Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr ‘released’

Article copied from BBC News An Iranian actress who was sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes has been released after three months in custody, according to Amnesty International. Marzieh Vafamehr was detained for appearing in 2009 Australian film My Tehran For Sale, about an actress whose stage work is banned. Amnesty said the flogging had been overturned and her sentence commuted. The charity said it was “deeply worrying” that other Iranian film-makers were still in prison. According to Amsterdam-based Persian language station Radio Zamaneh, Vafamehr was released without bail. In My Tehran For Sale, which is banned … Continue reading Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr ‘released’

Maid In Egypt

The pray call at the crack of dawn echoing from the next door mosque didn’t wake Abeer from her deep sleep. Yet, the yelling of her mistress shortly after did. It was her daily wake up call. The eleven years old girl jolted on the thin blanket and quickly pulled her skinny body off the kitchen floor where she slept in fear that her mistress would kick her until it hurts. Hardly able to open her eyes, Abeer dragged her fatigued feet to the sink to splash her face with water. She wasn’t much taller than the counter and hardly … Continue reading Maid In Egypt

Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh of Egypt

By: Alexandria Kinias Ruler of one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world and lover of both the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar and his loyal general Mark Anthony, Cleopatra (69-30 B.C.) was no ordinary queen. The aura of glamour that surrounded her life was only rivaled by her alleged dramatic suicide, after her military defeat, which may or may not have involved an asp. Even without a face left behind to identify her, her legend had flamed the imagination of writers and poets who immortalized her name for two millennia. Her death marked the end of the Ptolemaic Dynasty … Continue reading Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh of Egypt