IRAN: To Hell

Iran's lower house of Parliament, the Majlis, was transformed into one of the strangest lodging houses in history. In one wing, six actors and three actresses rehearsed a French play called Robe Rouge for presentation in the Majlis gardens. The production was originally scheduled for Teheran's Saadi Theater, but Mossadegh's nationalist hoodlums, suspecting something leftist about the theater, had wrecked it. The Majlis, traditional refuge from political persecution, was the only safe place left for the players.

In another wing, pajama-clad Jamal Imami, a wealthy, uncompromising right-wing Deputy sat on the edge of a cot and explained to a...

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