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Why Football (and other sports) matter so much for Iran

Iran gets ready for its (possible) final match of the World Cup and Iranians worldwide prepare to party hard in support of their team regardless of the outcome….

India, Rape and the worth of women

Only days after the rape, killing and hanging of two teenage girlsĀ Babulal Gaur, BJP leader and Madhya Pradesh Home Minister said about rape “Sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s…

Happy, Happier, Happiest

If you’re not Iranian you’re probably done with this song. For Iranians though, Pharrell’s song has become a legitimate way to poke fun at the government and make…

Your Veil is Still a Battle Ground

When the protests after the 2009 elections in Iran died down (were succesfully beaten down) the desire of Iran’s youth to do something about their circumstance didn’t die…

Even less happy + update

An even sadder coda to the Happy story has emerged from Iran. A group of young Iranians who participated in making a Tehran video clip of the hit…

Something to be less happy about

Pharrell’s song Happy is pretty much the soundtrack of the moment. And why not, a song that celebrates joy? Part of the rage is to create localized videoclips…

Women’s day – India

This year’s Women’s Day post is dedicated to India. It’s going to be a bit different as well. We’re going to honor two men who’ve meant a lot…

Women out of control

Here’s a series of noteworthy events of women out of control. Note the sarcasm in the previous sentences. They are of course women in control of their own…

Continued focus on India

As we continue focussing on India’s sexual issues, here’s a mail that our good friend Amrita shared with us: I’m really glad you’re devoting space on Silk Rope…

Happy New Year for India and the World!

So, the old year is over, and what a year it was! With Saudi women fighting for the right to drive, Afghanistan having its first female air force…