Iran: Murder v. Reform

In the windswept mountains and fertile valleys of the Iranian province of Fars, where Cyrus founded the Persian empire almost 2,500 years ago, time has stubbornly stood still. The feudal landlords defiantly lead the fight against change, and especially against the Shah's ambitious land-reform program.

This program permits landlords to own only one village and its farm lands and buildings; their other holdings must be sold to the government at specified prices for distribution to sharecropping farmers. Along with most of the other 450 wealthy families, the landlords of Fars have fought...

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