Baluchistan and Islamic Republic of Iran’s brotherly love

By Nir Boms and Shayan Arya

Executive Summary

  • Despite propaganda, the Islamic Republic of Iran has not been the promised utopia of religious and social harmony.  Instead, religious buildings are routinely demolished and dissidents executed.
  • Iran is remarkably diverse.  10-15m people are Sunni muslims; there are also Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, and Baluchis as well in the country.  This means Iran is a real patchwork society.
  • – Attempts at moderation have largely been a failure and in Baluchistan, there is much unrest.  Violence is common.
  • – Indeed, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a religiously repressive regime and Muhammad Khatami’s statements about peaceful coexistence cannot be believed.

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