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Kindergarteners in Iran to Be Taught About Chastity, Hijab

A picture from an advertisement on an online hijab store. This hijab was advertised as appropriate for “day and night.”The Iranian government has announced a new program to teach toddlers in kindergarten about chastity and how to wear a hijab (the veil worn by Muslim women). In their announcement, officials explained that it is part of a new move to instill Islamic teachings into the younger generation.

Although according to mainstream Islamic practice, girls are not required to wear a hijab before the age of puberty, Morteza Tamadon, governor of Tehran, recently spoke of the new plan to popularize the importance of chastity and hijabs among young Iranians. He recommended “starting in kindergartens before reaching those in higher education. We cannot expect to see hijab and chastity exist in society without proper cultural work,” he said. “Our goal in the social transformation plan devised by the government is institutionalizing chastity and hijab as a natural [demand] in society.”

In the process of implementing the new law, the welfare office in the Iranian city of Qom has let it be known that they have begun training 400 experts in hijab and chastity who will be sent to kindergartens in the city.

The 1,530 kindergartens under the jurisdiction of the north-eastern Khorasan Razavi province have held “chastity and hijab exhibitions” as a way of educating the young children about the topics. Welfare officer Tahereh Bakhtiyari said, “Research has found that indirect methods have more effect on kids. Using art expression is one of these methods.”

Hojatoleslam Mehdi Bayati, director of the Tahoura Institute, announced that the institute was in the process of developing a course in chastity, shame and modesty. The program is aimed at educating the general public as well as Iran’s volunteer militia known as the Basji, whose members graduate to become the morality police and the Revolutionary Guards.

During the warm spring and summer months Iran’s morality police are very busy searching the streets for women not dressed according to strict Islamic tradition. With the growing problem of “inappropriately dressed women,” Islamist rulers in Iran have recently ordered stricter enforcement measures from the Iranian Moral Police and the Revolutionary Guards.

Women seen with improper head coverings or wearing “vulgar” dress, are arrested and hauled off in police vans. According to Iranian police Chief Ismael Ahmadi Moqadam, Iran now wants to intensify its struggle against women who it believes dress in an un-Islamic way.

In a northern province of Iran “modesty squads” instituted a new initiative to give positive reinforcement to women dress modestly during the hot summer months. The squad distributed roses to all those whom they felt dressed in a traditional Islamic fashion, a tactic scorned upon by many.

Alireza Nourizadeh, director of the Center for Arab & Iranian Studies in London, asked,  “Just who is the Iranian government to intervene and distinguish between ‘good and bad’ women?”

From RadicalIslam.org

Iran’s first encounter with 3G technology chastised by Fatwa

Iran’s first encounter with the 3G mobile technology was disrupted by four ayatollahs’ fatwa stating the new mobile operation system to be a leading cause to sin. (Retuers)

Iran’s first encounter with the 3G mobile technology was disrupted by four ayatollahs’ fatwa stating the new mobile operation system to be a leading cause to sin. (Retuers)

By Al Arabiya ..Four grand ayatollahs issued a fatwa that strips Iran’s third mobile phone operator from its rights to use a new 3G mobile internet operator.

The fatwa was issued towards Iran’s mobile service provider, Rightel, which enables customers to use video calling and multi-media messaging technology. The service uses 3G technology which is Iranian’s first encounter with telecommunication expansion.

Iran’s conservative parliament and the four grand ayatollahs are working on shutting down the 3G operator. Ayatollah Alavi Gorghani said providing this technology to the public would inflict damages on the country’s political and religion systems. Another ayatollah said the 3G service Rightel is leading to corruption of Iranians rather than benefiting them.

“It will cause new deviances in our society, which is unfortunately already plagued with deviances,” said ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi.
Residents of Qom, a religious city in Iran, signed a petition against Rightel on Feb. 10, the 34th anniversary of the Islamic Republic accusing the phone company of facilitating “access to sin and decadence”.

Despite what the Iranian government labels Rightel’s 3G service, citizens in Iran are delighted to experience the speedy internet.

Iran cut off from global financial system

BRUSSELS (AP)Iran was largely cut off from global commerce on Thursday, when the company that handles financial transactions said it was severing ties with many Iranian banks — part of an international effort to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.

The action is meant to enforce European Unionsanctions, as global financial transactions are impossible without using SWIFT, and will go a long way toward isolating Iran financially.


The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or SWIFT, is a banking hub crucial to oil, financial transactions and other trades.

Because of its reach, SWIFT’s decision to cut off some 30 Iranian banks and subsidiaries could hinder not only banking but also the country’s lucrative crude oil industry and possibly hurt Iranian households that depend on remittances from relatives living abroad.

“Disconnecting banks is an extraordinary and unprecedented step for SWIFT,” said Lazaro Campos, chief executive of the company. “It is a direct result of international and multilateral action to intensify financial sanctions against Iran.”

In a statement, the company said the EU decision to impose sanctions “prohibits companies such as SWIFT to continue to provide specialized financial messaging services to EU-sanctioned banks” and “forces SWIFT to take action.”

There was no immediate reaction from the Iranian government or the banks involved. Not all Iranian banks are subject to EU sanctions.

Though Thursday’s move adds no new sanctions, it is intended to maximize the impact of the EU sanctions that have already been approved.

“It’s tightening the noose,” said Ali Ansari, an expert on the Middle East at the London-based Chatham House think tank.

“I think it will just reinforce what’s already been happening.” And that, he said, is increasing isolation and difficulty in conducting trade and commerce.

In a statement, the European Council — comprised of the government leaders of the 27 European Union countries — said it had “developed the application” of its restrictive measures against Iran.

“In this context, the Council agreed that no specialized financial messaging shall be provided to those persons and entities subject to an asset freeze,” the statement said.

In addition to sanctioning various officials and freezing the assets of certain companies, the European Union plans to institute an embargo on the import of Iranian oil in July — an attempt to choke off funding for Iran’s nuclear program.

The EU sanctions are aimed at forcing Iran to demonstrate to the international community that it is not trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, but officials in many other countries — including Israel — believe otherwise.

SWIFT and similar services facilitate not only large financial transactions, but small ones as well, raising the question of whether the EU directive could have unintended consequences. Numerous Iranians, including opponents of the current regime, live abroad and many may use these financial transaction services to send small amounts of money to their families back home on a regular basis.

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