IRAN: Another Crisis for the Shah

A grim week of strikes, slowdowns and lingering discontent

Can the Shah survive? Will strikes and slowdowns lead from near anarchy to total chaos? Where is Iran going?

These were questions that plagued nervous Western diplomats as Iran—the oil-rich keystone to stability in volatile Central Asia—staggered through another week of turmoil and antigovernment demonstrations that have brought the economy to a virtual standstill. A walkout by 11,000 employees of Iran Air grounded all 162 daily flights of the country's flag airline; more serious was a strike by 37,000 workers at Iran's nationalized...

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