Words matter. We have already witnessed how they assist the arrival of the very worst that society can offer. They do so by kindling the habits, the indifference, the turning of a blind eye that makes such things possible. “The power of words is so great that it's enough to designate in well-chosen terms the most odious things to make them acceptable,” warned French psychologist Gustave Le Bon. He was the author in 1895 of 'Psychologie des foules' (published in English as 'The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind'), a pioneering essay from which fascist intellectuals and then Nazis would later draw practical lessons.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.