Sean Penn in Iran
Perhaps you caught the series of articles Sean Penn did for the San Francisco Chronicle on his travels to Iraq last year. Well, he visited Iran recently, and has written another series of enlightening articles. Here is a link to the first. Be sure to take a look at the pictures, and even more interesting, the Quicktime videos.
These articles may just give you a clearer picture of what life is actually like in Iran, in both negative and positive ways. Definitely worth a read!