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Iranian protests used as propaganda for US media
Non-US sources try to cast the protests in more objective light, highlighting efforts at American hegemony in the region

by Seraphim Hanisch
January 3, 2018, 00:33
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Here at the Duran, our own Alexander Mercouris published a thorough analysis detailing the protests in Iran. Centered in Mashhad, but with sporadic activity apparently extending to other locales, these protests appear to be in reaction to two factors.

The first factor is the anniversary of the December 30, 2009 “Green Revolution”, which also started in Mashhad, This is a yearly event, as Mashhad is the home town to the opposition leader Hossein-Ali Mousavi, who campaigned against then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009. This commemoration is part of the political movement now called the Green Path of Hope, and is internal to Iran’s own affairs.

The second factor is economic. As Mr. Mercouris detailed, Iran has suffered several shortages and price shocks in recent months, most recently including eggs and poultry, allegedly due to a massive culling of poultry flocks due to an epidemic of bird flu. The prices for these items has reportedly surged by 40 percent. Additionally, although Iran enjoys a high quality of life overall, various economic problems still have the country with an unemployment rate of 12%, which is notably high.

Further information is noticeably sparse, but Iran’s ally, Russia has considered the matter to be internal to the Iranian people and government and has taken a stance of non-interference in the matter, according to a TASS report.

The action, or more correctly, inaction taken by Russia contrasts with the political hyperbole on this issue that is currently unfolding in the United States.
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CNN’s present report on this matter highlights that protesters are “angry over stagnant economy, corruption.” Fox says in one of its reports that US President Donald Trump tweeted it is “time for a change“, and blasted former President Obama’s nuclear deal struck with this nation. A second report on Fox details an allegedly leaked report that details how a panicked Iranian regime was trying to figure out how to stop the deadly protests.

The apparent fact is that the protests have turned deadly, with 20 people now reported killed. The protests have entered their sixth consecutive day.

The rest of this story remains rather unclear. First of all, the ability to get accurate information is always a challenge in a situation as full of turmoil as this one appears to be. But secondly, the biases of Western media, and even those of media that ally with Iran, such as Russian and Iranian sources themselves, are locked in an argument against one another. As in most arguments, an initial stage consists of increasing division as to interpretation of the issue, rather than honest observation and analysis.

The most difficult factor in all of this unfortunately appears to come from Washington, because the US is still, very publicly, devoted to a foreign policy strategy that is essentially hegemony, and so the United States leaders pledges of support for the protesters, such as Vice President Mike Pence’s statement “We will not let them down”, has other motives than the actual well-being of the Iranian people. The stances taken by the US government in the past suggest an imposition of values and morals that are utterly foreign to the Iranian people and their own religious and cultural traditions.

Further, because of this and the history of US foreign policy in the Middle East, Iranians are often very skeptical, even unwelcoming, of any US support.

Iranians understand that the US is not interested in any long-term development projects for Iran or even in “empowering any political opposition on the ground,” [Istanbul professor Ahmed] Al-Burai said. Instead, Washington is pursuing its own interests as well as those of its regional allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel, which means that any US move would eventually be harmful for the Islamic Republic.

Al-Burai’s words were echoed by Seyed Mostafa Khoshcheshm, a political analyst who told RT that “what they [the US] are looking for is delegitimizing the Iranian policies, the Iranian establishment as well as [its] military build-up in the region, including presence in Syria and Iraq… in order to impose further sanctions on [Tehran].”All of the statements that Washington is making supposedly in support of the protesters are, in fact, aimed at “politicizing unrest” in Iran and “delegitimizing the Iranian policies on the international scene in favor of the US,”he added.

Iran is a great mystery to many Americans. The overall impression of this country could probably be summed up in the words “repressive Islamist”, but this appears to be far from true when one actually makes contact with Iranian people. Iran is highly advanced technologically, and aside from the aforementioned economic difficulties, has a good standard of living. While this does not clear up the nature of the volatility of the people, to demonstrate in any way that is violent, it casts questions on the situation.

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I chose to post this here because it more or less sums up what is happening in Iran, a country of major importance to its closest neighbour Pakistan. Personally we are convinced that this tiring repetition of the Arab Spring engineered by the West has no hope of success. Also, we believe that Iran's safety and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to Pakistan as well. Any military attack (which would be the next move on the part of our West enemies) would also be regarded as an attack on Pakistan. The Iranians are a strange mixture of those absolutely loyal to their country and West-worshippers. We are betting that, as in the past, the former will triumph over the latter.

