Punk Rock Politics, Green Activism, Occupy Together, Freedom, Liberation, Peace, Horses, Hockey!

United for Global Change blog from Canada

Punk rock music, political activism, classic punk pioneers, United for #globalchange, NHL hockey, green movement. Global popular uprisings, liberation protests, exoplanets, Chinese politics, freedom and justice, democracy and social progress, Toronto Maple Leafs news, solar architecture, sustainable buildings, global intelligence, green power investing, harness racing, futuristic architecture, Occupy Toronto, clean technology funds, future of China, Gaia in the 21st Century.

Flag of Earth

Flag of Earth
Earth Flag, designed by James Cadle, modified by insertion of our planet

Search Joe College Blog; Punk rock, democracy, human rights, Chinese politics, Mideast uprising+++

Find Wael Ghonim info, democracy protests, punk rock, DOA photos, Egypt Revolution+

Joe College Blog Popular Posts

Joe College circa 1979 / 1980:

Joe College circa 1979 / 1980:
Joe College and The Rulers 45 RPM Single

Livewire - Amnesty International blogging for human rights

Yuya Joe College's Facebook Wall

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Canadian journalist Dorothy Parvaz now free, soon heading home to Vancouver

Al-Jazeera reporter freed, now in Qatar


Freed North Vancouver journalist Dorothy Parvaz should be home in B.C. in the next few days, her relieved father Fred Parvaz told The Vancouver Sun.

"I'm expecting her home soon; she will be on her way shortly," Parvaz said. "I talked to her last night at 9:30 p.m. and she sounded just normal, like nothing had happened. We just couldn't believe it — all of a sudden her call came from nowhere."

As soon as she cleared customs after getting off a plane in Doha, Qatar, she called her fiance Todd Barker's cellphone. Barker was with Parvaz in North Vancouver.

Dorothy Parvaz, who works for television network Al Jazeera, went missing on April 29 when she arrived in Damascus on assignment. She holds U.S., Canadian and Iranian passports. Syrian authorities said they deported her to Iran because her passport was expired, but Iran initially denied any knowledge of her whereabouts and later claimed she had committed "violations."

Iran does not recognize multiple citizenships, though they have now released her and she immediately flew to Qatar.

Al Jazeera reported that Parvaz said said she had a "terrifying experience" while being held in Syria.

"I was in the Syrian detention centre for three days and what I heard were just savage beatings. I didn't know what these men had done, one agent said that two of them were responsible for murders in or near Deraa," the television network reported on their website.

I was handcuffed repeatedly, blindfolded, taken to a courtyard and just left to hear these men being beaten

"I was handcuffed repeatedly, blindfolded, taken to a courtyard and just left to hear these men being beaten. They all sounded very young, they all sounded to be in their late teens or early twenties. So it was an overall terrifying experience," she said.

She told her father she was treated well in Iran, but he did not press her for further details.

"She wouldn't be free if it wasn't for the work of the press," her father said. "You really band together when one of you is in trouble. It's a very powerful support group.

"I'm grateful to the press and I'm very happy to have my daughter back."

Parvaz, 39, began working with Al Jazeera in 2010.

She was born in Iran, but moved to Canada when she was 12. She once wrote in a feature article examining her tri-national identity, "When I think of home, I generally think of Vancouver, B.C., where my parents live and where I completed my high school and undergraduate education in the verdant, cool climate of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I don't think of Tehran's hot and dusty streets."

The Vancouver Sun article about freeing of Dorothy Parvaz, al-Jazeera journalist

Maynard Institute: Iran frees Canadian journalist who had been held in Syria

No comments:

Post a Comment

Search Green Energy Companies Stocks Database

Custom Search

Red Cross Talks

21st Century Architecture

Chitika's Cool Stuff!

Joe College 2009

Joe College 2009
Joe College and The New Rulers recording an album in 2010

Twitter / bencnn

Geotherma.info Geothermal Energy Investing

Occupied Palestine | Safety | First Aid | Health | Protests [ will be continously updated! ]

Best Green Stocks Investing Blog

Common Man News


the egypt blog

GJ581g.Info: Zarmina's World Images Links

Wind Power Stocks to Watch

Rare Earth Stocks Research

Punk History; Green Energy Stocks, Travel Canada

Solar-Intelligence.com Blog - CLEAN ENERGY BRINGS PEACE: Solar, Wind, Biofuels, Music

BeesTreesFrogsElephants.com - Nature and Ecology Blog

PV Intell Photovoltaic Solar Stocks Investing

Green Mutual Fund Investing Info