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Future Iranian Opportunity

Iran is a major importer of grains and vegetable oil, but its estrangement is getting worse. Now the EU has joined the U.S. in imposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The watershed was the death last month of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in the custody of Tehran’s morality police known as the Guidance Patrol. She had been arrested for not wearing the hijab head covering mandatory for all women. Relatively large protests followed her murder and indicated the potential for future political changes based on important demographic changes in the country.  China had its one child policy, but it is Iran that experienced the fastest drop off in population growth. Moreover, women are the now concurrently the most educate...

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