It is the country the west fears most – and knows least about. In our exclusive reports, Iranian writers describe the extraordinary contradictions of life under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s “Loving Government” – and reveal how Iran sees the west. Maziar Bahari, a leading journalist, begins with a drive across downtown Tehran.
It’s not a promising start, but I’m going to confuse you. That’s how I feel about the situation in my country, Iran. If I’m supposed to remain true to my journalistic principles I have no choice but to share my puzzling observations with you. After 40 years of being an Iranian I can say it loud and clear: Iranian politics, economics, society and almost everything about Iran are confusing and confused.