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For example, when you search for a film, we use your search information and location to show the most relevant cinemas near you.Even before they had managed to unseat the Shah, Iranian revolutionaries—a coalition of leftists and Islamists that ultimately galvanized the masses behind the radical cleric Ayatollah Khomeini—had captured the world’s attention.Ordinary Americans still share memories of Iranian students demonstrating on American college campuses.#Iran Protestspic.twitter.com/G6o KHIPA68 — Armin Navabi (@Armin Navabi) January 18, 2018 These, and other personalized acts of resistance toward corrupt clerical rule, have emerged alongside sustained protests against the regime’s totalitarianism by farmers, factory workers, pensioners, truckers, teachers, students, rights advocates, and more.Every day, Iranians’ social media feeds are filled with videos of fresh protests, as the constituency for Iran’s democratic breakthrough expands across the whole of the country, to encompass a full spectrum of employment sectors, lifestyles, and worldviews.Falling for the siren song of populist Islamist rule, they failed to win the justice or the freedoms they had been demanding, and instead lost everything they had taken for granted under secular, modernizing rule: personal liberties, social progress, and economic opportunities that had birthed a middle class.South Korea and other countries economically inferior to Iran before the revolution are now towering over it, despite Iran’s vast oil wealth.The irony of US educated Iranians rising up not only against a Shah that gave them scholarships to study abroad but also against “The Great Satan” that had welcomed them into its liberal and democratic society may be lost on American progressives.But it stands in bold relief for a generation of young Iranian liberals who reject a revolution predicated on hatred for America and the West, Israel, modernity, and a free, pluralist conception of the Iranian nation with ancient roots in the egalitarian, secular rule of Cyrus the Great and his declaration of human rights.Rather than expose regime disinformation, these reporters frequently recycle it in their articles and tweets: There are 80 million #Iranians inside #Iran. The fact that only 400 would sign a letter to Trump to fund & support Reza Pahlavi speaks for itself.#Delusional https://t.co/Jj K42n K1Jg — Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January 5, 2019 The recent focus on the murder of Khashoggi offers an instructive example.