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Iran is seeing its most widespread protest demonstrations since 2009. They are still gaining momentum and some 15 people are reported to have been killed, though the circumstances in which they died remains unclear. The motive for the protests is primarily economic, but many slogans are political and some directly attack clerical rule in Iran which was introduced with the overthrow of the Shah in 1979.

The demonstrations began with one against rising prices on Thursday in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and the site of its most holy shrine, a place which is traditionally seen as a stronghold for clerical hardliners. It may be that these conservatives initiated or tolerated the protests as a way of undermining President Hassan Rouhani, seen as a political moderate, who was re-elected by a landslide last year. If so, the protests have swiftly spiralled out of the control of the conservatives and are erupting all over Iran, strong evidence of a high level of discontent everywhere in the country and possibly a sign of covert organisation by anti-government groups.

Donald Trump threatened last year to support domestic anti-government resistance in Iran, though this does not necessarily mean that his administration has done anything about this as yet. His latest tweet accuses Iran’s leaders of turning the country “into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos”. The US and Saudi Arabia may also be tempted to fund ethnic groups like the Iranian Kurds who are already alienated from the central government.

Belligerent rhetoric like Mr Trump’s will be used to discredit protesters as the pawns of foreign powers.

Iran has been divided politically since the fall of the Shah, but the most immediate cause of unrest over the past five days is economic and social discontent. In many respects, grievances are similar to those in other oil states where there is long-suppressed anger against corruption and inequality. Youth unemployment was 28.8 per cent last year. The nuclear deal with the US and other major powers in 2015 reduced sanctions, but has not produced the benefits that many expected. A 50 per cent increase in the price of fuel was announced in the budget in December. Egg and poultry prices recently rose by 40 per cent.

It is too early to say how far the protests are a threat to the government and to Iran’s political stability. The size and motivation of demonstrations is murky because of a lack of reliable eyewitness reporting. This is in part because of government restrictions on news coverage by Iranian and foreign news outlets which creates a vacuum of information. In the past, this vacuum has often been filled by exiled opposition groups who become a source of exaggerated or fabricated accounts of protests.


I was in Tehran in early 2011 when there were genuine demonstrations in the north of the city, but they were often of a smaller size than skilfully edited film shown on YouTube. Pictures of protesters tearing down a picture of Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei might indicate a radical anti-regime turn in the protests or might be a one-off that tells one little about the direction of the movement. The same is true of slogans praising the Shah or criticising Iran’s support for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

So far President Rouhani and his administration have reacted in a low-key way to the protests, appealing for calm and saying people have the right to demonstrate, but not to destroy property or engage in violence. The government is clearly hoping that the demonstrations will run out of steam, but so far the opposite seems to be happening. The number of arrests is still low – 200 in Tehran by Sunday – but Mr Rouhani must be under pressure to crack down and not to appear weak.

This he may do eventually, but well-publicised suppression of protests might increase public support for them in Iran and would certainly lead to the US and West Europeans jumping to the defence of human rights in Iran with an enthusiasm they have failed to show in countries such as Yemen where a Saudi-led blockade has brought eight million people to the edge of famine.

Bloody suppression of protests might also push the West Europeans towards Mr Trump’s aggressive posture towards Iran and fatally undermine the nuclear deal. This would, in turn, strengthen the hand of the hardliners who can say that Mr Rouhani’s more accommodating posture to the outside world and more liberal policies at home have failed.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Donald Trump, Iran, Iran Sanctions 
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  1. 1/ So women are removing their hijabs because of a rise in egg and poultry prices? So why doesn’t the government simply cancel the price rises?

    It’s like blaming International Women’s Day for the fall of the Tsar.

    2/’… Belligerent rhetoric like Mr Trump’s will be used to discredit protesters as the pawns of foreign powers…’

    Non-belligerent rhetoric by Obama didn’t help the protesters in 2011. Doing the same thing but expecting a different result…

    3/ ‘…Hassan Rouhani, seen as a political moderate,…’

    If he was seen as a moderate by Iranians, these widespread protests wouldn’t be happening.

    4/ ‘…but Mr Rouhani must be under pressure to crack down and not to appear weak…’

    The Tsarist regime was doomed when the Cossacks went over during the February revolution. If Khamenei sends out the IRGC it may be a big gamble.

    5/ To those here (and Reuters for that matter) who attribute the demonstrations to Israel (cui bono!), the regime’s security services must be ridiculously incompetent to not be aware of a foreign agency working in dozens of Iranian cities to stir people up. And if the government is that incompetent how will it survive?

  2. Anonymous [AKA "melpee1"] says:

    Tough leaders are needed to keep Muslims in check. Only Christians can thrive in a Democracy. Getting rid of the Iranian clerics will be a bad move.

    • Replies: @anon
  3. TG says:

    Indeed, but don’t forget demographics. Demographics does not of course explain everything, but it is nonetheless a powerful force that does not get enough public attention, IMHO.

    Around the time of the Iranian revolution, there was a massive population explosion in Iran, driven to turbo-charged levels by the Ayatollah’s aggressive pro-natalist policies. This massive population increase very rapidly caused a decrease in wages and job prospects (it’s called supply and demand). Now since that time the Iranian government, belatedly realizing that it was playing with fire, has done a 180 degree turn and pushed for birth control, but the mechanism of demographic momentum means that Iran’s population is still increasing rapidly. Remember, it’s not so much the numbers, as the rate of increase.

    Really it’s an old thing. Governments deliberately encourage too-rapid population growth, in order to create cheaper labor, but one man’s affordable labor costs are another’s poverty and frustration.

    The Mexican government deliberately created a population explosion when it looked like Mexico might actually become prosperous (i.e., workers might get higher wages), and the resulting lower wages made a bunch of rich Mexicans even richer, but Mexican society is in danger of becoming a failed state…

    Pre-WWII Japan pushed for ever more people, and despite the fastest industrialization of any major power ever, it was not fast enough, and by the eve of WWII Japan was in danger of falling apart – that’s why they gambled on attacking the United States, they were not stupid they were desperate. Japan only became prosperous AFTER fertility rates were allowed to fall.

    The Syrian governments pro-natalist policies caused the population to double, then double again, then… oopsie the aquifers have been drained! Hey how did that work out anyhow?

    I could go on like this for some time. You get the idea.

    I predict that no matter what government is in charge of Iran, or what their policies are, that the place will remain unstable for some time to come. Because nothing is more toxic to a stable state than masses of angry young men with no clear path to earning an honest living and supporting a family… And history has shown that, for nations without an open frontier, rapid population increases dry up capital even as they increase the need for it to invest for a larger population…

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
    , @Apollonius
  4. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Cock-burn is such a disappointment.

    Don’t you want to kill some Iranian goyim for us – the chosen ones?

    No, on the contrary.

    • Replies: @Alden
  5. H.S. says:

    [MEK trained (among others) in Canada and the US]

    Mojahedin Khalq (Maryam Rajavi cult, MEK, MKO) terrorists are among protesters

    “Maryam Rajavi Baghdadi MEK ISIS terror TehranBorzou Daragahi, Buzz Feed, January 01 2018:… presence of the Mujahedin Khalq organization, or MKO, in the organization of the protests. The bizarre, cultlike Marxist Islamist group has strong ties to Washington but is widely despised by Iranians. Iran has reacted mercilessly to any movement tainted by the MKO, and Iranians have generally approved; the group partnered with Saddam Hussein in … ”


    “”The MEK were classified as a terrorist group, until the United States decided that as long as the MEK would help kill Iranians rather than Americans, that they were no longer terrorists. The MEK’s history of terrorism is quite clear. Among more than a dozen examples over the last four decades these four are illustrative:

    •During the 1970s, the MEK killed U.S. military personnel and U.S. civilians working on defense projects in Tehran and supported the takeover in 1979 of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

    •In 1981, the MEK detonated bombs in the head office of the Islamic Republic Party and the Premier’s office, killing some 70 high-ranking Iranian officials, including Iran’s President, Premier, and Chief Justice.

    •In April 1992, the MEK conducted near-simultaneous attacks on Iranian embassies and installations in 13 countries, demonstrating the group’s ability to mount large-scale operations overseas.

    •In April 1999, the MEK targeted key military officers and assassinated the deputy chief of the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff.

    Despite this history, a bipartisan parade of prominent U.S. political and military leaders has lobbied on behalf of MEK and has been well compensated in return.”




    January 12, 2010: Masoud Alimohammadi, Iranian Physicist:

    Killed by a car bomb. The perpetrator reportedly confessed to having been recruited by Israeli intelligence to carry out the assassination.

