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 Protests have focused on a variety of specific issues, such as a weak economic crisis

Since the nationwide uprising that rocked the Islamic Republic of Iran last December and January, there has been considerable attention given to the ongoing protests through which the Iranian people are defying the clerical regime’s restrictions and boldly expressing their contempt for the system of religious dictatorship. The protests have focused on a wide variety of specific issues including a worsening economic crisis, water scarcity in certain regions of the country, and enforcement of mandatory head coverings for women along with other discriminatory laws. But in many cases, these individual causes have been enveloped by an overriding recognition of the ruling regime’s culpability for those problems, and this, in turn, has supported explicit calls for regime change.

The regime has consistently shown similar antipathy toward both Western culture and the advocacy for Western-style democracy

This week’s news of Iran filing suit against the United States in the International Court of Justice is indicative of the regime’s effort to confront its longstanding adversaries on the international stage. There is little expectation of the suit having a practical impact on the future of US sanctions against the Islamic Republic, even if it is somehow successful. But such confrontation is essential to Tehran’s post-revolutionary identity as a bulwark against Western influence in the Persian Gulf region.

US President Donald Trump decided in May to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by his predecessor in partnership with five other world powers

This week, there are apparent signs of Iran lashing out at enemies as it confronts a potentially very serious increase in pressure over its malign activities. On Tuesday, Reuters reported upon the announcement by the International Court of Justice that the Islamic Republic had filed suit against the United States, alleging that the re-imposition of economic sanctions associated with the Iranian nuclear program is a violation of bilateral agreement made between the US and the previous Iranian regime in 1955.

Jeremy Hunt, to replace Boris Johnson, who resigned in protest over Brexit.

The government of the United Kingdom underwent a significant change of personnel at the start of this week, which included the appointment of a new Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt, to replace Boris Johnson, who resigned in protest over Brexit. The change in leadership of the Foreign Office effectively hits the reset button on some proceedings related to the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British dual national who has been held as a political prisoner in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison for more than two years.

 whether the proposed arrangements would give an undue advantage to the government of Bashar al-Assad.

It was reported on Tuesday that the latest talks among representatives of Russia, Turkey, and Iran had resulted in no breakthrough on the topic of a framework for a new Syrian constitution, which would ostensibly restore stability to the country after a devastating civil war that has lasted more than seven years.

Trump announced on May 8 that the US was pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump indicated that he might be prepared to turn his attention to the issue of Iran’s nuclear program and other troubling behaviors. Trump announced on May 8 that the US was pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which had been spearheaded by his predecessor and finalized between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, in July 2015. He is now describing his plans as the pursuit of a “real deal,” in contrast to an agreement that he had decried for restricting Iran’s nuclear activities only on a temporary basis while failing to address its ballistic missile program or its regional interventions.

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