Not all the policies of the Islamic Republic are bad. Sadly, it seems that the Islamic Republic is intent of changing course and adapting stupid policies.
Firstly, Iran had a very adequate family planning policy. Birth control was available, cheap, and encouraged. The abortion, while still illegal in most cases, was available for an Islamic country. The education of women was encouraged and made easy. All of this led to sharp decrease in over-population, and although Iran is still suffering from overpopulation at least it isn’t at the crisis level that many thought it would be – and other things like poverty, malnutrition, and pollution are. It was one of the few successful and rational policies of the regime.
Last year, the regime officially changed course. The Supreme Leader apologized for the family planning program and said that he was wrong. This is a man who has sanctioned torture and murder and rape and has staunchly defended a dangerous man like Ahmadinejad who almost destroyed the country and the danger of destruction still looms above us and started that asinine nuclear program that almost got us into war, and from all of these he chooses to apologize for family planning.
The regime also shifted policy on women’t education under Ahmadinejad, putting an arbitrary limit to the number of women who can be admitted to the university in certain majors, and they also made work place regulations tougher for women, and there’s no doubt that these policies are geared to make sure women stay at home and raise children. Rouhani promised to reverse these policies, but some majors, like medicine, were reported to still have a gender criterion, which shows that the decision goes to the Supreme Leader, and therefore not likely to change at all.
Now, today, I read in BBC Persian that the Supreme Leader has issued a ruling about medicine and its education, and has “ordered” everyone to pay “special attention” to “Islamic traditional medicine”, AKA pseudoscience. Again, before now, the regime had done an adequate job of not letting pseudoscience and medicine mangle. It seems that the regime is changing course on this too.
This is what happens when you let a mediocre cleric poke his nose into matters beyond his understanding.