    November 29, 2010: Majid Shahriari, Iranian nuclear scientist:

    Killed by a car bomb. According to German media, Israel was the sponsor.

    November 29, 2010: Assassination attempt on Fereydoon Abbasi Iranian nuclear scientist:

    Wounded by a car bomb.

    July 23, 2011: Darioush Rezaeinejad, Iranian electrical engineer, nuclear scientist

    Killed by unknown gunmen on motorcycle. Specialist on high-voltage switches — a key component of nuclear warheads. Assassinated by Israeli intelligence, according to the German press.

    January 11, 2012: Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, Iranian nuclear scientist

    Killed at Natanz uranium enrichment facility by a magnetic bomb of the same kind used in earlier assassinations of Iranian scientists.



    Richard Beske, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)

    William Binney, former NSA Technical Director for World Geopolitical & Military Analysis; Co-founder of NSA’s Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center

    Marshall Carter-Tripp, Foreign Service Officer (ret.) and Division Director, State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research

    Bogdan Dzakovic, Former Team Leader of Federal Air Marshals and Red Team, FAA Security, (ret.) (associate VIPS)

    Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)

    Larry C. Johnson, former CIA and State Department Counter Terrorism officer

    Michael S. Kearns, Captain, USAF (Ret.); ex-Master SERE Instructor for Strategic Reconnaissance Operations (NSA/DIA) and Special Mission Units (JSOC)

    John Kiriakou, Former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former senior investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    Karen Kwiatkowski, former Lt. Col., US Air Force (ret.), at Office of Secretary of Defense watching the manufacture of lies on Iraq, 2001-2003

    Edward Loomis, NSA, Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)

    David MacMichael, National Intelligence Council (ret.)

    Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA analyst (ret.)

    Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Near East, CIA and National Intelligence Council (ret.)

    Torin Nelson, former Intelligence Officer/Interrogator (GG-12) HQ, Department of the Army

    Todd E. Pierce, MAJ, US Army Judge Advocate (ret.)

    Coleen Rowley, FBI Special Agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel (ret.)

    Greg Thielmann — Former director of the Strategic, Proliferation, and Military Affairs Office of the State Department’s intelligence bureau (INR) and former senior staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee

    Kirk Wiebe — former Senior Analyst, SIGINT Automation Research Center, NSA

    Lawrence Wilkerson, Colonel (USA, ret.), Distinguished Visiting Professor, College of William and Mary (associate VIPS)

    Sarah G. Wilton, CDR, USNR, (Retired)/DIA, (Retired)

    Robert Wing — former Foreign Service Officer (associate VIPS)

    Ann Wright, Col., US Army (ret.); Foreign Service Officer (who resigned in opposition to the war on Iraq)

    • Replies: @anony-mouse
  6. H.S. says:

    Canada’s Delisting of Opposition Group ‘Dangerous’

    “Iran slammed Canada on Monday for removing an exiled Iranian opposition group from its blacklist of terror groups, accusing it of violating its global commitments and adopting a “dangerous” move.

    By delisting the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) group, Canada is “using the issue of terrorism as a tool (and) violating its international commitments,” the Iranian foreign ministry said on the website of state broadcaster IRIB, as quoted by AFP.

    “It is a dangerous move that can weaken international peace and security.”

    On December 21 Canada announced the removal of the group from its blacklist after a similar move by the United States in September.”

    Fraud and money laundering

    Other than funds provided by foreign states (such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq under Saddam Hussein), the organization raises money through fraud and money laundering.[124] According to a RAND Corporation policy conundrum, MEK supporters seek donations at public places, often showing “gruesome pictures” of human rights victims in Iran and claiming to raise money for them but funnelling it to MEK.[124] A 2004 report by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) states that the organization is engaged “through a complex international money laundering operation that uses accounts in Turkey, Germany, France, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates”.[194]

    French case

    In 2003, French judiciary charged twenty four members of the group including Maryam Rajavi for “associating with wrongdoers in relation with a terrorist undertaking”, lifting the probes in 2006 except for nine members still investigated for possible money laundering. All charges including money laundering were dropped in 2014.[195]


