New US sanctions will make it harder to keep a lid on a growing uprising threatening Iran’s rulers

The most serious challenge to the Iranian establishment in a decade came this year – but it wasn’t from the US or Donald Trump.

Instead it was the people who confronted the powers that be. And it could be the people who bring the regime crashing down, albeit with a helpful nudge from Mr Trump’s latest sanctions.

Iranian protesters have been out on the streets for months calling for the fall of the government and berating its handling of the country’s deepening economic crisis.

Farmers in the rural north angered over rising egg prices to the devout in the holy city of Qom, have joined the demonstrations.

In the past when things were going badly, Iranians blamed outside forces. They believed their…

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