Ayatollahs on the way out?

Has the Iranian counter-revolution finally begun? When the government starts criticizing, and even arresting, the vigilantes who have been doing its dirty work, something serious has to be happening. But Slate finds no mention of it on the front page of any of the US papers it scans, despite the overall slowness of the news day.

A little bit of bad news mixed with the good: it seems that the US-based broadcasters who have been trying to pump up the protests are monarchist in tone, but the folks on the ground don’t want to bring back the Shah and are eager not to be perceived as pro-American.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com