    In Germany, a sham charity was used by the MEK to support “asylum seekers and refugees” but the money went to MEK. Another front organization collected funds for “children whose parents had been killed in Iran” in sealed and stamped boxes placed in city centers, each intaking DM 600–700 a day with 30 to 40 people used in each city for the operation. In 1988, the Nürnberg MEK front organization was uncovered by police, and the tactic was exposed. Initially, The Greens supported these organizations while it was unaware of their purpose.[196]

    In December 2001, a joint FBI-Cologne police operation discovered what a 2004 report calls “a complex fraud scheme involving children and social benefits”, involving the sister of Maryam Rajavi.[194] The High Court ruled to close several MEK compounds after investigations revealed that the organization fraudulently collected between $5 million and $10 million in social welfare benefits for children of its members sent to Europe.[124]

    United Kingdom

    It operated a UK-based sham charity, namely Iran Aid, which “claimed to raise money for Iranian refugees persecuted by the Islamic regime” and was later revealed to be a front for its military wing.[197][182] In 2001, Charity Commission for England and Wales closed it down[198] after finding no “verifiable links between the money donated by the British public [approximately £5 million annually] and charitable work in Iran.”[124]

    United States

    Seven supporters were detained by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for funnelling more than $1 million to the organization through another sham charity, Committee for Human Rights in Iran.[124][199] They were later charged in a 59-count indictment with “providing and conspiring to provide material support or resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization”.[197]

    On 19 November 2004, two front organizations called the “Iranian–American Community of Northern Virginia” and the “Union Against Fundamentalism” organized demonstrations in front of the Capitol building in Washington, DC and transferred funds for the demonstration, some $9,000 to the account of a Texas MEK member. Congress and the bank in question were not aware of that the demonstrators were actually providing material support to the MEK.[197]

  7. @H.S.

    According to your own list the most recent MEK action was six years ago-nothing since.

    Of course if it’s true that MEK is operating completely all over Iran and was able to suddenly spring these actions without the government knowing, what does that say about the government?

  8. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Cock-burn – Definition . Flailing away at your willy till its raw, because your zionist paymasters told you to. 🙂

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  9. Corruption and Inequality Fuelling Protests in Iran

    Well, that’s what we’re supposed to believe, anyway.

    Good G-d, PB! Is it senility, a really bad case of cacoethes scribendi, or both?

    Please quit embarrassing yourself with headlines like that. And no, I did not waste my time reading the rant.

    Let us remove the corn cob from our own tushies first!!!

  10. @TG

    Excellent comment. Indeed, Iranian family incomes have dropped 15% in real terms in the last 10 years. Since the easing of sanctions, there has been rapid growth of the economy ( over 12% ) but this will be short-term and won’t last. We are talking about a government composed largely of pistachio growers and the like. They are not economically competent.
    Indeed, they have trouble holding onto technicians and scientists necessary for a modern society. In particular, about half Iranian Petrol has to be sent abroad to be refined and then returned to Iran for internal use. This is one of the causes of the high cost of oil in Iran. Iranian oil industry technicians and scientists would rather go abroad than remain in Iran.
    The mix of pro-natalist policies and an economically incompetent government is very toxic. Changing these things will be long and slow, if they do change. Yes, you’re right, Iran will remain unstable – whoever is in charge – long into the foreseeable future.

  11. @Anon

    I really did laugh out loud.

  12. Brabantian says: • Website

    This ‘Iranian spring’ looks very much like an induced drama to make the oil prices go up, which they’ve been doing … billions in extra revenue for Iran, Russia, Rex Tillerson’s friends at Exxon …

    Plus by letting the fake ‘colour revolution beginning’ get started, Iran can rat trap its own dissidents, identify them, arrest them and hang them … which also seems to be underway

    Not to say the US-Nato propaganda against Iran should be believed, but it’s true that Iran is a super-surveillance and super-internet-control society. It is improbable that what is happening was not foreseen by Iranian authorities, clearly monitoring if not censoring all the social media etc platforms. They easily see all the Western, Israeli etc incoming electronic traffic.

    It is somewhat logical, that Iran itself is allowing the Western-supported colour-revolution feint, in collusion with everyone … with good profits for the global oligarch insiders who would have been tipped off the oil price spike was underway

    • Replies: @Alden
    , @anon
  13. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    [ but it’s true that Iran is a super-surveillance and super-internet-control society.]

