28 Aug 2007, 10:45pm
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In the News: Shirin Ebadi’s lawsuit, an Iranian lesbian’s deportation, and more

From Publisher’s Weekly:

Canadian author Shahir Shahidsaless is suing the Nobel Prize winner and Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi. Shahidsaless says Ebadi went back on her word regarding getting a publisher for a book the two had coauthored after Ebadi was warned by her publisher and agent that the book’s publication might spoil sales of her other books.

From the AP:

Italian politicians said Rome could grant asylum to an Iranian lesbian who faces deportation from Britain and a possible death sentence back home. Meanwhile, gay rights proponents and left-wing politicians rallied for her cause in a protest Monday outside the British embassy here.

Pegah Emambakhsh, 40, who fled to Britain from Iran in 2005 after her partner was arrested and tortured, is due to be expelled this week after her bid for residency was rejected, according to a British advocacy group.

From the New York Times:

In his first major foreign policy speech as president, Nicolas Sarkozy of France said Monday that Iran could be attacked militarily if it did not live up to its international obligations to curb its nuclear program.

From the LA Times:

Across this city and other areas of relatively prosperous Mazandaran province in northern Iran, one of many rural regions where Ahmadinejad has enjoyed enthusiastic support since his election in 2005, there are growing worries that the trickle-down oil revenue the president promised has trickled only so far. As the Islamic Republic increasingly struggles with deep-rooted economic problems, some here are starting to mutter about broken promises.

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Reading the publisher weekly article it seems that they never had a contract with Shirin, they simply talked about a book and then Shirin decided not to do it. How is that worth 1.3 mil ?
I am not sure what books “Canadian author” Shahir Shahidsaless has published but it’s not on amazon.

You think a professional author would know the value of a contract before deciding to do a ton of work on a project.


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