Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Akbar Ganji - The Iranian HavelClick here to read complete story at NY Sun site!
When the leaders of the world's industrialized nations meet today in Scotland, they would do well to take time out from their policy debates to focus on the fate of Akbar Ganji, who is becoming known as the Iranian Vaclav Havel. He is the journalist and dissident entering his 27th day of a hunger strike inside Tehran's Evin Prison. Over the July 4th weekend, the chief of Iran's society of journalists told the Islamic Republic News Agency that Mr. Ganji was in critical condition. If President Bush meant anything when he proclaimed in his second inaugural, 'As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you,' it is hard to think of a more valiant effort of any individual to make such a stand."