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FORWARD EXCLUSIVE: Larry Cohler-Esses traveled to Iran on the first journalism visa granted to a Jewish publication since 1979. What he found is a country on the brink of change — but the final outcome remains uncertain.
Thirty-six years after a vast and diverse movement of Iranians coalesced around the elderly Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to overthrow the shah’s corrupt rule, the unique, theocratically controlled electoral polity he established sits today on the precipice of a huge change. After decades of isolation, many (though not all) of the international sanctions imposed against it are slated to be dropped in exchange for Shi’ite Tehran submitting to a nuclear inspection regime of unprecedented scope.