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Argo's Oscar Puts Focus On Iran

February 26, 2013 1 minute Read by Christopher Walsh

Hollywood just placed its brightest spotlight on Iran.  With Argo's "Best Picture" win at Sunday’s Academy Awards, it is important to remember that the repression Tehran exerts against its people is more than the stuff of screenplays.  Argo tells the story of a clandestine CIA operation to rescue U.S. diplomats in the wake of Iran’s Islamic Revolution; now it is the people of Iran, deprived of freedom and prosperity, who are in need of help.  Personal testimonies from Iranian dissidents on the Freedom Collection provide first-hand accounts of life behind the veil of dictatorship.  They reveal the details of imprisonment, torture, suppression of women, and government intimidation.  Thirty four years after Argo's story ends, freedom activists like Nima Rashedan and Mohsen Sazegara depict the ongoing atrocities in modern-day Iran:

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Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.

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