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The Iran protests expose a deep fault line in the Islamic Republic

Demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran on Dec. 30 to protest high living costs

HISTORY IS LITTERED WITH THE charred remains of fires lit for a discreet purpose, only to burn out of control. One may be immolating Iran now.

In the country’s 2017 presidential election, conservatives calculated that the best way to unseat moderate Hassan Rouhani was to point out to Iranians how poor they were. The idea was to sandbag Rouhani for failing to deliver the windfall that was expected when economic

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