Sunday, May 01, 2005
One of the most vexing questions animating observers and analysts of Iranian politics is: why despite being extremely unpopular and incompetent, are the fundamentalists still in power? One factor that may provide a partial explanation is the huge change of the dominant ethos among large sectors of the population.
To prepare for the upcoming exhibition of “Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia” in the British Museum, experts of the Museum have started to study the removal and transfer of the selected items from Iran’s National Museum.
RENOWNED for its towering Emam mosque and magnificent 11th-century bridge over the Zayandeh Rud river, the city of Esfahan is a peaceful place, even at the peak of the tourist season. But on the edge of the eastern outskirts is a cluster of modern buildings that has become the focus of growing international friction. Visitors here are few and far between.