7.06.2010

What price stability?

Is there a chance that the recent political upheaval will bring some degree of liberalization to Iranian society? Qua Jeremi Suri's idea that social upheaval spurred detente, it's a fair question to ask -- and the BBC is suggesting an answer:
Strangely, it is the hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has been arguing that it is not the government's job to crack down on people's style of dress.

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The regulations concerning art galleries, for example, have been relaxed a little. Though any sense of greater freedom has been removed by the arrest of so many of Iran's leading artists and creative talents, such as the film director Jafar Panahi.