Two weeks in Iran showed me the extent to which a country can be savagely demonised by the corporate free press. I was surprised by the contrast between what I saw, and what’s commonly portrayed in TV and newspapers. I hope my pictures have said at least a few words.
Iranians are by far the friendliest and warmest people I’ve met, with a spirit that defies sanction. That said, the ancient civilisation does face considerable internal dilemma and external challenges, threatening her olde worlde charm with polarising tensions.
|The wonderful dishes of Southern Iran can be a bit repetitious though: |
lamb & chicken & lamb & chicken & lamb kebabs, with grilled fish, uh, as fresh as it comes in a desert
|Under the "bridge over dried up river" in Isfahan|
Like most old countries, Iran’s most impressive asset and potential lie in her history and people (and oil, in her case). Persia’s long history has a strong religious DNA though, more recently (for the past ten centuries) dominated by Islam. Is a strict theocracy a viable option in the 21st Century? Should religious authority yield ground for an Islamic Republic with Iranian characteristics? These are pressing and critical questions that only Iranians can answer.
|Woman paying respect at the tomb of Cyrus the Great|
|This cypress is one of the oldest trees on earth, estimated to be more than 4000 years old|
If Allah and Satan would loosen their grips, I’m optimistic that the long-term future of Iran is augured by the bright smiles and warm hearts of her people. I wish them all the best.
|The root of all troubles|
|Islamic Republic with Iranian characteristics?|
End of Impressions from Iran series
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