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America and the Ayatollahs


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SINCE the overthrow and exile of the shah in January 1979, the Iran product of the Islamic revolution has brought a profound contradiction: being both a republic and a theocracy. A squaring of the political circle resolved through electoral pantomimes accompanied by a bloody repression by a regime of ayatollahs, which desperately tries to continue to control a society like the Persian, increasingly younger and less sectarian.

Iran has the ‘copyright’ of the slogan “Death to America.” And since the assault and kidnapping of the American embassy in Tehran, the US and Iran have maintained the worst of relations punctuated by a litany of aggression, mistrust, threats and sanctions. Despite everything, Iran has achieved in the



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