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"Lash," a poem by Mehrangiz Rassapour (M. Pegah) and performed here by my colleague from Radio Farda, journalist and actor Mirali Hosseini, is about the use of torture -- physical and psychological -- in Iran’s prisons in order to break political prisoners and force them into confessions dictated by the interrogators.

In this YouTube version of the poem (with English subtitles), Mirali Hosseini plays the roles of both the torturer and the prisoner.

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Persian Letters is a blog that offers a window into Iranian politics and society. Written primarily by Golnaz Esfandiari, Persian Letters brings you under-reported stories, insight and analysis, as well as guest Iranian bloggers -- from clerics, anarchists, feminists, Basij members, to bus drivers.


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