Western countries have a flawed and lopsided view of the country because all news coverage focuses on Ahmadinejad and his regime.
Roya Hakakian said Americans, and the Jewish community in particular, must change the way they talk about Iran. By focusing only on Iran’s development of a nuclear bomb and the threat it poses to Israel.
A three expert panel at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven Monday night painted a picture of Iran that offered cause for alarm, as well as reason for hope. It centered around the recent election in Iran won by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Renee Redman, executive director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, a New Haven non profit that tracks and analyzes human rights and abuses, described the plight of about 2000 demonstrators who have been arrested and detained in Iran following the election. To be arrested in Iran typically involves being hooded and taken to prison, then interrogated and tortured.