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The Internet, as seen from Iran

nessa456 asked: On an average day, to what extent would you say the state interferes in your life?

A lot. The government tried to control whatever it can. Will give you some examples of my daily life:

  • Only state owned / controlled TV / Radio stations can broadcast. Any satellite receiver is illegal and police may raid your house to confiscate them.

  • Internet is VERY slow and Highly filtered / censored. Finding a working ant-filtering software is many Iranians everyday challenge.
  • Alcohol is illegal, partying is illegal & being in a place with girls who are not wearing Hijab (scart, closed cloths) are illegal. People party but always you have to be worried of police raiding the party, arresting people and lashing & fining them.
  • there is moral police in the streets and patrolling for “bad hijab” people.
  • Sex outside marriage is illegal and can end up very VERY harsh punishments. So you can not have a girlfriend and not marry him.

These are many peoples everyday life. The main problem arises when “Anyone  is guilty in some aspect of his life”. So if state wants to stop me from answering these questions on tumbler, I can get a phone call  right now telling me “You have a gf, you have some alcohol at your home, you are watching non-approved media, you use anti-filtering software, etc. So we can send you to jail for X years if you do not close your tumblr”. This is the main problem: everyone who is alive is guilty to some extend so government can control everybody.

Related: the Sword of Damocles

soupchick asked: ok, I shall. I was invited to a Chahrshanbe Suri fire jumping 'do' at a friend's house which was lovelyyyy and, I got chattering to a Serbian woman who was married to an Iranian. As I was eating something delicious, I said that I thought Iranians were like the French - chic, cultured and had the most fragrant, wonderful food. She said, absolutely not at all….'They are the Italians of the Middle East - stylish but flashy and a bit loud'……so now I'm just wondering - which are you?

If I had to choose between one of the two stereotypes, I would go with Italian and I think most Iranians will agree with me. For sure in any country you’ll find different people but in general (speaking about stereotypes) we are more similar to Italians and not French.

For further references I’ll guide you to Bruno Bozzettos Video which is called “Italy vs. Europe” but can be named “Iran vs Europe” as well.


Side note: Italys flag is “green-white-red; left to write”, our flag is “green-white-read; top to bottom”


WARNING! GRAPHIC CONTENT. Iran execution stopped at the last minute. Family accepted money in exchange of his life. EXECUTION is part of what the states interpretation  “Islamic Law” and shamefully we are the 3rd country in the world regarding the number of executions :(

"No to Discrimination". Red graffiti at artists park on 8th of Mars #IWD2014 .

"No to Discrimination". Red graffiti at artists park on 8th of Mars #IWD2014 .

#Tehran Balconies, Part 2 of 2

Photo set by Arash Khamooshi

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Those drawings are done by the state and called “beatifying the city”.  The guy is a martyr of 8 years war with Iraq

#Tehran Balconies, Part 1 of 2

Photo set by Arash Khamooshi

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Practically no one uses balconies for anything other than storing old stuff or at most drying washed cloths (& carpets; you are in Iran!).

Bahareh Hedayat is a Student / Women rights activist. She is spending her 10 YEARS sentence for defending human rights.

Bahareh Hedayat is a Student / Women rights activist. She is spending her 10 YEARS sentence for defending human rights.