International: Persian Catnip

 

Nov 01, 2014 INTERNATIONAL

Iran & Human Rights: My Prerogative

How annoying it must be to constantly have to adamantly refute accusations of repression and general disregard for human rights, as beleaguered Iran has to. On the latest occasion, Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights (which presumably is an    ...CONTINUE READIND>>

Jun 27, 2014 | INTERNATIONAL

Iran: Public Celebrations Decorum

In view of the latest shenanigans of regime detractors, masquerading as football fans to spread anarchy and chaos in Iranian cities under the guise of the Word Cup hoopla, the Iranian authorities have released strict guidelines for all henceforth public celebrations.   ...CONTINUE READIND>>

May.22, 2014 | CULTURAL (NO)MORES

Iran: Unhappy Feet

That Iran is in essence a restrictive religious autocracy spruced up with a thinly glossed makeup layer of democracy is no secret, but still, it never fails to amaze how the authorities (inadvertently or not) time and time again manage to represent the Iranian society as ...CONTINUE READIND>>

Sep.11, 2012 | CULTURAL (NO)MORES

Iranian Society: Gay-Blasted

Iranian state media, the place to go for up-to-date, reasearch-backed conspiracy theories, has uncovered the malevolent zionist plan for World Domination by spreading homosexuality, and blamed among others the Hollywood industry, something anyone who has watched the endless parade of spandex-clad superheroes would surely attest to.

May.24, 2013 | INTERNATIONAL

Iranian Presidential Elections: Voting Made Easier

Iranian authorities, always looking for ways to lift the burdens of bureaucracy and in general make citizens' interactions with the State more convenient and user-friendly, have reduced the presidential candidates for the upcoming elections from 686 to 8 in order to spare voters from having to consider all those hundreds of names. Voters will also receive their pre-marked ballots in sealed envelopes by mail or courrier, though the administration is also thinking of mailing them directly to the election office to expedite things.

Jan.18, 2012

Iran: Life in Plastic, Not That Fantastic

After the harsh crackdown on the decadent and corrupted practices of dog-ownership and male necklace-exhibitionism, the new iranian cause celebre: the hunting down of low-life licentious barbie-peddlers. Yes, the government is finally cracking down on that nation-wide epidemic which puts ordinary Iranians in grave moral peril. On the bright side a new line of spy drone toys is to be launched in vibrant color schemes, as a stab to the decadent american peacenik adage "make love, not war".

Apr.19, 2011

Iran: Of Cats & Dogs

Anyone who has seen the film "Cats & Dogs" knows that cats are evil as Satan and dogs are, or once were, puppies and therefore should be universally adored. So it is truly bizarre and disconcerting to hear that Iran has deemed that keeping dogs is "particularly depraved and un-Islamic vice" and a "blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the West". The latter statement probably gives a clue to why they are labeling dogs "impure and dangerous animals". Then again maybe it is a cynical ploy to increase domestic sales of Persian cats.