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Iran Focus

London, 10 Jan - The US Defense Secretary James Mattis has stated that the White House does not have any issues with the Iranian people, only with the Regime.

He also stated that the people of Iran clearly also have issues with the Regime, citing the widespread protests that broke out in the final days of 2017 as proof.

He said: "I think it's very important that we stand up and say that we understand the Iranian people. Our beef, if we have one, is not with the Iranian people. It is specifically the same regime that the Iranian people, clearly, are fed up with as well."

by Jubin Katiraie

As the protests in Iran began, some compared them to those that occurred in 2009. However, these protests differ in in their message. The cause for the 2009 protests was a rift within the regime. Now, the people are demanding an end to the regime. On the streets this week slogans against velayat-e faqih (absolute clerical rule) and against the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as well as President, Hassan Rouhani were heard.

In her article for the Wall Street Journal, Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, an Iranian opposition coalition based in Paris, writes that, “This dispels the myth, still harbored by some governments, that Iranians distinguish between moderates and hard-liners in Tehran. It also undercuts flawed arguments depicting a stable regime.”

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London, 6 Jan - US Ambassador Nikki Haley said "Iran is now on notice: the world will be watching what you do," during an emergency meeting of UN Security Council on mass anti-government protests in Iran. On Friday January 5.

Nikki Haley accused Iranian regime of funding a pro-regime military campaign in Syria, backing Shia militias in Iraq and supporting a crony elite while ordinary Iranians struggle.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned Iranian authorities on Friday that the world is watching, as thousands held pro-government demonstrations in Iran following anti-government protests, in which over 21 people were killed.

Iran Focus

London, 9 Jan - The Iranian Regime is terrorizing its own people and too many countries are content to keep it going.

When the United Nations Security Council held an emergency session last week to discuss the protests against the Iranian regime, they failed to take action against the Iranian theocracy and instead focused on the irrelevant Iranian nuclear deal. They turned a blind eye to the cries of the Iranian people and for what reason?

Iran Focus

London, 5 Jan - As the protests against the Iranian Government continue into their second week, many are speculating on what the world should be doing to support the Iranian people in their struggle for a free Iran.

Many US politicians- including Donald Trump- have tweeted their support of the Iranian people but there is much more they can do from imposing sanctions on the Government to arming the Iranian people.

Protests

The protests, which began on December 28 in response to a sharp increase in the cost of living, soon took on a general anti-Government sentiment with many calling for the resignation (or even the heads) of the Government’s key figures, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Iran Focus

London, 9 Jan - The Iranian Regime is resorting to violent crackdowns through its suppressive militias over the recent protests that have taken the country by storm, but this will not stop the people of Iran from demanding their freedom, according to one political scientist.

Iranian expert Dr. Majid Rafizadeh wrote an op-ed for Arab News entitled “Iran is permanently on the verge of a revolution” in which he explained that these crackdowns- that have so far killed at least 50 people and imprisoned 1000- will fail to suppress the Iranian people’s desire for revolution.

The Regime has not only deployed its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and volunteer militia organization Basij to fire on unarmed protesters, arrest peaceful demonstrators, and kill many, but they have also cut off the protesters access to the internet- by slowing down speeds and blocking certain apps- to prevent them communicating with each other and the outside world.

Iran Focus

London, 5 Jan - Social media is playing an 'extremely important' role in the current Iranian protests, despite censorship efforts by the Iranian Regime. The fact is that internet access has grown significantly over the last ten years, which is why social media is playing such a big part in these protests in a way that it didn’t in the 2009 uprising over the disputed election result.

Experts believe, that it has made a tremendous difference between now and then. One difference between now and 2009 is that almost the whole nation is now plugged online. Which for these protests it's extremely important."

Iran Focus

London, 9 Jan - Thanks to global backlash over the restriction of certain social media outlets and other internet properties during the protest in Iran, the Iranian Regime may be rethinking their cyber battle against protesters.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that he did not want to “permanently” restrict the people’s access to social media, which contradicts the Regime’s decision to block Instagram and Telegram in December because it was believed that they were fuelling the widespread protests across Iran.

He said: “People’s access to cyberspace should not be cut permanently; one cannot be indifferent to people’s lives and businesses. Every technology can be abused by some; we cannot block the technology and the benefits that people are taking from it.”

Iran Focus

London, 5 Jan - As deep-seated unrest among the citizens risks Iran becoming the next Syria, let’s take a look at how those on the ground have been affected by the disastrous decisions of the Iranian government.

These protests initially began because of a sharp increase in the cost of living, but soon turned into a wide-ranging demonstration against everything that this wrong with the Regime.

Mohsen, 20, a protester in Karaj, expressed despair at the state of the economy- which has been horrendously mismanaged- and the high unemployment rates.

Iran Focus

London, 9 Jan - For nearly two weeks now protests are mushrooming across Iran and literally shaking the very pillars of the country’s ruling regime. Various discussions continue over the scope of these protests, their comparisons to the 2009 and 1999 uprising episodes, what should be expected from the international community and how to trek forward, amongst other subjects.

