My Stolen Face: Neda Soltani

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A young woman killed by Iranian security forces. Her picture posted on placards, her image shown around the world. Problem was the photo wasn't of the dead woman. It was of Neda Soltani--alive and well in Tehran. Hear her story about mistaken identity and a life forever changed.



My Stolen Face - Neda Soltani's Story

The streets of Tehran in the summer of 2009 were seething with anger. Many Iranians suspected the presidential election that June was rigged... and risked the fury of an uncompromising government to protest. Philosophy student, Neda Agha Soltan was watching the demonstrations when she was suddenly flat on her back in the street. She'd been shot.

A cell phone camera captured the last few moments of her life. Heartbreaking moments shared with millions when the video was posted online.

Neda Soltani: 'The media mix-up that ruined my life' -- BBC News

Time magazine suggested it was the most widely witnessed death in human history. That video remains a searing image of the protests. Another striking image was the Facebook photo that was seen around the world shortly after her death. Except that it wasn't Neda Soltan -- it was another woman with a similar name--- Neda Soltani. A University Teacher in Tehran.

Iranian fugitive: identity mix-up with shot Neda wrecked my life -- The Observer

The life of one Neda was lost and the life of another was about to be ruined.

Neda Soltani's book is My Stolen Face. We spoke with her last November.

This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.


Mail: Fukushima Radioactive Leak

"So to give you an idea of the level of contamination -- if somebody drank that water for a year, they would almost certainly get cancer".

The President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

Yesterday we brought you the ongoing story of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. Two years after the earthquake and tsunami that breached the plant, contaminated water has been found to be pouring into the Pacific Ocean.

Here are some of your thoughts on that story:

Frank Poulin of Ottawa writes:

"Regardless of whether or not we should have Nuclear reactors, the reality is there's been an accident and every country should be concerned and involved in the clean up. Let's not wait until we no longer have a Pacific Ocean before we point more fingers."

And Steven Kaasgaard sent us this e-mail :

"We need an international response to this immediately to try and prevent more game-ending results for all living things on this planet. Failing that would leave this situation up to unimaginable results. The nuclear power idea has failed and we need to shut it off as has Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and now France. Canada needs to also follow this lead and get out of this dangerous and untenable practice of power generation."

David Kidd (@dnkidd ) tweeted:

"Good coverage, gov't/industry opaque of course. But scale too large for successful containment even if unlimited resources."

And Rod - otherwise known as @Rjb333Rod on Twitter - had this thought:

"Maybe Japan can invest in geothermal energy development and be the world leader in weaning us off hazardous energy sources."

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But that's only part of what makes him astonishing. Jacob was diagnosed as autistic-- and some doctors questioned whether he would be able to even feed himself. However, his mother Kristine Barnett noticed Jacob's early fascination with patterns and shapes... an interest that eventually propelled him to college at age 12.

Can't wait for our broadcast? Here is the full interview with Jacob and his Mom.

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