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In an interview with Al-Sharq al-Osat on February 24th, Faezeh Rafsanjani stated: “The Patriarchal culture in this country does not harm men but has affected women, mothers and families. Women in Iran are more like infantry. They work hard side by side the men, but when it comes to dividing the spoils, despite women’s capability, posts and positions are not given to them for the crime of being a woman.”

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Source: New York Times-By ALISON SMALE and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — As Russian armed forces effectively seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula on Saturday, the Russian Parliament granted President Vladimir V. Putin the authority he sought to use military force in response to the deepening instability in Ukraine.

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The ministry of health, treatment and medical education released mortality rates from air pollution for major cities in Iran. Each year more than 4,400 people in Tehran, 3,200 people in Mashhad and 2,700 people in Isfahan die from air pollution. In these 3 cities alone 28 people die daily due to air pollution. Unannounced statistics in other cities indicate a true environmental disaster (Tabnak websites reports On February 24th). 

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Source: Forbes-By ANDREW K. DAVENPORT

With all eyes on the courageous protesters of Independence Square in Kiev, an interesting parallel with Iran simmers under the surface that you can bet is not lost on President Rouhani and Ayatollah Khamenei.

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On February 25th, the state-run ISNA news agency quoted Mullah Pour-Mohammadi, the justice minister of Rouhani’s administration: “The incident in Ukraine, some highlight the news as if this incident is an internal issue and has happened in Iran. When somebody says something, it becomes first news title in the newspapers with colored photos and big logo such that they feel victorious. They turn the incident and political development that happened in Ukraine into an internal matter. Others report in a way as if they have lost something and mourn about it (i.e. Hassan Firouz-Abadi, chief of the regime’s armed forces general staff, who is a strong critic of the Ukrainian revolution).”

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According to IRGC affiliated Fars news agency, Ahmad Khatami, member of the Iranian regime’s Assembly of Experts, said this on February 21st in the city of Kerman: “One day they insult our sanctities in newspapers (i.e. Bahar Newspaper) and one day, like three days ago, they insult the definitive verdict of retribution and calling it inhumane (i.e. Aseman Newspaper). This newspaper has been banned by the court but it is not enough. Like Khomeini did, those who insult our sanctities must be declared apostate and summoned to the court.”

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