What Iran’s regime discovered from its personal revolution

What Iran's regime learned from its own revolution


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Abu Dhabi

The latest wave of protests in Iran is perhaps one of the longest-running challenges the Islamic Republic has faced in recent years.

Over the past two months, the government has cracked down hard on demonstrators, leading to the death of at least 326, according to Iran Human Rights, an NGO based in Norway. More than 1,000 have been charged in connection with the protests. On Sunday, an Iranian court issued the first death sentence to a protester convicted of “enmity against God” and “spreading corruption on Earth” for allegedly setting a government building on fire.

So far, the regime remains intact with no signs of cracks in its foundations.

But the…