Fans chant ‘death to the dictator’ in Iran’s Naghsh-e Jahan Stadium

Monday, 15 January 2018

A popular uprising sweeping Iranian cities has now spread to squares and football stadiums amid continuing anger over political and economic policies of the Iranian regime. In a strong sign of the continuation of protests in Iran, thousands of people chanted slogans against the country's regime such as "seath to the dictator" in Naghsh-e Jahan Stadium in Isfahan, which hosted the Sabahan and Thub Ahan game. The protesters confirmed that they were united in their calls until they ...

VIDEO: 16 Iranian reformists urge support of protesters

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

A group of 16 prominent reformist figures issued a statement last Saturday rejecting claims that the widespread demonstrations in Iran had been “organized and instigated by foreigners,” as lawmakers expressed their concerns for detained students.The group, who were close to former reformist Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, said that the regime’s “focusing on foreign issues and ignoring the real reasons for public resentment led to the protests”.Al Arabiya’s ...

VIDEO: Iranians protest in Brussels against upcoming Zarif visit

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Brussels - Supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) on Wednesday protested in Brussels against Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s expected visit to meet European Union counterparts. The protest was held outside the European Commission and European Council buildings, where Zarif will on Thursday meet EU foreign affairs chief Frederica Mogherini, as well as the foreign ministers of Britain and France, for talks on the Iran nuclear deal. The protesters also ...

Iranians call for charges against top cleric receiving treatment in Germany

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Germany’s federal prosecutor’s office is examining whether to bring charges against a senior Iranian cleric who has strong ties to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and who is currently receiving medical treatment in Germany. A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office confirmed on Tuesday that they have received a complaint filed by a former German lawmaker against Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. Thanks to a leak, Iranian activists and opposition in Germany discovered ...

CIA chief Pompeo denies agency role in Iran unrest, predicts new violence

Monday, 8 January 2018

The head of the CIA on Sunday denied his agency had any role in fomenting the recent anti-government protests in Iran but predicted the violent unrest “is not behind us.” Mike Pompeo, named a year ago by US President Donald Trump to head the intelligence agency, told Fox News Sunday that economic conditions in Iran “are not good.” “That’s what caused the people to take to the streets,” he said. He blamed what he called Tehran’s ...

Trump, Macron agree that Iran protests are ‘sign of regime’s failure’

Monday, 8 January 2018

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on Saturday, the White House said on Sunday, and Trump provided Macron with an update on developments on the Korean Peninsula and the two discussed demonstrations in Iran. The White House said the conversation was intended “to underscore” US, South Korean and international resolve to achieve the complete denuclearization of North Korea. “The Presidents also agreed that the widespread demonstrations in Iran ...

Iran deserves a different regime

Sunday, 7 January 2018

From past experiences in the Middle East we have learned that it would be naïve to expect political change simply because people in the streets rose against the actions of a totalitarian police state. In several cases, before and after “the Arab Spring” of 2011, people left on their own were unable to properly resist bloody suppression long mastered by such regimes. Throughout the Middle East, totalitarian police states have never hesitated in confronting popular uprisings by ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

More than 1,000 students arrested in ongoing Iran protests

Sunday, 7 January 2018

More than 1,000 students, most of whom attend Tehran University, are among those who have been detained since protesters erupted across several cities in Iran.A report by the Iranian Students' News Agency quoted Mahmoud Sadeghi, a reformist member of parliament, as saying that “many of them were not involved in protests”.At least 21 people have been killed in the ongoing protests, which erupted across the country 10 days ago against the regime.Protests in Iran have resumed for the ...

Will Tehran ever initiate reforms?

Saturday, 6 January 2018

“Is the collapse of the Iranian regime good for us,” asked Abdulrahman Al-Rashed in the daily Asharq al-Awsat. The question has stirred controversy among those observing the ongoing public protests in Iran.Known to be critical of Tehran’s policies, Al-Rashed observed that the “ideal scenario would be that the regime does not collapse but changes its foreign policy and stops its aggressive approach”. He justified his point of view by claiming that “the region ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

WATCH: Brussels protests in support of people’s uprising in Iran

Saturday, 6 January 2018

A group of Iranian and Belgian political activists, students, and citizens in diaspora gathered in front of the Iranian embassy in Brussels on Friday to show support for their compatriots in Iran. Nine days into the nationwide uprising in Iran, demonstrations that started in Mashhad have reportedly reached around 90 big and small cities. Despite scarce internet access, videos on social media tell a different narrative than that of President Hassan Rouhani who called the protesters “a ...

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