is not necessarily a must to appoint a woman to be the host of a program,” IRNA
quoted Alamolhoda as saying. (File photo: AP)
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Cleric Says Men Should Replace Female Television Presenters
state broadcasters should replace female presenters with men, Iran’s ayatollah
Ahmad Alamolhoda said, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
is the representative of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in the country’s Khorasan
Razavi province. He is widely believed to be a conservative hardliner and has
been in the headlines for making such statements in the past.
some state broadcasting programs, it is possible to use men instead of women
presenters. It is not necessarily a must to appoint a woman to be the host of a
program,” IRNA quoted Alamolhoda as saying.
Iranian state TV once quoted him as saying: “Enemies of the leader [Ali
Khamenei], according to the Quran, belong to the party of Satan ... Our war in
the world is a war against the opponents of the rule of the Supreme Leader.”
asks for additional powers ‘in times of war’
President Hassan Rouhani has not missed an opportunity in recent days to
reiterate his calls for changes to Iran’s political structure to increase
presidential powers amid what he describes as an “economic war” waged by the
United States against Iran.
Saturday, Rouhani told reporters that Iran’s president enjoyed sufficient
powers to lead the country in normal circumstances, but that “the situation is
different in times of war”, Iran daily reported.
compared Iran’s current situation under US sanctions to what Iranians
experienced during the eight-year war with Iraq in the 1980s. Throughout that
war, the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, handed
extra powers to then-President Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to lead the country
during armed conflict.
said he had spoken with Khamenei, now Iran’s supreme leader, to tell him the
country “now faces a war” and needs a commander.
Rouhani claimed Khamenei has ordered him to command this war, the president’s
demands for more power have been strongly rejected by hardliners in Iran.
Ahmad Alamolhoda, a conservative cleric, reminded Rouhani in an Instagram post
of the fate of Abolhassan Banisadr, the Islamic Republic’s first president.
had also asked for broader presidential powers, but was impeached after 16
months in power and escaped to Paris.
searches for its stolen treasures
has been struggling for decades to recover stolen artefacts from Western
museums and collections, Shahrvand daily detailed on 23 May, in an interview
with the director of museums and historical properties at Iran’s cultural
the early 1940s, Mohammadreza Kargar told Shahrvand, Iran has had official
programmes to bring back its ancient relics.
Kargar said the Iranian programmes only have information about objects listed
in museum catalogues or in books - leaving numerous items held in museum
storage unaccounted for.
October, an ancient limestone relief depicting an Achaemenid soldier was
returned to Iran after a New York court ruling - a rare victory for Iranian
efforts to reclaim antiquities from abroad.
relief in question was found and taken by Western archaeologists in the late
nineteenth or early twentieth century - back then Iran was a battleground for
British and French archaeologists.
recent years, lack of regulations over illegal excavations and ineffective laws
prohibiting trade of antiquities have led smugglers to expand their activities
rate reaches 34 percent
Statistical Center of Iran has revealed that the rate of inflation for the last
12 months has reached 34.2 percent.
marks a sharp rise since May 2018 - the country’s inflation rate was 18 percent
- when the United States unilaterally left the international nuclear deal with
Iran and reimposed sanctions on the banking system, oil exports, and money
transfer to and from the country.
officials at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have predicted that
inflation will reach up to 40 percent in Iran and the country’s economy will
shrink by 6 percent in 2019 because of the American sanctions.
levels have also increased in the country. A report by the Hamdely daily, based
on data from the Iranian parliament’s research centre, estimates that 40
percent of Iranian families live below the poverty line.
rages on over women cyclists
right to ride bicycles in public has been pushed to the forefront of public
debate in Iran after a representative of Khamenei in the city of Isfahan asked
the judiciary system to act against female cyclists.
request was rejected, with a spokesperson for the Iranian justice system
saying: “No legal ban does exist against women’s cycling.”
Sunday, Iranian legislator Mohammad Kazemi took to parliament to criticise
hardliners and religious figures, who have been proposing preemptive measures
to prevent women from biking.
is not acceptable to put obstacles in the way of women cyclists,” he stressed
in his speech, reported by Iranian parliamentary news agency ICANA.
