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Iran: New protests materialized in Iran on Feb. 1-2. Women protesting the wearing of the hijab organized the protests, most of which were small, according to reports. A few unreliable reports suggested they were more widespread and targeted the government and supreme leader. On Feb. 2, the government announced it had arrested 29 people in connection with the demonstrations. What’s most notable in all this is that on Feb. 4, a presidential adviser reportedly released a 2014 government research report that said almost 50 percent of Iranians think the government should stay out of the hijab issue. At this poin