Many who once called for change have turned away from politics altogether and won't be voting in Friday's election.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hard-line allies and other conservative factions are expected to win a majority in the 290-seat parliament.
Broad outspokenness, and not a White House plan for war with Iran, most likely led to his retirement from Central Command.
It faces one of the world's fastest rising rates of drug use.
It takes the country off the list of worst human rights offenders but still notes serious concerns.
Readers write about the politics of the Olympics, peace in the Middle East, the Air Force budget, and 'facts' in memoirs.
Adm. William Fallon stepped down after an article in Esquire magazine portrayed his views on Iran as being at odds with those of President Bush.
Western and Iranian officials consider new framework as Iran program progresses.