Russia berates US for UN talks on 'internal affair — Iran protests

Dominique Dufresne
Janvier 14, 2018

The envoy urged the Security Council members to allow Iran to deal with its own problems and rather focus on crisis situations in Lybia, North Korea, Syria. Could this portend the return of the Arab Spring? Tehran responded by shutting off access to some social media and messaging apps, and broadcasting footage of other, pro-government rallies. The suppression of the Green Revolution in 2009 shows the disastrous price of silence.

Zarif on Monday depicted the session as a fiasco and evidence that the Trump administration is "isolated at the international level".

Implicit in all this is something often dismissed and completely undeniable: the strategic value of democracy promotion in a strong foreign policy. "We will continue to monitor the situation Iran", the EU spokesperson tweeted on Monday. "If an incompetent man criticizes me, this is proof that I am a whole man", he wrote.

But I think Carter was right in his time and McCain in his.

On Twitter, al-Sabhan has openly tried to call the shots in Lebanon, demanding that Hezbollah be kicked out of the government and calling on the Lebanese to confront the militant group. The government is split, with President Hassan Rouhani expressing sympathy with the protesters and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei hoping to crush dissent. The new U.S. administration has reversed course and taken a clear anti-Iranian position. Unemployment is around 30 percent, far above the official national rate of more than 12 percent. Speaking at the United Nations in September, he said, "The good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, Iran's people are what their leaders fear the most".

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The U.S. position is changing. In the 1950s we chose the dictator over democracy.

By Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press on January 8, 2018. This even applies to young girls in elementary school.

As protests have ebbed, the government has lifted restrictions it imposed on Instagram, one of the social media tools used to mobilise protesters. The Iranian regime has repressed its people and made them poor. This may be difficult while US sanctions hover over Iran's economy. Not because the demonstrations have still not swelled into a general revolt, but because the fall of the Iranian regime will benefit not the Saudis, nor Trump, nor Netanyahu.

Haley said the emergency meeting on the protests in Iran is putting the Islamic Republic on notice that "the world will be watching what you do". There is virtually zero diversity of opinion or dispassionate objectivity on Iran within the ranks of U.S. elites.

If there is an Iranian uprising and it results in a Tiananmen Square slaughter in Tehran, do we really want the U.S., which would not likely intervene to save the patriots, held morally accountable? "Doing so does not help resolve the domestic issue of Iran". Needless to say, interpreting "public sentiment" is in the hands of religious scholars alone.

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Whatever the outcome, a new benchmark has now been set for future protests and some past taboos have been broken. Iran's Guards are not going to allow this to happen.

In today's world, it's hard to argue that repression won't work in the short run.

The New York Times has reported that an initial catalyst for the public's anger was a leaked version of a proposed governmental budget. Iran and Hezbollah inscribed "Jerusalem" on their banner in order to conquer Aleppo, Mosul, Sana'a, and Beirut. There's moral hazard in such cheerleading. The European diplomats spoke in support of the right to free speech and peaceful protest. In his first statement since the protests started, Ebrahim Raisi, the head of the Astan-e Quds Razavi foundation in Mashhad - where the protests started before spiraling out of control - also referred to the protests as "sedition" being provoked by foreign enemies.

The Security Council debate underscored those differences. Khatami said that Article 27 of the Iranian Constitution gives people the right to protest without carrying arms or causing damage, adding that their "voices must be heard".

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