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The most enlightening commentary on what is going on in Iran right now was written 162 years ago.Why are these protests taking place in Iran and not in, say, North Korea? Compare the status of women and minorities in Saudi Arabia and Iran and you will find there is really no comparison. And in recent years, Iran has taken steps toward even greater openness, although they've often been reversed as the hard-liners win out over the reformers in what is still a generally repressive regime.Iran's hard-line establishment has actively sought to undermine Rouhani's reform agenda.Iran has the ingredients for a revolution.What appears likely for Iran is a period of instability – in an already volatile Middle East.
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