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Iran’s leader talks tough, but the knives are out for him

“One has to read the speech as a failure of the regime to handle its own challenges and the condition its economy is in,” said Ali Akbar Mahdi, a sociology professor at Cal State Northridge. “Corruption is very high and the government is not able to meet the basic needs of its people. The division between nation and government is increasing very fast. It has turned away people from the government. That lack of public trust is the most important thing.”

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-01-17/irans-supreme-leader-is-in-trouble-at-home-and-abroad

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