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All hail Comrade Trump!

On the heels of his increasingly questionable “success” with Kim Jong Un in Singapore (he called off “provocative” military exercises, and in exchange North Korea is, um, producing new ICBMs capable of reaching the United States), President Trump has offered to meet Iranian president Rouhani with no preconditions.
Trump’s offer to meet Rouhani comes shortly after [...]

News from Iran

Put aside for a moment Ayatollah Khamenei’s latest threat to Israel (and Israel’s response).
Pay attention to what’s actually happening inside Iran.
Potkin Azarmehr reports:
Throughout the December protests in Iran, one common chant by the protesters was, “Let go of Gaza and Syria, think about our plight”. Iran’s state TV and media often boast of the [...]

Meanwhile in Iran…

Remember the spontaneous anti-regime protests that sprung up throughout Iran in late December and early January?
It’s time to pay attention again.
First time ever since the Islamic Revolution that protesters take over Fri Prayers sermon, the bedrock of regime support!Does the world appreciate whats happening in Iran?
— Potkin Azarmehr (@potkazar) March 16, 2018

#Steel workers on [...]

Brave Iranian women continue fight against forced hijab

An important point that is too often neglected: There are women in Iran and elsewhere who choose to wear the hijab but firmly (and bravely) insist that other women should not be forced to do so.
These photos show many Iranian women understand the fight against forced hijab is not about whether the hijab is good [...]

Corbyn on Iran – Crooked Talking, Dishonest Politics

Many people think politicians are sleazy liars.
Jeremy Corbyn would like you to believe that he is different. So would his followers.
Making The Case For Iran
The rest of us are going to take some convincing, to say the least. All the more so, Mr Corbyn, after we saw you on TV earlier today with [...]

Class war in Iran

I know many Harry’s Place commenters have reacted angrily to The New York Times’s coverage of the Iranian protests.
But as the uprising continues into its second week, and as the regime tries to crack down by arresting and attacking protesters and cutting off their means of communication, I found a recent Times piece by Amir [...]

Simon Tisdall on Iran

In his piece in today’s Guardian Simon Tisdall gives no space to the various concerns voiced by protesters across Iran. The article is titled:
Iran’s enemies would be wise not to wish for regime change
and its first sentence reads:
Like birds of prey circling high in the desert sky, Iran’s many foes and rivals are watching the street [...]

What can we usefully do?

Conservative writer Bill Kristol has a wise take on how those of us outside Iran should be reacting to the current uprising against the corrupt and oppressive regime of the Islamic Republic.
Here's a crazy idea: The foreign policy/Middle East/Iran experts who are taking shots at each other for alleged past Iran policy mistakes might spend [...]

Last night in Tehran

Protesters in Tehran tear down a poster of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
پاره کردن عکس رهبر جمهوری اسلامی به دست معترضان در #تهران#تجمع‌های_اعتراضی
— RadioFarda راديوفردا (@RadioFarda_) December 30, 2017

Surely much more to come.
Anti-government protest in Khoramabad: "We don't want an Islamic republic." #Iranprotests
— Golnaz Esfandiari (@GEsfandiari) December 30, 2017

Further update: Check out #Iranprotests [...]

Alberto Nisman was indeed murdered

It’s not a surprise, but it’s good news that after two-and-a-half years of lies and coverups (some of which we documented here), the truth has finally come out.
A team of forensic analysts has determined that Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who claimed that the president of Argentina [Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner] covered up Iran’s role [...]