A New Wave of Acid Attacks Targets Women in Iran

The Iranian city of Isfahan has seen a disturbing trend in the past few months: a string of eight acid attacks against women, which in some cases have disfigured or blinded the victims. All of them, according to the Associated Press, have played out in the same way: two men on a motorcycle have driven by women sitting… » 10/24/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Top Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Disbarred for 'Propaganda' Plans Protest

In 2010, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested for "actions against national security and committing propaganda against the regime." She was released last year after serving half of her six-year sentence, but now she has been banned from practicing for three years. Now, she plans to fight back by holding a… » 10/19/14 2:10pm 10/19/14 2:10pm

​Iranian Journalist Target of False Rape Smear Campaign

About five weeks ago, Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist living in London, created a Facebook page entitled My Stealthy Freedom, encouraging women to Iranian women to submit pictures of themselves without wearing their mandatory hijab. The bold page is meant to challenge the idea of compulsory traditional dress,… » 6/07/14 12:30pm 6/07/14 12:30pm

Sunday Sign-Off: Parkour Moves Guaranteed to Injure You

Parkour is becoming really popular among young, Iranian women, but it's probably best to only try some of this stuff if your limbs are still young enough to bounce back from catastrophic injury. Or if you have some sweet health insurance. Or if you're any number of limber superheroes not blessed with the ability to… » 6/02/13 6:30pm 6/02/13 6:30pm

Iranian Cleric Blames Impending Earthquake on Women’s Clothes

A prominent cleric in Iran has warned his fellow countrymen that if there’s an earthquake a comin’, it’s probably because of women who wear “revealing” dresses, since, as geologists have known for years now, earthquakes are nothing more than the deep belly laughter of the Earth as she laughs in utter frustration at… » 5/06/13 10:00am 5/06/13 10:00am

Man Has Long Flowing Hairs Growing Out of His Eyeball

Oh my god, I am giving this story about a man with a hairy eyeball THE WORLD'S HAIRIEST EYEBALL award. Hot on the heels of that lady with bone shards growing in her eyelids comes this unfortunate dude with a big, hairy eyeball tumor. And like my grandmama always said, there's only one thing to do if you don't know… » 1/03/13 3:30pm 1/03/13 3:30pm

Iranian Official Accuses Female Russian Workers of Flouting 'Hijab…

An Iranian Parliament member named Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi Nejad asserts that Russian women who work at the nation's only nuclear power plant are defying the laws of the country by eschewing the hijab laws. They apply to women in Iran regardless of region or nationality, and penalty for not wearing one of the traditional… » 12/26/12 4:40pm 12/26/12 4:40pm

Horses & Bayonets & World Peace: The Final Debate's Most Pageant-y…

Like an incredibly high stakes Miss America competition, the last Presidential debate of the 2012 election season has come and gone. And because both candidates are fighting to the death over the tiny sliver of undecided voters (really, what amounts to twelve people who own Puddle of Mudd CD's scratching their butts… » 10/23/12 11:20am 10/23/12 11:20am

Iranian Women Banned From 77 College Majors Because They Were Getting…

As the Iranian school year begins today, Human Rights Watch is urging the nation to reconsider the male-only restrictions on 77 majors, including accounting, counseling, and engineering. Alarmingly, the ban was only instituted last month; while no clear reason for the new restriction has been cited by the Iranian… » 9/22/12 2:00pm 9/22/12 2:00pm