UN experts urge respect for protesters' rights — Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Could this portend the return of the Arab Spring? It included billions of dollars earmarked for the military and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps - with their costly ventures in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.

Now I shall drag forth my favourite, creaking but still relevant institution, the Department of Home Truths.

Certainly, any Canadian who cares about the ongoing vitality of our ally Israel - a country whose very existence is denied by the current day rulers of Iran - recognizes the menace that the regime presents to that country.

Iran is also weighing in to U.N. Security Council members.

· And, just to make sure there is no doubt about how serious the regime is about these things, women have been sent to jail simply for speaking out in favour of equal rights for women. The government is split, with President Hassan Rouhani expressing sympathy with the protesters and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei hoping to crush dissent. For more information on the Denison Forum, visit www.denisonforum.org. Maybe if America would join Europe in engaging Iran in business activities and treating it like any other global market, the Iranians would have less to complain about.

By Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press on January 8, 2018.

To truly comprehend the situation, you need to look beyond the headlines.

By contrast, the latest protests have nothing do with Iran's complex political scene, and to that extent even the reformists have completely disowned them. The Iranian regime has repressed its people and made them poor. But several pointedly raised the nuclear agreement, and encouraged everyone to uphold their commitments. The joy may be premature, however.

None of this necessarily means that the Iranian regime is on the brink of collapse. Rouhani could become the man to break the disastrous grip of the conservative clerics on Iran. In both countries, the religious establishment is the final arbiter of law and lifestyle.

The West should also help keep communications open with Iran. Although Trump's rhetoric is often recklessly irresponsible, on this question he's right. But he has cut through the false dichotomy as Ronald Reagan cut through the nuclear arms doublethink in his day (building up to build down).

The demonstrations initially had to do with the sagging economy, high unemployment, and the increased cost of basic foods.

Engaging views and analysis from outside contributors on the issues affecting society and faith today. Nothing is more indicative of Trump hypocrisy than cheering the demonstrators while preventing visits from Iranian artists, scholars, and relatives of the large Iranian American population. Those 35 to 65 should be required to give six months in whatever increments they choose over a five-year period.

The protests have drawn largely young people and workers as well as members of the educated middle-class that formed the backbone of a pro-reform revolt almost a decade ago.

Social freedom is irreconcilable with Iranian theocracy.

Meanwhile, in their first official reaction to the uprising, the National Trust Party headed by Mehdi Karroubi who has been under house arrest for seven years, blamed the protests on the regime.

The Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia stressed it is unacceptable to use "bogus pretext" to include internal political issues of Iran in the agenda of meeting. The protests were the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election. Iran and Hezbollah inscribed "Jerusalem" on their banner in order to conquer Aleppo, Mosul, Sana'a, and Beirut.

Last time Trump had to decide on the deal, he didn't recertify it.

Half of Iran's population is 31 or younger.

If you want to understand what has provoked days of protests in Iran and where they might be heading, I have some suggestions. They did not, but the Israelis lost.

"Human rights are not the gift of governments, they are the inalienable rights of the people themselves ..." This is a mistake by the Security Council, he said.

Parliament spokesman Behrouz Nemati said MPs and security officials had decided that Telegram restrictions should be lifted only after the app committed to ban "hostile, anti-Iranian channels that promote unrest", state television reported.

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