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the University of Tehran held its first "World Environment Day" last June, and the volleyball "Olympiad" just Omega Constellation Vintage Black ended. The dormitory complex is celebrating the installation of wireless Internet. A new women's studies journal is accepting submissions about women and families. These and other Iranian Web sites look a lot more familiar than foreign.

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demagoguery. Let's hope for the best.

Iran has a presidential election scheduled for Friday, and several reform candidates are challenging Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the radical incumbent. One of them is a popular former prime minister, Mir Hossein Mousavi, and last week he and Ahmadinejad, separated by a large table and a moderator, squared off in a 90 minute, nationally broadcast debate.

The time keeping moderator asked no questions, and the two candidates were allowed to joust freely with alternating 10 minute speeches. Ahmadinejad was defensive as Mousavi minced few words in his criticisms of the last four years of his presidency.

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Mousavi firmly accused Ahmadinejad of incompetence and dictatorial policies. He particularly criticized his denial of the Holocaust, pointing out that Ahmadinejad's radical assertions seriously undermined Iran's standing in the world. Clearly, the prospect of a somewhat more conciliatory Obama administration helps moderates and undercuts Ahmadinejad's Omega Watch Replica

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Let's hope moderation prevails when votes are cast Friday. But however the election turns out, it's important to remember that the ayatollahs and Ahmadinejad don't come close to representing everything about modern Iran. In some respects we have much more in common with Iran than with our friends the Saudis.

campuses are attractive and modern. Take a look at what the professors are studying, teaching and writing about. They're married and have children and some of them play ping pong and paintball. Some of the professors are even women.

Here's an exercise that provides some insight into modern Iran: Google "universities Iran" and browse the sites that come up. They're in Persian, of course, but nearly all of them provide an English translation, which in itself says something about Iranian interest in the West.

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Furthermore, Nasr and other experts argue that significant segments of Iranian society are deeply interested in modernity and in a better relationship with the West. He points to the surprising prominence of the Persian language on the Internet and the fact that Iranians maintain at least 80,000 blogs.

This history, however, gives modern Iran a much more nuanced character than we were led to expect when it was described as part of the "Axis of Evil."

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Democratic principles not foreign to Iran

In any case, the debate is instructive. We're used to characterizing the Iranians as radical, hostage taking, autocratic, anti Semitic Islamomaniacs. But it's worth noting that a spirited debate in which two different visions of the country emerge is entirely consistent with a democratic tradition in Iran that goes back to before the Revolution of 1905, which was a response to the Shah's sale of the oil concession to the British. A parliament was established and a legitimate constitution was written.

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In "The Shia Revival," Iran scholar Vali Nasr argues that even since 1979, democracy has been a significant element of Iranian politics, a position supported by the regular success of moderates in regional elections.

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Unfortunately, democracy in Iran was derailed several times in 1921 by a British sponsored coup and again by a coup sponsored by the United States in 1953, which kept the autocratic Shah in power until the Islamic revolution of 1979.

The entire debate is available on the Internet, with an English voiceover.

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