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By Reza Ghaffari

A well-liked Iranian political prisoner tells his tale from the time of his arrest to his eventual get away a decade later

Dr. Reza Ghaffari was once a professor on the collage of Tehran until eventually his 1981 arrest for suspicion of being a member of a banned socialist workforce. This account of his reviews via 10 years of torture and as a witness to—and close to sufferer of—prison massacres bargains unheard of perception into the torturous therapy of political prisoners who oppose the Iranian regime. not anything written in English or in Persian has so comprehensively and movingly portrayed legal stipulations and the power of these affliction them—not in simple terms a listing of atrocities, it's also a story of triumph for integrity and the human spirit within the face of the maximum degradation. In 1999 the Iranian professionals got here searching for Dr. Ghaffari in London and he used to be moved to a "safe house" through MI6 the place he stayed for as regards to a 12 months. After September 11, the terrorist risk point within the united kingdom used to be raised and Dr. Ghaffari was once allowed again to his kinfolk with higher surveillance on his residence. The years of torture have taken their toll on his overall healthiness yet he has refused to be intimidated and is as decided as ever that his tale may be instructed. The fatwah imposed opposed to writer Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses scared many publishers into refusing to print this booklet, A kingdom of worry, in English

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When I first met her she was in rehearsal for a production of The Glass Menagerie in which she was playing the lame daughter, Laura. She was very serious about her art and walked around the library with a stone in her shoe to practise her limp for the part. Her name was Edna Baker and she eventually landed a job in the TV series Number 96, after changing her name to Philippa. One of her friends was a budding playwright called Peter Kenna and he often used to visit her at the library. Another of my employer’s protégées was the young composer Richard Meale, who lived in Marrickville and was often seen in the music room at the library discussing his career with my boss.

He later achieved notoriety through what became known in the press as the Bogle–Chandler murder case. He has had a cloud over him since the early sixties when his wife, Margaret, and another scientist, Dr Gilbert Bogle, died mysteriously in Lane Cove National Park after they had all been guests at a New Year’s Eve party. The cause of their deaths was never revealed, but one of the theories at the time was that they were murdered by someone who knew them and who had access to an exotic poison. There was later some speculation that they died from the effects of LSD.

We invented stories about 26 Noeline Brown pgs 22/4/05 2:20 PM Page 27 ALWAYS IN STRIFE the people who lived there. We imagined the owners might have been vampires, which meant they would only be able to come out at night. Then, one day, when I was on my own, on an errand for my mother, I walked past the front fence and I did actually catch a glimpse of something moving. A person came to the gate and opened it slightly. I just managed to catch sight of a young girl before she backed away. She was maybe a little older than I was and she looked quite different.

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