The post-revolutionary Iranian government, more than the Chinese and the Indian governments, know how to control their population growth. At least until now. When the Islamic Republic first took control of Iran from the Shah, the new regime decided population growth would be greatly in its advantage. After all, it was faced with a bloody war with neighboring Iraq – one that would eventually kill a million people. So, it promoted population growth for its “soldiers for Islam”.
The Iranian government seized its first set of production facilities right around the time that AMC aired its very first episode of Breaking Bad, a show about a struggling chemistry teacher who uses his scientific know-how to create the purest methamphetamine ever made and slowly rises to the head of a meth distribution syndicate. In Iran, discretionary use of heroine was at its peek before sheesheh (Farsi for “glass”) made its way into the scene in 2008. Use quickly spread l
Supplied with nothing more than an iPhone 5S, a group of youth in Iran took taking advantage of the global phenomenon that has become Pharrell Williams song “Happy.” Within an eight hour time frame, they created their own version of the song – singing, dancing, chewing gum and otherwise expressing their “happiness” in Tehran. Of course, the youths are not attired in accordance with the rules of the Islamic Republic (no head coverings, no proper body coverings), and the men an