ROQE Moments

Clips and opinionated audio snapshots from our favourite episodes.

Linguist and author Dr. Khatereh Sheibani on how the Iranian government tried to Islamize the Persian language after the 1979 revolution…

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Legendary photojournalist David Burnett on getting remarkable access to Khomeini at the peak of the 1979 revolution… 

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Popular comedian Tehran on being “stuck in middle” as a black Iranian…

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Star vocalist and experimental artist Hamed Nikpay on whether he would make mainstream pop music for the right price…

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Historian and author Dr. Ali Ansari on how the emergence of Ahmadinejad was both a product and a consequence of the Khatami era..

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Historian and author, Dr. Andrew Scott Cooper on his assertion that the Shah was actually “shy and modest” and never fully informed of human rights abuses during his rule… consequence of the Khatami era…

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Safoura and Melody from Swedish-Iranian alterno-pop group Abjeez on feeling a global connection as people of Iranian descent…

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Human rights lawyer Dr. Kaveh Moussavi on charging those responsible for the massacre of ’88… 

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Champion kickboxer Farinaz Lari, on defecting from Iran to join the Canadian national team… 

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Director of the Golha Project Jane Lewisohn on how the Golha programs were a watershed in Persian culture…

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Historian and author Dr. Abbas Milani on the flaws of seeing the Shah as “America’s puppet”…

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Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani on choosing between Iran and USA at World Cup 2022…

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Historian and author Dr. Ervand Abrahamian on the U.S. trying for a “phony nationalization” of oil deal in early 1950s Iran…

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Historian Dr. Ervand Abrahamian on how timing and opportunity enabled Khomeini’s “charisma”…

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Songwriter and storyteller Ziba Shirazi on what she learned about new immigrants from Iran… 

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Writer and historian Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak on the role intellectuals played in reflecting and fermenting the appetite for the 1979 revolution… 

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Performer and producer Layla Kardan on breaking stereotypical ideas about being a Middle Eastern woman…

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Film Studies professor and author Dr. Kaveh Askari on how old Persian films “borrowed” from Hollywood and used famous soundtracks and themes…

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Social scientist and philosopher Dr. Mahmoud Pargoo on the changing discourse about alcohol in Iran as evidence of secularization…

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Legendary sculptor Parviz Tanavoli on his ‘Heech’ design becoming an enduring sensation……

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Musician and Ethnomusicologist Dr. Margaret Caton on falling in love with Persian music and the sound of the santoor…

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Political scientist and author Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad on Iranian foreign policy looking East toward like-minded autocracies…

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Tech leader and 2022 Marconi Prize winner Siavash Alamouti on why new ideas usually come from younger minds…

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Bollywood film star and model Mandana Karimi on her thoughts for fellow Iranians about the power to create change…

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Historian and author Dr. Pouya Alimagham on why the Green uprising of 2009 was not a failure…

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Legendary songwriter Farid Zoland on the lack of support for writers and creative copyright in the Iranian community…

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Historian and author Dr. Janet Afary on the evolving state of marriage in Iran and the rights of women in recent decades…

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Historian and author Dr. John Ghazvinian on how Kennedy and the Shah did not fancy each other…

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Journalist Mohammad Manzarpour on the bitter legacy of the 1999 student uprising in Iran…

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Hip hop star Erfan on his advice for youth in Iran today…

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Historian and author Dr. Ali Ansari on Iranian concepts of “citizenship” and “rights” before the Constitutional Revolution of 1906…

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Saghar Nourian on finding out her sister Ghazal was one of the victims on Flight #752…

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Navaz Ebrahim on the loss of her newlywed sister and brother-in-law, Niloufar and Sayed, in the horrific downing of Flight #752…

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Hamed Esmaeilion on the absence of his daughter, Reera, a victim of Flight 752

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Tennis legend Mansour Bahrami on how and why he became the great entertainer…

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Guitarist and Producer Babak on the fragmented state of the Iranian music market…

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Author and historian Dr. Bakhash on the eerie similarities between the deaths of Reza Shah and his son….

