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Mid-East Junction

The lasting legacy of Ayotollah Khomeni 30 years after his death

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A view shows the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a ceremony marking his death anniversary, in Tehran
A view shows the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a ceremony marking his death anniversary, in Tehran REUTERS

Iran is again in the headlines in an increasingly tense spat with the US and a number of other western countries.

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This is nothing new, however. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been involved in almost continuous diplomatic rows since its creation in 1979.

Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini drove the revolution of 1979 that drastically changed the country.

Better known in the west as Ayotollah Khomeni, he put an end to the corrupt constitutional monarchy of the Shah and created a theocracy that promised a better life for every Iranian.

June of this year marked 30 years since his death. What legacy did he leave?

We find out more in this edition of Mid-East Junction as we meet one man's journey from the streets of Tehran in support of Khomeini to the streets of Paris in fear of Khomeini. (Read more about the legacy of Khomeini)

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