2018 New Year’s “Resolution”: Iran’s Destabilization
Iran Intelligence Ministry nabs several agents behind riots
January 1, 2018
People take part in a protest rally near the University of Tehran, Iran, on December 30, 2017. (Via Reuters)
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry says it has identified and arrested some of the agents behind riots, which followed the recent protests against economic conditions in a number of Iranian cities in recent days.
In a statement on Monday, the ministry said Iranian security forces helped by people had managed to detain some of the elements who incited unrest in several cities across the country.
It added that efforts were ongoing to arrest other agents as soon as possible.
According to the ministry’s statement, some of the peaceful gatherings held in recent days in order to express public demands had turned violent “due to the presence of suspicious and aggressive elements” who damaged public property and caused casualties.
Since Thursday, groups of Iranian protesters have staged protests in several cities to voice their anger over rising prices and economic conditions. Sporadic violence has erupted during the protests, causing a number of deaths.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday the Iranian people would deal with a “small and minority group” of rioters and lawbreakers exploiting the protests.
Please go to PressTV to read the entire article.
Source: Radio Farda
Israeli Minister Encourages Iran Protests, Says Israel Is Not Involved
January 1, 2018
In this March 7, 2017 file photo, Israel’s transportation and intelligence minister Yisrael Katz speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in his office in Tel Aviv, Israel.
JERUSALEM, Jan 1 (Reuters) – Israel’s intelligence minister on Monday voiced encouragement for Iranian anti-government protesters but added that Israeli policy was not to get involved in Tehran’s internal affairs.
Four days of demonstrations in Iran have posed the boldest challenge to its clerical leadership since pro-reform unrest in 2009. At least four people have been killed as some confrontations with police turned violent.
“I can only wish success to the Iranian people in the struggle for freedom and democracy,” Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said in an Army Radio interview.
“If the people succeed in achieving freedom and democracy, many of the threats on Israel and the entire region today will disappear.”
Israel has long voiced alarm over the Shi’ite power’s nuclear programme and its support for Islamist guerrillas in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories – concerns shared by Sunni Arab states.
Asked why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not following U.S. President Donald Trump’s example in offering more open endorsement for the protesters, Katz said: “Israel has undertaken not to get involved in this internal affair”.
Trump’s tough approach to Tehran, which has included the threat of U.S. sanctions, had disrupted the Iranian government’s “illusion of economic betterment”, he said.
On Sunday, an Iranian official blamed “foreign agents” for a clash in which two protesters were killed.
Katz dismissed such allegations as standard fare from “a mendacious and propagandistic regime”.
Source: Land Destroyer Report
US Plans Slash and Burn of Middle East to “Minimize” Iranian Influence
December 18, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci – NEO) – The US is attempting to sell to the public the next phase of its continued occupation and military operations across the Middle East. Predicated on claims of “rebuilding” Iraq and “fighting terrorists” in Syria, it is in actuality a plan to perpetuate for as long as possible the upheaval currently consuming the region in hopes of overextending and exhausting Iran – and by extension – Russia.
Iranian Roadblock to Western Hegemony
The United States in its pursuit of global hegemony has placed particular focus on encircling, containing, undermining, and if possible, overthrowing the socioeconomic and political order of Iran as a means to secure for itself primacy over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the British followed by the Americans have pursued a multi-generational policy of divide and conquer across MENA.
Nations Ango-American influence could not outright conquer and co-opt such as the Persian Gulf monarchies – or create in the case of Israel – have been either picked apart and left in ruins through direct or indirect military interventions, or have spent decades staving off open and concerted efforts to divide and destroy their respective nations. These nations include Yemen, Libya, Iraq, and Syria most recently, as well as Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria on and off throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
Iran – above all other nations in the region – reserves a special place for Western attention. Its large population, geography, economy, and military might has provided it space and time to incrementally grow its power and influence throughout the region and the world to dimensions difficult for the West to overcome and dominate.
With 80 million people, a GDP of nearly $400 billion, and an army over half a million strong, Iran is not Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, nor Libya. And as the technological disparity among nations in regards to conventional military capabilities closes, the West finds itself in an increasingly disadvantageous position in regards to coercing Iran directly through force.
Because of this emerging reality, US policy versus Tehran is shifting from attempting to justify a military confrontation it is no longer certain it can win, to a policy of containment and limited conflict similar to America’s maneuvering in Asia Pacific regarding Beijing.
