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#1 15 years ago

TEHRAN, Iran - Hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has banned Western music from Iran's radio and TV stations, reviving one of the harshest cultural decrees from the early days of 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Songs such as George Michael's "Careless Whisper," Eric Clapton's "Rush" and the Eagles' "Hotel California" have regularly accompanied Iranian broadcasts, as do tunes by saxophonist Kenny G.

But the official IRAN Persian daily reported Monday that Ahmadinejad, as head of Iran's Supreme Cultural Revolutionary Council, ordered the enactment of an October ruling by the council to ban Western music.

"Blocking indecent and Western music from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting is required," according to a statement on the council's official Web site.

Ahmadinejad's order means the IRIB must execute the decree and prepare a report on its implementation within six months, according to the newspaper.

"This is terrible," said Iranian guitarist Babak Riahipour, whose music was played occasionally on state radio and TV. "The decision shows a lack of knowledge and experience."

Music was outlawed as un-Islamic by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini soon after the revolution. But as the fervor of the revolution started to fade, light classical music was allowed on radio and television. Some public concerts reappeared in the late 1980s.

Western music, films and clothing are widely available in Iran, and hip-hop can be heard on Tehran's streets, blaring from car speakers or from music shops. Bootleg videos and DVDs of films banned by the state are widely available in the black market.

Following eight years of reformist-led rule in Iran, Ahmadinejad won office in August on a platform of reverting to ultraconservative principles promoted by the revolution.

Since then, Ahmadinejad has jettisoned Iran's moderation in foreign policy and pursued a purge in the government, replacing pragmatic veterans with former military commanders and inexperienced religious hard-liners.

He also has issued stinging criticisms of Israel, called for the Jewish state to be "wiped off the map" and described the Nazi Holocaust as a "myth."

International concerns are high over Iran's nuclear program, with the United States accusing Tehran of pursuing an atomic weapons program. Iran denies the claims.

During his presidential campaign, Ahmadinejad also promised to confront what he called the Western cultural invasion and promote Islamic values.

The latest media ban also includes censorship of content of films.

"Supervision of content from films, TV series and their voice-overs is emphasized in order to support spiritual cinema and to eliminate trite and violence," the council said in a statement on its Web site explaining its October ruling.

The council has also issued a ban on foreign movies that promote "arrogant powers," an apparent reference to the United States.

What...the...fuck? :wtf:

At this point in the game, I say lets bolt out of the middle east and let them sort out their own shit. That whole place is a mess and I say we wipe our hands clean from it...


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#2 15 years ago

Weird. They will find a reason to ban cookies next!

Pethegreat Advanced Member

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#3 15 years ago

Hey, we may not have to go into Iran. You see how mad one person gets over here when they can't play their music, but millions of people will spell trouble.

He also has issued stinging criticisms of Israel, called for the Jewish state to be "wiped off the map" and described the Nazi Holocaust as a "myth."

That guy is asking to get killed by an Israeli speical agent.

Lets just stay in Iraq and see how this turns out, a revloution in Iran would be nice.

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#4 15 years ago

Ahmadinejad is a strange person. His ideas range from scary to ridiculous. Not only that he wants to "wipe Isreal of the map", he also suggested to move the whole state to Germany and spends millions to prepare Iran for the return of a dead Imam.


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#5 15 years ago

Good for them! Country sucks.

Ensign Riles Advanced Member

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#6 15 years ago

I wonder if he truly believes in what he is saying, or if it is just another move trying to gain (the feeling of) power. I think he is being foolish, going to such extremes as he has been doing is very dangerous to both him, his country, and to some extent the world. However, I can't forget that the U.S. has had some leaders declaring some pretty irrational things as well...



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#7 15 years ago

That's what happens when you get religious zealots in office...:uhoh:



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#8 15 years ago
JakkcWeird. They will find a reason to ban cookies next!

Acutualy tried to outlaw the selling of oreos in California.

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#9 15 years ago
Pethegreat Lets just stay in Iraq and see how this turns out, a revloution in Iran would be nice.

You can guarantee that the CIA have been working on that for months. If they manage it without a lot of bloodshed, then more power to them.

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#10 15 years ago
JakkcWeird. They will find a reason to ban cookies next!

they will if they are these cookies 80229.gif no yahudi cookies for you :lol: no seriously the president of iran is an educated man and i am sure does not care about what music young people listen too, but in their political process to stay in power you must appease the religious leaders who do not approve of anything western so that is why these type of statementa are made.