Candidates clash on nuclear talks, student crackdowns

June 7, 2013 5:23 PM

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For all the authoritarianism that has creeped into Iran’s political system, particularly since the protests and crackdowns after the 2009 election, Tehran politics still have more dissent and fewer taboos than many Americans might expect. Friday’s presidential debate, the third and final before an election later this month, had the candidates openly sparring on some of the country’s most sensitive issues, including nuclear negotiations with the West and crackdowns on student protests.

This debate doesn’t mean that whoever wins the election could singlehandedly change the country’s course on these issues or would even want to, but it is a reminder that Iran’s political system is not always monolithic. Such internal dissent is limited, though: A judicial body allied with the suprem...

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