The far-right National Front, for instance, has railed against the rise of kebab stands in the country of quiche.
By the same token, hardliners in Iran are pushing back against any suggestion that the nuclear deal will promote a broader opening with the West — making any photo ops showing the consumption of alcohol and non-halal meats out of the question.
This effort is partially in response to Western actions to exploit its Internet connectivity such as the Stuxnet cyberattack which have fueled suspicions of foreign technologies.
Guess who’s not coming to dinner — or even breakfast or lunch?Ahead of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s landmark European trip kicking off this weekend, French officials reportedly nixed plans for a formal meal in Paris with President François Hollande following a dispute over the menu.The food fracas comes as Rouhani is staging his first official trip to Europe as president, one meant to herald Iran’s economic coming out after a long period of international sanctions.Rouhani will meet with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Pope Francis and Italian companies in Rome on Saturday before moving on to France, where he is set to deliver a speech at the Unesco, and meet with French officials and companies.The blocked sites have a wide range of topics including health, science, sports, news, and shopping.
At the beginning of March 2012, Iran began implementing an internal Intranet.
Many bloggers, online activists, and technical staff have faced jail terms, harassment and abuse.
Reporters Without the Borders sent a letter to UN high Commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay to share its deep concern and ask for her intervention in the case of two netizens/free speech defenders, Vahid Asghari and Hossein Derakhshan.
As of 2013, Iran has 46 million Internet users with a penetration rate of 61.57%.
and as of 2013 almost 50% of the top 500 visited websites worldwide were blocked, including You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.
Last week, the Daily Beast reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guards intelligence operatives have arrested five local journalists in recent days.