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**Posted by Phineas
It’s a fundamental feature of totalitarian societies that they have to control all aspects of life: politics, economics, religious beliefs, what we know of the past and how we see the present and future — nothing is too small to escape the need for control.
Not even the food we eat. In fascist Iran, cooking shows may no longer teach people how to fix decadent Western dishes:
After ridding Iranian universities of “Western subjects,” authorities in Tehran are making sure that local cooking shows also adhere to the spirit of the Ayatollah regime.
On Sunday, Iran’s broadcasting authority forbade television channels in the country to air cooking shows featuring “Western” dishes. As it turns out, the dozes of official TV stations in Iran currently feature shows that offer their viewers recipes for Italian and French dishes, an apparently grave sin in the Islamic republic.
“Television should show viewers abroad and Persian speakers the great and important achievements of the Islamic revolution,” the broadcasting authority’s deputy director, Ali Darabi, was quoted as saying as he explained the move. The decision was taken ahead of “Islamic Revolution Day,” which will mark the 32nd anniversary of the Persian shah’s downfall.
Let’s hope Michelle Obama doesn’t get any ideas… .
via Big Peace
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)