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Iran

Perhaps there is no more cruel and twisted example of the Islamic Republic of Iran's moral perversion than the practice of raping female prisoners prior to their executions.More >>

The highs and lows for women around the world in June 2013. On the nice list: NASA, Saudi Arabia, and the brave dissident women of Iran. On the naughty list: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan.More >>

Iran has revised its penal code, but opted to keep the punishment of stoning to death for the crime of adultery, in defiance of international human rights law, global condemnation, and well, decency.More >>

Iran is part of Google Earth, for now.

Iran has pretty well decided to pull out of the Internet.More >>

Women cause earthquakes. Didn't you learn that in science class?

In Iran, the experts know that earthquakes are caused by the immoral behaviour of women. Of course.More >>

It is only natural that the rulers of a theocracy would be easily offended.More >>

While all religious minorities in Iran, including the "recognized" minorities of Christians and Jews, have it rough, the Bahais' experience of persecution there is particularly brutal. Apart from the occasional coverage of the Bahai community's heroic and novel underground university, not a lot of reporting takes place on the systematic and blatant abuses perpetrated by the Islamic regime against Bahais. This article in The Chicago Tribune this week is a much needed exception, and a sobering telling of the traumatic pasts that Bahais who leave Iran live with even after reaching safer shores:

"(Iranian government officials) actually don't recognize the Baha'i faith as a religion," Panahi said. "So when they find out you're Baha'i, for them it's almost like you're nonexistent." Baha'is in Iran cannot attend universities, participate in government or own a business without fear of having it stripped without cause. Seven Baha'i faith leaders have been imprisoned since 2008, sentenced to 20 years in 2010.

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It's always curious to me what stories hit a nerve in the media. What does it take exactly? The exact recipe of horror, devastation, drama, intrigue and injustice eludes me, I confess.

Once in a while, circumstances collide to garner good coverage for a good story, like that of the brave Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan. Long avoided conversations get started, like, hey, those Taliban are actually really kind of mean and they kill little girls and stuff. But then, another story that seems to exhibit just as much injustice, and with an even grizzlier ending, like that of the slain secondary student, Anisa of Kapisa, Afghanistan, get barely a token mention in passing, with the Government of Afghanistan doing its level best to see the story die promptly, and mostly succeeding.

Like assassination attempts against schoolgirls, stonings are another fussy theme. Mostly we don't meddle, but sometimes we let ourselves get real worked up. Back in 2002, when 30-year-old Amina Lawal was sentenced to be stoned to death by a sharia court in Nigeria for having a child out of wedlock, she made frontpage news the world over. Miss World contestants boycotted Nigeria, Oprah got more than...More >>

car approved by mullahs bad hijab Iran theocratic fascism Middle East politicsThe "worst day" of Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti's life was the day that a "bad hijab woman" in Semnan, Iran, beat him up, after he took it upon himself to "politely" instruct her to cover herself up. He was hospitalized for three days after the incident. The recipient of his unsolicited advice, it would seem, snapped. Perhaps she had simply had enough of sneering, crotchety, uptight men appointing themselves independent dress code police. As Golnaz Esfandiari writes:

For the past 30 years, Iranian women have been harassed, detained, fined, and threatened by the morality police, security forces, and zealots over their appearance. Women have fought back in different ways, including by pushing the boundaries of acceptable dress and criticizing the rules, which apply only to women.

Officially, the hijab is promoted as “protection” for women against evil in society. For many women, however, the hijab feels like a burden, an insult, a limitation of their freedom and an attempt to keep them under control.

The meddling of men in women's fashion...More >>

Iran flyer propaganda Canada Ayatollah Khomeini Michael PetrouAs Canadian fans of Ayatollah Khomeini beat their grovelling wings at an event commemorating the Ayatollah's demise (commemoraring it for all the wrong reasons), Afghans are putting their foot down at persistent Iranian interference in their nation's sovereignty.

As Michael Petrou of MacLean's explains of the event in Ottawa, co-hosted by the Iranian Embassy there and Carleton University's Iranian Cultural Association:

The conference featured a talk by Moulana Sayyid Muhhamad Rizvi, the “Guidance Alim” of a Toronto Islamic school whose teaching materials — some of which which were written in Iran or by a foundation believed by the FBI to be controlled by the Iranian government — refer to “crafty” and “treacherous” Jews.

Also on the agenda was Kurt Anders Richardson of the University of Toronto’s Trinity College, who drooled of Khomeini that he “was the one who emphasized the equality of human beings, the equality of male and female.”

Petrou notes,

This revelation is likely news to millions of Iranian men and women, and would have been news to thousands of more, if they hadn’t

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