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Irony? Ahmadinejad Ran on Campaign of 'Change'

Complete video at: In this clip from February 2009, journalist Azadeh Moaveni notes that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ran on a campaign of 'change' during the 2005 election that initially saw him elected to office - a detail that may seem ironic in light of Iran's current allegations of electoral fraud. ----- As one of the few American correspondents allowed to work continuously in Iran since 1999, Azadeh Moaveni has reported widely on women's rights, Islamic reform and youth culture. She discusses her personal experiences living and working in Iran, including how, after facing the threat of arrest, she fled the country to protect her family's safety. - Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley Azadeh Moaveni grew up in California, her parents having left Iran in 1976, three years before the Islamic revolution. The unresolved tension she felt between her cultural identity as an Iranian and an American led her to go to Iran as a journalist. For two years she wrote about Iran for Time, finding a complex and varied reality. Her stay was bracketed by the pro-democracy student demonstrations of 1999 and President Bush's "axis of evil" speech in 2001, after which the government clamped down hard on dissent and on journalists. She was compelled to leave in fear for her safety. Her book Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran is the account of Moaveni's time in Iran, and of her quest to better understand her cultural identity.
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