Iran’s rulers urge a baby boom to double population by 2050

After decades of chanting “Death to America”, Iran’s rulers have embraced a slogan that celebrates life and procreation.

“One flower does not make Spring,” reads a poster in Tehran showing a smiling father with four sons and a daughter pedalling behind him on a bicycle. “More children, a happier life.”

With this slogan and a series of legal reforms, the Islamic Republic is trying to persuade its people to go forth and multiply. While other developing countries are doing their best to reduce birth rates, Iran aims to double its population to 150 million by 2050.