August 31st, 2004


More on Atefe Rajabi

A few days ago, I posted about Atefe Rajabi, a 16-year-old girl who was hanged in Iran. More detail on her crimes are coming out:

According to judicial records, by the time Atefeh was 16, she had been convicted five times of having sex with unmarried men. Each time she spent some time in jail and was given 100 lashes (Under Iran’s law, punishment for having sex with a married man would have been far heavier.)

Atefeh’s father is an unemployed drug addict whose whereabouts are not known. Her mother died when Atefeh was still a child and she was left in the care of her octogenarian grandparents, which meant no care at all.

“She was abused by a close relative,” says Mina, one of the few girls in Neka who identify themselves as Atefeh’s friends. “But she never dared even to talk about it to anyone. Tell your teachers? They’ll call you a whore. Tell the police? They lock you up and rape you. Better keep your mouth shut.”

Mina sobs as she recalls her friend’s tormented life, but many of these horrendous experiences are everyday facts of life for girls being brought up under a rigid theocratic regime that has institutionalized misogyny in its laws and practices.

“She sometimes talked about what these ‘Islamic moral policemen’ did to her while she was in jail. She still had nightmares about that. She said Behshahr Prison was the Hell itself.”

Read the rest. And this opinion piece from the UK's Telegraph should damn well be taken seriously.

That old Olympic spirit

Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis has been awarded the Olympiart prize by the international Olympic committee:
In his tribute, the Chairman of the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education, Zhenliang He, presented Mikis Theodorakis as a man who symbolises the spirit of the country of origin of the Olympic Games, as a man of peace who has never ceased to fight for freedom, and as a man of culture who has brought Greek music to the stage of the entire world for four decades.

Mikis Theodorakis is unquestionably an accomplished man of culture.

He is also a Jew-hating loon.

On November 4, 2003, at the party for the release of his autobiography, Theodorakis -- flanked by the beaming Greek ministers of Culture and Education -- announced that the Jews "are at the root of evil." He recently attempted to clarify his position in an extended interview with the Israeli paper Ha'aretz, and it's very disturbing to read: Theodorakis starts out sounding like a typical European leftist, but rapidly descends into horrifying insanity.
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This is the man whom the IOC delights to honor. Let me repeat this, just in case anybody else has trouble wrapping their brain around it -- this lunatic is being honored by the goddamn Olympics.

And nobody, apparently, seems to find anything wrong with that.

If you aren't scared by this, you should be.