Remembering Iran when women had rights

Iranian TV adverts 1969 to 1978: before the darkness descended.

Mini-skirts, bikinis, business men and women in fashionable attire, Coca-cola commercials, Remington electric razors, night clubs, people having fun. Teenagers holding hands in public and on television – just like normal people most everywhere…

What ever could have gone so wrong?


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13 responses to “Remembering Iran when women had rights

  1. St George's Dragon

    I imagine your answer would be Islam bearing in mind your preoccupation with the subject.

  2. Cindy L.

    Islam is without a doubt the greatest threat on the planet to womens’ rights and human rights in general and is likely to remain so for a considerable time. I appreciate BFP running an article every so often to remind people of that fact.

  3. The Moore

    Misogyny, not Islam, is without a doubt the greatest threat on the planet to womens’ rights and is likely to remain so for a considerable time.
    What is happening in Iran at the moment rather than in the distant past.
    Click the link below to see a more informative view from an alternative prospective.

  4. Green Monkey

    And here comes the Green Monkey to set loose the cat among the pigeons again LOL

    The British And U.S. Governments Installed Khomeini Into Power In 1979

    The thesis that the British and U.S. governments drove out the Shah and replaced him with Khomeini destroys the clash of civilizations myth that has dominated the global conversation between Islam and the West for over a generation.

    For years I thought this thesis was too “out there,” and a baseless conspiracy theory. I did not want to believe that there was any truth to this. It changes my entire view of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the relationship between Iran and the West, and the history of our times.

    The implications of the thesis are too frightening to think about. The level of the treason and betrayal that is taking place against the people of every nation is beyond most people’s imagination.

    But I always try to keep an open mind because anything is plausible in this crazy world. So, last month I finally decided to actually look at the evidence that is available on the Internet about this thesis and dig deeper into history.

    The first clue that caught my eye was the Shah’s own words. “If you lift up Khomeini’s beard,” he said, “you will find Made In England written under his chin.”


    II. 5 Reasons Why The British and U.S. Governments Put Khomeini in Power

    An anonymous author of a 2008 article called, “The Shah of Iran was toppled by the CIA and MI6?” lays out five reasons why the Shah was removed from power by Britain and America:

    The Shah’s nationalist policies were making him more popular in Iran and making his country more independent and more powerful. This worried the CIA and MI6.

    1. The Shah bought land from the upper classes and, along with the crown’s own land, sold it back cheaply to tenant farmers. Over one a half million people to became land owners, thus ending the old feudal system.

    2. The Shah allowed women the right to vote. He brought an end to the wearing of the veil.

    3. He developed plans for a $90 billion nuclear power program.

    4. The Shah signed petroleum agreements with ENI, the Italian oil company.

    5. He began to close down the opium industry. This had been created during the days of British influence.

    (Now that is interesting about the Shah shutting down the opium industry. Because it’s widely acknowledged the Taliban had done the same in Afghanistan prior to the US invasion. According to a former British ambassador to neighbouring Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance which cooperated with the US/NATO invasion force and took over as the government from the Taliban, was riddled at the highest levels with drug dealing war lords and nowadays Afghanistan is once more a top level producer of, not just raw opium, but the more refined heroin. Murray wrote an article about this in 2007 which was published in the Daily Mail Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all time. You can find it with an internet search. It would be remiss of me not to point out that there have been historical connections between drug smuggling operations and the CIA, e.g. during the Vietnam war and in operations in Central America. Also some financial experts and insiders have stated a firm belief that it was only money funneled in from the illicit drug trade that has kept the Western banking system afloat in recent episodes of financial turmoil

    Incidentally, Craig Murray was fired by the British Foreign Office when he refused to follow his FO superiors’ orders to keep quiet and not make waves about the horrendous acts of torture (up to and including boiling people alive) being performed on members of its population by the totalitarian Uzbek regime. Uzbekistan’s dictator was regarded as a close US/NATO ally in their alleged “war on terror”. Again more on this can be found with internet searches and Murray’s own blog. /End of my comment, GM)

    II. The Elite’s Creation of Islamic Fundamentalism And The Clash of Civilizations

    Radical Islam is used as a tool of Anglo-American-Israeli imperialism to create a new world order and a one world totalitarian state.

    Israel provided financial and political support for Hamas in its early days to create an anti-Zionist resistance movement that spoke the language of violence and extremism instead of love and tolerance.

    The fundamentalist Mullahs in Iran were used by the CIA and MI6 throughout the post-World War II years as attack dogs against the central government. By 1979 the clerical traitors proved themselves worthy and were given supreme power over the minds of the Iranian people.

    The Taliban in Afghanistan were funded and trained by the CIA and Pakistani ISI. Osama Bin Laden was created by the CIA-MI6 network.

