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Pictures Of Neda Soltan And Neda Soltani

by | 25th, June 2009
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neda-soltaniNEDA Agha-Soltan, aka Neda Agha Soltani (who is alive), is the unwitting face of Iran’s revolution II. And now the media are getting to know her, and owning her. First up, getting her name right.

The Guardian:

Iranians are looking not to Barack Obama but Neda Soltani for inspiration in their power struggle with the regime.

Examiner:

Her death may be a “divine calling.” Yes, this is what her name means in Persian. Some say, everything is written, our lives, and our destiny.

Amptoons:

The name Neda translates into “The Call” in Farsi.

A Song:

Her name means ‘sign’ and this’s one for you to see
That freedom’s worth dying for, so fight to be free!

Daily Mail:

An Iranian woman shot dead during a protest rally was deliberately targeted by undercover soldiers, her fiancé said today.

Caspian Makan claimed Neda Agha-Soltani had been picked out by the paramilitaries before being shot in the heart.

Iranian.com:

palestinians-iranThe evidence points to the Hamas and/or Hezbollah Terrorist snipers who have been training for decades in the Bekaa Valley with the Iranian money.  We have known for some time that Arabs have been imported into Iran from Palestine and Lebanon, trained to be markesmen to take out Israeli Soldiers.  Today we saw that the time and money spend on these Arab murderors by their Arab bosses who are ruling Iran has paid off.  They sniped the crowd and picked out this innocent girl to murder…

Brent Budowsky:

Neda: the nom de guerre of the voice for the aspirations of humanity, who no doubt was greeted in heaven with standing ovations from those who carried this torch before her.

All humanity, including Ahmadinehjad and his humanoid goons?

Neda of Arc:

nedaYoung girl Neda Agha-Soltan, who became the central rallying cry of the Iranian protests, predicted her violent death by gunfire, but was determined to take part in protests that followed the disputed presidential election.

As the violence continues to escalate on the streets of Iran, the beautiful philosophy student who had been engaged to be married, is now being hailed as the country’s Joan of Arc.

(Picture is of Neda Soltani – who is alive.)

Not so:

Headlines have heralded the young woman as a martyr and some even dubbed her Iran’s Joan of Arc.

But such religious references are unlikely to be heard among the masses of secular Iranian protesters, according to Amir Hassanpour, an associate professor with the University of Toronto who teaches about the modern Middle East.

Shahid, the Arabic word for martyr, is derived from religious literature and has become ubiquitous in the names of streets, universities and institutions in Iran’s theocracy.

Instead, janbakhteh, a non-religious term for someone who lost their life, has been used to describe Neda and others who have suffered the same fate.

Joe Joseph:

From the mist of pages of news, of round-the-clock news bulletins, emerges an image that becomes an icon. The nameless student taunting that tank in Tiananmen Square. The photograph of a young girl running naked down a road after being severely burnt by a napalm attack in South Vietnam. The death of Jan Palach, the Czech student who committed suicide by setting himself alight in January 1969 in Wenceslas Square to protest against the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. The haunting vision in 1992 of the semi-naked, skin-and-bones internees of the prison camp run by Bosnian Serb forces in Omarska. Earlier still there was the image of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison throwing herself before King George V’s horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby in 1913.

In Iran this week that face belongs to Neda, a young woman apparently felled by a sniper from the pro-government Basij militia. Amateur video footage of her murder has become a funnel through which all the world’s outrage against the oppression of Tehran’s reigning mullahs is being poured. Neda has given resistance a face.

LA Times:

To those who knew and loved Agha-Soltan, she was far more than an icon. She was a daughter, sister and friend, a music and travel lover, a beautiful young woman in the prime of her life.

“She was a person full of joy,” said her music teacher and close friend Hamid Panahi, who was among the mourners at her family home Sunday, awaiting word about her burial. “She was a beam of light. I’m so sorry. I was so hopeful for this woman”…

Neda Agha-Soltan was born in Tehran, they said, to a father who worked for the government and a homemaker mother.

They were a family of modest means, part of the country’s emerging middle class who built their lives in rapidly developing neighborhoods on the eastern and western outskirts of the city.

Like many in her neighborhood, Agha-Soltan was loyal to the country’s Islamic roots and traditional values, friends say, but also curious about the outside world, which was easily accessed through satellite TV, the Internet and occasional trips abroad.

The second of three children, she studied Islamic philosophy at a branch of Tehran’s Azad University until deciding to pursue a career in tourism. She took private classes to become a tour guide, including Turkish-language courses, friends said, hoping to someday lead groups of Iranians on trips abroad.

Travel was her passion, and with her friends she saved up enough money for package tours to Dubai, Turkey and Thailand. Two months ago, on a trip to Turkey, she relaxed along the beaches of Antalya, on the Mediterranean coast.

She also loved music, especially Persian pop, and was taking piano lessons, according to Panahi and other friends. She was also an accomplished singer, they said.

But she was never an activist, they added, and she began attending the mass protests only because she was outraged by the election results.

Roger Cohen:

Every time he talks of justice and ethics, his two favorite words, video will roll of Neda Agha Soltan’s murder and the regime’s truncheon-wielding goons at work. The president may prove too much of a liability to preserve.

Times: “Iranian authorities scramble to negate Neda Soltan ‘martyrdom'”

The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of a student shot dead in Tehran to take down mourning posters as they struggle to stop her becoming the rallying point for protests against the presidential election.

Neda Salehi Agha Soltan, 26, was killed as she watched a pro-democracy protest, and mobile phone footage of her last moments have become a worldwide symbol of Iran’s turmoil.

The authorities had already banned a public funeral or wake and have prevented gatherings in her name while the state-controlled media has not mentioned Miss Soltan’s death.

Today it was reported that they had also told her family to take down the black mourning banners outside their home in the Tehran suburbs to prevent it becoming a place of pilgrimage. They were also told they could not hold a memorial service at a mosque…

Nevertheless posters of Miss Soltan’s face have started to appear all over Tehran.

Diane Francis: The Pink Revolution.

She was gunned down walking on the street after leaving her car which was overheated in stalled traffic due to the protests.

The facts are that countries are only as successful as the rights they grant to their females. Equal education levels for females always result in lower birth rates, two-family incomes, savings, middle-class growth and greater economic prosperity for a society. This is only common sense: Any society which represses and disenfranchises its females operates with only half its economic IQ and cannot compete or prosper against countries, like China or developed nations, which offer opportunities to both sexes.

National Post:

Iranians on social networking sites called for mourning for “Neda”, a young woman shot dead on Saturday. Footage of her death has been watched by thousands on the Internet and her image has become an icon of the protests.

Gallery of Neda Soltan:



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