Sad to say that the protests are all but over…..but they should give fodder for pundits and think tanks for a month or so…..then the media will move on…..
Well the pundit class has a new thing to zero in on….the book, the tell all book, but before that there were the protests in Iran….everyone has an opinion and everyone has a reason what made the Iranians resort to these deadly protests. Most of these theories are wrong!
I have heard not one Western pundit report is what the protesters want from the government…..let me be the first……
What do the Iranian protesters want?
Would be nice if someone in the media would have reported on these demands it would have given the protest more exposure…..
Of course the Iranian government will be blaming the CIA for this upheaval…..personally I do not think the “company” is the source of this unrest….yes they are there and working but these protests are generic….
There is as yet no public proof that the US is behind the protests, though the narrative sells well within Iran because of the long history of Iran being subjected to foreign intervention, and the long US history of backing foreign “revolutions.”
Hopefully the Iranians are not waiting for the US to step up with covert support…..the Trump State Department would be the kiss of death for the movement……a do-nothing bunch of losers from the top down.
But because of their lip service the Guard was called out and the usual “foreign agitators” were blamed…..
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Sunday that the nation and its security forces have ended the wave of unrest linked to anti-government protests that erupted last month, reports the AP. “Iran’s revolutionary people along with tens of thousands of Basij forces, police, and the Intelligence Ministry have broken down the chain (of unrest),” the Guard said on its website, per Reuters. The unrest was “created … by the United States, Britain, the Zionist regime (Israel), Saudi Arabia, the hypocrites (Mujahideen) and monarchists.” Price hikes sparked protests in a number of cities and towns late last month, and at least 21 people were killed in scattered clashes. The protests, which vented anger at high unemployment and official corruption, were the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election, and some demonstrators called for the overthrow of the government.
Many of the demonstrators protested against the Guard’s massive budget, its costly interventions across the region, and against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei himself. Hundreds have been detained since the protests began. They include around 90 university students, reformist lawmaker Mahmoud Sadeghi was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency. Iranian lawmakers held a closed session on Sunday in which senior security officials briefed them on the protests and the conditions of the detainees, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. “It was emphasized that foreign elements, and in particular the United States, played a basic role in forming and manipulating the recent unrest,” IRNA quoted lawmaker Jalal Mirzaei as saying. The United States and Israel have expressed support for the protests, but deny fomenting them.
Keep in mind that Israel needs a strong Iran…..without i they have nothing but the Palestinians to blame for all their problems and the world will be watching…..something Israel does not need.
On a side note: Former Iranian president has been arrested……
With an estimated 1,000 people arrested over the course of a little over a week in protests in Iran, the most high profile may ultimately be the most surprising, with reports former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been jailed for “incitement.”
Though Ahmadinejad has not really been linked to the protest movement, he made comments during his visit to Bushehr in late December which seemed to express support for them, faulting the leadership for being “detached from the problems and concerns of the people.”
This makes the narrative a lot trickier internationally, as the US has sought to brand the new protests as a continuation of the 2009 protests, which were themselves against Ahmadinejad’s contested reelection.
Since the outbreak of mass demonstrations and unrest in Iran last week, US media have mostly busied themselves with the question of not if we should “do something,” but what, exactly, that something should be. As usual, it’s simply taken for granted the United States has a divine right to intervene in the affairs of Iran, under the vague blanket of “human rights” and “democracy promotion.” (The rare exception, such as an op-ed by ex-Obama official Philip Gordon—New York Times, 12/30/17—still accepted the premise of regime change: “I, too, want to see the government in Tehran weakened, moderated or even removed.”) With this axiom firmly established in Very Serious foreign policy circles, the next question becomes the nature, degree and scope of the “something” being done.