Mar

30

Comodohacker speaks

I wrote an article about the Comodo hack for Deutsche Welle here. The following is an introduction to the full interview (further below) with Comodohacker. On March 15, 2011, a major Internet-security company, Comodo, said that it sustained a major security breach, by allowing nine “SSL certificates,” to be issued in their name. These certificates […]

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Dec

29

Fmr. US State Dept. official in Tehran Henry Precht on WikiLeaks

The following message was sent to the Gulf2000 email list on December 19, 2010 and is re-printed here below with his permission. Henry Precht is a retired Foreign Service officer who was country director for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and subsequent hostage crisis. -CF As I understand it, Wikileaks has captured a huge half […]

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Dec

09

Iranian blogging pioneer temporarily released from prison

I just filed this latest update to the ongoing Hoder saga. Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan was temporarily released from a Tehran prison, after having been incarcerated for 26 months, according to a report Thursday on Mashregh News, a conservative Iranian news website. The site was among the first to report Derakhshan’s conviction at the end […]

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Sep

30

UK Minister for Europe David Lidington speaks out for Hossein Derakhshan

As per the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s website, David Lidington has spoken out against the arrest of Hossein Derakhshan.

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Sep

30

My audio portrait of Hossein Derakhshan (Nov. 2009)

Over all that’s been going on with Hossein Derakhshan lately, I thought I would repost this audio portrait that I did of him for the MediaShift website back in November 2009. You can listen to it here (it’s around 19 minutes long):

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Sep

28

Canadian FM Lawrence Cannon on Hossein Derakhshan’s jail sentence

I emailed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa and received this statement back from Melissa Lantsman, on behalf of Canada’s Foreign Minister, Lawrence Cannon. “We are deeply concerned about the news of this severe sentence. Our officials continue to seek confirmation of these reports from Tehran. If true, this is completely unacceptable and unjustifiable. […]

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Sep

28

Hossein Derakhshan sentenced to 19.5 years in prison

A conservative Persian news website, Mashregh News, is reporting that Iranian-Canadian blogging pioneer Hossein Derakhshan has been found guilty of “conspiring with hostile governments, disseminating anti-Islamic propaganda, disseminating anti-revolutionary propaganda, blasphemy, annd operating and managing obscene pornography websites.” He is ordered to serve 19.5 years in prison, is banned for five years from joining any […]

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Sep

23

Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë speaks out for Hossein Derakhshan

The mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, released a statement (in French) today in support of Hossein Derakhshan. I have translated it below to the best of my ability. —BEGIN ENGLISH TRANSLATION— I have learned with dismay and the utmost concern that the death penalty was requested, Wednesday, September 22, by the prosecutor of Tehran, at […]

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Sep

22

Hossein Derakhshan’s mother speaks

Editor’s Note: This is a English translation of an interview originally done in Persian by Kamtarin, published on September 21, 2010. I did not translate this interview myself, nor have I been in direct contact with Kamtarin nor Ozra Kiarashpour, Hossein’s mother, but my Derakhshan family source did confirm the authenticity of this interview and […]

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Sep

21

Canadian government response to Derakhshan case

Hello Cyrus, Here is the comment I can provide at this time: Since learning of Hossein Derakhshan’s arrest in November 2008, DFAIT officials have been in contact with Iranian authorities, including by diplomatic note and through high level meetings, to seek consular access. Iran does not legally recognize dual nationality. As such, Canadian- Iranians are […]

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