fatemeh Tadrisi in Tehran, Atakeh Rajabi in Mashhad, and Fateh Osmani and Farzad Safikhani in Sanandaj. Fatemeh Tadrisi (Mojgan), a teacher living in Tehran, went to Baharestan Square (in front of the parliament) on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, to participate in a gathering of educators. Security forces apprehended her, and later she announced her transfer to Qarchak prison in a phone call. At the time of writing this report, no information regarding the charges against Fatemeh Tadrisi has been made available. This marks the third time Fatemeh Tadrisi has been arrested since the start of the protests in September 2022. She has spent time in Karaj's Fardis (Kachouii) and Evin prisons. On the same day, Atakeh Rajabi was arrested by security forces while leaving her home to attend the teachers' gathering in Mashhad. The security forces later ransacked Ms. Rajabi's residence. Atekeh Rajabi was a primary school teacher in a village near Mashhad. The Khorasan Department of Education dismissed her from her job on January 5, 2023, due to her support of the nationwide protests. As of the writing of this report, the reasons for her arrest and the charges against her, as well as her current location, remain unknown. Indicting and summoning protesting teacher. In addition to the arrests of several teachers during recent protests across Iran, some have also been indicted and summoned to court. In addition, Kowsar Badaghi Pegah, a physical education teacher at a high school in Izeh, has been summoned to the Ahvaz Revolutionary Court. She must appear in court on June 17 to defend herself against charges of <gathering and collusion to disrupt domestic security, anti-regime propaganda activities, and membership in opposition groups.> Ms. Badaghi Pegah had previously been summoned due to her activities. She is one of the 11 activist teachers in the Khuzestan province who have been issued indictments and summoned to the Ahvaz Revolutionary Court. Ahvaz is the capital of the oil-rich Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran. In response to the Coordinating Council of Iranian Teachers’ Associations call, Iranian teachers staged protests in front of the Departments of Education on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, against the Education Ministry's failure to respond to their demands. The framework of activities for the Teachers' Trade Union and the Coordinating Council of Iranian Teachers' Associations is defined and clear based on their constitution and defined demands.>>
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: To be thaught is a human right and in this sense I always think of ..... who's motto was: <One child, one pen, one book, one teacher (LINK). The above quoted makes me consider to also here start a new topic of <Iranian teachers under siege.> I'll seriously think about it even when knowing I hardly have time left for myself but... the Zan, Zendagi, Azadi revolution is more important than me.

Jinha - Womens News Center - May 10, 2023
<<Fatemeh Maghsoudi arrested in Iran for asking whereabouts of her son
News Center- The Kurdistan Human Rights Network has released a statement on the arrest of Fatemeh Maghsoudi, the mother of the detained Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) member Edris Feqhi, who disappeared on July 24, 2021 after being wounded by the IRGC.'Fatemeh Maghsoudi was taken to an unknown location' The statement said that Fatemeh Maghsoudi was arrested by the intelligence forces of the IRGC yesterday and taken to an unknown location. <65-year-old Fatemeh Maghsoudi, who has received no information about her son for 21 months, suffers from heart disease and we are concerned about her health,> the statement said. Last week, Fatemeh Maghsoudi went in front of the building of the Intelligence Organisation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Urmia and started a sit-in demanding information on the whereabouts of her son. Previously, the family of Edris Feqhi held a sit-in in front of the building on February 21, 2022 and Fatemeh Maghsoudi was arrested again. After her release, she released a video and said, <My son has been imprisoned in Urmia for a year. I go to the office of the intelligence ministry, to the court and to the prison, but they do not give me a clear answer. Sometimes they say he is there, some days they say he is not there. They say go, we will call you, wait for us. I cannot bear this difficult situation anymore, I have no strength left. I have heart disease. I request human rights organizations to find my son for me. It was you reporting that he was alive. Get him a lawyer so I can meet my son, talk to him, have him call me, know if he is alive or not and what happened to him.> >>

