Magazine January 25, 2010, Issue

Rebels without a Cause

Supporters of Iran’s presidential candidate Mirhossein Mousavi protest against the election results in front of Iran’s police in Tehran, Iran, June 13, 2009. (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)
They are precisely what Iran needs

The current upheaval in Iran has the world holding its breath. A test of strength has opened between the hard-line Islamists of the regime and a good part of the population that is disappointed or angry with that regime. The mullahs have been incompetent, indulging in dangerous and extravagant foreign adventures, and above all corrupt, lining their pockets shamelessly. Iranians do not have to search for reasons to take to the streets. Many of them also fear that the country’s nuclear program is a gamble that could cost them their lives. Like everybody else, they take it for granted that …

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I am reminded of one of the supervisors of my Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, Roger Tsien, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008.

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