By Reza Ghaffari
A admired Iranian political prisoner tells his tale from the time of his arrest to his eventual break out a decade later
Dr. Reza Ghaffari was once a professor on the college of Tehran till his 1981 arrest for suspicion of being a member of a banned socialist crew. This account of his studies via 10 years of torture and as a witness to—and close to sufferer of—prison massacres bargains extraordinary perception into the torturous therapy of political prisoners who oppose the Iranian regime. not anything written in English or in Persian has so comprehensively and movingly portrayed criminal stipulations and the power of these affliction them—not simply a listing of atrocities, it's also a story of triumph for integrity and the human spirit within the face of the maximum degradation. In 1999 the Iranian professionals got here searching for Dr. Ghaffari in London and he was once moved to a "safe house" by way of MI6 the place he stayed for as regards to a yr. After 11th of September, the terrorist probability point within the united kingdom was once raised and Dr. Ghaffari used to be allowed again to his family members with better surveillance on his apartment. The years of torture have taken their toll on his healthiness yet he has refused to be intimidated and is as decided as ever that his tale might be instructed. The fatwah imposed opposed to writer Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses scared many publishers into refusing to print this booklet, A nation of worry, in English
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While in some countries women's feminist awareness preceded nationalist consciousness, 9 nationalism often gave impetus to the movement for women's emancipation, as did the work of some writers connected with the Islamic reform movement. 10 Although Afaf does not address these developments explicitly, the implications of these sweeping social changes are evident throughout her memoir, often through seemingly minor narrative details. For instance, she recounts a childhood memory of going out with her parents for a drive and noticing her mother looking "carefree and pretty without her veil and topcoat" her father had insisted that his wife remove her veil and topcoat as soon as they leave the carriage (p.
Afaf's struggles for personal autonomy within her marriage were played out within an increasingly troubled political situation. She arrived in Haifa, Palestine, in 1935the year before the General Strike paralyzed the country. Her narrative provides a rarely voiced woman's Page xxi perspective on Palestinian life during the crucial years leading up to the creation of the state of Israel. The increase in immigration after the Balfour Declaration of 1917 had resulted in the creation, under British protection, of a largely European settler population committed to the goal of creating a Jewish state.
24 In the spring of 1976 Syria intervened militarily on a large scale. This Syrian intervention initiated the "Arabization" of the war, as other Arab countries sent forces to Lebanon. At the same time, an "unacknowledged, American-inspired working alliance of Syria, the Maronite right, and Israel" emerged. 25 By the end of the 1975-1976 phase of the war, between 25,000 and 40,000 Lebanese and Palestinians had been killed, and 60,000 people had been wounded. Most victims were under 20 years old.