I'm probably putting more questions than answers up here but meh, it's interesting. Human Rights Abuse This is pretty extensive. Everything is regulated, what you say, what you believe, self-expression, political activity and sexual orientation. Laws are frequently barbaric and persecute women for being victims of crimes. The way this manifests is pretty extensive. Free speech, as such, does not exist in Iran. Human rights activists and other perceived agitators are sometimes subject to beatings, arrests, torture, and disappearance. http://youtu.be/BMB2Etog2RQ The Islamic Republic of Iran is a religious institution with no secular concept of law. Those who convert from Islam to another faith may face execution for apostasy. Religious minorities are routinely subject to widespread persecution. For example Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. http://bit.ly/vTmpXa In Iran, a 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to death because her 15-year-old brother got her pregnant. The boy, of course, doesn't face a death sentence - he'll only be whipped 150 times with a lash. Zhila Izadi just gave birth to her child so now she is eligible for stoning by the community. http://www.iran-press-service.com/ips/articles-2004/october/izadi_301004.shtml Iran giving out condoms for criminals to rape us, say jailed activists Smuggled letters allege authorities are using mass rape as a weapon inside Iran's most notorious prisons http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/24/jailed-iran-opposition-activists-rape IRAN: Jailed opposition member dies from hunger strike as small protests crushed on 2nd anniversary of uprising http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/bab...pposition-member-dies-from-hunger-strike.html Nukes Iran officially claims they have no intention of developing Nuclear weapons, although the language they use when discussing Nuclear technology is pretty threatening: “We do have the capabilities to produce 100% refined uranium (…) Nuclear weapon is just like any other explosive weapons except the explosive matter… explosive material is uranium (…) I caution president Obama, please, don’t take any wrong step, because any wrong step will emanate consequences that are beyond the imagination of anybody.” -Ali Akbar Salehi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GR3KyiXhdY tl;dr is here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zewrcgj4bx4&feature=relmfu My main concern: Aka what scares the dick off me. Look at any nuclear state like North Korea and China for example. Look at their human rights abuses. Nobody will do anything to stop them, doubly so with China because of the world's massive reliance on their production and exports. But on the other hand Iran sponsors terrorism groups like Hamas, Islamic Jyhad and Hezbolla. So EVEN IF Iran doesn't develop nuclear weaponry they still have the means and the motivation to supply weapons-grade uranium to terrorists, rogue states and any of the millions of crazies across the world. So what can WE do? I really don't know. We could petition our governments, protest, try and drive attention. Especially the human rights matters, those are severely fucked up. Most of the news reports are about oil and it's bullshit. adv?