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Daily Journal of Mahaan, an Iranian-American student residing in USA.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Category: Politics of Iran

Elections are over and as it was expected the conservatives gained an absolute majority of the Iranian parliament. It is difficult not to be disappointed of the future days of Iran. Some say that pragmatic conservatives are gaining the power in Iran and they'll not repeat their mistakes about social pressures (on youth, women, etc) like the time before Khatami. But by looking into the names of the people who have been elected (better say selected), we see very few names of pragmatic conservatives. It's the same army of backward strict conservatives folks who were running the parliament 4 years ago...
Anyway, there is a lot to say and hear about what happened in this (almost finished) reform era of Iran and there are many things to blame (including Mr. Khatami). The most regretful part is the Energy and excitement of millions of Iranian youth who have been sacrificing their mind and thought for the future of their country with no reservation and the disappointment that they're feeling these days.
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