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ARCHIVE IRAN PROTESTS: Dec. 30, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018

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Jan. 1, 2018


RSBN Live Stream: Iran Anti-Government Protests Day 5 hosted by Steve @Lookner.

UPDATE: Here's the latest from Iran, including Embassies abroad, the media and the political fallout, if any. RSBN is reporting ever larger and intenser crowds. Internet interruptions have become frequent.

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Dec. 31, 2017


RSBN Live Stream: Iran Anti-Government Protests Day 4 part 2 hosted by Steve @Lookner.

Dec. 31, 2017 RSBN: Iran Anti-Government Protests Day 4 part 1. 


RSBN has been reporting that very little is getting out today so far. Instagram and Telegram have been shut down. But commentators have assured that a lot is going on today in Iran. The CEO of Telegram says Iran is 'blocking access for the majority of Iranians', but that WIFI and home Internet is still available. Another commentator just reported that picture can't get out.


The following is a must read article that explains much about the ridiculous reporting in the West, not just about the rebellion in Iran but about the death of journalism generally and the role of the Obama administration in that.
As widespread anti-regime protests in Iran continue on into their third day, American news audiences are starting to wonder why the US media has devoted so little coverage to such dramatic—and possibly history-making—events. Ordinary people are taking their lives in their hands to voice their outrage at the crimes of an obscurantist regime that has repressed them since 1979, and which attacks and shoots dead them in the streets. So why aren’t the protests in Iran making headlines?
The short answer is that the American media is incapable of covering the story, because its resources and available story-lines for Iran reporting and expertise were shaped by two powerful official forces—the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Obama White House. Without government minders providing them with story-lines and experts, American reporters are simply lost—and it shows. It nearly goes without saying that only regime-friendly Western journalists are allowed to report from Iran, which is an authoritarian police state that routinely tortures and murders its political foes. (More)


This is quite interesting. Many Iranians consider Islam as Arab colonization. Iranians are not ethnic Arabs, nor is Islam specifically Persian. The original religion is Zoroastrianism.


Iran’s government has warned that protesters who have taken to the streets nationwide (...) will "pay the price" for breaking the law after two demonstrators died in the western town of Doroud. President Hassan Rohani was said to be preparing to address the country on December 31, but Ehsan Bodaghi of the government daily Iran newspaper said in a tweet that it was still not clear if Rohani would speak to the country. (MoreUpdate: the address by Rohani will be held shortly.

Dec. 30, 2017


Police in Tehran hit back with tear gas at stone throwing students who took part in a third day of of nationwide protests against government. At least 50 people have been arrested since the protests began on Thursday in Mashhad, the country's second-largest city, in what has been the most serious challenge to the Islamic Republic since demonstrations following the disputed 2009 presidential election.
  • Students clashed with riot police at the University of Tehran on Saturday
  • Riot police hit backs with riot police as the protests continue across Iran
  • Hard-liners had rallied in the capital to support the Iranian government
  • Protests began on Thursday against the Islamic Republic's struggling economy (more)


This week, tens of thousands of Iranians took to the streets to register their anger, not at Donald Trump or the House of Saud, but at the mullahs and their security apparatus. It was economic grievances that initially ignited the protests in the northeastern city of Mashhad. But soon the uprising grew and spread to at least 18 cities nationwide. And the slogans shifted from joblessness and corruption to opposition to the Islamic Republic in toto. These included: “Death to [Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei!” “Death to Hezbollah!” “Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, Our Life Only for Iran!” “We Will Die to Get Our Iran Back!” “Clerics Out of Our Country!”

The outcome of the protests is hard to predict. So far, the movement is leaderless and appears to lack serious organization. The protesters face a regime that spends much of its energy and resources on ensuring its own survival and won’t hesitate to crack down viciously, as it did in 1999 and 2009. But whatever comes next, Iranians have already shattered one liberal myth: namely, that Donald Trump has revived the regime’s popularity at home. (Source)

⏩ The betrayal of the Green movement in 2009 was Obama's first act of treason against liberty. Many more would follow, making clear that Obama bowed for tyrants, especially of Islamic variety. Other than the Obama regime, the Trump administration is taking an active and early stance for the rebellion in Iran. The contrast is stunning.

⏩ The Western media are tracing the Obama pattern, framing the protests as an economic issue and circumventing the anti Islamic theocracy issue. Because all Muslims want Sharia tyranny, is their logic. Western corporations are doing great business with the Mullahs. As Sohrab Ahmari is pointing out, the media frame is parroting Iran's Foreign Minister: 
A So much for the New York Times theory that, thanks to Trumpian and Saudi bellicosity, the Iranian people have closed ranks behind their rulers. In November, the paper’s Tehran bureau chief, Thomas Erdbrink, devoted an extended feature to making this case, and it proved wildly popular with the pro-nuclear deal crowd in Washington. (...) Erdbrink’s argument echoed rhetoric from Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Responding to October’s announcement of new U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Zarif tweeted: “Today, Iranians–boys, girls, men, women–are ALL IRGC.” Or not. (More)

⏩ More background articles and commentary throwing light on the situation: