Life Goes on in Tehran
05 Jun 2010 20:10
We were delighted to see one of our favorite blogs, LifeGoesoninTehran.com, back up and running this month. Since the June election last year, it had come to a virtual halt (July, August), with all but a sputter of activity since August, including a four-month blackout.
Two stills from last month offer a bit of reportage. More here.
At a friend's birthday party. Parties are again prone to being broken up by the moral police and therefore more dangerous than before as you can be arrested for attending them. As part of the new campaign to save "Hijab and Chastity" the moral police is back on the streets enforcing their Talibanesque Islamic codes. They are made up of three units: 1. Make-up Unit (fighting nail polish, lipstick, tan); 2. Relationship Unit (fighting premarital relationships. They can lock up your car for as long as two months and fine you as much as $2,000 if you're caught with your girlfriend!); 3. Hijab Unit (enforcing Islamic dress code on both men and women). Of course all this has nothing to do with Islam, and everything to do with oppression for the sake of reminding everyone who is in power. And rest assured that the youth continue to revolt and disobey!
A playground at a local park in Saadat Abad. Tehran's mayor has been very active in recent months. You can't help but to notice his many projects around Tehran who are designed to draw attention to themselves -- be it paintings, murals, new pavement, new parks, playgrounds or new shopping centers and museums. As the Iranian saying goes, he's doing "khod shirini" -- making himself appear sweet! So one might argue all this is not without reason. He could be setting himself up to be the next President of Iran. On a side note, the cable running down the photo above belongs to a neighbor's satellite dish. You see these loose cables everywhere around Iran. According to a satellite-man, they serve as warrants for the government to get in your house (satellites being illegal)!
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