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From ‘Great Satan’ to Estranged Cousin

Outside the mosque where Iran’s president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, went to vote on Friday, a parade of cars, trucks and scooters rumbles by, day in and day out, right over a picture of an American flag painted on the blacktop. The message is unmistakable: that America is still the Great Satan, the enemy of the people of Iran, the nation vilified by the father of this country’s Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and to this day chided by his successor as Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. But Hamid Reza Solimaai is embarrassed by that flag on the ground. “The government has imposed this on people’s minds, painting flags on the road,” said Mr. Solimaai, who was working on Monday in a closet-sized storefront repairing tires. “Almost all the people hate this.” Full Story

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