Thursday, January 06, 2005

The Persian Gulf
In an issue that united Iranians of all stripes ( and was a constant feature of nightly news here in Iran, National Geographic changed its mind and has decided that the gulf we all know as the Persian Gulf really is the Persian Gulf and not the Arabian Gulf.
The New York Times > AP > International > Iran Celebrates Cartographic Victory: "Iran claimed victory after it learned that National Geographic had revised its world atlas to highlight the name ``Persian Gulf'' over the alternative ``Arabian Gulf.'' But the U.S. cartographer said such revisions are common.

Iran had said in November that it would ban from its territory new edition of the atlas, as well as National Geographic journalists, until the map for the Gulf region was changed. It objected to the eighth edition's printing the term Arabian Gulf in parenthesis beside the more commonly used Persian Gulf."

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