* Spiccoli was there and looked away. He didn’t see a thing. Our pictures are better than a thousand words:
This is what a night of drinking and unauthorized sex gets you in Iran.
* Check out the link to the Daily Mail, the (suspected Muhammedan posters) are totally in agreement…
* Even the otherwise timid Economist calls it
Islamic Republic of Fear
THE head of Iran’s judiciary is a confident man. Despite foreign attempts at slander, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi recently declared, his country has presented a fine image to the world of Islamic law at work.
If news were limited to such mercies as the recent release, on bail, of Haleh Esfandiari, a 67-year-old Iranian-American academic, after six months in jail on charges of espionage, or the amnesty granted to 4,000 other prisoners on the occasion of the birthday on August 20th of Imam Hussein, a revered Shia martyr, Mr Shahrudi’s confidence might be justified. But these welcome developments come against a darkening backdrop, as the administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intensifies a campaign to reimpose the moral fervour, and xenophobic zeal, of the 1979 Islamic revolution’s early years.
The rest of the world may be more concerned about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. But for many Iranians, the issue that has begun to outweigh other troubles, such as poverty, unemployment and the danger of war with America, is human rights.
Iran’s hangmen work overtime to silence opposition
Stonings, hangings, floggings, purges. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad might claim that United Nations sanctions can’t hurt his country, but that is not how it feels for Iran’s long-suffering population which now finds itself on the receiving end of one of the most brutal purges witnessed since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
The most visible manifestation of the new oppression sweeping Iran has been the wave of public executions and floggings carried out in Teheran and provincial capitals over recent weeks in a blatant attempt by the regime to intimidate political opponents. The official government line is that the punishments are part of its “Plan to Enforce Moral Behaviour”.
It’s the same kind of argument that was used immediately after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took control to purge the country of its prosperous, secular middle class and secure his hold on power. Now Mr Ahmadinejad is adopting similar tactics in a desperate attempt to keep his embattled regime in power.
New “morals” campaign in Tehran shuts down two dozen barbershops and hairdressers
* There is no end to the stupidity and the oppression of the Islamic thugocracy…