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ICYMI: Inside Iran with Mohsen Sazegara - Tehran in Turmoil

February 1, 2013 1 minute Read by Christopher Walsh

This post originally appeared on www.freedomcollection.orgThe Freedom Collection’s Mohsen Sazegara, an Iranian political dissident and freedom advocate, offers his unique perspective on the inner workings of the regime in Tehran.  In this video, Mohsen explains the motivation behind street protests that erupted in Iran yesterday.   International sanctions levied against the regime for its dubious nuclear program have impacted the Iranian economy; inflation is out of control and the value of the Iranian rial has plummeted.  On Wednesday, public outrage reached a breaking point as frustrated citizens took to the streets, calling for the resignation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and denouncing his government’s support for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad instead of them.  In Mohsen’s view, these protests may be the first spark in a chain reaction of public demonstrations against the regime’s economic policy.


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Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.

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