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Iran urges baby boom
Associated Press
Published: 29.07.12, 19:46
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1. Might this mean......
Eaglebeak ,   Left Coast, USA   (07.29.12)
the Persian Kitty will be having kittens?
2. Iran and Turkey both facing demographic crisis
Raymond in DC ,   Washington, USA   (07.29.12)
This isn't an issue just facing Iran a d Turkey. Demographics in most of the West show below replacement birth rates with two notable exceptions: the US and Israel. As David Goldman has noted in "How Civilizations Die", Iran went inless than two generations from women having about six children to less than two, a drop of historic proportions. Turkey shows almost as dramatic a drop, but within that overall drop there are significant differences: below average fertility among Turkey's educated and secular, above average for less educated and religiously conservative (which bodes well for Erdogan) but even higher rates for Turkey's Kurdish population. I may not live to see these changes play out, but big changes are coming.
3. Israelis need more babies to fight the demographic war
Scott ,   Ramat Gan, Israel   (07.29.12)
In Iran, the replacement rate - 2 children will stabilize the population. In Israel, this means the death of the Jewish state because the Arabs (Arab-Israelis) are outpacing us having larger families & eventually they will be a majority if the trends are not reversed.
4. Read "Israel as Middle Eastern hegemon" by Spengler
Alexander ,   Tel Aviv, Israel   (07.29.12)
Here is the link: Here is an excerpt: "Not that the size of land armies matters much in an era of high-tech warfare, but if present trends continue, Israel will be able to field the largest land army in the Middle East. That startling data point, though, should alert analysts to a more relevant problem: among the military powers in the Middle East, Israel will be the only one with a viable population structure by the middle of this century. That is why it is in America's interest to keep Israel as an ally. Israel is not only the strongest power in the region; in a generation or two it will be the only power in the region, the last man standing among ruined neighbors. The demographic time bomb in the region is not the Palestinian Arabs on the West Bank, as the Israeli peace party wrongly believed, but rather Israel itself. The right way to read this projection is backwards: Israelis love children and have lots of them because they are happy, optimistic and prosperous. Most of Israel's population increase comes from so-called "secular" Israelis, who have 2.6 children on average, more than any other people in the industrial world. The ultra-Orthodox have seven or eight, bringing total fertility to three children."
5. Iran wants more child soldiers
Cynthia ,   USA   (07.29.12)
95,000 Iranian child soldiers died in the Iran-Iraq war.
6. Pretty hard to do when....
Vlad   (07.30.12)
Men and women aren't even supposed to speak to anyone of the opposite sex in public who is not related.
7. Not exactly true, Scott
Vlad   (07.30.12)
Very few Arab families have loads of children. Most have three to four. Israeli secular families, on average, have 2.6 children, while the non-Haredi religious have more, and the Haredi have many children per family. Plus, about 19,000 Jews come on aliyah every year. So it's stable for now.
8. Might not work
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (07.30.12)
You see, in the primitive theocracy, only women physicians can treat women. Imagine a woman being where the only available obstetrician is male, and needing a Cesaerian section. That's why the biggest killer of women in Iran between the ages of 21 and 45 is -- you guessed it! -- childbirth.
9. will these guys force pregnancy ? but how ?!
Salma ,   Palestine   (07.30.12)
good luck any way :)
10. A baby? - boom! How very Iranian!
Bruno ,   Haifa   (07.30.12)
11. @Raymond
Robert ,   Timisoara   (07.30.12)
I hate to rain on your parade but the US does NOT have above-replacement fertility (though Israel does), and is behind even some European countries like France, the UK and Sweden. Iran and Turkey DO NOT have a much smaller fertility rate, and still have higher birthrates because of their young population. Please do check your facts next time.
12. #9 - how did Stalin do it?
William ,   Israel   (07.30.12)
The Arabs seem to follow violent despotic Soviet leaders in everything, from foreign policy, to domestic oppression and corruption. Why should child-rearing be different?
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