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Episode 197 [in English]: Women, Life, Freedom

This week we were joined by Iranian-Canadian lawyer, researcher, and writer Aytak Dibavar for an episode focused on the recent uprisings in Iran following Jina (Mahsa) Amini’s murder by “morality” police. Aytak discussed aspects of the movement that have been neglected in mainstream media and discussion, including Jina’s Kurdish identity, its working class roots, and the inclusion of queer voices. We also discuss the historical context of American intervention in Iran and previous protest movements, often absent from Western coverage. We discuss the hesitancy of international leftists in speaking out–whether due to oversimplified ideas of anti-interventionism or concerns of promoting Islamophobia–and the importance of doing so anyway. Finally, Aytak considers what it could look like to build transnational feminist solidarity network based on personal autonomy and ending cisheteropatriarchy across different cultural contexts.

Link to Aytak’s website

Here are some IG accounts Aytak mentioned to follow/share for further updates on the protests:


Note: Artist of the picture on this episode wishes to remain anonymous.
Song at the beginning and end of episode:  Soroode Azadi

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Episode 54 in English: Alireza in Beirut

Alireza Shojaian is an incredible artist from Iran who is living in Beirut.  One of our recent guests – Munir – was kind enough to get us in touch with him!  We were destined to talk to him, as it turns out that we had seen his work in New York City last year at Mark for Redaction (check out the episode from that event here:   Alireza’s queer-centered art provokes emotions that are lasting and that will linger in the back of your mind for a long time after encountering it.
An example is “Season Salad” confronts the painful reality for many people who feel disconnected or disoriented with their bodies due to their sexuality or identity.  So many of us can relate to this.  This series will validate those feelings in a very powerful way.
Follow Alireza on Instagram @alirezash0jaian
Here’s a great article about his work: 

Hamed Sinno et un de ses Frères’ Acrylic and Color Pencil on Wood Board
Photo credit: Tareck Raffoul

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