    What is the basis of this intriguing relationship? Both the Islamic radicals and the anti-growth Western elite share the same goals: demodernization and war. Khomeini was told to turn back the clock, transform Iran into a medieval country, and brainwash a generation of youth into sacrificing themselves for Islam.

    The Western elite love Islamic radicals who will sacrifice themselves for “Jihad” because they want depopulation. This sinister and cunning elite has created a fictional clash of civilizations to fire up the spirits of blind Muslim martyrs who falsely believe that they are resisting the masters of the world but they are playing right into their hands.

    Much more at:

    GM’s closing comment.
    Don’t be led like a sheep by Western propaganda, just because it is “our” propaganda. Much of it is still propaganda, and like propaganda it is designed to direct you in a path others with hidden motives want you to follow. As I see it, the world is a much more complicated place than the simple black and white, good and evil picture that is often portrayed by the well-coifed and well paid mouthpieces of Western corporate media. For a more balanced and nuanced perspective on how the world operates, I suggest using the internet (while we still have it) to research topics such as Operation Gladio, Strategy of Tension, Operation Ajax, Operation Susannah, Operation Northwoods, Gulf of Tonkin Incident, CIA drug smuggling, and last but not least 9/11 (you could start with WTC7).

  5. 189

    Most people need to study more than just the news, Just look at Barbados on TV station,, Do you think that the one sided news control by the BLP and the DLP is freedom of the press? My be freedom for them but not for you , No one want to here the other side, need both side to have balance even in faith. They are many faiths and we need not take side , but to pick which one you like or love and live that way.. Remember and go all the way back ,,It was the POPE that lied and his lies alone to cover his mess that started the Holy Wars that still burn us all today
    More than 85% of Africa was Islam before the whites came with the cross.
    We all live on the planet but different worlds.


    If Islam was in Barbados i bet the court system will go much faster ,,. Many BLP and DLP , Ministers, PM , , QCs , lawyers,judge, justice, church Ministers ,AG, police,bankers,UDC,Town and country, water company , land tax, NHC and other heads of this govt , dept would loose their heads and hands on the block for crimes against the state , Study that one,,,,lets not for get also the drug dealing ,,, by those in high office and post .
    Barbados will be a blood Mess.,,,,

  7. Glamour Girl

    The attempts to portray Islam as a defender of women’s rights is laughable. The ‘holy’ Qu’aran clearly lays out the rights of women: they are property of men. Iran hangs 15 year old girls for having sex out of wedlock.

    Laughable, as is the attempt to portray the Islamic oppression of women as the fault of the USA/West. What’s happening today in Egypt is the same thing as happened in Iran. The West supports the ‘rebels’ who then turn out to be Jihadists. The population affirms they want Islamic rule via democracy and women suffer.

    Islam is the oppressor of women and no little video of women in veils ‘voting’ will change that.

  8. victor

    We can see today that the West’s endorsement in the fall of the Shah was a really stupid move. At the time, I was there in spirit as my sister was teaching his relatives’ children. As a rich oil-producing country there was plenty of scope for development. Male children all went into the army where they learned literacy, peasants from the countryside were being brought into the mainstream. Yes, it would have taken another 10 years or more to get everyone into the plan but then fundamentalsim took hold and now look. Oil greed from the West put Khomeni in power and it’s gone on from then. Western powers should bow their heads in shame for allowing that regime to influence the whole of the Middle East. Iran was our ally in the middle eastern conflict. Now a scary foe.

  9. ignorant

    The Iranian national oil company ,SAVAK and gold toilet seats , boys and girls.. History 101 on Iran. Let’ s all not be so dense like BFP and construe issues in black and white or which they prefer : islam and non islam .
    The usual 2 suspects (britian and the u s )installed the Shah in a coup removing an elected leader and he stayed there for 35 years. The national oil company at that time was a major benefit to the British economy ( have to wonder after looting so many countries where is the wealth now) and Iran was a beach head against communism hence the US intervention.
    Yes, this sort of geopolitical rambling is too much of an inconvience when you want to frame issues in a specific way to suit an agenda, but let’s not be dumb and backwards.. Let’s show our masters that ,at the very least, we attended history classes cause they may shun us and that will hurt our self esteem cause you know, we really really want to be like them.

  10. Ah! Those were the golden days, when women had their freedom.. hope those days come back once again!

  11. A-Fish

    Classic times in history.

  12. Anonymous

    Regardles of WHO put the current theocracy into power
    (and the UK/USA plot suggested above is entirely believable!)
    the fact remains that islamik-Iran TODAY is a horrible scar on the face of the planet planet, and a scorge to women and free-thinking 21st. Century progressive folks.

  13. Green Monkey

    the fact remains that islamik-Iran TODAY is a horrible scar on the face of the planet planet, and a scorge to women and free-thinking 21st. Century progressive folks.

