It's been a while and I should have provided some updates on my mom's illness. Tonight I thought it is a good idea to share some new info with you. In short order, the Chemo is over and the results have been positive. Her physician informed us that the tumors are shrunk and some gains have been made through Chemotherapy, diet and spiritual empowerment. Also, the chance of re-occurring is not high for the next couple of years. Thanks to your donations, things are now better and there's a good chance for her to come here for a short visit and we'll be able to reunite after many years.
As you know, I constantly get in touch with family and close friends inside of Iran to stay informed about the country. Moreover talking to my mother and sister gives me an opportunity to see what's going on through the eyes of Iranian women. Last time I talked to my sister, she talked about heavy presence of religious police and Basiji militants across the city and emphasized on the enormous amount of stress that she and her friends endure every time they leave the house for either university or daily errands. And my mother told me she has heard people talking about the possibility of an Obama presidency and its tragic consequences for the ordinary people inside of the country. Most people seem not to talk his idea of direct negotiations with the current regime at all. When I asked about her own feelings, she said, I pray Obama would lose in the general elections to Sen. McCain. I was told that many people appear to be deeply worried about Obama's offer of direct talks with the Mullahs. Most believe that the regime is in dire situation and any negotiations can save the regime from falling.
As you better know, things are getting worse in Iran on a daily basis. Inflation is basically killing people's ability to provide for their families. Retirees have not received their pensions years after their retirements and now the mass executions of alleged criminals in Tehran seems to be the new round of terror tactics to scare the ordinary people off. The regime is worried and feel threatened from within and abroad and it is doing any thing to ward off these threats. The current diplomatic pressure is not enough and won't topple the regime but empowering the Iranian people can do that. Keep up the pressure and empower us to determine our future.