Iran’s ‘smart’ approach to censorship of the internet

An internet cafe in Tehran.

Iran has an intense relationship with the internet.  The country has made many attempts to curtail its citizens’ use of social media.  Iran’s  supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in May, issued a fatwa against anti-filtering tools that have helped citizens to access blocked material on the Internet.  In December, they launched Mehr, its own version of YouTube, which allows users to upload and view content they create, and to watch videos from IRIB, Iran’s national broadcaster.  They have also been building a national intranet – a government-run network that would operate “largely isolated” from the rest of the World Wide Web.  Reporters Without Borders named Iran to its 2012 “Enemies of the Internet” list with Iran’s intensified online crackdowns, increased digital surveillance of citizens, and the imprisonment of web activists.




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Iran bans flights during Azan call to Islamic prayer

Airplanes are banned from flying during Azan.

The parliament in Iran has banned airplanes from flying in the country during the Azan call to Islamic prayer and allowed to take off only after 30 minutes has passed to give passengers time to fulfill their religious duties, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Wednesday.

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What Does Stoning a Person to Death Entail?

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Canada’s National Post created a two-page spread to explain the procedure for stoning condemned adulterer to death.

Since 1980, at least 150 men and women have been stoned to death in Iran, said Farshad Hoseini, head of the International Committee against Execution, who has compiled a report on the practice from media reports and human rights organizations…

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Accuses Paul the Octopus of Spreading ‘Western Propaganda and Superstition’


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Paul the Octopus

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian leader, says Paul the Octopus, the sea creature that correctly predicted the outcome of World Cup games, is a symbol of all that is wrong with the western world.   He claims that the octopus is a symbol of decadence and decay among “his enemies”.

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Iran Stops Woman’s Execution by Stoning for Now


An Iranian woman, symbolically dressed as a victim of death by stoning, takes part in a National Council of Resistance of Iran in 2005.

Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, was sentenced to death by stoning after being found guilty of adultery by an Iranian court, a ruling that sparked outcry in Western countries.


Mullets and Spikes Banned In Iran

Iran does not want decadent Western hair styles to corrupt their wholesome culture.

In an attempt to rid the country of “decadent Western cuts”, Iran’s culture ministry has produced a catalogue of haircuts that meet government approval.

The list of banned styles includes ponytails, mullets and elaborate spikes. However,quiffs appear to be acceptable, as are fashioning one’s hair in the style of Simon Cowell or cultivating a 1980s-style floppy fringe.

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Women Who Incite Extramarital Sex ‘Cause More Earthquakes’ Claims Iranian Cleric


Iranian women outside a shopping mall in Tehran.

Women who dress “inappropriately” incite extramarital sex that in turn cause more earthquakes, a senior Iranian hard-line cleric has claimed.  Attractive women who snub traditional Islamic clothing to instead wear fashionable clothes and apply heavy make-up, caused youths in the country to “go astray” and have affairs, Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi said.


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