While Iranians seem less optimistic about their future, their capital city has actually become more liveable in some ways. Iranians last week enjoyed an extra three days off — a holiday declared by the government to improve traffic flow and security during a Non-aligned Movement summit. Those who didn't leave town headed for the mountains north of Tehran.
A banner reading "Welcome to the Islamic Republic of Iran" is stretched across a flyover to welcome those attending the Non-Aligned Summit.
(Photo: Barbara Slavin)