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Beware Freedom House's Gozaar Project

If the secular women rights activists wanted to guarantee that the Islamic Republic sees their great "One Million Signatures" campaign as a covert Amercian project to destabilize Iran through organizing and mobilizing women, being promoted by Gozaar, a Freedom House project with the Dutch government's money, was exactly what they should have done.

The project (whose website is already filtered in Iran) now is definitely seen by the intelligence service as a security threat, despite the good intention of many genuine activists involved in it. What a huge mistake.

Gozaar single-handedly has put the entire group of Dutch-funded projects in jeopardy. Having any association with them, in the eyes of the Islamic Republic, means trouble. Avoid it if you believe in genuine change from within, as opposed to nonviolent regime change.

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