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Music journalist Amir Bahari on the reality of popular music in 1970s Iran before the revolution…

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Comedian and actor Max Amini on staying away from politics in his comedy…

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Dr. Mokhtari on how the Persian Schindler (Sardari) saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust…

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Exiled legendary lawyer and writer Mehrangiz Kar on what she misses most about Iran…

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Author and historian Dr. Bakhash on the growing enthusiasm for Reza Shah today…

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Scientist and NASA veteran Firouz Naderi on polarization and hurtful labels in social media…

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Author and historian Dr. Behrooz on the marginalized Left in the 1960s and why the Siahkal attack becomes a pivotal event…

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Curator and writer Vali Mahlouji on “breaking the silence” about the Shiraz Festival of Arts…

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Historian Dr. Rudi Matthee on how Persians consumed opium the way Europeans drank wine…

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Award-winning composer Christophe Rezai on how the pace of life in Iran fueled his creativity…

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Surgeon and Professor Dr. Abbas Ardehali on pride in the accomplishments of the Iranian diaspora…

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Journalist and former Kayhan Editor Amir Taheri on his final visits with Shah at the time of revolution…

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Broad caster Kambiz Hosseini on his frustrations with the behaviour of Iranians in Iran…

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Recording artist and author Sepehr on teaching his kids that being from Iran is not a negative thing…

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Grammy Award-winning composer and musician Hamid Saeidi on the inspiration and emotional memory of his late mother…

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Historian Dr. Farzaneh on how Khomeini framed the Iran-Iraq War as a religious mission and a “sacred defence”…

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Producer and photographer Manoosh Nabavi on the perils of working with Persians..

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Founder and former Managing Director of Kanoon, Lily  on her harrowing final days in Iran in 1979…

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Social activist and ADL VP Dr. Sharon Nazarian on the question of whether Iranians are “white” or not…

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Author and journalist Stephen Kinzer on the long-standing legacy of the 1953 coup in Iran…

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Tech visionary Hadi Partovi on post-revolutionary Iran being the ultimate example of “cancel culture”…

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Scholar and curator Dr. Layla Diba on Farah Diba’s attention to detail in supporting the arts in 1970s Iran…

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Social activist and ADL VP Dr. Sharon Nazarian on the question of whether Iranians are “white” or not…

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Hip hop recording artist Afta Hill on the question, “where the fuck do I belong?” 

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Dr. Grigor on the sustaining symbolic appeal of the Shahyad/Azadi Tower…

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Legendary photographer Firooz Zahedi on creating the iconic poster for Pulp Fiction…

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Mountaineer and Professor Sara Safari on surviving an avalanche while climbing Mt. Everest…

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Video game guru and “1979 Revolution” creator Navid on embracing his Iranian and American identities…

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Former Iranian-Canadian basketball star Erfan Nasajpour on coming West as a refugee…

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Author and journalist Roya Hakakian on how cultural practices affect the understanding of democracy…

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Afghan rapper and activist Sonita Alizadeh on her dangerous escape from the Taliban…

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Pioneering Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi on her harrowing escape from Kabul and the Taliban this month…

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Acclaimed “Green Wave” filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi on why Iranians have issues with trust…

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Acclaimed singer Tara Tiba on the crushing pressure of the Konkoor exam…

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Afghan rapper and activist Sonita on compassion for her mother who tried to sell her as a child bride…

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Legendary sculptor Parviz Tanavoli on still striving for his “masterpiece”…

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Entrepreneur and billionaire Ali Parsa on what he looks for when hiring…

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Car guys Ali Bekhradi and Vahid Amiri on why Persians are (still) so obsessed with BMW and Mercedes…

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Acclaimed musical duo Niyaz on lamenting the term, “world music”…

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Singer and Actor Liraz Charhi on no longer apologizing for being Israeli…and Iranian…

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Neurologist Dr. Shahin Nouri on keeping faith for finding a donor with three months to live…

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Neurologist Dr. Shahin Nouri on the need for a stem cell bank for Iranians…

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Persian TRAP music pioneer Danny Asadi on ambition, seeking power and admiring Elon Musk…

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Maz on navigating the “stay in your lane” criticism of sharing political opinions as a comedian…

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Folk music supergroup Rastak on wanting to show the positive and joyous side of Iranians…

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Tahdig Lover founder Sahar Fatemi on there being no fast-track to great tahdig…

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Max Amini on being an American kid moving to Iran in the 1980s… 

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Actor and dancer Shahrokh  on losing his father and overcoming hopelessness… 

