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    • Julie
    • 22.10.10 | 12:34 (IST)

    In fact, If you see the resaerch about cultural changes in the Middle Eastern countries, those who have changed are those who have been having close ties with the west and have been exposed to new ideas. The economical and cultural ties gradually bring western culture and weaken the political local culture. The worst thing that we see is that since we do not have international projects, those who are able to work with the westerns and are those who carry any possible change, are becoming more and more isolated. The role of work has became less and the role of politics has became more important, so Ahmadinejad's uneducated and extremist supporters are more likely to wine in competion for new posts. The projects which were traditionally done by Total, Shell and others are now done by revolutionary guards. Because now they easiely can dominate their technocrat rivals that your western friends are themselves not coming. whether they are able or they are not able to do the project, they get its price and become richer and their relative power to people increases.SO in fact the sanctions are weakening the change agents and change process and strengthening the extremists.

    from the article: Berlusconi 'hopes' Israel won't take military action against Iran
    First published 11:21 22.10.10 | Last updated 11:21 22.10.10
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