The Guardian weighs in on the "is Ahmadinejad of Jewish descent or not" controversy (well, all right, discussion). Meir Javedanfar in the Comment is Free section explains why that is not true; far from being embarrassed about the family, Ahmadinejad is a proud Shiite. Of course, that does not precisely explain why he avoids discussing the change of name. To be fair, Sabourjian sounds Armenian rather than Jewish, so maybe there is a Christian element in the family background. You pays your money and you takes you choice.