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INU - Aseman Airlines passenger Flight EP3704 crashed into Dena Mountain near the city of Semirom in Isfahan Province on Sunday morning, February 18th. Everyone on board was killed — 66 passengers and crew. The plane was en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj.

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INU - In Mashhad, in 1992, religious authorities in charge of the shrine of the 8th Imam Reza decided they wanted to enlarge their compound. The destruction of an adjacent residential area of dilapidated homes and shacks called Mahalle Tollab was necessary, which resulted in a riot. This surprised authorities, who realized that they must weaken the protesters’ solidarity. They created factions by announcing, “The people whose houses were seized and destroyed demand to be distinguished from provocateurs and saboteurs.” The “provocateurs and saboteurs” were then identified and hanged, which acted as a message to everyone else. In less than two weeks, the protests dwindled away.

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INU - Cities across Iran once again experienced anti-government protests on the evening of February 1st. Clashes between young people and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were reported in at least 14 cities, in an echo of the nationwide protests that have shaken Iran since 28 December 2017.

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INU - As New Year’s Day dawned, so did the fifth day of protests in Iran. While President Rouhani acknowledged the importance of attention to economic and political realities and the people’s right to protest, he seemed to ignore reality when he proclaimed, “There is a minority, a tiny group, who would come in and do something: to chant slogans against the law and the will of the people, to insult the sanctities and values of the revolution, and to destroy public property. Our country will round them up good.”

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INU - Speaking at a gathering of Air Force commanders and personnel on February 8th, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that “fighting corruption and oppression is very difficult,” and called upon government officials to get serious about confronting corruption.

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INU -Theda Skocpol, Harvard political scientist and scholar of revolution, outlines three preconditions must exist in a country before a revolution is successful:

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