    Would you f*ck off! I hate people who know shit about Iran, yet dare to comment. Anyone who have lived in US and Iran knows that Iran is super-surveillance society, on the contrary, Iran MUST be more vigilant about its security because the evil enemies will use that relaxation. Otherwise, zionist jews, mossad, and American mass murderers and their proxies MEK and the traitor kurds could hand not killed so many people and assassinate many scientists, the same they did in Iraq and elsewhere.

    The illiterate and enemies of Iran must go to hell, stop writing stupid assays and comments. They will be thrown out of the region like a rotten rat.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  14. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    [Anyone who have lived in US and Iran knows that Iran is super-surveillance society]

    Should be read [Anyone who have lived in US and Iran knows that Iran is NOT super-surveillance society],

  15. eah says:

    Animal House: Thank you sir may I have another?!

    • Replies: @eah
  16. Alden says:

    Absolutely right! Baby boom creates too many applicants for each job and a rise in housing prices, the biggest expense for most people. And with too many applicants for each job, wages lower.

    That is the demographic history of the United States since 1945.

    Although as an amateur historian, I’ve learned that these sudden mass demonstrations are often carefully organized organized by either internal revolutionary revolutionary forces or outside forces. In this case, probably America.

  17. bjondo says:

    fueling, creating protests in iran: usa, israel.
    have the snipers been delivered yet?

  18. Alden says:

    I totally agree. There have been just too many of these revolutions organized and paid for by either Soros, Russia, USA whatever in the past 50 years to think these demos are spontaneous.Who knows, maybe even Saudi.

    • Replies: @Malla
  19. Anonymous [AKA "ryfys"] says:

    horse-manure. The only thing fuelling the engineered “protests” is soros (also known as dr who’s davros) money. That and some amazingly transparent sponsoring by israel and the west.

  20. trump wants out of the iran nuclear deal.

    europe is not happy about following trump down that particular path

    should trump back out of the nuclear deal without backup from europe the appearance makes washington look isolated and weak.

    what trump needs ahead of his decision is a club with which to beat the supine european leaders normally on their knees but lately surprisingly upright if wobbly

    the iranian protests primarily economic in origin would be easy enough leverage with a small group of maidan types mixed and few unexplained murders bull horned by the western media into a 4 alarm fire using the usual suspects……..democracy, human rights, the children etc etc etc.

    in this way an internal dispute over jobs, prices and other everyday things can be used as cover to pull out of the nuclear deal and trump/washington does not look as ‘agreement incapable’ as in fact they actually are.

    the protest are real enough but imo will be used as cover to pull out of the nuclear deal and save face at the same time.

    more kabuki theatre from washington………..motion without accomplishment

  21. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Iran is just another miserable Muslim failed state. Islam has no place in the modern scientific world and has no solutions to any of the myriad problems these people face.

  22. Yee says:

    After the “Capital Jerusalem” stunt, there has been disappointingly no revolt or large scale of attacks on Israel and US targets in MiddleEast, only an UN resolution. Therefore no excuse to sanction Iran to isolate them further and attack Hezbollah. New excuse is needed, so Colour Revolutions to push Iran to handle it badly.

    It seems Iran understand the game quite well. Anyway, it’s not that complicated.

  23. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Iranians are at their core Zoroastrian, which is the ethical foundation for Christianity.
    It might be correctly argued that Iran is more Christian than western Christians.

    • Replies: @Art
  24. eah says:

  25. Malla says:

    President Rouhani and his gangs are the pets of the globalists, very close to Swiss banker money. Global politics is a stage. Brendon O’ Connell was there in Iran.

    IS WAR COMING SOON? Iran, The United States And Israel
    The globalists are not screwing the Iranians, they are using Iran to screw the USA and to impoverish the American tax payer. They need Iran.

    And the reality behind the Iranian revolution in the video below. Things in history are not what they seem.

    More on the Iranian revolution in the link below, WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. We have been lied to.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  26. Malla says:

    Revolutions need a lot of money and organisation. There are not many spontaneous revolutions in history. At most you can have some riots, but every revolution needs powerful backers. The English revolution (Cromwell), the French revolution, all the anti colonial movements in India, Africa etc…, communist revolutions, orange revolutions etc… are all suspect. The same cabal is involved in nearly all of the above.

  27. Art says:

    Iranians are at their core Zoroastrian, which is the ethical foundation for Christianity.
    It might be correctly argued that Iran is more Christian than western Christians.