Iranwire - May 10, 2023
<<Iranian Official Raises Alarm over Fate of Hor al-Azim Marshes
An Iranian official has raised the alarm about the deepening water crisis facing the south-western province of Khuzestan, saying that failing to secure water rights the Hor al-Azim marshes could result in numerous problems during the summer, including fires, the mass death of wild animals and dust pollution. Adel Mola of the provincial office of the Department of Environmental Protection told ISNA news agency on May 10 that the Ministry of Energy is partly responsible for the dehydration and drying of the marshes. The Ministry of Energy has been contacted to address the issue, he said, insisting that <if conditions are not managed, they could face a difficult season ahead.> Mohammed Darwish and other local environmental activists have accused the ministry of deliberately drying up the wetland to extract oil. <The Ministry of Oil wants to give oil extraction [rights] to a Chinese contractor,> Darwish said. <The Chinese contractor also said during the Ahmadinejad government (2005-2013) that if this wetland is dry, they will lower the prices by 20 percent. They came to the conclusion that it is better to dry the wetland.> Hor al-Azim marshes is of great importance in terms of hydrology and biology, spanning over 300,000 hectares; one-third of its area is in Iran and the rest in neighboring Iraq. The Khuzestan Water Resources Organization has said that water transfer projects and the construction of dams on the marshes' tributaries have caused significant damage to the region. Water protests in Iran have become more frequent and culminated with the June 2021 demonstrations in Khuzestan, which triggered demonstrations against the Islamic Republic nationwide. The protests followed the mass deaths of livestock due to diminishing water supplies and the drying-up of rivers and wetlands such as the Hor al-Azim marshes. They also took on an anti-government aspect due to the widespread belief that years of mismanagement of water resources has been the main cause of the shortages.>>
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: Actually this is a clear case of 'corruption of the earth' as far as the Chinese contractors are concerned because in the end they'll be guilty when it turns out an environmental disaster but also for the Iranian people who are poor and I, coincidently or not, went out to do some shopping, a man needs to eat right, but... my bankcard said 'not enough money on your card' and I went out to sit on my favorite bench, not sad but kind of inspired to write a new poem with as title maybe: <Having no money does't make the world go down. and more to follow.
But the corruption of these kind of contractors will make it go down. Ah yes, since long I'm a what I call 'a street poet'.

Iranwire - 10 May, 2023
<<Seven more Men Hanged in Iran Amid Execution Spree
Iranian authorities hanged seven men on drugs and rape charges, a Norway-based human rights group said, after the UN human rights chief warned of a <frighteningly> high number of executions in the country. Three men were executed on drug-related charges in Qezelhesar prison in the city of Karaj, near Tehran, Iran Human Rights (IHR) NGO said on May 10, adding that four others were hanged on rape charges in Rajai Shahr prison, also in Karaj. The judiciary's Mizan Online website confirmed the three executions on drug charges, saying the convicts were <members of the Panjak gang, the largest cocaine distribution cartel, which was one of the main drug cartels in the country.> <Six members of the gang were arrested in 2014,> Mizan said, adding, <At the time of arrest, one kilogram of cocaine, opium and methamphetamine were recovered from the members of this gang.>
There has been no official confirmation so far of the four executions on rape charges.
IHR said the latest hangings bring the number of executions in Iran in the last 12 days to at least 64. <The killing machine of the government is accelerating -- its goal is to intimidate the people and its victims are the weakest people in society,> said IHR director Mahmood Amiry Moghaddam. IHR said the latest hangings bring the number of executions in Iran in the last 12 days to at least 64. <The killing machine of the government is accelerating -- its goal is to intimidate the people and its victims are the weakest people in society,> said IHR director Mahmood Amiry Moghaddam.
The Islamic Republic, one of the world’s top executioners, executed at least 582 people last year, the highest number of executions in the country since 2015 and well above the 333 recorded in 2021, IHR and Paris-based Together Against the Death Penalty said in a joint report in April. But the pace of executions has been even more intense in 2023, with IHR now counting at least 218 executions so far this year. Rights groups accuse the Islamic Republic of using the death penalty as a means to intimidate Iranians after nationwide protests erupted in September 2022 following the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Campaigners have warned that members of ethnic minorities -- in particular the Baluch minority, who unlike most Iranian are mostly Sunni -- have been disproportionately targeted by the spate of executions. On May 9, UN human rights chief Volker Turk slammed the Islamic Republic for its <abominable record> on the death penalty and called on authorities to end capital punishment as the number of executions is <frightening.> The previous day, the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) described the wave of executions as a <killing spree> aimed at silencing dissent.>>
Read more here:
Opinion by Gino d'Artali: the goal of the hangings may be to silence the protesters which I'm sure will not happen because, and also here I vehemently protest myself, either the death of Jina Mahsa Amini, Allah has her soul, nor the protesters, Insh'Allah, will leads to the downfall of the dictatorschip, but neither are in any way to be related to drugs or rapes!

