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Iran deploys Revolutionary Guards to quash anti-government 'sedition' as protests continue (and various other stories on the Iran
Posted: Posted January 4th by Kaot0
Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have been deployed to three provinces to put down an eruption of anti-government unrest after six days of protests that have rattled the clerical leadership and left at least 22 people dead.

Key points:
Violent and spontaneous anti-government protests have been ongoing for six days
Thousands of government supporters have staged counter-protests
Iran's Revolutionary Guards were instrumental in suppressing a 2009 uprising
The protests, which began last week out of frustration over economic hardships suffered by the youth and working class, have evolved into a rising against the powers and privileges of a remote elite, especially Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Despite threats from the judiciary that rioters could be sentenced to death, protests resumed after nightfall on Wednesday with hundreds hitting the streets of Malayer, a town in the country's mid-west.


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For the past week Iran has been gripped by protests. Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets to demonstrate against government corruption, unemployment and the weak economy.

Despite heavy Despite heavy restrictions on social media, some videos and pictures have found their way online, including those appearing to show protesters vandalising buildings and being fired at by government forces.

The authorities blocked access to Instagram and the messaging app Telegram in an attempt to stop calls for protests and the sharing of videos and photographs online, but then many images had already been circulated.

One of the most widely shared images is of a woman taking off her white head covering and waving it on a stick in an apparent act of defiance against Islamic rule. Although the image is genuine, it was not taken during the current unrest.


Posted January 4th by Kaot0

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Would Iranians really bring back the Shah?
By Monica Showalter
Pundits have marveled at what a big surprise it is that ordinary Iranians have revolted against the mullahs. It's a surprise to them, but no surprise to American Thinker's readers, whose Iranian contributors have kept us posted for years about what is really going on in Iran.

Just look at these pieces by Hamid Bahrami, Reza Shafiee, Hassan Mahmoudi, Amil Imani, and Shahriar Kia. Over and over again, these writers warned there is a problem, and now Iranians' protests against corruption, soaring prices, environmental ruin, Revolutionary Guards thuggery, poverty, and bank collapses have become the "surprise" story of the day.

One writer at Politico correctly noted that the "surprise" stems from reporters covering only Tehran's elites, not the doings in the hinterlands. The hinterlands, of course, are where the trouble started, beginning in Mashhad, and these are the parts of the country American Thinker's writers have been bringing us information on. These writers showed long ago that what we are seeing now isn't your garden-variety protests of city elites seeking "reform" or "fair elections." These protests are smaller, but they're the real kind, revolutionary ones, actual calls for the overthrow of the regime and the initiation of a new government. Protests now aren't coming from the comfortable elites who just want a little bit of tweaking.

Now with eyes on Iran, one essay, published six months ago at American Thinker, stands out: Amil Imani's piece titled "Is Reza Pahlavi the Only Hope to Overthrow the Mullahs?"

On the surface, it sounds ridiculous that anyone would want to bring back a king, even as a constitutional monarch in a democracy. But it's real. Here is an account by Voice of America about the rise of the late Shah's son, Reza Pahlavi, a smart, photogenic, democracy-oriented leader, waiting in the wings as an alternative to the corrupt, sneering mullahs.

As Imani noted:


Edited January 4th by Kaot0
(MENAFN - Trend News Agency ) Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 3

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Turkey is closely following the developments in Iran, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag tweeted.

He noted that Turkey stands for stability in Iran.

'Stability is in the interests of people and government of Iran. Chaos and instability in Iran can harm not only the Iranian people, but the entire region,' added Bozdag.

Over the past week, some groups of people joined demonstrations in a number of cities of Iran, including the capital Tehran, Mashhad and Kermanshah to protest against high prices, but the economic protests soon turned into anti-government demonstrations.

The government officials have urged people to refrain from participating in these protests.

According to the Iranian media outlets, 28 people were killed during the ongoing protests.

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The Latest on protests in Iran (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

The leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group says President Donald Trump's "hopes" that the protests in Iran will snowball and lead to regime change or chaos will be dashed along with the hopes of the Israelis and Saudis.

In his first comments since protests in Iran broke out, Hassan Nasrallah said protesters with legitimate grievances have been exploited by political factions who attached political slogans to their protests.

Nasrallah, whose group is funded extensively by Iran, spoke in a TV interview with the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen station. He said the protests across Iranian cities are being dealt with "calmly and wisely" by Iranian authorities.

He said the protests are nothing like the massive protests of 2009 in terms of scope and demands, adding that "there is nothing to worry about."


9:45 p.m.

Iranian state TV says three security forces have been killed during clashes with militants near the border with Iraq.

The state TV website reported Wednesday that the clashes took place near the Kurdish town of Piranshahr, some 730 kilometers (450 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran.

The report says "armed counter-revolutionary bandits" are at large and Iranian forces are tracking them.

It did not elaborate on the affiliation of the militants. Kurdish separatists and Islamic extremists have carried out past attacks near the borders with Iraq and Turkey.


9:30 p.m.

U.N. officials are calling on Iran to respect protesters' rights and release any who have been arbitrarily arrested while demonstrating peacefully.

A spokesman said Wednesday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging respect for rights. He's also stressing that demonstrations should be peaceful.

Meanwhile, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein pressed Iran to release anyone arbitrarily detained or penalized for peacefully expressing views.

Hussein also is calling on Iranian authorities to investigate all deaths and serious injuries during the protests that have roiled Iran over the last week.