    That is so true. There is a lot of sentiment by young Iranians to dump Islam for Persian Zoroastrianism.

    Iran was a functioning democracy in 1953 before the CIA killed it by installing the Shaw.

    The Shaw was a mixed bag – he did good things for the economy – but suppressed freedom.

    Iran going free would be a major blow to Islam and sadly a major benefit to Israel.

    Think Peace — Art

    • Replies: @bluedog
    , @MBlanc46
  28. @TG

    Totally agree with you. Remembering my visit to Kosovo in 1992, there, in some rather small place, during the working hours I saw hundreds of young men standing in the streets and doing nothing, except smoking and talking. I was shocked, and I understood immediately that Kosovo is lost for Serbia. Serbians should be happy that they dodged the bullet, and left that problem for others to solve…If it is possible.
    I would only add that, young men are particularly angry because they want to have sex,(naturally) and can´t – it is not so easy in muslim society. They are tinderbox.

  29. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    spent 5 minutes on each video.
    15 minutes I’ll never have back.

    Narrator is a fast-talking know-nothing.

    ooooh! oh! Iran engages in financial deals with other nations!!

    Here we thought Iran was a third world country with no experience in deflecting invaders and exploiters, who traded in bags of salt-sand and rice.

    Wake me when you have better material.

    • Replies: @Malla
  30. Even if there were legitimate grievances by the original protesters, the track record and actions of the yankee imperium and its acolytes reveal this to be another propaganda assault on a country resisting their claim on absolute world power following the same template they used in Libya, Egypt, Syria and elsewhere. Western lackey propaganda outlets are ignoring the large demonstrations in favour of the Iranian government. The use being put to the protesters by the yankee imperium and the fact they are quickly resorting to violent insurrectionary activities reveals the status of the agents provocateurs as traitors. Since it is easy to show these facts and obvious to Iranians and those outside the yankee information bubble, I would not expect any significant success to be gained from this initiative.

  31. bluedog says:

    Whatever the Shah did he did on American money other than that he was nothing but a dictator and a bloody one at that, and of course what does one call free, hell they have had nothing but war, instigated by the U.S. sanctions imposed by the U.S.,all we did was replace England to see who got the oil,who controlled the Mid-East, and now we have the bubble head and his twits and tweets about the people of Iran, human rights etc while our own human rights and the human rights of other countries that we have trampled into the dust leave a lot to be desired..

    • Replies: @Malla
  32. Malla says:

    spent 5 minutes on each video.

    Not enuf to understand anything. Watch the whole thing if you are interested.

    Narrator is a fast-talking know-nothing.

    I disagree. He has been in Iran and met with many important people in Iran. Have you?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  33. Malla says:

    he was nothing but a dictator and a bloody one at that

    And the Ayatollah who replaced the Shah was even bloodier. What is interesting is before coming to Iran as a ‘saviour’ the Ayatollah was in a Paris commune protected by the French secret services.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  34. MBlanc46 says:

    The US did not “install” the Shah in 1953 (or at any other time). Muhammad Reza Pahlavi succeeded his father Reza Shah when Reza Shah abdicated under British pressure for having played footsie with the Nazis.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  35. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    He has been in Iran and met with many important people in Iran. Have you?


  36. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:

    Anon from TN
    Let me state this at the outset: I am against religious states, as well as states that use religion as a fig leaf for their atrocities. Therefore I dislike Iran as much as Israel.
    However, the timing of these protests appears highly suspicious. Info for the curious: the eggs in Ukraine cost 9 times as much as in Iran, whereas an average salary in Ukraine is half that in Iran. The corruption in Ukraine is certainly greater than in Iran or anywhere else on earth. Dissent in Ukraine is punished by murder, or, if you are lucky, by indefinite detention without due process, often with torture. Yet I do not hear any Western leader voicing concern for human rights in Ukraine or for the wellbeing of Ukrainian citizens. This tells me all I need to know about Western leaders. Sapienti sat.

  37. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:

    Anon from TN
    Are you saying that Mohammad Mosaddegh never was Iranian prime minister? Or that he was not overthrown by a coup in August 1953? Or that he was not imprisoned after that for three years? Or that he was not kept under house arrest after that until his death? Or that the cowards that overthrew him, imprisoned, and then kept under house arrest did not make sure that he was even buried in his own home to prevent any public anger? What other fascinating things about Iranian history can you tell us? I am all ears.

