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The Road to Democracy in Iran

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Akbar Ganji, called by some "Iran's most famous dissident," was a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. But, troubled by the regime's repressive nature, he became an investigative journalist in the 1990s, writing for Iran's pro-democracy newspapers. Most notably, he traced the murders of dissident intellectuals to Iran's secret service. In 2000 Ganji was arreste ...more
Hardcover, 113 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by MIT Press (MA) (first published March 21st 2008)
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Jul 14, 2009 E rated it really liked it
Iranian dissident has a better idea

The author of this collection of short essays was imprisoned in his native Iran for advocating universal human rights based on freedom from pain, fear and intimidation. Akbar Ganji, dubbed Iran’s “most famous dissident,” distills his arguments into a few pivotal points that are openly, clearly idealistic – even more so in light of the policies of Iran’s rulers. Ganji’s essays are not practical, but philosophical, although he is very down-to-earth when he descr
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This small book says so much of value to every one of us! Take the little time it takes to read it. Akbar Ganji...Thank you!
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Just on the basis of a review in the Nation, this reminds me of Milovan Djilas who was the intellectual in Tito's Yugoslavia who became disenchanted with the tyranny after fighting for freedom.
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“It is possible that members of a society, when faced with a conflict between Right A and Right B, will prefer Right A, while the people of another society will choose Right B. Both societies respect both
rights, but in the realm of reality, they must subordinate one to the other. For example, when there is relative security, citizens do not allow the police to randomly intercept documents or to conduct bodily searches on a mere suspicion. But when the society's sense of security is threatened, the citizenry might grant the police these rights. On this point, however, we need to be very clear. It is the society itself, not its rulers, that can make the decision to temporarily temper some rights. No government or authority may suspend rights secretly or without the direct approval of the people themselves. Any suspension of rights must also be clearly and unambiguously limited to short duration. And we must always be conscious that those who do not want to respect human rights can use emergencies to their advantage. History is full of such examples.”
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