IRAN: Brainless & the Ballots

Inside cavernous Sepahsalar Mosque, by the light of bare electric bulbs, Teheran officials last week tabulated the fruits of the electoral process in Iran. For three days the city had been voting for its twelve Deputies to the National Majlis. The tellers sat solemnly around little tables, fished into metal boxes, pulled out ballots and shouted names and numbers to colleagues who carefully inscribed them in big books. Boys ran in & out through the cigarette haze bearing little cups of Turkish coffee and glasses of strong tea to fortify the ballot...

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