What goes neglected to this day is the main source of the Iranian regime’s fear. Yes, this regime has a history of quelling small protests and major uprising, especially thanks to the world’s deafening silence.

Iran Focus

London, 5 Jan - As Iran’s nationwide protests entered their sixth day on Tuesday, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei finally spoke about them publically for the first time.

Unsurprisingly, he blamed “enemies” of the Regime for instigating the protests and controlling the demonstrators in over 60 cities. Now, he probably meant to insinuate that the US or the West is directing tens of thousands of Iranian people out into the streets to protest- as ludicrous as that sounds- but in a way he is correct.

Iran Focus

London, 8 Jan - There are many things that have paved the way to the Iranian protests from the Regime’s inadequate reaction to the November earthquake which left 30,000 homeless to the severe cuts made in the Regime’s latest budget proposal to the massive hike in basic food products, but at the centre of it all is corruption and abuse by the Iranian Regime.

Majid Ahadi, a 25-year-old mechanic, took to the streets on Friday, December 29, to protest endemic corruption and mismanagement.

He said: “You hear about one thing or another sparking the demonstrations, but it wasn’t a single thing - it was a perfect storm. There was so much pressure on the people, it just exploded.”

Iran Focus
London, 4 Jan - January 4, 2018. The staff and workers of the Iranian Oil & Gas field of Southern Pars refinery in the city of Asaluyeh, the capital of Asaluyeh County, in Bushehr Province Southern Iran, went on Strike.

It is noteworthy that on Monday January 1, 2018 , consistent with the nationwide protests against Iranian clerical regime, the social headquarter of the people’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) had called for strike in the oil industry in addition to military and ammunition production industries as an essential and vital step to cripple the Iranian regime.

Iran Focus

London, 8 Jan - The Vice President of the USA, Mike Pence, wrote an op-ed for Washington Post voicing his support for the Iranian people and stating that Donald Trump will not ignore the Iranian people’s cries for freedom.

Pence explained that during the 2009 Green Revolution- which was much smaller than the current protests- brave Iranians stood up to denounce a fraudulent election and demand an end to the brutal regime that suppressed them.

He wrote: “Those brave protesters looked to the leader of the free world for support. But as I saw firsthand as a member of Congress, [Barack Obama] the president of the United States stayed silent.”

Iran Focus

London, 4 Jan - Those who have been watching Iran for long enough have experienced many moments in which they thought that the Iranian Regime would certainly collapse, but the recent protests have renewed hope that the brutal clerics will not celebrate 40 years in power.

As Saudi writer Mohammed Al-Shaikh points out in an op-ed for Al Arabiya, all revolutions must transform into a civil state if they have any hope of long-term power. The Iranian Regime has refused to do this and so they will certainly fall. It is just a question of when.

Iran Focus

London, 8 Jan - Well into its second week of protests, the Iranian people’s uprising is not going away anytime soon.

While modern Iran has seen its fair share of revolutions, one on the same scale as the current protest has not been seen since 1979. With that level of raw anger, how could anyone believe the security forces when they claim that the protests are all but over?

The protesters are mainly working-class Iranians whose needs are largely ignored by the ruling elite, and as such the protests are evident all over Iran from the biggest cities to the smallest villages. The Regime, who expected the largest protests to be held in major cities, were caught off guard by this.

Iran Focus

London, 4 Jan - The US should not be debating whether to tweet support for the protesters in Iran or just keep quiet until it all blows over. The US needs to take direct action and fast.

When the US was removing Saddam Hussein from Iraq and looking for the Al-Qaeda terrorists responsible for planning 9/11 (who were as it turns out be sheltered by the Iranian Regime), the Iranian Regime did not simply express its disapproval via the internet: it killed a lot of American troops.

Iran Focus

London, 6 Jan - If you persist, the world will stand with you and on your side.

Ending the silence on Iran and shattering a 4-decade-old barrier of appeasement of the regime, the UN Security Council’s meeting on Iran is a product of the Iranian people’s uprising, the sacrifice of its martyrs and the suffering of its captives. The world’s major governments had so far turned a blind eye on brutal suppression of our people and executions of 120,000. Iran’s protesters and youths, however, have in their first step turned the page of the United Nations and Security Council’s history on Iran. This indicates that the young men and women who rose up in the streets of Izeh, Doroud, Tuyserkan, Ghahdarijan, Jouyabad of Isfahan, and 75 other cities can and must turn the darkest page of Iran’s history.

Iran Focus

London, 4 Jan - As protests in Iran continue to grow in size and strength, many around the world are supporting the Iranian people’s call for freedom from a brutal regime but a select few are concerned about the survival of the mullah’s regime in Iran and are releasing fake news to malign the Iranian people.

The latter includes the Syrian Regime and its dictator, Bashar al-Assad, who owe their very survival to the Iranian Regime. The Regime sent their Revolutionary Guards and one of its key commanders Qassem Soleimani into Syria with mercenaries, terrorist proxies, and arms to suppress the Syrian people’s organised resistance on behalf of Assad. This prolonged the war well past its natural end, cost countless lives, and kept a Regime that poisoned its own people in power.

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