From Adineh (Friday) magazine, Iran
Conservatives are losing ground
June 16, 1998
If you follow the news in Iran, you know about clashes between moderates and conservatives. This is nothing new. In fact, both camps have been at each other's throats more or less since 1979. But since Mohammad Khatami's election on the 2nd of Khordad -- May 23, 1997 -- there seems to be one important difference. The conservatives and their pressure groups are not dictating the agenda as they used to. Moderates and reformists, ever-more confident since last year's 20-million vote for Khatami, are becoming bolder and bolder.
Political columnist Masoud Behnoud has analyzed this phenomenon in the latest issue of Adineh (Friday) magazine (May/June 1998). A msut read... (in Persian):
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