Background: Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and the shah was forced into exile. Conservative clerical forces established a theocratic system of government with ultimate political authority nominally vested in a learned religious scholar. Iranian-US relations have been strained since a group of Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979 and held it until 20 January 1981. During 1980-88, Iran fought a bloody, indecisive war with Iraq that eventually expanded into the Persian Gulf and led to clashes between US Navy and Iranian military forces between 1987-1988. Iran has been designated a state sponsor of terrorism for its activities in Lebanon and elsewhere in the world and remains subject to US economic sanctions and export controls because of its continued involvement. Following the elections of a reformist president and Majlis in the late 1990s, attempts to foster political reform in response to popular dissatisfaction have floundered as conservative politicians have prevented reform measures from being enacted, increased repressive measures, and consolidated their control over the government.
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- October 7th 2012 Zoroastrianism
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- March 6th 2012 BOMB IRAN!... THE POWER OF MANTRAS
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- November 12th 2011 When a picture is worth more than 1,000 words!!
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- November 12th 2011 Life In Iran
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- May 31st 2011 Mecca in Iran - Mashhad
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- August 28th 2010 Salaam, where you from? Welcome
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- May 5th 2010 Power to your elbow!
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- April 16th 2010 Persepolis and Yazd
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- October 8th 2009 Zoroastrian roots
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- September 25th 2009 Yazd (Safest city in Iran)
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- April 30th 2009 Yazd,.
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- April 29th 2009 Po drodze do Yazd.
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- April 3rd 2009 My last days in Iran
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- March 18th 2009 The backpacker hangout of Iran..?
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- November 3rd 2008 on the road another time
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- October 6th 2008 "why would you want to come to Yazd - its a shithole"
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