Iran Barring Women From Atomic, Oil Fields Draws Rebuke
Iran’s decision to forbid women from studying dozens of subjects including nuclear physics and oil engineering threatens to wipe out one of the last vestiges of gender equality in the country, a Nobel Peace laureate said. The Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology has barred women in 36 universities from 77 fields of study.

Iran’s War on Female Doctors and Male Nurses
In addition to the bans on certain fields of study for women, the government announced a renewed attack on healthcare providers (and thus healthcare recipients). As before, it is heavily tinged with gender issues. The national Nursing Association has banned male nurses. Nursing, the Iranian government seems to believe, is a woman’s job, not a man’s. This is no doubt also an attempt to absorb the growing number of Iranian female students who, though highly qualified, will be rejected from medical school and other prestigious fields of study because of quotas and prohibitions on female students.

Commerzbank admits Iran sanctions investigation
Germany’s second-largest lender has become the latest bank to be caught up in a US investigation into sanctions-busting by major international financial institutions. Commerzbank has said it could be fined by the US authorities over its handling of transactions linked to Iran, Sudan, North Korea and other countries that are the subject of US sanctions.