Another arrest in crackdown on cyber-feminists

first_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more “Javaheri is the second cyber-feminist to be arrested in two weeks on utterly vague charges,” the press freedom organisation said. “Websites such as hers are symbols of the criticism which the Iranian government wants to stamp out. By harassing feminist activists in this manner, the regime wants to put a stop to these news and information websites, and that constitutes a serious violation of free expression.” December 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another arrest in crackdown on cyber-feminists March 18, 2021 Find out more News to go further News Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of feminist writer Jelveh Javaheri of We-Change (, a website that had been campaigning for women’s rights in Iran since 2005. She was arrested on 1 December in Tehran when she responded to a court summons.“Javaheri is the second cyber-feminist to be arrested in two weeks on utterly vague charges,” the press freedom organisation said. “Websites such as hers are symbols of the criticism which the Iranian government wants to stamp out. By harassing feminist activists in this manner, the regime wants to put a stop to these news and information websites, and that constitutes a serious violation of free expression.”Aged 30, Javaheri was taken to Evin prison on the northern outskirts of Tehran after being charged with publishing false information, “disturbing public opinion” and “publicity against the Islamic Republic.She was previously detained by a revolutionary court on 4 March for participating in a demonstration in support of five cyber-feminists who were being prosecuted on charges of “attacking national security,” “publicity against the Islamic Republic,” and “participating in an unauthorised demonstration.” Provisionally released four days later, she is due to be tried on 18 December.Maryam Hosseinkhah, a journalist arrested on the same charges on 18 November, is still being held in Evin prison. Hosseinkhah wrote for Zanestan, another women’s rights website, which has been closed since 12 November. The authorities are requesting the equivalent of 95,000 euros in bail for her release. IranMiddle East – North Africa News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation last_img read more

Wege misses point on fossil fuel impact

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As usual, Russell Wege, an advocate for the fossil fuel industry, spews facts illogically thinking that he’s persuading us that “fossil fuels not solely to blame for climate change [May 13 Op-ed].” He starts off by saying that the climate began to warm 200 years ago, which is absolutely true. And that was because of the start of the Industrial Revolution and the burning of fossil fuels.  Since the Industrial Revolution, the concentration globally has increased by about 40 percent.According to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the burning of fossil fuels has everything to do with the warming of our climate.Even if Mr. Wege refuses to agree with the leading scientists and institutions of our day, here’s a question for him: Has he been on roads in Albany during rush hour? Where does he think the exhaust fumes go? Has he seen snow in the winter black from fossil fuels dissolving in it and then going down the sewers into our water supply?There’s something that Mr. Wege doesn’t even consider in his call to not lessen our use of fossil fuels: Do future generations not deserve to have some fossil fuels left in the ground? Will future inhabitants of planet Earth be denied from using fossil fuels in, for example, medicines, because they are gone? Our descendants may call the time we are living in the Age of Greed.Christine BishopGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesAlbany County warns of COVID increaselast_img read more

Spectrum Design Studio wins 10 national awards

first_imgTen design concepts from USC’s Spectrum Design Studio were recognized in the national “Steal This Idea” competition.The contest, which is put on by the Association of College Unions International, recognizes the best marketing and promotions work by colleges and universities. There are more than 40 categories in the competition, including brochure, postcard and T-shirt designs.USC had 10 of its submitted designs chosen for the competition, including the USC “Fight On” spirit shirt — which won second place in the T-shirt category — and its Andrew Bird poster.Creative juices · Natasha Wu, Lexi Markavage and Kristie Kam, all student workers for Spectrum Design Studio, work on designs. – Neha Jain | Daily Trojan Spectrum Design Studio Director Dane Martens said he hopes the studio will gain recognition on campus in wake of its success in the competition.“The design studio isn’t something that people are fully aware of,” Martens said. “The things that we do may not be huge, but they are things that the USC community sees and interacts with on the daily basis.”The schools do not compete for cash or prizes but rather for bragging rights; chosen designs are featured in the July issue of ACUI’s magazine, The Bulletin.“[The studio’s success] shows that Student Affairs has yet again developed a program — an idea — that nets national attention and provides a really great service to all the departments here on campus,” Martens said.USC’s main competition for this year included CalPoly Pomona, Boise State University and CSU Sacramento, which won the Best in Show prize, he said.“It’s encouraging [designers] to get inspiration from others in the field,” Martens said.The Spectrum Design Studio is affiliated with USC Spectrum, a department within Student Affairs. Spectrum is responsible for putting on live performing arts events for the USC community through committees such as the Program Board.The design studio is in charge of creating posters and other promotional materials for Spectrum events, though it also works with groups such as the Office of Religious Life, Undergraduate Student Government and the School of Theatre to provide promotional materials.Examples of the design studio’s work include the Ronald Tutor Campus Center’s flower logo as well as Conquest, Homecoming and Welcome Week graphics. Designs created for projects are saved, and the best are entered in contests such as the “Steal This Idea” competition.Both students and staff create designs often, but designers turn to their peers in the office for feedback.Although a portfolio is required to work at the studio, the designers that work on the projects do not necessarily have previous design experience, Martens said. The students cover a broad range of majors, including fine arts, business administration and communication.“The students aren’t necessarily graphic design majors … which is something I think is interesting and exciting about the program,” Martens said. “If we think they have the raw talent, we cultivate that and teach them and train them to the point where they are winning national competitions and are coming out with great portfolios.”Kristie Kam, a junior majoring in graphic design, said she came into the studio as an undecided major without much design experience. After gaining experience working at the studio, she declared a graphic design minor.“Working there helped me for my design classes,” Kam said. “My job helped my major, and my major helped my job.”Studio alumni have gone to work for companies such as DC Shoes, Disney and DirecTV, among others.The studio plans to continue entering the competition in the future and hopes to one day win the Best in Show category, Kam said.“Now that we’re getting more press about our design abilities, people will think of USC differently, [as a] school that can do design, even though we aren’t [known as] an art school,” Kam said.last_img read more