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        Upsurge in Dissident Arrests 
        Hamid Khosravi | Tehran | 12 December 2007
        Human rights organisations in Iran say dissidents are being targeted in 
an unprecedented wave of arrests and harassment. It looks very much like 
all-out war on anyone critical of the regime.

        President Ahmadinejad Seen Through the Eyes of the Poor 
        Maryam Radnia | Mazandaran | 5 December 2007
        When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected Iranian president in 2005, most of 
his support came from the poorer sections of society. His famous campaign 
pledge was that he'd distribute his country's oil money so that it landed on 
people's dinner tables. He also promised to establish social justice and root 
out corruption.

        From Underground Music to Angelina Jolie 
        Saba Afsharnajafi | Tehran | 4 December 2007
        When Iran features in the western media, it is usually in relation to 
the country's nuclear crisis or allegations that it is involved in the Iraq 
conflict, and there is little interest in what is happening inside Iranian 
society, young people in particular.

        Iranians' Love-Affair With Texting 
        Parisa Dezfoulian | Tehran | 26 November 2007
        Some dry figures from Iran's Mobile Communications Company tell us a 
curious fact - for the 20 million or so text messages sent within the country 
every day, the peak hours are between ten in the evening and one in the 
morning. That might seem an odd time to be sitting up sending messages, but the 
statistic graphically illustrates how the SMS phenomenon has become a way for 
people to circumvent authority.

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