    The more people with that knee-jerk reaction when they hear the word “Iran” the less objection there will be when some amoral, psycopaths start WWIII by bombing Iran to get rid of a speculated possible nuclear weapons program coming into existence some time in the future. At least, unlike as they did before attacking Iraq, they don’t try to maintain the pretence (except maybe for Israel, with its 300 or so undeclared nukes who tried to sell some of them to apartheid era South Africa, Israel’s ally at the time) that Iran has an existing nuclear weapons program.

    Now I certainly would not want to live in Iran and especially would not wish any wife/sister/niece/female friend of mine to have to live under the strict and obsessive Islamic dress codes and rules of behaviour imposed y their fundamentalist, Mulim lead goverenment. But on the whole I think Iran has been receiving something of a bad rap in the Western press, especially when it comes to charges of hatred of Jews. This is specially so when life for Jews and other non-Muslim minorities in Iran is compared to the conditions imposed on non-Muslims in the staunch US ally of Saudi Arabia. As everyone pretty much knows SA permits absolutley no public expression of any non-Muslim religion at all.

    A telling fact is that in recent years Iran’s Jewish population (25,000, the largest in the Middle East outside Israel) has steadfastly held out against the inducements offered to them by Israel to leave Iran and emigrate to Israel. Jewish Iranians, however, can and do travel back and forth between Israel and Iran to visit relatives in Israel.

    Debunking Anti-Iran Propaganda: The Myth of the “New Holocaust”
    by Benjamin Schett

    Opponents of possible armed aggression against Iran are regularly accused of repeating the mistakes from the period prior to World War II, namely of not taking seriously the purportedly dangerous eliminatory “anti-Semitism” of the Iranian regime. This charge is echoed by the Anti-Defamation League, one of the biggest pro-Zionist U.S. groups, who is lobbying for taking any “necessary” measures in order to overthrow the Iranian government and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

    “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views place him and the Iranian regime among the foremost threats to Jews and the state of Israel.”[2]

    Moreover, Israeli President Shimon Peres called Iran a “danger to the entire world” while addressing the German Bundestag in a speech marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2010.

    The symbolism of such actions is clear: whoever refuses to participate in the campaign against Iran is neglecting the threat of a new Holocaust, the insinuation being that if Iran were to get nuclear weapons, it would use them against the state of Israel.

    First of all, suggesting that the current situation in Iran is even remotely comparable to the crimes committed by the Nazis inexcusably downplays the suffering of Jews, Roma, Communists, Slavic nations and other victims of Fascism.

    In addition, while the strategic motivation behind arguments made by Israeli decision-makers is clear, the facts are not. In fact, the alleged statements made by Ahmadinejad calling for Israel to be “wiped of the map” were proven to be fake thanks to a false translation from Farsi into English. This has been well known already for some time, although it does not seem to faze the war propagandists.


    In May 2006, the National Post published an article claiming that the Iranian parliament had passed a sumptuary law forcing religious minorities, Jews included, to follow a specific dress code:

    “It also envisages separate dress codes for religious minorities, Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, who will have to adopt distinct colour schemes to make them identifiable in public. The new codes would enable Muslims to easily recognize non-Muslims so that they can avoid shaking hands with them by mistake, and thus becoming najis (unclean).”[6]

    However, the story turned out to be a hoax and the National Post issued an apology by its editor-in-chief[7]. But the intention of this falsification is obvious: it was meant to remind people of the yellow star that Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany, and thereby create fears of similar events happening in Iran that might lead to some kind of new Holocaust.

    One of the particularly critical Jewish responses to this provocation came from Iran’s Jewish Member of Parliament, Moris Motamed. (It should be noted that Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians all have their own guaranteed seat in the Iranian Parliament (Majilis), which is one of the results of Khomeini’s fatwa calling for the protection of these religious minorities).


    In further demonizing the Iranian state, Western media and pro-Zionist lobbyists accuse Ahmadinejad of making ambiguous statements about the Holocaust. Clearly, however, holocaust denial does not represent the official position of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Otherwise it couldn’t be explained why in 2007 the Iranian state television broadcast a series emphasising the suffering of Europe’s Jews in the Second World War, in what can be likened to an Iranian version of “Schindler’s List”:

    “The central character is an Iranian diplomat, who provides false Iranian passports to enable Jews to flee the Nazi-occupied France, a sort of Iranian Schindler. He even has a love affair with a Jewish woman.”[9]

    This Iranian diplomat saving Iranian Jews, named Abdol Hossein Sardari, actually existed in real life and has been honoured in past decades by Jewish organisations, including the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.[10]

    It should not be the goal of this article to make a final judgement on Jewish life in Iran, because this would be an almost impossible enterprise without having the personal experience of how life looks when belonging to a religious minority in a very religious country. But it is important to put the collected information into perspective. It is apparent Iranian Jews have the right to freely practice their religion and to maintain their culture and traditions. Jewish institutions such as synagogues, Jewish libraries, hospitals and restaurants are well-established across the country.