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Sorry, I didn’t mean to disappear again. I’m applying for the fall semester to get into graduate school. I should take GRE by the end of January and I am studying hard for it. It is the most horrible exam I have ever had to take. I really don’t know what the intention of the test administrators is by putting all those AJAGH VAJAGH words in the verbal section! Is it really easy for Americans?

I will soon be back with lots of news. There are also two unfinished articles saved in MS Word that I will try to finish and put them here after I am done with the GRE and application processes.

p.s. I did enjoy watching the protests in Bush’s inauguration ceremony through C-Span. It was amazing for me! I imagined what would happen if Iranians who were against Iran-Iraq war would go to the streets of Tehran and protest. They would all be tortured to death or executed! Protesting against IRI leader? No way!!! It seems democracy still exists in the land of Uncle Sam!

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As you might have heard before, almost all of internet service providers have filtered Orkut, Blogger, Persianblog and numerous other websites in Iran. The funny point is that these filterings are not taken place due to the order of the committee which is appointed for such matters. Some ISPs have claimed that Mortazavi, the criminal prosecutor of Tehran, has ordered them to filter these websites, while he is not the related authority.

Meanwhile, Abtahi, Khatami’s former vice-president, has disclosed in his weblog that Sahroodi, the Judiciary Chief of IRI, was not aware of the recent imprisonment of Internet activists, journalists and NGO activists. Some of these activists met the Judiciary Chief a few days ago and disclosed all the tortures and illegal procedures that had occurred related to their case.

Some Iranian bloggers also published a letter in their weblogs to Mortazavi, warning him about the safety of their fellow friends and internet activists.

Sharoodi is said to have taken the case away from Mortazavi, following all that has happened so far.

You can follow all the news regarding the recent filterings and arrests in Stop Censoring Us, a website dedicated to cover these news in English, launched by Hoder while ago. (I help him with the translations sometimes. So most of the poor translations are my fault!)

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Here I am again, after months of not blogging. Actually this is my third start and I’m not surprised to see I have lost all my good readers. The point is I take my English weblog more seriously than my Persian weblog. In other words, I write more seriously here. So, whenever I see I don’t have enough time or concentration I stop writing here.

In my Persian weblog, my main aim is to express my inner feelings and cry out my individuality. So, there are lots of posts dedicated to my personal or even sometimes stupid feelings. Iranian women have been used to keep their feelings and thoughts behind the curtains for so long due to all the traditions and taboos of an Eastern and Moslem society. Therefore it is very important that Iranian women speak out their thoughts in their weblogs. As Alfred Hermida once titled in a BBC article “Web gives a voice to Iranian women”.

On the other hand, the English weblogs written by Iranians can have a totally different nature. Iranian English bloggers can contribute outstandingly to bridge the gap between differnet cultures, and to remove lots of misunderstandings about Persian community in general.

So here I am, once more, with a lot of energy to start writing again. The only difference is that I am now in US. I came here in May 2004 to accompany my husband who is a Ph.D student here. Lots of things has happened so far. I hope I will find enough time to write about all of them, and talk about my new perspectives living in a new country.

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