Amid Anti-Regime Protests, Iranians Repeatedly Refuse to Trample American, Israeli Flags

Video and photo evidence coming out of Iran shows multiple crowds refusing to walk on American and Israeli flags amid protests against the Islamic Republic’s clerical establishment, signaling a rejection of the Tehran regime’s hardliner narrative and eliciting praise from some Western observers. ...

Ukrainian plane, Iranian Brain and Canadian Pain

We must worry about the future of Iran if the Flight PS752 passengers constitute a representative sample of the brains Iran is losing. ...

For many Iranian-American families, this moment has us sick and terrified

This isn’t just detached political analysis and smug Twitter takes to us. It is about a lifetime of experience and broken US foreign policy. ...

Opinion: Destroying cultural heritage sites is a war crime

President Trump threatened to destroy 52 Iranian sites — “some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture” — on Twitter on Saturday. This may seem like a small issue in the midst of an international crisis, but, as others have noted, his tweet amounts to an announcement of an intention to commit war crimes. ...

Killing Sulaimani- How The Butcher of the People Became an Anti-Imperialist Hero

We live in a world where we often forget that multiple truths can co-exist at the same time. In an era of media conglomerates that regurgitate the same pro war slogans and headlines, and a time where the failures of the Left are stark and vast, the truth is often reduced to a simplistic, manichaean duality of black/white, either/or, US/Iran perspective. ...

Iranian Commander Qassem Soleimani Assassinated By U.S. In Baghdad Airstrike

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a senior Iranian commander and one of the most powerful figures in the Middle East, was killed in an airstrike on the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq at the direction of President Donald Trump, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday. The assassination marks a monumental escalation toward Iran. ...

Iran’s Protest Movement Doesn’t Vindicate Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Campaign

Iran is facing its most serious protests since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. What began as a reaction to a sudden, 50 percent rise in fuel prices last month has since mushroomed into a far more generalized expression of anger. Facts remain muddled, in part because Iran initially imposed a total internet blackout, but credible sources suggest security forces have killed at least several hundred protesters in a brutal crackdown, with hundreds more injured and up to 7,000 arrested. Coming less than two years after a spate of protests throughout the country, this latest unrest suggests broad-based discontent with the regime and a deep-seated desire for economic and political change. ...

The Real Deal Behind the U.S.–Iran Prisoner Swap

Donald Trump celebrated a surprise prisoner exchange with Iran in a tweet on Saturday, just hours after a Princeton graduate student and an Iranian scientist were traded on the tarmac of Zurich’s international airport. “Thank you to Iran on a very fair negotiation. See, we can make a deal together!” he wrote. The swap was a rare moment of détente following months of escalating hostilities, which came within minutes of a military confrontation in June, after Iran shot down a sophisticated U.S. drone. ...

Iran’s Protests Are Not Just About Gas Prices

A wave of protest swept across Iran last week. The government had abruptly hiked gas prices in order to offset its budget deficit at a time of high inflation and negative economic growth. Angry protesters clashed with security forces, set government buildings and banks on fire, and blocked roads. The government responded with an iron fist, killing more than 200 protesters, arresting thousands, and shutting down the Internet across the country for about a week. ...

The Commissioner For Human Rights addresses rights violations in Iran

As more information gradually filters out of Iran in the wake of the recent protests, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed alarm at the continuing lack of transparency about casualties and the treatment of thousands of detainees, as well as continuing arrests reported to be taking place across the country. ...

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