Iran: Ortega in Tehran and Temporary Marriage Promoted

A few days ago, Daniel Ortega, the President of Nicaragua, went on a two day trip to Tehran to meet with Iranian leaders. According to media reports, Ortega said his country and Iran had agreed to “support each other to help Nicaragua” end its poverty. Several Iranian bloggers discussed this trip in their blogs. You can see photos of Oretga's visit in Kamangir‘s blog.

Any Common Interest?

Otopia asks[Fa] whether there is any commonality between the Islamic Revolution and people like Ortega, Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro. The blogger says with irony that the Iranian president would rather show off as a guerrilla to the developing world than think of a way to solve his country’s problems.

Amator wonders [Fa] what Ortega’s trip will mean for Iran and Nicargua. The blogger writes that although Nicaragua has debts to Iran that it cannot pay back, the Iranian president will not allow it to affect their relations. The blogger says Syria also takes advantage of Iran's isolation in the international community and does not pay its debts back either. Do the Iranian people deserve to know if more money will be paid to Nicaragua? The blogger concludes the Iranian government thinks not.


City Boy reminds us that many left wing revolutionary movements have been crushed in Iran since 1979 and their leaders hanged. The blogger adds:

Through out these years Islamic Republic leaders and presidents have also been shaking hands with South American lefty leaders all the way from Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro to the Socialist icon Hugo Chavez, and now with Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, because they all have a thing or two in common: They believe that they are standing up to the imperialists!

International relations has not been the only hot topic in Iranian blogs. Many bloggers also discussed the Iranian government's announcment to promote temproray marriage as a solution to the country's social problems.Shia Islam allows a man and woman to marry for a fixed period of time, ranging from an hour to a century.

Bad idea

Cheez does not agree with government’s initiative regarding the temporary marriage. The blogger says if the government really cared about helping along sexual relationships between boys and girls, then security forces should stop bothering them when they walk together in street.The blogger writes that pre-marital relationships are not really a problem for Iranian youth. He suspects it is a government strategy to win public support.

Worse than prostitution

Iran Paparrazi is against the idea of temporary marriage and says he has much more respect for prostitutes than people who want a religious stamp on their actions. He says prostitutes play a fair game, while people for temporary marriage say they consider prostitution a bad thing but actually propagate it.

Not such a bad thing

Mahjad says [Fa] we are used to opposing what the government proposes. The blogger supports the idea of temporary marriage. The blogger writes that the government wants to use it as an instrument to overcome religious people’s taboos of sex before marriage. The blogger thinks Iranian society will experience a sexual revolution in a few years. If religious people remain isolated they can become more radical.

Families in danger

Dobareh says[Fa] temporary marriage is against humanity. The blogger reports that for many reasons including economic difficulties, getting married has become a problem for Iranian youth. The blogger says the number of divorced couples will rise with temporary marriage and nobody will get married anymore.

Elnaz says[Fa] that the losers in temporary marriage will be lower middle class women and prostitutes. The blogger says government has justified its policy of repression against women by claiming that women who do not adhere to strict Islamic code disrupt the traditional family. The blogger says we should ask the government and its Minister of the Interior whether or not they think temporary marriage will hurt families more.


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