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Heard This Week - 12/13/2007




Heard in Iran This Week
on Radio Farda

(Washington, DC -- December 13, 2007) This past week Radio Farda reported on the following issues and more:
* Ongoing student protests
* Plight of AIDS sufferers
* Plans to Rebuild Bam Citadel


Radio Farda Reports on Student's Day Assembly at Tehran University...
December 9 -- An activist with Iran's largest student organization reported [text in Persian : http://www.radiofarda.com/Article/2007/12/09/f4_Tehran_university_protest_ahmadinejad.html / in English: http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2007/12/523EDA7A-3597-49B3-93F7-C89950781879.html] to Radio Farda that about 800 students attended a rally at Tehran University to mark Students' Day. Students not allowed on university grounds for the event broke a gate to enter; some students carried banners reading, "Universities are under the boot of fundamentalists."

...Talks to Mother of Arrested Student...
December 7 -- During an interview with Radio Farda [audio in Persian: rtsp://realaudio.rferl.org/CH21/2007/12/07/20071207-150000-FRD-program.rm], the mother of Ilnaz Jamshidi, arrested during last week's leftist student rally at Tehran University rally, described her daughter's circumstances in prison.

...Interviews Lawyer of Jailed Women's Rights Activist...
December 9 -- The lawyer for arrested women's rights activist Maryam Hosseinkhah told Radio Farda [audio in Persian: rtsp://realaudio.rferl.org/CH21/2007/12/09/20071209-150000-FRD-program.rm] that she has not been told what charges her client faces or been allowed to see her.

...Interviews Survivor of "Mykonos" Attack...
December 11 -- In light of the early release from a German prison on December 10 of Kazem Darabi, one of the masterminds of Iran's 1992 assassination of three Iranian-Kurdish political activists at a restaurant in Berlin, Radio Farda interviewed Shohreh Badei, the wife of one of the victims [text in Persian: http://www.radiofarda.com/Article/2007/12/10/f3_darabi_mykonos.html / in English: http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2007/12/D80E1C60-1DA3-4CB1-A985-8BC465B52C14.html] and Mehdi Ebrahimzadeh [audio in Persian: rtsp://realaudio.rferl.org/CH21/2007/12/11/20071211-150000-FRD-program.rm / text in English: http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2007/12/D80E1C60-1DA3-4CB1-A985-8BC465B52C14.html] who was at the table with the victims when the attack occurred.

...Sheds Light on AIDS in Iran...
December 6 -- The director of an NGO involved with the fight against AIDS who is herself HIV-positive talked [audio in Persian: rtsp://realaudio.rferl.org/CH21/2007/12/06/20071206-150000-FRD-program.rm] to Radio Farda about living with AIDS in Iran.

...Continues Analysis of U.S. Intelligence Report on Iran's Nuclear Efforts...
December 7 -- Radio Farda's weekly roundtable program "Viewpoints" [text in Persian: http://www.radiofarda.com/Article/2007/12/07/o2_viewpoints.html] debated the pros and cons of the recently-released U.S. National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear program with guest experts Hooshang Amir-Ahmadi of Rutgers University and Sadegh Zibakalam of Tehran University.

...Reveals German Plan to Rebuild the Bam Citadel
December 9 -- Radio Farda interviewed a German architect [audio in Persian: rtsp://realaudio.rferl.org/CH21/2007/12/09/20071209-150000-FRD-program.rm] about rebuilding the Bam Citadel, which was nearly destroyed in the 2003 earthquake.


RFE/RL Analysis

Wrapping Up For Winter, And The Morality Police
http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2007/12/191597E6-F30F-4A75-A700-2F1BC1A70046.html
December 11 -- RFE/RL speaks to victims and activists in Iran about a fresh crackdown by Tehran police on women -- and men -- who violate rules for winter garb, such as sporting overcoats that are too short or hats instead of head scarves.


For more on these and other stories about Iran, please visit:

http://www.radiofarda.com -- Radio Farda's Persian-language website
http://www.rferl.org/reports/iran-report/default.asp -- "RFE/RL Iran Report" weekly analysis
http://www.rferl.org/featuresarchive/country/iran.html -- RFE/RL English-language coverage of Iran

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