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Shah's exiled son bids to unite fractured Iran

World Focus: Shah's exiled son bids to unite fractured Iran
By Anne Penketh, Diplomatic Editor
Friday, 21 November 2008


The scene is a London townhouse near Victoria. The heir to the throne of Iran, the eldest son of the late Shah, is holding court before a small audience of Iranian exiles and Middle East analysts crowded into the living room. It is a far cry from the sumptuous palaces of his father in Tehran, now transformed into museums by the Islamic Republic. But Reza Pahlavi (who answers to both "Your Majesty" and Mr Pahlavi), is plotting his return to the land he was forced to leave as a teenager when the 1979 revolution brought militant Shiism to power.

His strategy: to use the internet to link Iranians inside and outside the country and with the help of international pressure secure regime change. Mr Pahlavi recognises that the bitter memories of his father's rule,

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Added: Nov-24-2008 
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