Quote of the Day

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 29, 2010

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One of the dubious accomplishments of the Islamic Republic of Iran is how much it’s succeeded at making criminality utterly banal. The government has made so many prosaic things illegal – from certain hairstyles, to satellite transmissions — that consistent enforcement is impossible, and hypocrisy is endemic. Rule-breaking is so ubiquitous that Iranians often don’t even feel compelled to hide their flouting of the law; better off just doing what you want and hoping you just won’t get nabbed for it. So you go into the supermarket, and next to the cashier you’ll see a stand holding Hollywood new releases that wouldn’t make it past the censors.

Cameron Abadi. Read on. It gets worse.

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