Change of generations

8 June 2005

Twenty-six years ago no one would predict that someday Ayatollah Khomeini's family would campaign for ideals almost completely against their grandfather's ideology, way of life and governance, demanding the kind of freedoms he never believed in. But as we see in this picture Fatemeh with yellow shoes is sitting near her friends while campaigning for the most radical reformist candidate of this presidential race.

Dr. Moeen is the name of the candidate and his team has announced that he thinks the supreme leader should also be elected in a free election. That would have been Fatemeh's grand grandfather had he not died 16 years ago, and been replaced by Ayatollah Khamenei. Many among the young generation support these views which provide hope for a real democracy, not half a democracy, or a continuation of theocracy.

By Bahman Kalbasi

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Violence, corruption and cynicism threaten America's flagging democracy. Joe Biden has promised to revive it – but can his new administration stem the flow of online disinformation and shady political financing that has eroded the trust of many US voters?

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Emily Bell Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism and director, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Columbia Journalism School

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