The seeming populist revolt in Iran coincides almost perfectly with my reading of Rick Steve's new book Travel as a Political Act.
Rick, the guru of modern European travel on the cheap, advocates travel as a means to understand people and culture beyond political facades and stereotypes. The picture he paints in his chapter Mission: Understanding Iran is of an educated, sophisticated population navigating through political and religious turmoil.
Rick's insights on Iran come firsthand. In 2008 he traveled to Iran to shoot a documentary for PBS (available here with some audio issues). Rick's blog postings from his Iran trip are also very insightful.
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