In the coming academic year, 36 universities will implement exclusion of women from 77 fields of study. The government, which has distanced itself from the recent education bans introduced by universities, risks a backlash.
Two dissenting Iranian religious figures -- an imprisoned cleric and an exiled spiritual Sufi -- have issued messages to the world condemning the Iranian theocratic authorities and calling on all religious believers to assist Iranians against the governing hierarchy.
A public spat between Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad made international headlines last week. Politics is rarely ever a harmonious business in any country, so why the brouhaha over this particular stand-off?