News and Commentary on Arab Women, Palestine, Cultural Politics, and Everything in Between
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Free Haleh Esfandiari
HalehEsfandiari is an academic who has been recently detained in Iran while visiting her mother. She is accused of involvement in regime change, or as Iranian television put it, in seeking to "soft toppl[e] the country." She's been denied legal representation. This article here sums up why Middle East scholars find such accusations chilling. There are also links to petitions asking for her release.