On Wednesday I spoke with Henry Newman, a friend and former classmate of Roxana’s in Iran. He talks about Roxana’s intellectual fascination with her Iranian heritage, the difficulty of discerning what political machinery may be influencing the case, and her life inside Evin.
Towards the end of our talk, Newman announced a special project. This Sunday Roxana turns 32. Newman and friends of Roxana’s have established an email account at firstname.lastname@example.org in hopes of commemorating it.
Friends, journalists, colleagues and well-wishers all over the world are encouraged to email birthday greetings to this account. Roxana’s parents will either physically bring to Evin a selection of these messages or can convey to her the supportive sentiments and warm greetings embodied in these correspondences.
Newman also published this insightful and trenchant piece in The Guardian on Monday. It combines a personal attachment to the subject which is enhanced by an academic grasp of the complex country that is Iran.