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Tennis star Aravane Rezaei on walking alone for miles to find her focus…

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Disney Animation designer Mehrdad on overcoming dyslexia and finding his expression through drawing…

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Homa Sarshar on rejecting an ‘exilic’ mindset and embracing life as an Iranian outside of Iran…

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Mayor Jimmy Delshad on defending Iranian culture and unifying as a community…

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Bita Milanian on how her immigrant experience inspired her to give back…

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Legendary composer Farid Zoland on the anger that comes with years of getting zero compensation for hit songs…

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Musical virtuoso Babak Amini on losing everything upon returning to Iran…

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NASA scientist Firouz Naderi on the latest Mars mission and what to come next…

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Bita Milanian on how her immigrant experience inspired her to give back…

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Groundbreaking Iranian-American political satirist, actor, TV/radio broadcaster, and monologist, Kambiz Hosseini. : “Happy People Are Stupid…”

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Broadcaster Shally Zomorodi on growing up Iranian and wearing it with pride now…

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Actress Shiva Negar on pursuing your passion with determination and resilience…

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Musician and producer Erwin Khachikian on the limited nature of the Iranian music industry… 

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Human rights attorney Banafsheh Akhlaghi on the resistance of Iranians in being seen as minorities or “the other” …

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Iranian-German Journalist Natalie Amiri on Iranian government duplicity and Covid-19…

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Ahmad Kiarostami on his legendary father’s depression in the final year of his life…

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Iconoclastic artist Ebrin Bagheri on how censorship can sometimes feed creativity…

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Filmmaker Babak Payami on the authoritarian vision of “unity” in the Iranian diaspora community…

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Music critic Amir Bahari on the class dimensions of the Iranian obsession with Pink Floyd…

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Screenwriter Naghmeh Samini on the “Tall poppy syndrome” culture of Iranians taking each other down…

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Tennis Icon Mansour Bahrami on Being bullied as a kid, and the destruction of his first tennis racket…

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Write/Translator Orly (Mojgan) Noy on needing to change her name upon moving from Iran to Israel as a kid…

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Erfan on the ‘fucked up’ reality of censorship, music and hip hop in Iran…

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Dara on Pink Floyd and why Iranians love ‘Progressive Rock’ music…

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Ramin on the rise of Pink Floyd, and a lack of better options in the period preceding revolution in Iran…

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Maral on the exuberant Iranian experience of a Roger Waters concert…

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Ali Azimi on loving Iran but not nationalism…

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Tehran on the need for us to wake up and speak out about injustice…

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Layla Ramezan on coming to terms with finding her home outside of Iran…

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K-von on using comedy to undermine ethnic and political generalizations…

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Mehrzad Boroujerdi on the critical role on intellectuals in contemporary society…

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Bahman Farmanara on mortality and not fearing death…

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Kaveh Madani on First world privilege and environmentalism…

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Cyrus Nowrasteh on the industrious nature of Iranians consuming banned cultural materials… 

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Reza Khandan on current health of Nasrin Sotoudeh.

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Reza Rohani on constructive criticism and collaboration with his legendary dad, Anoushirvan…

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Mandana Karimi on a message she would want to send to Iranians back in Iran…

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Jane Lewisohn (Director of Golha project) on not talking Persian culture for granted…

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Babak Amini on Shajarian being a universal teacher…

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Erfan Paydar on Shajarian being the G.O.A.T…

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Hooman Khalatbari on Maestro Shajarian as a man of the people…

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Tina Parsamand on Iranians and “Learned helplessness”…

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Shahrnoush Parsipour on the terrifying sounds of executions…

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Abbas Milani on how Shajarian inspired him on a daily basis…

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Arsalan Kamkar on the unmatchable voice of Shajarian…

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Hamed Nikpay on how Shajarian gave him singing advice…

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Mohammad Amini on regrets and the end of the Shah…

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Behdad Esfahbod on the IRGC puppets…

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Behdad Esfahbod on the Iranian regime using fear as a weapon…

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Shahrnoush Parsipour on refusing to be intimidated by Khomeyni…

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Hamed Esmaeilion on the need for justice…

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Abbas Milani on the Islamic regime, deception and propaganda…

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Abbas Milani on the Islamic regime, deception and propaganda…

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Nassim Varasteh on final words with her father…

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