Below is from Foreign Affairs Magazine – read and tell me your thoughts:

“For nearly a year, Maryam Shafipour, a 25-year-old Iranian student, has been held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. Her crimes, in the eyes of the regime, are “spreading propaganda” [in USA we call this the FIRST AMENDMENT / free speech ]and “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against national security.” But her real offense, it seems, was campaigning for Mehdi Karroubi, a reformist candidate, during the 2009 presidential election.

In Evin, Shafipour faces unimaginable horrors. Guards systematically rape female prisoners and, according to Shafipour’s relatives, prison interrogators use torture during questioning. Even if Shafipour survives her time in jail, which is slated to last until 2018, the state has barred her from ever returning to school — a common tactic for fully forestalling a woman’s pursuit of independence…”