    • Replies: @MBlanc46
  38. MBlanc46 says:

    I said nothing about Mossadegh. I said thst Muhammad Reza Pahlavi succeeded hus father to the Iranian throne. That was in 1941, a dozen years before the Mossadegh affair. It seems thst you are the one with a shaky grasp of Iranian history.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  39. H. S. says:

    ”Russian warships escorted through the English Channel

    Russian warships are expected to pass through the English channel on Saturday night. The Royal Navy has dispatched a vessel to monitor the Steregushchiy-class corvettes, named Soobrazitelny and… ”

    The [email protected]://

    ”On 3 November 2011, Saman Mohammadi, at The Excavator, points out that:

    The British and U.S. governments put Khomeini into power in Iran in 1979

    1. The Shah said: “If you lift up Khomeini’s beard, you will find Made In England written under his chin.”

    The Shah told David Frost:

    “Do you think that Mr. Khomeini, an uneducated person … could have planned all this, masterminded all this, set up all the organizations…

    “I know that a tremendous amount of money was spent…

    “I know that top experts in propaganda were used to show us like tyrants and monsters, and the other side as democratic, liberal revolutionaries who wanted to save the country.

    “I know how mean the BBC, British Broadcasting Corporation, had been towards us… So it seemed that it was really a very well orchestrated conspiracy.”

    2. The BBC promoted Khomeini, according to Dr. Ronen Bergman, an Israeli investigative journalist and author of the 2008 book, ‘The Secret War with Iran’.

    A “propaganda tool for Khomeini was none other than the Persian-language broadcasts of the British Broadcasting Corporation,” wrote Bergman.

    “The BBC gave free hours of free broadcast to Khomeini from Paris,” said Bergman.

    Bernard Lewis and Henry Kissinger. “Lewis’s scheme – to promote balkanization of the entire Muslim Near East along tribal and religious lines.”

    Targeting Iran Deconstructed: What They Don’t Want You to Know

    Sibel Edmonds | January 4, 2018 1 Comment

    Newsbud founder and editor Sibel Edmonds is joined by Newsbud Senior Analyst Pye Ian in this two part, special report. The two Iran experts, Edmonds and Ian, examine recent developments in the civil unrest in Iran, providing historical background and context necessary for a full and complete understanding of the often complicated and ever changing geopolitical chess board. Do not miss this in-depth, two-part special report available exclusively for members at Or you can watch it now at Newsbud Vimeo on Demand.

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  40. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:

    I thought it’s obvious that being a monarch and being a ruler are two different things (e.g., think Britain). The coup against Mosaddegh government (which is widely believed to have been organized by the CIA and British secret services: see and many other sites) made shah the ruler, whereas he was just a figurehead before that coup. That’s why the revolution in 1979 was directed against the shah, not against his puppet government.

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  41. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The agents of the Western intelligence services, MI6/CIA/mossad are spreading lies AGAIN about Iran. These are the same propagandists who spread lies against Afghanistan, Sudan, Libya, Syria, Lebanon to support the warmongers to implement their geopolitical plot for ‘new world order’, and ‘greater Israel’, where both must be abandoned.

    The MI6 agents and other western agents must push for UN sanction against the axis of evil, US-Israel-Britain, otherwise they HAVE NO CREDIBILITY.

    Haven’t you seen enough crimes against humanity committed by the axis of evil and their trained terrorists including ISIS, Al Qaeda and traitor Kurds to act? Then shame on you.

    The following link is the debate on UN resolution on Iran protesters brought by the zionist servants and their extension.

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  42. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:

    Anon from TN
    Protests in Iran might be genuine, although their timing is rather suspicious. The crocodile tears of Western leaders are certainly not. Iran is hardly democratic, but it is much more democratic than the regime in Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf satrapies usually treated as Western allies. Consistent hypocrisy and double standards of Western politicians and mainstream media makes one doubt anything they say, even when they are telling the truth (this happens very rarely, but it does happen).

  43. bluedog says:

    Strange I don’t recall the Ayatollah slaughtering any people,I suppose you do have some links to this?

  44. MBlanc46 says:

    He became shah in 1941. He remained shah in 1953. He continued to be shah until 1979. All of tbe Wikipedia articles in the universe do not change those historical facts.

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