Stereotypes of Iranian society see a cowed population dominated by "mad mullahs". Naz Massoumi takes a look at new books which challenge the myths.
The US's imperialist project in Iraq is falling apart - a fact that even the most belligerent of neoconservatives has been forced to admit. But this does not mean that George Bush is retreating quietly. The instinctive response of the US ruling class to its troubles is to ramp up its aggression - and Iran is rapidly becoming the key target for "regime change" in the Middle East.