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Iran's only female Olympic medallist defects

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Kimia Alizadeh, a bronze medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, wrote on social media that she had left Iran after growing tired of being used as a propaganda tool. - REUTERS

 

https://www.bangkokpost.com/vdo/world/1834629/iran-only-female-olympic-medallist-defects#cxrecs_s

Are times changing in Iran? Student protests ... and now this?

 

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My Iranian friends here in Auckland are furiously studying, for their IELTS exams, so they can be Doctor and Accountant respectively, in Middle Earth.

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When I was in graduate school (back in a previous century) there were many students from Iran. The unmarried men  by and large were actively seeking a US citizen spouse so they could stay in the USA. And that was in the days of the Shah, when Iran was a much pleasanter place than it is today. (In fact a close neighbour in the States is from Iran. He married a yummy looking gal and is even a member of my Masonic Lodge. He became a US citizen long ago and has brought his mother to the US. No fool is he.)

Iranian women - before and after the Islamic Revolution

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-47032829

 

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