In exile, an Iranian ‘lion’ keeps fighting / James F. Smith

The “Lion Woman’’ of Iran sits outside her 10th-floor office atop the main library at the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus, chafing with frustration as she talks of the turbulence shaking her homeland.She knows this story all too well: The upwelling of resistance, the retaliatory fist of state power, the fading sense of hope.“This government is acting like a wild animal,’’ Fatemeh Haghighatjoo says. After four years of exile, she has lost none of her quiet ferocity, or blunt determination. A visiting scholar at UMass, she has led an appeal to the UN secretary general to appoint a special envoy to investigate abuses against activists in Iran, and is pushing for the United States to do more as well.

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