Why This Time the Protests in Iran are Different (Requiem for a Dream)

Protesters carrying away a comrade shot during protests in Shiraz, Iran. November 17, 2019

The last time around, when it once again seemed like the Islamic Republic of Iran was tumbling down and the usual suspects were telling us it was the end of the regime, was in 2017. Anti-government demonstrations had broken out without warning in Mashad during the early days of winter and quickly grew to include dozens of communities throughout Iran, sending forth…