IRAN: Entering a Troubled New Year

Violence in Kurdistan mars a joyous holiday

Iranians paused in the midst of their revolution last week to celebrate the ancient Persian new year, Now Ruz. Traditionally it is a time for family gatherings, exchanges of sweets and a long holiday from work, but this year's holiday for many people was not an altogether happy one. Revolutionary fervor was giving way to cynicism. There were unresolved quarrels among disparate forces claiming to represent Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini. The government of Prime Minister Mehdi Bazargan, struggling to cope with economic chaos, faced a new threat:...

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