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Since Mubarak of Egypt was forced out of the presidency, other Middle Eastern countries have seen massive political protests. Protesters have taken to the streets in Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan, Libya and Iran. Some have been promised reforms. Others encountered tear gas, arrest, rubber bullets, and live ammunition. Several demonstrators have been killed. The ultimate goals are different in every country, but the common objective is an end to repression and respect for human rights. As the US walks the tightrope between protesters and government allies, does democracy have a chance? Is Turkey the best model for a modern Islamic state?
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Tehran on Monday in a revival of the unrest following the allegedly rigged election in 2009. They were met with brutal repression, and two people were killed—with more protests planned for one of their funerals today. It’s very difficult to get first hand accounts of events in Tehran.
Farnaz Fassihi, Wall Street Journal