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Iran: Here we go again?

By Gwynne Dyer      

Iranians certainly have lots to protest against. Living standards have fallen 15 percent in the past ten years. More than 3 million Iranians are jobless, and youth unemployment is about 40 percent. The price of some basic food items, like chicken and eggs, has recently risen by almost half, writes Gwynne Dyer.

Protests in Kermanshah, Iran on Dec. 29, 2017. Voice of America photograph
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“The people behind what is taking place think they will be able to harm the government,” said Iran’s First Vice-President, Eshaq Jahangiri. “But when social movements and protests start in the street, those who have ignited them are not always able to control them.” And the question is: which people did Jahangiri actually mean, and which government? The hard-liners in Iran insist (as they always do on these occasions) that the demonstrations that broke out on Thursday and

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