Trouble in Paradise

For those of you who consider Iran paradise.

The grand ayatollah complained that people kept on shouting slogans about nuclear rights, but he asked: “Don’t we have other rights too?”

It was a pointed reference to concerns about diminishing freedom of speech in Iran under Mr Ahmadinejad.

Grand Ayatollah Montazeri also launched a scathing attack on the president’s handling of the economy.

He said some gentlemen claimed inflation was only 13% in Iran, but everyone knew the cost of housing had risen more than 50%.

He asked why the government went on useless trips and spent money on others abroad, seemingly a reference to President Ahmadinejad’s recent tour of Latin America and Iranian aid to Palestinian groups like Hamas.