The American Islamic Congress and Amnesty International are co-sponsoring a discussion at MIT this evening on the government's post-election crackdown in Iran.
Nasser Weddady of the Boston office of the American Islamic Congress says that after the 6 p.m. panel discussion, a candlelight vigil will be held in memory of Neda Soltan. She was the young student bystander whose killing on a Tehran street was caught on camera and sent around the world.
The event is in building W16, at 77 Massachusetts Ave, in Cambridge. The speakers are Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a human rights advocate and former Iranian parliamentarian who is now a visiting professor at UMass-Boston, and Nazanin Afshin-Jam, an Iranian-Canadian women's rights activist working to end child executions.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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