Co-founder and Spokesperson of
for the National Congress of Afghanistan.
well-known writer, journalist and academic.
Latif Pedram was
first published in Afghanistan when he was only 14. He has
in the last twenty years acquired extensive research, literary
and political- journalistic experience.
He was an active
member of the Executive Committees of the Union of
Writers of Afghanistan and the Union of Journalists.
After being black
listed by the Taliban at their arrival in Kabul, in his city
of refuge Baghlan, where he also taught at university, he
headed the Nasser Khossrow Public library before the Taliban
burnt down the 55 000 books it contained.
He lived in Afghanistan
during the years of war and opposed the Soviet invasion. He
was finally obliged to leave his country in 1998.
Latif Pedram was
awarded the Hellman-Helmet
prize by Human Rights Watch in July 1999.
He received a
special grant from
Reporters sans Frontières in December 1998.
He is an honorary
Member of the International Parliament of Writers and
a guest of the city of Suresnes in France.
He is an Honorary
member of Association of the Persian speakers of
the World Peyvand and member of the board of editors
of Peyvand journal.
JOURNALISM AND ACADEMIA
1996-1998 Lecturer of
literary critique and thought and poetry at the
University of Baghlan in Pol-i Khomri (northern Afghanistan).
1996-1998 Deputy director
of the Hakim Nasser
Khosrow Balki Foundation
Editor-in-Chief of the scientific and research journal Hojjat published by the Association. Founder of the monthly newsletter
1988-1989 Founder and
Editor-in-chief of Shora.
An independent journal
aimed at strengthening cultural and political resistance
to the Soviet
Deputy Editor-in-chief of Haghighat-e Enghelab-e Sor. A political, social and cultural affairs
daily. Editor-in-chief of the
Theoretical supplement. Regular editorials, critiques
and poems published in Erfan:
the Journal of the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan, Avaz :
the Journal of the National Radio and Television of Afghanistan,
also other well known publications such as Jowandun,
Taught journalism to various groups of students (involved
in resistance against the Soviet forces).
philosophical and literary essays and books:
kuhestan (The Bravemen from the Mountains)
Czechoslovaqui (My Travels in Czechoslovakia)
nokteh beh sheeveyeh tarh (A few Points Told in Rough)
journalism (2 volumes) (Lessons in Journalism)
magholeyeh falsafi (Four Philosophical Essays)
ideology (The Evil of Ideology)
zarurateh jodayee deen az siasat (About the Necessity of Separation
of Religion from Politics)
Published books of poetry in Afghanistan:
dar abgineh va baran ( A figure on Crystal and Rain)
massloub (Crucified Moments)
enzeva (Poems of Solitude)
az sakouyeh hendo-koush (A letter from the Hend and Koush)
hashtom (The Eighth Moalegheh)
talkh-e mandan (Récit de lamère survie). Khavaran Publishing
To be published :
Lettres d'un afghan. Presented at the Jean Vilar Theatre
in Nov. 2001.
Research on poets and Sufis of the Sefevid Dynasty (15th
Afghanistan during the years of siege
The Psychology of War in Afghanistan
and interviews in leading newspapers and journals covering
areas such as Central Asian politics, history, language, folklore,
journalism and cultural domains which have published widely
in Europe and Middle Asia. Latif Pedram's poetry has been
translated into English, German, Bulgarian, Spanish, French,
Russian, Kirgiz, and Arabic.
Participated in and
initiated numerous colloquia, conferences and gatherings related
to political, social and cultural affairs (in France, Germany,
Belgium, United Kingdom, Holland, Russia, Afghanistan, Iran,
Tajikistan, Uzbekistan). Regularly interviewed by major international
radios: the BBC, Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, Radio
France International, France Inter, France Culture etc. and
television (Arte, FR3, Canal Plus etc.).