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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Politics of Dancing

January 9, 2019           |                                       

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” are words attributed to the great early 20th-century anarchist thinker, writer and crusading social-justice activist Emma Goldman. While she may not have uttered precisely those words, the sense of the phrase was on full display in Congress last week, as a video […]

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After an attempt by right-wingers to somehow embarrass Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) by sharing an amazing video of her replicating a dance scene from the 1980s classic film, “The Breakfast Club,” the newly-seated member let her detractors know on Friday that not only is she not ashamed of the archival footage, she’s got a couple […]

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Iran Arrests Theater Artists Over Shakespeare Production

September 10, 2018           |                                       

Authorities in Iran have detained two artists in connection with a production of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shahram Karami, an Iranian cultural official, told the state news agency IRNA on September 10 that the judiciary had ordered the director of the play, Maryam Kazemi, and the manager of the theater staging it, Saeed […]

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Iranians Dance To Protest Detention Of Teen Over Instagram Videos

July 9, 2018           |                                       

Iranian social-media users are expressing support for a teenager who was detained over her Instagram dance videos by posting their own clips showing them dancing in solidarity. Maedeh Hojabri, who had more than 40,000 followers on Instagram, recently appeared in a program on state-controlled Iranian television in which she acknowledged breaking moral norms. Several others […]

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Iran Detains Teen Over Dance Videos Posted On Instagram

July 8, 2018           |                                       

Iran has detained a teenager who posted dance videos on her Instagram page, which has more than 40,000 followers. State TV broadcast a video recently in which Maedeh Hojabri, who is believed to be 18 or 19, acknowledged breaking moral norms while insisting that she wasn’t encouraging others to follow her example. Her face was […]

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