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Let’s Move to Iran!
09-24-07, 9:15 pm
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 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a host of claims about Iran’s domestic and foreign policy in his appearances in New York Monday. The Associated Press compares his claims to what is independently known about the situation there:
About Women
AHMADINEJAD: “The freest women in the world are the women in Iran.”
REALITY CHECK: Women enjoy more rights in Iran than in some other Middle Eastern countries, but far fewer than those enjoyed in the West. Women can drive, vote, own property and run for any public office except the presidency. However, they have to by law cover their hair, avoid body-hugging clothing on pain of arrest and fine by a court. The court testimony of two women is equal to that of one man and women can’t get a passport for foreign travel without the permission of their father. A woman cannot divorce easily, while a man can divorce his wife whenever he wants.
Girls are considered adults at the age of 9 while boys become adults at 15. If a man and a woman are injured in an accident, the man gets double the punitive damages.
About Homosexuals
AHMADINEJAD: “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals, like in your country. We don’t have that in our country. In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you that we have it.”
REALITY CHECK: Mahmoud Asgari, 16, and Ayaz Marhoni, 18, were hanged publicly in 1995 in the city of Mashhad on charges of raping younger boys. They said before their executions that they were not aware that homosexual acts were punishable by death. In 2003, a 16-year-old girl said to be suffering from a psychological disorder was executed in Neka, a town in northern Iran, on charges of having an illegal sexual relationship.


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My MIL insists there are no homosexuals in India either. It’s a “Western phenomenon.” Riiiiight.

Comment by colorblindcupid

Aw, It’s probably all my exchange students coming over and corrupting them. 🙂

Comment by Wry

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