News+Politics May 24, 2012
Nazanin Afshin-Jam On Saving Another Nazanin's Life

Nazanin Afshin-Jam's book, 'The Tale of Two Nazanins', tells the tale of her struggle to help an 18-year-old - also named Nazanin - who was on death row in Tehran for stabbing a man who had tried to rape her. Working with others, Nazanin embarked on a year-long campaign to get the young woman released. She also set up a group called Stop Child Executions and took a massive petition to the United Nations. After two years in prison, young Nazanin was released.

Nazanin is on the program tonight, along with actor Olympia Dukakis.

In this clip, Nazanin talks about...

Making choices
"We had to make certain choices. When I was first campaigning for her, you know, I was contemplating, do I bring her case forward to the U.S. government? At the time though, Bush was in power, and decided maybe it's not the right time or place. So you know it's like a chess game, you have to know where to make the, the moves of the chess pieces, and decide what's going to hurt or help her. And there was a part in the campaign - and you'll read it in the book - where I thought that our pressure had brought her to a situation where she was going to be executed imminently."

Her husband, Defense Minister Peter MacKay's, role
"He's the Minister of Defense, he is not the Minister of War... Yes, he's here to protect our national sovereignty, and to help in situations when there's disasters in Haiti or Afghanistan, bringing education to the girls there, there's a lot of good in, in the role of Defense Minister."

Her feelings on the Iranian regime
"Yes, I am all for supporting the people from within, and having this regime crumble, because it's the worst thing that's happened to our country in 30 years."



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