Tag Archives: Iran

Iran: Ahmadinejad reportedly arrested for “inciting violence”

Source: New York Post

“A former Iranian president was arrested for ‘inciting violence’ as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against the government and rising food prices, unrest that rocked the Islamic Republic for more than a week, according to a newspaper report. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was arrested for comments he made during a Dec. 28 rally in the western Iranian city of Bushehr, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper reported on Sunday. … The news of the arrest of Ahmadinejad, who was president between 2005 and 2013, come as the powerful Revolutionary Guards on Sunday said the rallies had ended and blamed the violence on the United States, Britain and Israel.” (01/07/18)


Iranian oil tanker burns, 32 missing after collision off China’s coast

Source: Reuters

“A tanker carrying Iranian oil and run by the country’s top oil shipping firm was ablaze and spewing cargo into the East China Sea on Sunday after colliding with a Chinese freight ship, leaving the tanker’s 32 crew members missing, the Chinese government said. Thick clouds of dark smoke could be seen billowing out of the Sanchi tanker, engulfing the vessel as rescue efforts were hampered by bad weather and fire on and around the ship, Mohammad Rastad, head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organisation, told Iranian television.” (01/07/18)


The Iranian rebellion: Everybody’s wrong

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Here in the West, three views have taken root among the commentariat (and, of course, among US government officials: 1) This is a heroic attempt by the freedom-starved people of Iran to — finally! — overthrow the theocracy …. On the other hand we have a different view, 2) which we can see given expression on the same video, showing Iranian lobbyist Trita Parsi blaming – wait for it! – Donald Trump. Really? Oh yes, he really means it: it’s all because of economic uncertainty due to Trump’s threats to cancel the Iran deal. … Then there is the third view, which simply ascribes the rebellion to ‘US imperialism,’ and the regime-change apparatus Washington has put into place in order to pull off incidents such as these. This explanation — that the US, the Saudis, and the Israelis are solely responsible for the anti-government protests — lacks the one feature all such propositions require: evidence.” (01/04/18)


Socialism: Iran’s weapon against the west?

Source: Acton Institute
by Angel Manuel Garcia Carmona

“As 2017 ended, the Iranian people surprised the world by protesting against their nation’s theocratic system — including the Ayatollah — over rising prices, political corruption, and the lack of civil liberties. At least 21 people have been killed, and the head of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has threatened protesters with the death penalty. The Iranian regime killed protesters in the streets, shortly after Venezuela’s repressive socialist government killed protesters in its own nation. However, disturbing reports indicate that one of Spain’s main political parties may be funded by both totalitarian regimes — because Iran believes socialism undermines the West.” (01/04/18)


Iran: Regime appears to have beaten down protests

Source: CBS News

“The strength of protests shaking Iran was unclear on Thursday after a week of unrest that killed at least 21 people, with fewer reports of demonstrations as government supporters again took to the streets in several cities and towns. It wasn’t immediately clear if the drop in reports of new demonstrations challenging Iran’s theocratic government meant the protests were subsiding or that the authorities’ blocking of social media apps had managed to stop protesters from offering new images of rallies. However, while CBS News sources in Iran said there were sporadic, small uprisings reported around the country, the deployment of thousands of security forces appeared to have largely restored order — by force and intimidation — in most places.” [editor’s note: As if force and intimidation weren’t how ALL regimes — including the US regime — “restore order” when the serfs get uppity – TLK] (01/04/18)


Iranian unrest

Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“News coverage of the demonstrations notes Iranian leaders blaming the demonstrations on foreign interference by Iran’s enemies, including Saudi Arabia, Israel, and of course the United States. While I have no doubt that political leaders in those (and other) countries would be happy to promote demonstrations against the Iranian government, I also have no doubt, from talking to Iranian citizens over the past several years, that the main source of unrest comes from Iranian citizens, not foreign governments. The Iranians I talked with did not like the oppressive social policies in Iran, nor the heavy hand the Iranian government was playing in the economy. They were concerned about government monitoring of their activities, and potential penalties that might be imposed on them for stepping out of line in any way.” (01/03/18)


Iran: Pro-regime rallies follow six days of protests

Source: Reuters

“Pro-government rallies in several Iranian cities drew thousands of marchers on Wednesday, following six days of rare unrest that took the country’s leaders off guard. State television broadcast live pictures of rallies in Kermanshah, Ilam and Gorgan, where marchers waved Iranian flags and pictures of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. … At least 21 people have been killed during the unrest, including two members of the security forces. More than 450 protesters have been arrested in the capital Tehran in recent days, and hundreds of others were detained around the country, according to officials. A judicial official said some could face the death penalty. … In at attempt to control the flow of information and calls for anti-government gatherings, Tehran authorities have restricted access to the Telegram messaging app and Instagram …” (01/03/18)


Iran: State TV reports nine more killed amid protests; death toll at least 20

Source: Chicago Tribune

“Clashes overnight between protesters and security forces in Iran killed nine people, state television reported Tuesday, including some rioters who tried to storm a police station to steal weapons. The demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election, have seen six days of unrest across the country and a death toll of at least 20. The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over Iran’s weak economy and a jump in food prices and have expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting against the government and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Hundreds of people have been arrested.” (01/02/17)


Telegram shuts down “violence-inciting” channel at Iran regime’s request, angering Snowden

RT (Russian state media)

Source: RT [Russian state media]

“Messaging service Telegram has shut down a public channel that’s been used to organize the anti-government protests in Iran after a government minister said it featured instructions on making Molotov cocktails and taking up arms. … The exchange and subsequent block of the channel came as Iran continues to be gripped by protests against rapidly-rising food prices, corruption and the political leadership, which began Thursday. Whistleblower Edward Snowden took the decision as an opportunity to criticize Telegram. … The ‘core’ problem, he believes, is the centralized nature of the app, which is entirely controlled by its developers, who insist that they will never reveal their user data, or comply with illegal requests by governments. … ‘Telegram should have been working to make channels decentralized — meaning outside their control — for years,’ wrote Snowden, who also insisted that users must be given more technologies that allow them to evade government control, such as anonymizer Tor.” (12/31/17)


Iran: Protesters arrested on second day of demonstrations

Source: USA Today

“Iranians protesting the country’s strained economy gathered in Tehran and another major city on Friday, for the second day of spontaneous, unsanctioned demonstrations placing pressure on President Hassan Rouhani’s government. The semi-official Fars news agency reported that officials said around 300 protesters gathered in the western city of Kermanshah, the scene of a devastating earthquake in November that killed over 600 residents. In Tehran, fewer than 50 people protested at a public square. Fars reported that protesters in Kermanshah chanted anti-government slogans such as ‘never mind Palestine, think about us,’ ‘death or freedom’ and ‘political prisoners should be freed.’ They damaged some public property before police dispersed them. Police also arrested a small number of demonstrators in Tehran protesting price hikes and the president’s economic policy.” (12/29/17)