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Most people think British power has declined over the past century, but not the Iranians. On the 30th anniversary of the revolution they remain deeply suspicious of British motives. These feelings are now irrational, but are grounded in history

On 4th November, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran’s beleaguered president, lost his interior minister. Ali Kordan was impeached after his curriculum vitae was found to be full of lies. Most egregiously, Kordan credited himself with an honorary doctorate from Oxford University, a claim belied by a university statement denying all knowledge of him, his misspelled degree certificate and his apparent belief that Oxford University is in London.

Kordan says he was duped; he received his degree, he claims, from someone who had introduced himself as Oxford’s “Tehran representative.” To Iranians inclined to believe him, this exotic (but non-existent) post conjures up memories…

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