Iran Deputies To Mull Draft Law Restricting Women's Right To Travel
Radio Free Europe
21-Nov-2012 (one comment)

Lawmakers in Iran are preparing to consider legislation that may drastically alter an adult woman's ability to obtain a passport and travel outside the country. 

The draft law, set to go before the 290-seat Majlis, stipulates that single women up to the age of 40 must receive official permission from their father or male guardian in order to obtain travel documents.

Under current law, all Iranians under 18 years of age -- both male and female -- must receive paternal permission before receiving a passport. Married women must receive their husband's approval to receive the documents.

The proposal is expected to find support in the conservative Majlis.

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The success of Iron Dome missile defense has undermined Hamas and Hezbollah abilities vis a vis Israel.  Maybe Iran should consider the implications in event of any war in the Gulf.  

How successful can any rein of missiles be against US forces in that case?  Meanwhile the IRI can expect to receive a plethora of highly targeted attacks while it launches its own firecrackers.

I suspect that any IRI strategy relying on mass patrol boat attacks will encounter defenses just as effective and just as lethal as Iron Dome.  In that case such attackers can expect demoralizing World War I level casualties if not even worse and for a cause in which there is far less belief.

In the 1980's when the regime still enjoyed enough popular legitimacy that hundreds of teenagers were willing to blow themselves up by acting as cheap mine clearance devices.   The mass of people will never volunteer to sacrifice themselves for now given the widespread  cynicism about the regime's nature. Nor will so many Basilj this time.  Many joined for the money and other benefits. Confronted with a real threat--a virtual meatgrinder-- as distinct from beating up unarmed demontratrators they are likely to show deep reluctance.