Sam Ghandchiسام قندچيMy Trip to Iran
سفرم به ایران


I had a trip to Iran last February and returned to the U.S. before Norouz. The last time I had visited Iran was 16 years ago in July of 1998, i.e. less than a year after the presidency of Mohammad Khatami and wrote about it on the Internet at that time. This time, my visit was also less than a year after presidency of Hassan Rouhani.


My visit was a personal family visit. I did not talk to any journalist or activist. But just talking to ordinary Iranians, I can say about Iran, that the feeling was not like the first year of Mohammad Khatami's presidency that most journalists and political activists abroad think of Iran during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani. 


I wrote the details of what I saw in an article in Persian in May and there is not anything more I can add to it (1). When I went to Tehran, my preconception was that the course of events is similar to the first year of Khatami's presidency, but my observations, to my disbelief, as I have noted in that article, showed me otherwise. 


As time has passed especially during the last few weeks, it seems to me it is now time for those living abroad to reevaluate our thinking about the course of events in Iran.


Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,

Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
October 29, 2014




1. ايران در آستانه سالگرد روحانی



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