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The Iranian revolution at 40

International | Plus, elections in Nigeria and a euthanasia trial in Canada
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/11/19, 03:06 pm

IRAN: Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that ushered in Tehran’s theocracy under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The tumultuous events (timeline here) led to the hostage-taking of 52 Americans from the U.S. Embassy, held for 444 days; the spread of Islamic jihadism via Iranian-backed groups like Hezbollah; and an ongoing war within Sunni and Shia Islam amid resurging extremism. A panel of experts will address the fallout from those events Monday at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

NIGERIA: Nigerians head to the polls on Saturday in a presidential contest—and here’s a good synopsis of why (and how to) pray for elections in Africa’s most populous country and largest economy.

A UN official condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s January suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, the first southern Christian judge to preside over the country’s judiciary in 35 years. The controversy has cast a shadow over election campaigning, as the chief justice (now a Muslim Buhari compatriot) could preside over an election dispute.

SIERRA LEONE: President Julius Maada Bio declared a national emergency over sexual violence after the rape of a 5-year-old girl—who was paralyzed from the waist down by the attack—sparked national outrage.

HUNGARY: Hoping to improve his country’s flagging birth rate, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced new tax and loan incentives for families to have children. Orban has taken a tough line on immigrants and said, “We do not need numbers. We need Hungarian children.”

CANADA: Michel Cadotte’s disturbed state of mind impaired his “freedom of choice,” said his lawyer, defending the 57-year-old Montreal husband accused of killing his wife in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Last week Cadotte admitted to a jury he smothered his wife after health officials denied his request for her medically assisted death.

CHINA: The Tibetan Daocheng County is just beautiful.

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Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.

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    Posted: Wed, 02/13/2019 09:57 am

    Recently read a great book by a young Iranian-born man who was born on the very day Imam Khomeini returned to Iran. His first name is Sohrab or Sorhab and it would be a great book for WORLD to review. The Shah was not without flaws but in just two weeks the Khomeiniacs executed more Iranian citizens than the Shah had done in the previous 25+ years. For me the saddest of all the Iranian revolutionaries was a man named Saddegh Ghotzbzadeh. This was a man who worked feverishly to help Khomeini return and take over Iran, and yet at the end of his life he was labeled a traitor and executed. In the 70s Ghotzbzadeh had organized protests at the Iranian embassy in DC. He had also been a translator for the imam while Khomeini was in exile in France. Oddly enough last I heard the Groucho Marx look alike Abolhassan Bani Sadr (who held the powerless position of Iranian presidency while that nation held US diplomats hostage) now lives secluded in France himself, fearful of being assassinated by Iranian agents.