And in light of Barbara Slavin's recent witty piece in Foreign Policy:
19 September 2010
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13 September 2010
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad studies the Cyrus Cylinder, named after 'Cyrus the Great' of the Achaemenid Empire and widely considered to be the world's first charter of human rights. The cylinder was recently loaned to Iran's National Museum in Tehran from the British Museum in London, where it has been on display since prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Ironically, while the historical artifact dates back to 539 B.C. at the height of the Persian Empire, Iran had one of the worst human rights records worldwide more than 2,500 years later in Freedom House's 2010 "Freedom in the World" report.
12 September 2010
Following the trickle of diplomatic resignations earlier this year, Hossein Alizadeh, Iran's second-ranking officer in its Finish embassy, has resigned in protest of the illegitimacy of the Ahmadinejad administration and the Islamic Republic's hardline policies. He has also pledged his support to the Green movement.