Haleh Sahabi was given leave from her two-year prison term to attend her father's funeral. According to reports, she seems to have died of heart attack after a scuffle broke when pro-regime plainclothes thugs tried to take away the corpse.
In an interview with me in Geneva, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, the U.S. representative to the Human Rights Council, responded to questions about the urgency of establishing a monitoring mechanism for Iran.
"Sanctionable" is one of a few English words to have two contrary meanings: legally punishable and ethically approvable. The contradiction appears to translate well into three European languages: German, Italian and Spanish.
Rhetoric broadcast from neocon think tanks indicate that they are determined to force the State Department to take the MEK off of its list of terrorist organizations, thus giving the group political legitimacy.
Watching the changes over the last several weeks in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Libya, we see historic events taking shape. On the road to the future this moment in time offers the people of the Middle East many divergent routes.
The choices facing Israel are not enviable. Its fears of an Iran with nuclear weapons are understandable, but the political environment is not what it was before. A fresh approach may be in order, before time runs out altogether.
Unlike their Arab neighbors, Iranians have recent experience with revolution. They will not risk life and limb unless they are sure that they are on the winning side. 1st Esfand was a step in the winning direction.