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I'm glad to be able to add that things have calmed down somewhat in Iran. The people out on the streets now are pro-Govt and anti-the-West enticed. Furthermore, Turkey has come out in support of Iran. Pakistan, as usual, seems to find nothing to say except: "Mujhe kyion nikala?" (Why did they thrown me out?) addressed to our venerable Supreme Court of Pakistan.

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This evening, as Dr Shahid Masood pointed out, only Donald Trump and Israel are still trying to destabilise the Islamic Republic of Iran. The so-called anti-Government demonstrators have all disappeared from the streets. Only pro-Government forces are still around. And now, after Turkey, Russia. China and Europe have shown silent or verbal support for Ayatollah Khameini and President Rouhani. We all heave a sigh of relief that matters are now slowly, but surely mending in Iran.

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Iran Protests

South Front - 5.1.2018


Today, the influence of the Iranian state and its set of values is growing in the Middle East and around the world.

In late December, anti-government protests sparked across the country. Over 20 people were killed, hundreds injured and thousands detained because of clashes between security forces and the protestors. The protests emerged due to internal economic factors and the activity of foreign adversaries of Iran. The main factors behind the protests were government imposed barriers to small businesses, a strict regulation of daily life by the government, corruption, high level of the social differentiation and economic variance within the population as well as the infiltration of patterns of the Western consumerist society into the country.

On December 28, protests broke out in the northern city of Mashhad. Over the next few days, these protests spread across the country and reached the Iranian capital, Teheran. In some areas, protestors attempted to storm police stations and government buildings. This became the main reason for the casualties. For example, six protesters were killed during an attack on the police station in Qahderijan. The protesters tried to steal guns from the station. According to reports, two protestors also died in the city of Khomeini Shahr, three in Shahin Shahr, six in Tuyserkan, two in Izeh and four in Doroud. A member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was also reportedly killed by a protestor with a hunting gun near Najafabad.

According to reports, the protests were initially caused by President Hassan Rouhani’s leak of a proposed government budget last month. The budget would have slashed cash subsidies for the poor and raised fuel prices to lower debt. The plan also included fees for car registration and a departure tax. Some groups of protesters also criticized Iran’s spending on foreign policy goals across the region.

Iranian authorities have temporarily blocked access to social media and messaging apps which could allow the protestors to organize. Habibollah Khojastehpour, the deputy governor of the Lorestan province, accused “foreign agents” for the deaths of two demonstrators that took place on December 30.

“No shots were fired by the police and security forces. We have found evidence of enemies of the revolution, Takfiri groups [militant groups] and foreign agents in this clash,” he said in an interview to the state-run TV station on December 31.

Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo accused the US of “grotesque” interference in the country’s affairs and of encouraging regime change in Iran after the US President Donald Trump had praised the riots “against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime” and warned that the US was closely watching the situation. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley even vowed to call an “urgent” UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in Iran.

Previously, such major protests took place in Iran 9 years ago, in 2009. The 2018 protest follows major foreign policy successes of Iran in the Middle East. Meanwhile, the US and Israeli leadership made multiple statements that Tel Aviv and Washington are set to counter the growing Iranian influence.

According to experts, the US is actively using diplomacy and intelligence as means to further destabilize the situation in Iran. Kurds and Azeris living in Iran played an important role in escalating the protests. The US elites directly influence these communities.

At one point, Iran was close to the edge of losing control over the expanding protests. Currently, it looks like Teheran regained control of the situation. If the situation destabilizes further or if the Iranian government weakens enough, the chances for US-Israeli intervention in the country will grow. The formal reason for this aggression will be the so-called protection of “freedom and democracy”.

The recent events clearly indicate that foreign actors have and are able to use so-called soft power means to destabilize the internal situation in Iran and possibly later, within 2-3 months, in Russia.

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One reason the US stepped up to the brink and then had a change of heart has to do with its worsening relations with Pakistan. If the Americans carry on this way, no way will the NATO supply lines to Afghanistan be as it was in the past through a compliant Pakistan. Once the Amis realised this, their panic knew no bounds. The only alternative they could see was through Iran's ChahBahar - and here they were in the process of destabalising Iran with everything they had! Bad timing, very bad timing. So out went the orders to the pro-US "protesters" on the streets of Iran's various cities: "Stop everything for the moment. You'll get another chance later on and you'll all end up being millionaires.* Peace has now returned to Iran and for sometime to come, we imagine.

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Mirza Sahab
The Itnasheri Mullas are not in a mood to comply with US designs at the moment while US has to have a dependable State other than Pakistan. They are looking forward to over throw the Mullas and bring in a friendly regime same as the Shah of Iran was during 60s and early 70s.


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