Cleric Beaten Up By ‘Badly Veiled’ Woman
“I politely [told] her to cover herself up,” said Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti, an Iranian cleric in the city of Shamirzad in Semnan Province, describing a recent encounter with a woman he believed was improperly veiled.
“She responded to me by saying: ‘You [should] close your eyes.’”
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Chickens and their rising cost could soon join the list of censored topics in Iran.
Over the weekend, police chief Esmail Ahmadi Moghadam criticized state-controlled television for broadcasting images of people eating chicken. He suggested such footage could spur the underprivileged to revolt against affluent Iranians…[read more]
A prizewinning cartoon by Mahmud Mohammad Tabrizi equates Wall Street with Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
The cartoon by an Iranian illustrator that portrays stereotyped Jews worshipping the New York Stock Exchange has won first prize in the inaugural “International Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival.”
RFE/RL’s Golnaz Esfandiari has more.
The travel ban for Sotoudeh’s daughter marks the first time that the Islamic republic has targeted a minor child of a prisoner of conscience, according to Hadi Ghaemi of the U.S.-based International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran…[read more]
In a speech at an antidrug conference in Tehran on June 25, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi posited his theory that “Zionists” — particularly those who follow Talmudic teachings — are in control of the illegal drug trade. He went so far as to offer money to any member of the audience who could “research and find one single Zionist who is an addict.” According to Rahimi, there is no such thing as a Zionist drug addict, thus proving his point…[read more]
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Police in the Iranian city of Orumieh have cracked down on protesters demonstrating against the continued drying up of neighboring Lake Orumieh, according to BBC Persian reports.
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A suspected cyberattack on Tuesday targeted Iran’s oil-export terminal and the Oil Ministry itself. Although officials say their systems suffered no long-lasting damage, there are questions about the origins of the attack and the potential effect on Iran’s oil industry. RFE/RL correspondent Antoine Blua discussed these issues with Boldizsar Bencsath, assistant professor at the Laboratory of Cryptography and Systems Security (CrySyS) in Budapest.
Perhaps Iranian authorities believe these dogs were responsible?