In what has been described as Tehran’s first international marathon, it’s ironic that Americans will not be allowed to participate. Additionally, women are being forced to run separately from the men.
Although the race's website listed 28 Americans among the registered runners, along with participants from more than 40 countries, Iran stopped issuing visas to U.S. citizens after President Donald Trump first announced a travel ban on Iranians and citizens of six other Muslim-majority countries in January.
Reza Parchizadeh, a political theorist and analyst, has written an article for The Algemeiner regarding measures by Iran to vet university candidates. He explains that in another attempt to oppress the intellectuals in Iran, the regime will vet master’s and doctoral candidates to make sure that they have a genuine “commitment” to the ideological values of the Islamist regime.
If the candidate fails the vetting process, regardless of their scholarly or research skills and background, they will be barred from continuing their higher education.
The Iranian newspaper, Noavaran, published a report on October 31, which read, “…in the country’s economic and social mess and among strange, uncomfortable ads on selling kidneys and other things seen on the corner of the streets, hospitals and clinics, there has also been a new, more exotic ad in recent years and that is selling fetus in the womb.”
According to an article published by Reuters, Iran has exceeded a soft limit on sensitive material. The limit was set during the nuclear deal with major powers.
This news was provided by the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Wednesday just hours after Donald Trump, a strong criticiser of the nuclear deal, won the U.S. presidential election.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported that on Wednesday 2nd November the head of the Iranian regime’s Social Workers Association said that Iran, under the mullahs’ rule, is the second saddest country in the world after Iraq.
Hassan Mousavi Chalak said that information from international organisations regarding average statistics on social happiness shows that the people of Iran are generally not happy. He said: “Among 185 countries, Iran is ranked 105, and regarding the world’s unhappiest countries, Iran is at the bottom of the list behind Iraq. We are the second saddest country in the world after Iraq.”
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