Iranwire - May 10, 2023 - By PAYAM YOUNESIPOUR
<<The <Ten Commandments> of Iranian Football's Corrupt Boss
On May 1, Iran Football Federation issued a statement that was supported by media outlets close to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) but was met with an outcry from around the country's football community. The first to report on the new and unprecedented rules by the federation was Fars news agency, which is affiliated with the IRGC, under the title <The Ten Commandments of the Football Federation.> The new rules not only violate the charter and bylaws of football's world governing body, FIFA, but they are also aimed at strengthening the protective wall around officials at the national federation.
Meanwhile, the news agency Tabnak published a list of corruption cases against Mehdi Taj, president of the federation, and his fruitless foreign visits, and asked the judiciary whether he should be allowed to travel abroad.

The title chosen by Fars news agency for the official statement released by the federation, of course, is a not-so-subtle reference to the Ten Commandments written by the finger of Yahweh on tablets of stone. The federation's ten commandments force clubs, players and coaches to remain silent, without exceptions, during the remaining weeks of Iran's Persian Gulf Pro League competitions. The statement explicitly bans <comments and interviews against officials,> <comments and interviews by officials of the tournament, representatives of the federation and the league's organization without a prior permit, and <issuing statements by the clubs and their associated agents.> It even orders the clubs to film the matches -- and the spectators. It should come as no surprise that some media outlets called the statement the <new dictatorship> in Iranian football.
Are the Ten Commandments of <Iran's football Yahweh> Legal?
Article 14 of the 2022 FIFA Statutes specifies that member associations must <comply fully with the Statutes, regulations, directives and decisions of FIFA bodies at any time> and that violations <by any member association may lead to sanctions provided for in these Statutes.> And Article 16 further states that a member association <that seriously violates its obligations> can be temporarily suspended. None of the articles in these statutes or FIFA's disciplinary rulebooks empowers the president of a football federation to order its member to remain silent and refrain from issuing statements, to ban criticism by federation officials and coaches and to require clubs to film the games and the spectators. The newspaper Farhikhtegan interviewed the spokesman of Esteghlal FC and concluded that, legally speaking, these <ten commandments> cannot be carried out in Iranian football.>>
Read more about it here:

Note by Gino d'Artali: The following is when I quote a headline and a few following lines from an article published by Iranwire on May 9, 2023 and about the Bahai ophtamologist who did wonderfull things in his life as a doctor and for the Iranian people and his medical centerstill up and working, continueing his legacy, it is more than worthwhile your read and time, especially for the victims of the heinous blindshooting by the basijis and or the csgr. Spread the word and victims, go to that medical center to seek Insh'Allah more help and relief. Here goes:
Iranwire - May 9, 2023 - By KIAN SABETI
<<The Baha'i Who Founded Iran's First Eye Hospital
Iranians of all backgrounds have together built Iran, regardless of their personal opinions, religion, or ethnicity. In a series of reports, IranWire looks at prominent personalities from Iran's ethnic and religious minorities who made major contributions to the country's progress. If you know of such figures and their services to Iran, you can share it with us by emailing The establishment of the first specialized eye medical center in Iran started in 1952, in Shiraz, with the endowment of a land of over 2,500 square meters by Anayatollah Poostchi, a prominent Baha’i in Shiraz. After returning from the United Kingdom, where he had travelled for medical treatment of his own eyes, Poostchi donated 400,000 tomans of his own funds toward the building of this medical center. At the time, dangerous eye diseases and ailments such as trachoma, cataracts and glaucoma were common in Shiraz and cities around it and, because of limited medical facilities, many Iranians lost their sight. Anayatollah Poostchi died that same year but his son Iraj, supported by his sister and brother, carried out the will of his father and, by selling a part of the father's properties were able to contribute funds to build the medical center. Construction on the Poostchi Eye Hospital began in earnest six years after the land was secured, in 1958, and opened its doors several years later.
Who was Dr. Iraj Poostchi?>>
Read all here:
Now you may ask why I lay so much emphasis on this article? Well, you're very welcome. See 
and seek together treatment at the medical hospital.

