Iran is 7,000 miles away, but protests and violence there have the attention of native Iranians living in the United States.
The unrest has come in response to the belief of many that a recent election was fixed so that the reigning leader, , would keep his position.
Dr. Habib Bazyari of Meridian was born in Iran, but left about 50 years ago.
"My concern is, first off, I feel sorry for the Iranian people being under a dictatorial regime that according to their own criteria, they let them have an election, then they change the result of the election without the participation of the people," Bazyari said.
Bazyari, a professor emeritus for Mississippi State University-Meridian campus, also said, that while there are problems now, the continued protests indicate that the Ayatollah of Iran may be losing some of his credibility and power.
"He really lost his stature as the infallible Islam leader in Iran," said Bazyari. "This by itself is going to have a huge effect on the Iran ruling regime in the future. It's good for the country; it's good for the United States, because his stature declined. Now he cannot be as hard-lined like he was before."
Dr. Bazyari says this could lead to an overthrow of power of the current regime and new leadership that is pro-United States. This change could start with a huge strike within Iran that would shatter the country's economy.
"In the next election, you're going to see, there's going to be a tremendous change," said Bazyari. "They're going to bring somebody else in there that will be pro-West."