At least 21 people have been killed and hundreds have been arrested amid anti-government protests fueled by economic grievances. Iranian state media reported Wednesday that tens of thousands of people took part in pro-government counter-demonstrations.


8 p.m.

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency says a European citizen has been detained on espionage allegations after leading rioters during anti-government protests.

The Wednesday report quotes Hamid Reza Abolhasani, head of the justice department in the western city of Boroujerd, as saying the suspect was trained by European spy agencies, without elaborating.

There have been no reports of protests in Boroujerd in recent days.

Anti-government protests have erupted in several towns and cities in Iran over the past week. Clashes have broken out at some demonstrations, and at least 21 people have been killed. Hundreds have been arrested.

Iranian officials have long accused the United States, Israel and Britain of plotting to overthrow the government.


6:30 p.m.

Iranian state media are airing footage of pro-government demonstrations in cities across the country after a week of protests and unrest over the country's poor economy.

The English-language broadcaster Press TV aired the rallies live on Wednesday, saying they were to "protest the violence that has taken place over the last few nights in cities."

While the rallies showed support among Iran's 80 million people for its clerically overseen government, the unrest which has swept through several cities appeared to be reaching smaller towns in the countryside, according to protesters' online videos.


3:50 p.m.

Germany's government says protests against the economic and political situation in Iran "deserve our respect."

A spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel says Berlin is closely watching developments in the country, which has seen growing economic ties with Germany in recent years.

Ulrike Demmer told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that "in the view of the German government it's legitimate and deserves our respect when people have the courage to take to the streets with their economic and political concerns, as is currently the case in Iran."

Demmer said Germany calls on the government in Tehran to respect freedom of assembly and speech, and to show its willingness to engage in dialogue with protesters.

She says where there is violence, the state should react proportionately and within the rule of law.


3 p.m.

Turkey's foreign minister has been quoted as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump are backing widespread protests in neighboring Iran.

Hurriyet newspaper and other media also quoted Mevlut Cavusoglu as telling a group of journalists on Wednesday that Turkey opposes foreign intervention in Iran and wants to see stability quickly restored in the country.

Cavusoglu said that "two people are supporting the protests in Iran: Netanyahu and Trump. We oppose such external interventions."

The demonstrations are the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election. At least 21 people have been killed.

Earlier, officials said the Turkish and Iranian presidents held a telephone conversation during which Iran's Hassan Rouhani said he hoped the protests would end in a few days.


2:10 p.m.

Turkish officials say Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he hopes the protests that have hit Iran "will end in a couple of days."

Officials in Erdogan's office say the two had a telephone conversation on Wednesday during which Erdogan stressed the importance of stability and calm.

Erdogan also reiterated that Turkey back's Rouhani's statement in which he upheld Iranians' right protests but urged them not to violate laws. Erdogan's office said Rouhani thanked Erdogan and told him that he hoped the protests would end "in a couple of days."

Turkey and Iran have grown closer as they work together to try and end the conflict in Syria. Rouhani met with Erdogan in Istanbul last month on the sidelines of an Islamic nations' summit, voicing strong opposition to the U.S. administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


11 a.m.

Iranian state TVs are airing footage of pro-government demonstrations in cities across the country after a week of protests and unrest over the country's poor economy.

The English-language broadcaster PressTV broadcast the rallies live on Wednesday, saying they were to "protest the violence that has taken place over the last few nights in cities."

Demonstrators waved Iranians flags and signs supporting Iran's clerically overseen government.

The rallies come after Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday blamed days of protests across the country on meddling by "enemies of Iran." State TV reported on Tuesday that the latest clashes between protesters and security forces have killed nine more people.

The demonstrations are the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election. At least 21 people have been killed.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Posted January 4th by Kaot0

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Posted January 4th by Brandy

I have nothing but admiration for the protesters. They're very brave people. There is a strong possibility that they and their families will be tortured and/or killed. The Iranians make sure to film every protest so they can track down those responsible.

Having said that, the West really ought to curb its fetish for Islamic revolution. All revolutions in the Middle East only lead to more Islam, which is the last thing the region needs. Iran is quite Islamic enough, and though many of the protesters may want less of it, they'll only end up with more of it (many of the protesters openly want more Islam, though this doesn't seem to be widely reported).

Iran is a more enlightened country than any of the Arab states, so perhaps there is hope here. But I doubt it.

Posted January 4th by Smiling Apple
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Iran is a more enlightened country than any of the Arab states, so perhaps there is hope here. But I doubt it.

I don't see why it wouldn't be possible. If enough Iranians wake up to the reality that it's not worth it for their leaders to persist in handing billions off to HAMAS and HEZBOLLAH post 2018 when all that money could be better invested into infrastructure, job creation and all those good things for the Iranian people, then the rest of the world can realistically expect the tides to turn. Once they're doing better economically, then those beautifully destructive forces which almost choked America to death known as decadence and social indifference can set in and modernize Iran's contemporary/longstanding view of Islam (maybe, hopefully).

I understand why you wouldn't expect this to happen—

All revolutions in the Middle East only lead to more Islam

—but don't underestimate the power of the allure of the day and age we live in to kick Traditionalism in the throat. Think of the interconnectivity of this age and day as little prongs or barbs that sink into the beasts of traditionalism and slowly drag them away to the hot skewer of comfortable modernism, brought to you in part by prosperity.

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