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'Hold on to Power': Iran's Ayatollahs Are Channeling the Shah's Strategy to Repress Protests

Modern Iranian history shows that insurrection and rebellion results not in regime moderation, but extremism. The Iranian protests are likely to lead Iran not to become more free - but to become even more of a police state

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Pro-government demonstrators parade an oversized Iranian flag during a march in Iran's holy city of Qom. January 3, 2018
Pro-government demonstrators parade an oversized Iranian flag during a march in Iran's holy city of Qom. January 3, 2018Credit: MOHAMMAD ALI MARIZAD/AFP

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