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"The man has stopped being afraid"

Iranian sports fans chant anti-regime slogans at a football game on April 27, at the Aryamehr (Azadi) stadium in Tehran: "Reza Shah, Rest in Peace!"

The journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski thought he had identified the precise psychological moment when the 1979 Iranian revolution against Mohammad Reza Shah began:

"The policeman shouts . . .

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May 14, 2018

Red Wednesday

I first got an inkling that the Islamic Revolution will fail when I read about the popular Silvrback blog imageChaharshanbe Suri  - red or fiery Wednesday - festival in Iran.  Chaharshanbe Suri is on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz, the Iranian new year, in March. People build bonfires in alleys and on street corners. They leap over the . . .

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March 03, 2018

'Battleship Potemkin': A Gift for Violence

I watched ‘Battleship Potemkin’ again the other day, on streaming video, after – well, a very long time.  This 1925 communist propaganda film by Soviet director Sergei Silvrback blog imageEisenstein draws loosely on historical events, the mutiny aboard a ship of the Russian imperial navy, during the failed 1905 revolution against the . . .

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February 08, 2018

Marx - Only 160 Years Too Early on China and the West

In June 1853 the New York Daily Tribune published an article by Karl Marx on "Revolution in China and in Europe."  This is Marx in typical form, combining a brilliant explanatory model of the past and present with bold yet quite mistaken predictions about the future - the opposite of the damned in Dante's Inferno, who could see the . . .

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November 06, 2017

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