US Plans to “Minimize” Iran’s Influence in the Middle East
A piece in The Nation Interest penned by Brookings policymakers titled, “A blueprint for minimizing Iran’s influence in the Middle East,” attempts to summarize America’s current plans regarding the containment or “minimization” of Iranian influence.
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Protests in Iran: Made in the USA and Israel
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Protests in Tehran and other Iranian cities have a familiar character to them. They don’t erupt spontaneously. They’re manufactured, needing leadership.
Color revolutions are a US specialty, numerous ones staged earlier. Orange revolution 2.0, the most recent previous one, ousted Ukraine’s democratic government, replacing it with putschist tyranny.
What’s happening in Iran since December 28 followed agreement by Trump and Netanyahu to confront Iran, wanting its government toppled, replaced by pro-Wester puppet rule.
What’s going on for the past five days appears to be another attempted color revolution – doomed to fail, war perhaps the alternative follow-up option, the favored strategy of Washington and Tel Aviv.
On New Year’s day, Iran’s Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi said “a major part of recent demonstrations has been organized by foreign, anti-revolutionary elements.”
“They spread propaganda and manipulated public sentiment and the rightful demands of the people,” adding:
They’ll be addressed and handled equitably, “depriv(ing) enemies of the Islamic revolution of the opportunity to manipulate the present situation further.
On Sunday, two individuals were lethally shot in Dorud, a western Iranian city. According to Lorestan province political and security affairs official Habibollah Khojastepour, “no bullet was fired by military, law enforcement, and security forces at the people.”
Were pro-Western provocateurs responsible, perhaps recruited by the CIA or Mossad?
Khojastepour blamed the presence of Takfiri and “hostile groups…directed by foreign intelligence services.”
Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezayee slammed US interference in the country’s internal affairs, warning “US meddlesome policy…will not remain unanswered.”
Please go to stephenlendman.org to read the entire article.
Source: Geopolitical Monitor
USAID and the destabilization of Iran
Iranian Demonstration For Human Rights Holds March In L.A.
June 28, 2009 • by Ken Dilanian
The Obama administration is moving forward with plans to fund groups that support Iranian dissidents, records and interviews show, continuing a program that became controversial when it was expanded by President Bush.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which reports to the secretary of state, has for the last year been soliciting applications for $20 million in grants to “promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Iran,” according to documents on the agency’s website. The final deadline for grant applications is June 30.
U.S. efforts to support Iranian opposition groups have been criticized in recent years as veiled attempts to promote “regime change,” said Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, the largest Iranian-American advocacy group. The grants enable Iran’s rulers to paint opponents as tools of the United States, he said.
Although the Obama administration has not sought to continue the Iran-specific grants in its 2010 budget, it wants a $15 million boost for the Near Eastern Regional Democracy Initiative, which has similar aims but does not specify the nations involved. Some of that money will be targeted at Iran, said David Carle, a spokesman for the appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign affairs.
“Part of it is to expand access to information and communications through the Internet for Iranians,” Carle said in an e-mail.
President Obama said this week the United States “is not at all interfering in Iran’s affairs,” rejecting charges of meddling that were renewed Thursday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Asked how the democracy promotion initiatives square with the president’s statement, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said, “Let’s be clear: The United States does not fund any movement, faction or political party in Iran. We support … universal principles of human rights, freedom of speech, and rule of law.”
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said, “Respecting Iran’s sovereignty does not mean our silence on issues of fundamental rights and freedoms, such as the right to peacefully protest.”
The Bush program “was a horrible idea,” Parsi said. “It made human rights activists and non-governmental organizations targets.”
Not so, said David Denehy, the former Republican political consultant and State Department official who used to oversee the spending. “To say that we were the cause of repression in Iran is laughable … Our programs sent a message to the people of Iran that we supported their requests for personal freedom,” he said.
The State Department and USAID decline to name Iran-related grant recipients for security reasons.
Please go to Geopolitical Monitor to read the entire article.
The Iranian government through its military and police are not behind shooting at Iranians who are protesting the Iranian government:
Another very good analysis by Moon of Alabama on the coming destabilization of Iran and possible entities behind Iran’s current “protests” against the Iranian government:
US and Israel on the move in 2018:
Jared Kushner reorganises the Middle East [for Israel]
Why is ISIS “gathering” in Afghanistan when Iran shares a long border with Afghanistan?
US plausible denial in Afghanistan claiming “decades more of fighting”?
Stirring up sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Islam in Afghanistan preparing for Iran?
The Brookings Institute plan for Persia (Iran):