It is becoming clear now, very clear. Iran's most democratic government in the last 50 years is going down the drain. Could anyone have found a funnier caricature of democracy in the modern world?
What makes Iran so unique in this respect is the juxtaposition of hope, apathy, diplomatic activism, internal unrest, conflicts in the region, economic waves of oil price fluctuation, a tragic earthquake out of nowhere and a sad but skilled display of power by the organic parts of the Iranian government. The recent mass-rejection of the parliament candidates, of which many of the current members have been a victim, might be the coup de grace for the dreams of a young and ever-hopeful generation of Iranians who besides being genuinely patriotic, were also subject to an idealism that finally proved unworthy of realization. The next thing will probably be mass rejection of voters based on their looks, sex, ethnicity, religion or whatever they seem to be unfit.
I dare to compare the outcome of this mass-rejection of candidates, to the bombardment of the Iranian parliament less than a 100 years ago, by the Russian Cossacks Brigade under the command of the ruling despot, Mohammad-e-Ghajar, who simply did not like the idea of people having a part in the conception of their destiny. The overwhelming public uprising against the king at that time, coordinated by the educated Iranian elite (with known connections to the British, at that time a rival of the Russians in meddling in the Iranian affairs) led to finalizing of the Constitutional Revolution that made Iran, at least in theory, along with Turkey, one of the first democracies in the Middle East. Unfortunately that will not be repeated. To borrow from a recent conversation with Eswin, the popular support for the Constitutional Revolution came from the long years of famine and hardship in the "Protected States of Iran", that had brought many people on the edge of their existence, so that they would give anything for a change.
Now the situation is not so dire for Iranians. Before the Earthquake came, the middle class residents of the big cities were enjoying a transparent dream of prosperity and economic growth. To them, health care seems to be cheap and convenient, the poor and the elderly are supposedly taken care of by the Islamic charity foundations and there are excellent private schools and universities for their kids to follow the path to greatness. There is virtually no tax to be paid unless you work for the government and the credit system in the mercantilistic economy is based only on "trust." So eat as much as you can and don't worry: there is always more. [All said in this paragraph is the alleged dream of the majority of the middle class Iranians in big cities! Sorry for overemphasis!]
The Bam earthquake, for some, was a wake up call. Does the house that many have built themselves under the freshly blended mix of tradition and Modernity, withstand a political earthquake, and its aftershocks? Is there a hope for what shall remain of the Iranian civilization, one of the oldest still claiming to exist?
 I have already talked about these things but well, have your say too!
 Relatively, loosely, hopefully and sadly speaking.
 Google News Compilation. Also mentioned here and here.
 Official Name of Iran at the time, now Islamic Republic of Iran.
 It is indeed cheaper than many places in Europe and even Canada. Whoman also has other intersting posts, touching and also about this subject.
 Education is free in Iran, even higher education, but you will have to work in Iran for twice as long as the duration of your studies or pay a certain equivalent afterwards to release your degree.