The current protests are economic in nature, but build on discontent and cynicism with a monarchy that stifles debate while failing to deliver improving living standards.
If the system had once been able to accommodate hopes for reform, dividing moderate and radical opponents, now it has dashed them completely. Everyone who’s not with the regime has turned against it.
It at least gives hope that, after the chaos and corruption of the last decade, some limited change and political accountability might at last be possible.
The most important task is the resolution of the constitutional crisis and a return to the normal democratic process.
Raisi, who presided over the execution of 5000 regime opponents in 1988, would be a strong bulwark against an Iranian version of Gorbachev taking over.
That country needs assistance in making the transition to responsible, accountable democracy after a generation of corrupt leadership.
To do so would mean more than staying in step with Trump. For no US administration could accept being bound into a UN system without a veto.
It really was a trip that will be forever etched into my mind. I was utterly stupid and irresponsible to go. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
The death toll that can be laid at his feet is far greater than that attributable to ISIS and Al Qaeda.
The seriousness of the uprising can be judged by the severity of the crackdown. Over a hundred people are dead, and the internet has been shut down.
I’m glad to see we’ve now had the guts to stop a tanker we believe is smuggling Iranian oil in defiance of sanctions on Syria.
The odds are stacking ever higher against the man who has dominated his country’s politics for years.
It will be a significant step forward in keeping this heinous organisation from inciting hatred on our streets.
The country’s Prime Minister, Speaker and President, all stressed how much they would welcome working with the UK to encourage investment.
The Middle East had been entering a period of relative calm, but Putin’s aggression in Europe puts it at risk.