22 May, the front page of Etemad daily was covered by a photograph of Iranian
female cyclists, along with the headline “Free to Cycle”.
have also taken to social media to denounce the hardliner push for a ban.
reformist politician Azar Mansouri posted a video on Twitter of women riding
bicycles in the historical heart of Isfahan, asking “which halal [religiously
allowed precept] of God becomes haram [forbidden]” if women ride bicycles.
(Kurdistan 24) – One of the main characters in the new Call of Duty: Modern
Warfare to be released on October 25, 2019, is inspired by female Kurdish
commanders in Syria.
highly-anticipated game gives players point-of-view control through a fictional
character named Farah Karim, “a Middle Eastern woman and battle-scarred warrior
who has been fighting for survival since childhood,” reports the LA Times.
was inspired by the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), which fight under the
umbrella of the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Defense Forces (SDF). So far, no
footage has been released of the new female protagonist.
Kurosaki, who headed the story creation for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,
told the Hollywood Reporter that his team made an effort to learn a great deal
about female Kurdish fighters.
did a lot of research specifically into a group of militia fighters called the
YPJ who operate in Syria and Iraq. These are mostly all-female fighting forces
who have decided that picking up a weapon and fighting for what they believe in
is the best way for them to move forward.”
women are so incredibly resilient and brave to go out on a battlefield where
the enemy is targeting them specifically,” he added, “because for the enemy to
be killed by one of these women in battle is the most dishonorable way to be
just felt like that is a more complete definition of ‘modern warfare.’”
game is set in the fictional Middle Eastern country of Urzikstan. As the story
unfolds, Karim’s hometown is attacked by the Russian army with drones and nerve
gas, and Karim takes down a Russian soldier with a screwdriver and later
becomes a fierce warrior.
real life, the YPJ has mainly fought against the Islamic State and other
Islamist rebel groups, not the Russian military.
female fighters of the YPJ played a key role in the fight against the Islamic
State after the extremist group attacked and besieged the Syrian Kurdish city
of Kobani in September 2014. Their brutal rule in the city was ended in January
YPJ fighters also took significant part in the defense of the region of Afrin
last year when it was occupied by Turkey and Turkish-backed militias in March
to Infinity Ward, the company that originally created the Call of Duty
franchise, the goal of the new game is to “create an all-new experience that
takes players on a powerful journey that reflects the battlefield today.”
game is heavily inspired by some of the events in Iraq, Syria, the so-called
Arab Spring, and further back to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
not the first game development process that has been heavily inspired by
Kurdish female fighters.
one entitled Insurgency Sandstorm released for PC in 2018 had a plan to feature
a single-player campaign in which players assume the role of a Kurdish Yezidi
(Ezidi) female fighter who had previously been enslaved by Islamic State
fighters in Iraq.
lead game designer, however, later announced that the single player and
cooperative storyline had been canceled for release but will be considered
again at a later date.
a result, the multi-player game still features female fighters, but not as part
of a greater storyline in which Kurds play a primary part.
Supreme Court has put on hold a Chhattisgarh High Court order directing a
23-year-old woman to undergo a psychiatric test because she married a Muslim
man against the wishes of her family.
vacation bench led by Justice MR Shah earlier this week stayed the high court’s
May 15 order, directing it to give a fresh hearing to the petitioner Anjali.
The top court said the HC had not heard Anjali personally before directing her
to subject herself to a psychiatric evaluation. The HC order was passed on a
petition filed by Anjali’s father.
bench set aside the “ex-parte order” [issued without hearing the other side]
after it was told by Anjali’s lawyer, Gaurav Agrawal , that the woman had filed
an application seeking to be heard but the high court chose to ignore it.
Agrawal argued the HC order violated Anjali’s fundamental right to life and
liberty as she was an adult and free to decide her life partner as held by the
apex court, including the 2018 Hadiya case from Kerala in which the top court
had at one point of time ordered a probe by the National Investigation Agency
into the intercommunal marriage between a Hindu girl with a Muslim boy.
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