The grim repeat of torture, deaths in Iranian prisons after protests

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Hardly anyone outside Iran doubts the difference between the present protests unfolding in Iran and the previous ones in the country. The closest in the way of comparison is the 2009 uprising. In the present instance, what started as protests for “bread” quickly spread across 141 cities of Iran and engulfed all of its 31 provinces. According to a classified report obtained by Iranian opposition, People Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from sources in the regime, 35 percent ...

Jailbirds in India grab eyeballs with an English play

Friday, 29 December 2017

English plays are staged regularly in the Indian city of Calcutta where the legacy of British colonial rule is on display everywhere from the elite social clubs to breathtaking monuments and larger-than-life bronze statues of generals and statesmen. But the latest production of Stagecraft, the city’s premier English language theatre group, The Teahouse of the August Moon, adapted from Vern Sneider’s 1951 novel, is a trailblazer. The entire cast of 13 men and five women are ...

PHOTOS: Prison-themed restaurant in Egypt draws in curious diners

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A restaurant in the coastal city of Mansoura called "Food Crime" is doing good business because of its novelty, according to patrons. Props like handcuffs, inmate number plaques, a prisoners' cage and even an electric chair are served up as welcome selfie-fodder. "It's a catchy idea and I did not want to do something that is traditional," said the restaurant's owner, Waleed Naeem, 37. "Our prices are competitive - our most expensive sandwich on the menu is just 15 pounds ...

Shireen Maalouf, the pianist playing for prisoners

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Shireen Maalouf is one of the most precious people I met while studying in Lebanon. She resembles sweet rain that flows in a forgotten and remote land.She simply feels the pain of others and hopes to save them at all times. Her financial capabilities were not much but she had a bigger heart than just play piano for the rich and the intellectuals in fancy theatres.Shireen, the passionate and skilled pianist, thus escaped from all those who feel no pain and decided to transport her piano in a ...

Reem Al-Kamali

Britain denies $500 mln debt to Iran linked to bid to free jailed aid worker

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Britain said on Thursday that moves towards paying half a billion dollars to Iran for a debt owed since the 1979 Islamic Revolution had nothing to do with a bid to secure the release of a jailed Iranian-British aid worker. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was detained in April and sentenced to five years after an Iranian court convicted her of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment. She denies the charges. Prime Minister Theresa ...

11-year-old girl born in Indian prison arrives in Pakistan

Friday, 3 November 2017

Hina, a 11-year-old girl born in a jail in India, was among the 13 prisoners released to go home on Thursday, a news report has revealed. According to a Dawn news report, Hina was born in a prison in Amritsar and was handed over to Pakistan’s authorities at the Wagah border. Nine of those released were fishermen, the report said. Fatima Rehman, who was among those freed, had been arrested by Indian police in 2006 on charges of drug trafficking and was imprisoned for 10 years. Also ...

Prison workshop in India turns inmates into artists

Friday, 25 August 2017

Art workshops are pretty common in this day and age. But a 12-day long gathering of painters which India's capital, New Delhi, is currently hosting is one of its kind in the world as all the participants are convicts! Eighty criminals have been flown to India's flagship prison, Tihar Jail, from prisons in six states to hone their artistic talent under the guidance of 18 professional painters who are teaching them how to improve their creative skills. The Tihar Kala Abhiyan from 19-31 August ...

Wife of Palestinian-Syrian activist confirms his execution in Facebook post

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The wife of a well-known Syrian activist, who was also a programmer, has described the circumstances of her husband’s death in a Facebook post after confirming that he was executed by the Bashar al-Assad regime in Damascus. Noura Ghazi Safadi, wife of the Syrian-Palestinian programmer Bassel Khartbail Safadi, said that she confirmed the news of the death sentence and execution of her husband days after he was transferred from Adra prison in October 2015. “His end was worthy of a hero ...

Undefeated by ordeal, Indian woman holds hands of victims rotting in prison

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

An English-speaking Indian woman – who had the misfortune of being framed in a murder case and spending 13 long years in jail before she was honorably acquitted – has made it her life’s mission to fight for those languishing behind bars for no fault of theirs. Aparajita Bose studied at Kolkata’s Loreto convent and did her BA in English Literature before getting married. When she was 31 and a mother of two boys, her husband, Kunal Bose, was mysteriously killed and the ...

Algerian sentenced for dangling baby out of window ‘to get 1,000 Facebook likes’

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

An Algerian court sentenced a man who dangled his baby cousin out of a 15th-floor window in the capital Algiers to two years in prison on Monday. The defendant posted on Facebook a photo of him dangling the baby out of a window with the caption, “1000 likes or I will drop him.” The child appeared to be in a state of fear and bewilderment. After watching the video, many Facebook users demanded that the man be tried on child abuse charges. The defendant carried out the horrific act ...

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