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In Iran’s surprise uprising of the poor, dents to revolution’s legitimacy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
After a week of violent anti-establishment protests across Iran, in which anger welled up most vociferously among the country’s poor, even a perfume seller in Tehran knows the harm that has been done to one pillar of the 1979 Islamic revolution. The Islamic Republic was “based on the ideal of a better world for the oppressed and the poor,” says Ashkan, a 32-year-old with a master’s degree in chemistry, who has had to settle for a job selling perfume in a friend’s shop. Recommended: How much do you know about Iran? read more


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