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Mideast unrest could boost Iran, but it faces upheaval at home

Posted by alanmirs on April 16, 2011

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rapid implementation of fuel subsidy cuts – estimated at $20 billion to date – could stir discontent.


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reacts during a news conference in Tehran, Iran, on April 4.

Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters

   By Roshanak Taghavi, Correspondent / April 15, 2011

WashingtonTehran has much at stake in the tumult wracking the Middle East, with popular uprisings in the region potentially opening the way for Iranto expand its political influence……………… 

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The subsidies were eliminated weeks ago. There have not been any protests. In fact, the action has led to a significant reduction in energy usage. People who used to turn on the air conditioner and at the same time leave the windows open are no longer continuing this wasteful practice. Gasoline usage has gone down significantly also. At the same time, a recent Goldman-Sachs report has predicted that Iran will be the world’s 12 largest economy by 2025. So, let’s just stop these predictions of doom and gloom


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