June 2, 1989 |
President Ali Khamenei today told his countrymen that they can no longer use Islam as a justification for increasing the country's population at the rate of five children per minute. The official news agency IRNA quoted Khamenei as saying that the Prophet Mohammed initially encouraged his followers to have more children to help spread Islamic civilization, since there were under 100,000 people in the Arabian Peninsula at the outset of Islam. "But this does not mean that for the rest of history every Muslim family is obliged to have 8, 10, or 12 kids," Khamenei said.
February 20, 2000
Recently, I attended a seminar on Cuba today. Reading Shireen Hunter's analysis of contemporary Iran ("Don't Expect Things to Change Overnight," Commentary, Feb. 14) gave me a shock of recognition. Both Cuba and Iran have population majorities born since their respective revolutions. Those young people are largely uninterested in the ideals that drove the revolutions; they have been attracted to a transnational material culture inescapable in a media-saturated world. Old revolutionaries, of all people, should know that you can't freeze time or stop history by fiat--but somehow, they never seem to learn.
January 25, 2009 |
Journalist and photographer Iason Athanasiadis has set out to alter how Westerners perceive Iran with his photo exhibition "Exploring the Other: Contemporary Iran" at L.A.'s Craft and Folk Art Museum, today through March 29. "I wanted to use this opportunity to show how varied Iran is -- what it's really like," said Athanasiadis. "A lot of people don't know that Iran is the birthplace of the most lenient form of Islam." Now based in Tehran, Athanasiadis was born and raised in Athens.
October 16, 1987 |
An Iranian missile set fire to an American-owned supertanker Thursday in coastal waters near Kuwait's main oil-exporting terminal. The missile attack increased tension in the northern Persian Gulf, already running high after two American strikes against Iranian patrol craft. Although it could not be confirmed, Kuwaiti officials said they were convinced that the Iranians had fired a Silkworm anti-ship missile from the Faw Peninsula below Abadan, which they captured from Iraq in February, 1985.
February 10, 2006 |
THERE MAY BE good reasons to oppose an air attack on Iran's nuclear installations at this time, but one of the arguments that is advanced most often is seriously flawed. The argument is based on a familiar axiom that ruling regimes, even unpopular ones, are strengthened by such attacks because the bombarded nation rallies around its rulers. But this does not apply to Iran.
February 7, 2013 |
TEHRAN - Thirty-eight-year-old Reza Ali Mohammadi, a typist, and his wife, who stays at home, recently had their second son and wouldn't mind having a larger family. But when he sees the price of Pampers at a grocery store, it knocks some sense into him. He can barely afford one package of diapers a week, the prices are so high. Mohammadi represents a worrisome trend to the Iranian government: More young couples are wary of having babies in the climate of economic instability caused by international sanctions.