Iran won't be appearing at the world's largest trade fair for books this year after the Frankfurt Book Fair invited Salman Rushdie to be a guest speaker. Calling the decision to bring Rushdie, who is still the target of a fatwa issued in 1998 by Ayatollah Khomeini, "an anti-cultural action," Iran's minister of culture urged other Islamic countries to boycott the fair as well.
The announcement comes just days after a kinder, gentler example was set in Tehran with "Gate of Words", a light installation by German artist Philipp Geist that projected words of love and peace onto Azadi (Freedom) Tower. His goal: to promote cultural understanding between Iran and Germany. It appears there is still a long way to go.