Monday, January 08, 2018

IRAN - The Protests

"Iranian president calls for calm amid deadly protests" PBS NewsHour 1/1/2018


SUMMARY:  Iran saw a fifth day of anti-government protests on Monday with at least 12 fatalities reported.  Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for calm amid the regime’s most serious challenge to its rule since the 2009 mass demonstrations.  William Brangham learns more from The New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink in Tehran.

"What’s driving the deadly protests in Iran?" PBS NewsHour 1/1/2018


SUMMARY:  Iranians continued to demonstrate against the clerical leadership on Monday amid economic hardships.  Karim Sadjadpour, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, describes the factors behind the unrest and how the protests differ from previous ones.

"Iran’s Supreme Leader blames ‘enemies’ for unrest" PBS NewsHour 1/2/2018


SUMMARY:  Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke publicly Tuesday, the first time since protests broke out last week, blaming “enemies of Iran” for the unrest.  Rageh Omaar of ITV News reports.

"How is the Iranian government responding to protests?" PBS NewsHour 1/2/2018


SUMMARY:  President Donald Trump tweeted that the ‘U.S. is watching’ Iran’s continuing protests.  Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies program at Stanford University, analyzes how the Iranian government is responding to the unrest.

Abbas Milani, Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University:  I think it is characteristics of Mr. Khamenei.  He has a paranoid view of the world.  He doesn’t believe that he has made any mistakes.  He has yet to accept any mistakes for any of the major policy decisions that he is directly responsible for.

Does Milani's comment sound like anyone in America we know?

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