Iranwire - May 10, 2023
<<Freedom House Award Ceremony Puts Courageous <Women of Iran> under Spotlight
US human rights watchdog Freedom House has presented its 2023 Freedom Award to Russian opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza and the <women of Iran> in recognition of their <unwavering commitment and activism to advance democracy and freedom.> The May 9 award ceremony in Washington was attended by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who pointed out that <hundreds of thousands of Iranian women, girls...have demanded their basic freedoms be respected, even in the face of the most brutal repression.> Actress and rights activist Nazanin Boniadi and Aida Ghajar of IranWire, the first news outlet to have reported the beating of Mahsa Amini while in police custody and hospitalization, accepted the recognition on behalf of the women of Iran. Amini was arrested in Tehran in September 2022 for allegedly wearing a headscarf improperly. Anger over her death has prompted Iranians to take to the streets nationwide to demand fundamental economic, social and political changes. The Iranian security forces have unleashed a brutal clampdown on the women-led protest movement, killing hundreds of people during demonstrations and unlawfully detaining over 20,000 others, activists say. Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters. <Today, Mahsa's name has become a symbol of the battle for the liberation of women from oppression in the world,> Ghajar said in her speech at the Freedom Award ceremony. <We must never forget, in the past eight months, at least 500 protesters have been killed, at least 580 protesters have lost one or both eyes and thousands of Iranians have been imprisoned and tortured for saying 'no more.'> <The fight of the Iranian women and the people to free Iran from this dictatorial, theocratic, oppressive and misogynist regime started 44 years ago,> she said, adding, <Every year, there are more and more grieving mothers who hold up pictures of their murdered loved ones and demand truth and justice.>
Iranian journalists who have been trying to <tell the truth and defend the right to know> have ended up behind bars, Ghajar noted, mentioning Niloofar Hamedi, Elaheh Mohammadi, Narges Mohammadi. Others, like Mehrnoosh Zarei, Nasim Sultanbeigi and Saeideh Shafie, are being prosecuted.
Blinken pointed out that <unfettered access to the internet is essential for defending human rights and human freedoms.> <Aida Ghajar's news outlet IranWire used the internet to receive critical information from inside Iran to do everything from documenting an accurate death toll from the repression of protests, to sharing live footage of the regime's crackdown, to gathering and disseminating reporting by its network and citizen journalists,> the secretary of state added. In a statement, Freedom House hailed the women of Iran for demonstrating <remarkable courage and resilience in the face of ongoing persecution and discrimination by their country's regime.> >>
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Iranwire - May 9, 2023
<<Iranian American Sanaz Toossi Wins Pulitzer for Drama
Iranian American author Sanaz Toossi has won this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play <English.>
The Pulitzer committee described Toossi's work as <a quietly powerful play about four Iranian adults preparing for an English-language exam in a storefront school near Tehran, where family separations and travel restrictions drive them to learn a new language that may alter their identities and also represent a new life.>
This prize includes a $15,000 award.
Toossi is the daughter of Iranian immigrants who settled in the United States after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and grew up in the state of California. The prestigious Pulitzer Prize is awarded annually by Columbia University in New York to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to journalism, literature, music and drama in the United States. In 1980, the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography was awarded to Iranian photographer Jahangir Razmi.>>

Note by Gino d'Artali: I'm including the below quoted article because it is about Kurdisch journalists and Jina Mahsa Amini was Kurdisch-Iranian and was killed by a basiji which sparked the Zan, Zendagi, Azadi revolution:
Jinha - Womens News Magazine - By LARA GEWHERİ - May 9, 2023
<<Today in history: Five Kurdish political prisoners executed in Iran
Mahabad- Today marks the 13th anniversary of the executions of Kurdish political prisoners named Farzad Kamangar, Ali Heidarian, Farhad Vakili, Shirin Alamhouli and Mehdi Eslamian in Iran's Evin prison. They were executed by the Iranian regime on May 9, 2010. Their executions sparked anger in four parts of Kurdistan and the failure to deliver their dead bodies to the families was also strongly condemned. After their executions, some of their family members were arrested and four political activists were buried in a place far from the cemetery of Muslims. Although 13 years have passed, their families do not know where their loved ones were buried. Shirin Alamhouli, who has become a symbol of freedom and resistance against the regime, is the second woman executed by the Iranian regime after the execution of Leyla Qasim. In an interview with NuJINHA, Baran A., an activist in Mahabad, told us the atmosphere in the city after the executions of five Kurdish political activists. <I was a child when they were executed. I remember that there were many soldiers in the streets and the people holding protests across the city. Two days before the executions, Kurdish activists were summoned and threatened. Everyone was talking about Shirin Alamhouli and Farzad Kamangar so I wanted to learn more about the five people and why they had been executed. I understood myself and my Kurdish identity better by reading the letters and stories of these people.>
'They are the symbol of resistance'
We also spoke to a writer from Sardasht, who asked us not to write her name. <Death is not always the end; it can sometimes be a start for struggles. The massacres committed by dictatorship regimes and patriarchal systems have shown us this. Every political prisoner, who is executed, becomes a symbol of resistance for all freedom fighters. The five Kurdish political prisoners, who were executed in 2010, are the symbol of resistance now. Their struggle left a legacy for the next generations. Although no one knows where they were buried, many people follow in their footsteps today.>

