Magazine March 8, 2010, Issue

An Iranian’s Life

Students wave Iran’s national flag as others hold pictures of Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei (R) and late Ayatollah Khomeini during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran, February 10, 2009. (Raheb Homavandi/Reuters)
How an exile journalist has coped with the currents of his time

When Khomeini created his Islamic dictatorship in Iran, he also created an Iranian diaspora: Some 3 million Iranians now live abroad, in various countries, on various continents. Many of them do what they can to ameliorate the situation back home. They are especially interested now, as the “green revolution” mounts a serious challenge to the dictatorship. Exile journalists play an important role, in two basic ways: They inform the world at large about Iran; and they inform those Iranians they can reach about both their own country and the greater world. Iran can be an area of darkness.

One exile journalist,

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