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Café Nouffe: Sussan Deyhim

I wasn’t aware of Sussan Deyhim until I heard an interview with her on PRI The World’s Global Hit. I had heard a shard of her haunting voice before, as I learned, on U2’s Sunday Bloody Sunday. Now Deyhim has produced her own song – Neda’s Eyes – in tribute to Neda Agha-Soltan, the non-violent protester whose tragic death in a Tehran street became the iconic symbol for Iran’s Green Revolution in 2009. Deyhim’s dramatic vocal range makes me think of Diamanda Galás. Just listen to Glyphs of the Horizon. Continue reading

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Iran Blocks Travel By Poet Simin Behbahani

The repressive regime in Tehran has seized the passport of poet Simin Behbahani, according to NPR, blocking her travel to Paris to give a poetry reading. Known as the “lioness of Iran,” Simin Behbahani has been writing fierce poetry for decades, during the reign of Iran’s Shah, during the Islamic Revolution, during the reign of the ayatollahs, and over the past year’s political turmoil.

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‘All revolutions are compromised. Human rebellion is constant.’

I may not have the right translation of this passage from Albert Camus’ L’Homme révolté, but I internalized it this way many years ago. The scenes of thugs known euphemistically as the Revolutionary Guard brutally suppressing protesters in the streets … Continue reading

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