Letters of Shirin Alamhouli
Read them here:

Iranwire - May 9, 2023
<<Death Sentences Upheld for Three Iranian Protesters
The Iranian Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of three men accused of involvement in the alleged killing of three members of the paramilitary Basij force during nationwide anti-government protests last year. IranWire has obtained copies of documents stating that the court confirmed the death sentences Majid Kazemi, Saeed Yaqoubi and Saleh Mirhashmi and rejected other punishments, including prison sentences.
Mirhashmi had been twice sentenced to death, while Kazemi and Yaqoubi had been handed capital punishment and a 10-year prison sentence. The trio was arrested in connection with the death of three members of the Basij force during protests in the central city of Isfahan on November 15.
The Dadban Legal Group, which provides legal advice to protesters in Iran, said there was no reliable evidence proving the accusations made against the defendants, and that the only document available in the case was their <forced confessions.> The defendants were present at the scene of the protests but none of them has ever admitted shooting at Basij members, according to the group.>>

NCRI - Women Committee - Women's News - May 9, 2023
<<Teachers Protest in 14 Provinces Against Unfair Treatment and Rights Violations
Despite intense security measures today, May 9, 2023, teachers held gatherings and protests in 14 provinces against violating their basic rights, the arrest of teachers, the lack of ranking, and the equalization of salaries. The teachers protest against the government’s failure to implement the ranking plan, which has transformed from a tool for encouraging teachers to a means of exerting control over them. In addition, teachers have been waiting for more than a decade to equalize pensions, and there are concerns about psychological insecurity and threats to students' physical health, particularly female students. The government's practice of filing and using security pressures against union activists have also continued, further fueling the teachers' discontent. Teachers held gatherings and protests in Tehran in front of the parliament and in other cities, including Rasht, Ardabil, Jolfa, Torbat Heydariyeh, Arak, Qazvin, Takestan, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Islamshahr, Harsin, Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Abadan, Sanandaj, Hamedan, Ahvaz, and Shush outside the Departments of Education. In their gatherings, the teachers chanted slogans such as <The imprisoned teacher must be released,> <A teacher dies, does not accept humiliation,> <Chemical attack must be condemned,> and <Promises are not enough, our table is empty.> The teachers carried placards that read: <Inflation is the scourge of people's lives,> <Stop filing against union activists,> and <There is no place for a teacher in prison, there is no answer to the demand for imprisonment.> In some cities such as Rasht, Arak, Ardabil, and Langroud, protesters chanted slogans such as <Every teacher's cry is death to the oppressor, be it the shah or the mullahs' leader,> <Hail to Rajavi,> and <The teacher is awake, disgusted with the Shah and the mullah.> Female teachers were particularly active in Isfahan, Arak, and Qazvin and took the lead in chanting slogans and leading the protests.
Teachers' Protests in Iran Met With Violence in Sanandaj
Due to the large number of anti-riot forces in Sanandaj, teachers could not gather in the main location and were divided into several smaller groups. Suppressive forces beat a group of teachers stationed on Taleghani Street, and the teachers confronted them with the slogan, <Police, you are our ISIS.> Teachers in Sanandaj chanted the slogan <Political prisoners must be released> in their protests. In Hamedan, security forces prevented teachers from gathering in front of the education and training office, but the teachers held their gathering on the street.>>

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