The newly elected president of Iran, the religious conservative and former revolutionary guard Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was elected on the 24 June tried to play down fears of Iranian workers during the election campaign that he would reverse the “liberalization” of recent years.

No-one believed US vice-president Dick Cheney when he said the Iraqi insurgency was in its "last throes".

“The fish starts rotting from the head. Don’t you smell the rot of our fish?” An Egyptian human rights lawyer, speaking out at a press conference on February 22nd, expressed the growing confidence of opponents to the Egyptian government. (1)

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