The two messages from the Iranian people to their leaders: First, for all your gloating about Iran’s nuclear arsenal, nobody can eat nuclear weapons. Second, we want a different future.
Iranians have endured 40 years of war with their own government, eight years of war with Iraq and an ongoing economic war with U.S.
A big share of Iran’s economy is owned by the business wings of the armed forces.
Iranians have long taken national pride in their natural resource wealth. But ordinary people aren’t seeing the benefits.
Once again, sharply rising food prices contribute to turmoil.
Most Iranians live in cities. Protests are no longer confined to Tehran and other big cities, as the move to small cities is changing the landscape of protests.