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What will Bush make of 'Kandahar'?

By Mark Cousins   December 2001

It is exhilarating to have such ambiguous political bearings. In Esfahan a few days ago, Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei spoke to a crowd of tens of thousands on Emam Khomeini Square. Our hotel was only a few metres away but when we tried to stand at the door to watch the throngs arriving, a policeman ushered us back in the nicest possible way. In Tehran none of the young people have any time for Khamenei. A taxi driver openly told us of the “death to Khamenei” chants on the streets after the recent Iran-Emirates football match. Everyone we talked…

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