Ho imparato…. (It is an italian poem on friendship)

(Friends Forever: Image from Google (12.11.2010)
Ho imparato….
che nessuno è perfetto.
Finché non ti innamori.
Ho imparato… che la vita è dura….
Ma io di più!!! Continue reading

The Father loves His Son

(father-son1: Image from Google <11.11.2010>)
An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45
years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The Father asked his Son, “What is this?”

The Son replied “It is a crow”.

After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, “What is this?”

The Son said “Father, I have just now told you “It’s a crow”. Continue reading

Ten Commandments: An open discussion at the Family Unit meeting

K X M John

The Ten Commandments. Image from Google (04.11.2010)

Meeting begins with a teenage challenge

Honour thy childrenthat kind of fourth commandment would give me greater comfort”, blurted Samson the young prodigy. “Honour the dignity of your children now; they would surely reciprocate, especially in your old age.” Samson was reacting to parish priest Fr Zachariah’s challenge at the family unit meeting. Fr Z had introduced the theme of the evening in his predictably unpredictable manner with the question: “Do you think all the Ten Commandments continue to be relevant in modern context?” Continue reading

Dear Friends, you can save Sakineh

Sakineh: "Please save me". Image from Google (04.11.2010)

It’s Thursday, and Sakineh is still alive. A staggering 500,000 of us contacted leaders in one day — and they’re instantly making calls to Iran! Our pressure is working, but we need to ramp it up to keep her alive.

Iran could execute Sakineh Ashtiani tomorrow. We saved her from stoning, now we have 24 hours to get key powers to take emergency action to stop this shameful killing.

Sign the petition! Tomorrow, Iran could execute Sakineh Ashtiani.

Our global outcry stopped her unjust stoning sentence in July. Now we have 24 hours to save her life.

Iran’s allies and key UN powers are our best hope — they could persuade Iran of the serious political cost of this high-profile killing. Click below to send them an urgent call to action and send this to everyone — it only takes three minutes and we are her last chance:


Sakineh’s adultery case is a tragic sham stacked with human rights violations. First, she was to be stoned to death. But the Iranian government had to revoke the sentence after her children generated a worldwide outcry against the farcical trial — she could not speak the language used in court, and the alleged incidents of adultery took place after her husband’s death.

Then her lawyer was forced into exile, and the prosecution conjured up a new trumped-up charge for which she would be executed — the murder of her husband. Despite this being double jeopardy, as she is already serving time for alleged complicity in this crime, Sakineh was tortured and paraded on national television to ‘confess’, and was found guilty. Since then the regime has arrested two German journalists, her lawyer and her son, who has bravely led the international campaign to save his mother. All remain in prison and Sakineh’s son and lawyer have been also tortured and have no access to lawyers.

Now Iranian human rights activists state an order has just been issued from Tehran to implement her killing immediately. She is on the list and tomorrow is execution day.

Our persistent campaigning led Iran to drop Sakineh’s stoning sentence and captured the attention of leaders in countries with influence on Iran, like Turkey and Brazil. Now let’s urgently raise our voices to stop her killing and inhumane treatment and free her, her lawyer, her son and the jailed German journalists. Send a message and share this emergency call with friends and family:


A massive public outcry has the moral authority to stop heinous crimes. Let’s use these 24 hours to send a clear message — the world is watching and we all stand together today to save Sakineh’s life and against injustice everywhere.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Stephanie, Pascal, Giulia, Benjamin and the whole of the Avaaz team


Iranian woman could be stoned Wednesday

Guardian article on Avaaz emergency campaign:

Brazil President Elect speaks against Iran stoning

Sarkozy threatens to suspend dialogue if Sakineh was executed.

Canada condemns possible execution:

UK calls for halt of execution

US demands no execution:

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani: A life in the Balance (Amnesty International)
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