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Sunday, June 06, 2004

more from Tehran

I have yet to find an internet connection with a USB port here in Tehran and therefore cannot get any pictures up...or any of my long-winded posts I can put together offline and then upload.

The 'game' between the people and the government seems to be much the same as it was two years ago, with the people pushing the envelope with a variety of things to test the waters of the supposed reforms while the government seems to turn a blind eye. I have a few very crude measures to test just how far the envelope has been pushed and it seems to have inched forward at least a little since I was last here.

That being said, the government did bar scores of candidates from running in the recent elections to the Majlis (parliament) which resulted, predictably in a quite conservative result. The new government sat for the first time last week or the week before so perhaps in the coming months the 'envelope' will inch backwards again.