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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, 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.

Iran Focus

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, 4 Jan - The anti-regime protests in Iran are now in their second week and the US is currently deciding on the best way to support the demonstrators.

Members of the Donald Trump administration (and many other politicians) have already voiced their support for the Iranian people and their fights for freedom via social media, with Trump warning the Regime that the “world is watching”.

This has been lauded as a great first step by political pundits, including Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

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, 3 Jan - Anti-regime protests are going strong across Iran; from the big cities to rural areas, the Iranians want an end to the theocratic Regime that has held them hostage for almost 40 years.

The protests began over the failing economy (high unemployment, rising cost of living) but grew into a rally against the violent Regime and all of its major problems.

Now, the protesters are crying out for political freedom, the removal of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and an end to Iranian imperialism in the Middle East.

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, 3 Jan - Yemen’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Abdulmalik Al-Mekhlafi tweeted on Tuesday that he supported the Iranian people in their fight for freedom and their recent protests.

He said: "We wish the aspirations of the Iranian people succeed in achieving freedom and stopping foreign ventures."

He said that the Iranian uprising was the result of Iranians wanting to live in peace and prosperity with the other people of the Middle East; a direct contrast from the Regime’s horrifying dreams of exporting terrorism, spreading destruction, and creating a Shiite Crescent across the Middle East.

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, 3 Jan - Donald Trump has praised the Iranian people for standing up against the brutal mullahs that head the Regime and cited that the money that Iran got as a result of the nuclear deal has been used to fund terrorism and expansionism, rather than to benefit their own people.

The spending of this money on the export of terrorism and wars via proxy groups is part of the reasons for the protests.

On January 2, Trump tweeted: “The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their ‘pockets.’ The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!”

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