Quote of the Day

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 29, 2010


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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