Middle Eastern governments have valid reasons to fear foreign conspiracies but deflecting blame on foreign hands instead of addressing citizens' grievances only weakens their own position.
Iraqi protesters are concerned whether Prime Minister Mahdi's replacement will be acceptable to the nation, while experts warn that any bold moves by Iran could lead to further bloodshed or worse.
Adil Abdul Mahdi says he will step down in response to a call for a change of leadership by the country's top cleric Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, even as more protesters are shot dead in southern Nasiriyah city.
The anti-Iranian sentiment that has dominated weeks of protests in Iraq might have been a turning point.
At least 350 people have died since October 1, when protesters took to the streets to decry corruption.
Tehran "demanded decisive, effective and responsible action... against destructive agents and aggressors" after anti-government protesters burned down an Iranian consulate building in Najaf in southern Iraq.
Anti-government protesters continue to shut down roads and government offices in the Iraqi capital, escalating a month-long string of rallies demanding political change.
Hundreds of demonstrators in Paris try to shine a light on the suffering of civilians still trapped in Syrian city.
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