Let freedom ring.

A couple of months ago, I walked through a Seattle farmers' market where people were browsing the bounty of produce, arts, and crafts, and passed some young men who were holding up pictures of Obama that had been altered so he would look like Hitler. And yet they were not arrested. They were not jailed. They were not marked for death. They were free men in a free country, free to express their astonishing ignorance and hatred. Meanwhile... … [Read more...]

An Artist in Crisis

I had no idea that the filmmaker Jafar Panahi had been arrested and imprisoned. But this report says that things are worse than that. Taherah Saeedi, the wife of film director Jafar Panahi,who was arrested on 2 March 2010, has published a report about her husband’s condition in solitary confinement that has rendered him immobile and under emotional stress. She stated that in the past, her husband has twice experienced severe spasms in his chest for which he was taken to the emergency … [Read more...]


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