WorldViews: Could be the dog days of Iran’s culture wars

By Brian Murphy, November 11, 2014

What do neckties, rappers, Barbie and pet dogs have in common?

For some arch-conservatives in Iran, they are all elements of a Western cultural invasion that needs to be confronted. “The biggest and most constant threat” to the country was how Iran’s deputy defense minister, Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, characterized it in an impassioned speech earlier this year to denounce Western ways.

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