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As protests rage in Iran, there are few certainties—except that the Revolution has run out of steam

Social media is our main source of news and spin abounds. But there are some conclusions we can draw from the apparently widespread protests in Iran

By Ali Ansari  

The video that contained this photograph was made available by the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Germany. The accuracy of the information of this regime critical, exile Iranien group cannot be verified completely by dpa. Photo: Mek Network Inside Iran/ Nationalen Widerstandsrat Iran/dpa

The protests that have spread through Iran like a series of bush fires have taken most observers, not least the Iranian authorities, by surprise.

What ostensibly began as a protest against economic hardship in the north-eastern city of Mashhad—with, it was suggested, some encouragement and support by hard-line critics of President Rouhani—has prompted a series of copycat demonstrations, some of which have…

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