Iran Civil Society – Sanctions Block Delivery of Medication to New Policies Limit Educational Choices for Girls

We would be remiss if we didn’t congratulate Iran’s Olympic athletes, so congratulations to them. This week, the head of Iran’s Hemophilia Center reminds the world of the unintended consequences of the sanctions: blocked payments for life-saving medications. Girls and women are told they can no longer study a wide range of subjects from engineering to educational studies, while the polygamy is promoted on a television program in Qom province. Imprisoned journalists challenge heads of the Non-Aligned Movement to visit them in prison while in Iran for their summit, as more Baha’is are arrested throughout the country. Film star, Leila Hatami finds herself in the limelight again with an award for Arts and Letters from the French government. Iran’s Environmental Organization searches for solutions to growing pollution and the depletion of Lake Orumieh. Maybe they can find them at Iran’s first TEDx conference slated for January of next year.

Medicine Shortage Threatens Lives of Hemophiliac Children in Iran

The head of Iran’s Hemophilia Center has sent an open letter to the director of the Global Hemophilia Federation warning that the economic sanctions placed by the West to contain the Iran’s nuclear program have critically endangered the lives of hemophiliac patients by creating obstacles in providing them with their needed medicine. The main problem, according to the letter, is the blocks on Iran’s banking system. These blocks have made payments for medications nearly impossible.

The Hemophilia Center of Iran has a history of 45 years working as an NGO with no political record in its background.

Boys Only. Girls Not Allowed.

Women may be able to represent Iran in any number of Olympic events, but Mehr News Agency reports that a new ban will prevent female students from pursuing an education in any of 77 university majors spread over 36 institutions of higher education around the country.The banned programs include subjects such as accounting, educational studies and consultation, repair of historic buildings, and pure chemistry. The report notes that the highest number of banned subjects is in the field of engineering, from civil engineering at Isfahan University to natural resources engineering at Shahid Raja’ie University in Tehran.

National Internet to be Launched in Three Phases

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