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In Iran, They Want Fun, Fun, Fun

In Iran, They Want Fun, Fun, Fun | Comparative Government and Politics |
Young Iranians are tuning out. Of those encountered on a visit, many seemed less interested in religious fanaticism than in sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll.


Often we fall into the trap of assuming that the political rhetoric of the governmental regime is is culturally representative of the people of that country (such as this picture above.  Listen to this podcast on the  Iranian nuclear program for an example of the religous/political rhetoric: ).  And yet, people are still people, and kids are just kids, even in a conservative theocratic government.

"One of the most pernicious misunderstandings in the West about Iranians is that they are dour religious fanatics...In the 1970s, disgruntled young Iranians rebelled against a corrupt secular regime by embracing an ascetic form of Islam. Now they’re rebelling against a corrupt religious regime by embracing personal freedom — in some cases, even sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll." 

Via Seth Dixon
Cam E's curator insight, March 4, 2014 11:26 AM

The rebellious nature of young adults seems to be a unifying human factor regardless of the country or regime. They may not rebel in the same ways we'd expect, but they rebel regardless. The thing I especially find interesting across all countries is the upcoming of this new generation. The older people of all nations spend a lot of time holding onto their power and beliefs, but time will only tell how drastically the world will change once they naturally die out and this new generation, raised by video games and the unifying power of the internet, takes over.

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VIDEO: Democracy and Islam 'compatible'

VIDEO: Democracy and Islam 'compatible' | Comparative Government and Politics |
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has warned against Islamic extremism and praised Indonesia as living proof that Islam is compatible with democracy.
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Iran Nuclear Talks: Can Islam Guide the Way to Peace?

Iran Nuclear Talks: Can Islam Guide the Way to Peace? | Comparative Government and Politics |
It's pretty clear how the talks would manage to end happily: On the foundation of Iran's repeated insistence that atomic weapons are prohibited by Islam...
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