Why, exactly, has Iran been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus?
* * * SPECIAL ISSUE: THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC AND CORONAVIRUS * * *
A raging infection;
Tallying regime losses so far;
The likely cause of Iran's suffering;
The cost of "Islamic medicine"
Tehran moves to mute criticism
Militant Islamists rise in Africa;
At long last, a British ban on Hezbollah;
The pace of Palestinian terror;
A Saudi step forward;
How Turkey is transforming the Libya conflict
What if you held a national election and no one turned out? That’s the situation currently confronting Iranian officials, who are grappling with the aftermath of a truly disastrous outcome in last week’s parliamentary elections.
Iran’s clerical army could decide that an internal transition is the best answer, and move to remove (or at least subordinate) the country’s current clerical elite. Such a step, after all, would allow the IRGC to preserve its current, extensive grip on national power while simultaneously working to alleviate economic pressure from the U.S. and reintegrate into the international community.