Imperfect, But Hopeful: Hooman Majd On The Upcoming Iranian Election
Since the Guardian Council (the agency responsible for vetting candidates) only approved eight of the nearly 700 candidates who wished to compete in June 14's election, the public may be apathetic or hostile towards the process, Majd says. Just because there are flaws in the system, however, should not preclude Iranians from voicing their opinions at the ballot box. Born in Iran and raised and educated in America, Majd acts as a link between the two countries. He offers an erudite look at the often misunderstood political, economic, and social structure of Iran. In both of his books, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ (a New York Times bestseller) and his new work, The Ayatollahs' Democracy, he provides an insider look at the issues surrounding Iranian leadership. His talks are eye-opening, to say the least, and shed light on the often misunderstood nation.