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.
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.
May 30, 2009 |
It happened in Baku, transforming the capital of Azerbaijan into a battleground in a global shadow war. Police intercepted a fleeing car and captured two suspected Hezbollah militants from Lebanon. The car contained explosives, binoculars, cameras, pistols with silencers and reconnaissance photos. Raiding alleged safe houses, police foiled what authorities say was a plot to blow up the Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan, a former Soviet republic that borders Iran.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1985
In war, desperation leads to escalation. Three weeks ago Iraq broke an eight-month-old agreement negotiated under U.N. auspices and sent its air force to attack Iranian cities. Iran immediately responded by firing rockets at urban areas in Iraq. So far as is known, no military targets have been hit in these exchanges, and probably none have even been seriously aimed at. The expansion of the war has instead been a deliberately indiscriminate effort to terrorize and demoralize civilians.