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Timeline of Anti-American Hostilities

Since its founding in 1979, the Iranian regime has gone to great lengths to target the "Great Satan," the United States, through a variety of tactics, including via terrorist attacks, militant proxies, hostage-taking, naval mines, and cyberattacks. All told, the Iranian regime is accountable for the deaths of more than 1,000 American soldiers and civilians.



  • Dogs

    Iranian parliament introduced a bill in November 2014 in that would sentence anyone caught keeping dogs as pets or walking them in public to 74 lashes or a fine. Iran’s morality police have previously cracked down on dog owners, in some cases confiscating the animals. According to Islamic custom, dogs are considered unclean and Iranian officials also deem pet ownership to be an imitation of corrupt Western culture.

  • Happiness

    Seven young men and women were arrested by Iranian authorities in May 2014 for posting a video of themselves on YouTube dancing to the international hit song "Happy". Iranian authorities deemed it a “vulgar clip which hurt public chastity.” The group was forced to apologize on television and put on trial. Each of them was given suspended sentences of 91 lashes and 6 months in prison, which will not be implemented as long as they do not engage in any “wrongdoings” for the next 3 years.

  • Buddha Statues

    The Secretary of the Iranian Headquarters to Preserve Cultural Heritage ordered a ban on the sale of Buddha statues in February 2013 as symbols of a "cultural invasion". Authorities confiscated Buddha statues from shops in Tehran to stop the promotion of the religion.

  • Barbie Dolls and The Simpsons

    In 2012, Iranian authorities targeted and closed down shops for selling Barbie dolls, which had already been banned since the mid-1990s. Police confiscated dozens of Barbie dolls in order to avert the spread Western culture. Just a month later the government also banned the sale of characters from the popular show "The Simpsons".

  • Valentine’s Day

    The Iranian regime outlawed Valentine’s Day in 2011 in order to crackdown on Western influence. Iranian state media announced that "symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses, and any activities promoting this day are banned" and that legal action will be taken against those who do not comply.

  • Mullets and Other Western Hairstyles

    In July 2010, Iranian authorities launched a crackdown on Western hairstyles. In an effort to rid the country of "decadent Western cuts," officials banned the mullet, ponytails, elaborate spikes, and long hair for men. The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance even produced a style guide containing haircuts that meet the government’s approval.

  • Sexy Mannequins

    In 2009 Iranian authorities warned shopkeepers that all mannequins must be covered up - wearing headscarves and hiding any of the bodily curves. “Using unusual mannequins exposing the body curves and with the heads without Hijabs are prohibited to be used in the shops,” Iran's morality police said in a statement.

  • Women From Attending Sports Events

    Since the inception of the Islamic Republic, women have been discriminatorily barred from attending sports events at stadiums in order to enforce gender segregation. Those attempting to defy the ban face arrest, such as the case of British-Iranian national Ghoncheh Ghavami in June 2014.