Sunday, July 16, 2017


Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian genius in mathematics and the first woman to win the Fields Medal in math, died of breast cancer on Sat. July 15, in a hospital in the United States.
She had been battling with cancer for four years, the news of which spread only a few days ago. The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran extends its condolences to her family, to the women and people of Iran, the scientific community and the women of the world.
Maryam Mirzakhani was born in 1977 in Tehran, Iran. She went to Farzanegan (Exceptional Talents) high school in Tehran.
In 1994, she won a gold medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the first female Iranian student to do so. In the 1995 International Mathematical Olympiad, she became the first Iranian student to achieve a perfect score and to win two gold medals.
She obtained her Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1999 from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran. Later she earned her PhD from Harvard University  in 2004, where she worked under the supervision of the Fields Medalist Curtis McMullen.
At Harvard University, she tackled a problem that had stymied many mathematicians: calculating the volumes of moduli spaces of curves-geometric objects whose points each represent a different hyperbolic surface.
The Popular Science journal picked Maryam Mirzakhani among the annual Brilliant Ten in 2005.
She was also a 2004 research fellow of the Clay Mathematics Institute and a professor at Princeton University.
Mirzakhani has made several contributions to the theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces. Her subsequent work focused on Teichmüller dynamics of moduli space. In particular, she was able to prove the long-standing conjecture that William Thurston's earthquake flow on Teichmüller space is ergodic.
Mirzakhani was awarded the Fields Medal in 2014 for "her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces". The award was made in Seoul at the International Congress of Mathematicians on 13 August.
She was married to Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist and applied mathematician who is an associate professor at Stanford University. Her daughter, Anahita, is six years old.

The younger brother of Iranian regime's President Hassan Rouhani, Hossein Fereydoun, has been arrested on financial crime charges, the judiciary said on Sunday. "Multiple investigations have been conducted regarding this person, also other people have been investigated, some of whom are in jail," deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie said in a televised press conference. News of his arrest comes a year after the head of the General Inspection Organisation, Naser Seraj, accused him of financial violations.
The wide spread financial crimes of the Iranian regime's parliamentarians and their family members have been circulating for a long time.

A seven-year-old girl became victim of sexual violence and murder in Parsabad- Iran. It had been reported on June 19, that Atena Aslani was missing. On the day of the incident, Atena left her father's site who is a street vendor as he was talking to a customer, and never returned. Atena's life-less body was found on Monday afternoon, July 10, in a parking lot inside a plastic barrel. She had been raped before being murdered. The state media identified the suspect as Ismail, a local businessman selling paint. The findings met with people’s outrage who took to the streets to express their abhorrence. Atena was buried on Wednesday, July 12, in the presence of the people of Parsabad. Parsabad is a city in Ardabil Province, in northwestern Iran.

The state-run media in Iran published a document signed by the Iranian regime’s Vice President Is’haq Jahangiri, according to which all government decisions regarding the implementation of the UN Education 2030 document have to be annulled.
The Education 2030 document (SDG4) turned into a high profile issue of controversy between rival factions during the presidential election campaign in May. The regime's supreme leader Ali Khamenei ultimately weighed in to have the document removed from the government’s agenda and revoke the regime’s commitments made to it, albeit with reservations.
Khamenei said, “The UNESCO 2030 education agenda and the like are not agendas that the Islamic Republic of Iran should have to surrender and submit to.” ( website – May 7, 2017)

Ambassadors' Visit to Notorious Evin Prison, Criticized by 3 Female Prisoners.
Atenal Daemi and Golrokh Iraei held in Evin prison's women ward say that the inmates were unaware of the visit and did not meet with the ambassadors. The two civil rights activists have written a letter in this regard, asking foreign countries’ ambassadors to Iran to visit Iranian regime’s prisons without prior planning. The two inmates have also asked Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human right in Iran, to visit Iranian regime’s prisons and talk to inmates.
Earlier Maryam Akbari Monfared wrote an open letter critizing the Ambassador's visit to Evin prison.
The Ambassadors of nearly 50 foreign countries visited Evin prison on July 5, an event widely reflected by state media. Judiciary’s human rights department claimed that the ambassadors were surprised by prison’s nice situation. Comments published in regime’s media as being made by ambassadors of Indonesia, South Korea, and Portugal in this regard have been faced with wide protests.

According to state-run Iran newspaper July 11, A young woman in a Shahrood village was splashed with acid after midnight by two masked men. After 20 days, she died in hospital on July 8.
Mohaddesseh, 32, lived in Posht-Bassam village near Shahrood, northeast Iran. Her father said “On the night of this incident, everyone was asleep. Suddenly, we heard my daughter who was screaming, ‘I’m burning, I’m burning.’ We quickly got up and found out that two men who had covered their faces with black fabric were running away.” Mohaddeseh died due to severe burns caused by acid and infection.

A dozen of Bahaii women have been arrested and transferred to prison over the past week in Iran. They were either summoned by the judiciary in Gorgan or attacked and arrested by security forces. Shiva Rouhani was taken to Gorgan’s Amirabad Prison to serve her 18 months’ prison sentence. Roufia Pakzadan, Parivash Shojaii, Mojdeh Zohouri, Farahnaz Tebyanian, and Maryam Yazdeli were arrested by security forces at home. Shiva Ghoddusi, Pooneh Sanaii, Parisa Shahidi, Nazi Tahghighi, Mitra Nouri, Hana Aghighiyan, and Soudabeh Mehdinejad were summoned to the Department of Intelligence and transferred to prison.

According to state-run Alef website July 12, Alam-ol Hoda, Khamenei's representative in Mashhad- Iran said, “One of the problems our society has to deal with today, is women’s excessive involvement in economic matters and in their husbands’ economic activities which is not appreciated in Islam because external (outside the house) and economic issues must not be relayed to women whatsoever.” Alam-ol Hoda stressed: “The issue of Hijab (veiling of women) protects our religious community’s identity and dignity. It is compulsory for us and if it is eliminated, the dignity of our religious community will suffer a blow. The identity of our society is Hijab and your mission is to protect and preserve it.”

The State-run Rokna news website reported on July 9 that Shirin Samadi, a TV presenter, has been banned from appearing on TV because she performed in a play. On her personal Instagram page on July 9, she wrote, “I have been banned from appearing on TV for performing in a play called, "The wet sleep of the fish." Shirin Samadi had hosted many TV shows, including "Good Morning, Iran", "the Face of the Family", "Dandelion" and "Always Home".

According to state-run Mehr news agency July 8, the SSF commander of Robat Karim announced that a traditional restaurant in this region has been sealed up for holding dance parties. Faramarz Abdullah Zadeh Pashaki said, “The SSF took firm action and arrested five people in this regard. The administrators of this unit had invited young women and girls, as individuals or in groups, to dance parties.”