PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
Arshavez Mozafari is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Toronto specializing in modern Iranian history. He is currently translating into English Ayatollah Khomeini's 1940s book The Discovery of Secrets.
Stephen Harper's invitation to a select group of Iranian-Canadians to visit Ottawa last week was spurred by the realist demand for a photo-op to prove how cozy and cordial relations are. The meeting was also an attempt to showcase how Iranian-Canadians were overwhelmingly in support of the draconian move to close the Iranian embassy in Canada. When activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam and the other delegates who met with the PM state that they are toiling for the sake of Iranian freedom, they seldom want observers to remember historical parallels. It is time for these activists to be exposed for who they are -- expendable sycophants waiting for definite answers from someone who will never be willing to provide them. It is time Iranian activists stop drinking Harper's Kool-Aid and be exposed for who they are -- expendable sycophants waiting for definite answers from someone who will never be willing to provide them.
For many Iranian-Canadians, the marriage between defence minister Peter MacKay and Iranian-Canadian Nazanin Afshin-Jam was meant to absolve our alienated condition as distant participants in Canada's development. For Afshin-Jam and her cohorts, the closure of the embassy represents the full blossoming of this ancient but till now unrecognized unity. Is this unity actually real?
09/11/2012 12:16 EDT
While it is of paramount importance to actively struggle against conspicuous violations of the most seriously thought out and radical ethical systems, this industry of human rights activism constantly puts Iranians in terribly compromising positions by encouraging the federal government to enforce retrogressive measures.
08/29/2012 01:54 EDT
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