Monday, November 10, 2008

Iran: modern oldschool

Iranian economists wrote an open letter to president Ahmadinejad criticizing him for not taking corrective measures and his economical policy.
They express their grave concern over 'the government's determination, in these dark times, to implement an expansive reform program' and warned of the consequences of this measure.
The letter also described the conversion of petro-dollars into Rials to meet the government's budget expenditures as one of the worst measures taken by the Iranian government.
The Iranian experts also slammed the presidents 'misguided trade policy' and 'tension-seeking foreign policy',and added that such approaches 'deprive the country of trade and foreign investment opportunities.'

Daily Etemaad reported that the judiciary in Tehran ordered two men's hands cut off.
The men, Sohail.M and Nader.KH. were charged of nine car thefts.
According to the Penal code articles 197, 198, 199, 200, 201 and 667, four fingers of their right hands will be chopped off and it is clear in the codes that the palm of the hand should remain intact.

Recent closure of a reformist weekly drawed criticism by Iranian parlementarians.
The watchdog of the Iranian press temporarily banned the weekly Shahrvand-e Emrooz, saying that it had no authorization of writing about politics.
The daily Kargozaran reported that parlementarians sent a letter to the Ministry of Culture expressing their fear about a media crackdown ahead of the 2009 presidential elections. According to the report members of the minority Reformist bloc spoke about the imposition of such restrictions.
Although the daily did not give further details, it cited several lawmakers from the majority Principalist bloc as criticizing the move as an obstacle to free and fair elections.

According to Farsnews agency at noon local time the building of Tehran's subway system caught fire. The firebrigade is dispatched to the building. No further information was available.

President Ahmadinejad has banned the installation of surveillance cameras to monitor people in public.In a directive to the commander of police he wrote that rumors of camera's would breed cynicism.

In Iran there are childoffenders, still on death row.

Children are being hanged to death.
A child will be hanged to death.

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