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Windemere

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I just hope that Trump knows what he is doing about Iran, considering that he's now discontinued Obama's agreement to remove the trade & economic sanctions in return for Iran's discontinuing its nuclear weapons programs. There doesn't seem to be any evidence of Iran reneging on its promise to discontinue its nuclear weapons program, which was the reason for the agreement in the first place. Iran is interfering militarily in Iraq,Syria and Yemen, which is reprehensible, but so are America, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Hezbollah, Isil, alQaeda, Nato, and God only knows who else. Getting Iran's agreement to discontinue its nuclear weapons program was a major accomplishment, and I hope that Trump doesn't do anything to jeopardize that. I suppose that now it will be up to Europe to convince Iran to maintain its committment to that agreement. 

Trump actually did do a good job in initiating a dialogue with North Korea, and his newfound friend Kim Jong Un aka Rocketman hasn't fired off anymore nuclear missiles in quite awhile. We can only hope that the dialogue continues, and results in North Korea's abandonment of its nuclear weapons program, although it's too soon to tell how this will all play out.

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The key point is that that the regime has zero legitimacy in the eyes of many Iranians and sanctions are hoped to weaken its continuing ability to repress the populace. The international community saw Apartheid South Africa as beyond the pale and constantly imposed sanctions (which admittedly didn't work until the banks decided to cut off loans), yet the attitude towards the regime in Iran seems to be precisely the opposite.

You can't reform a regime like this or "moderate" it. Any real change would undermine the system's fundamental raison d'etre which is its religious mission and hatred of Western Civilisation. This is why its continuing existence is an obscenity every bit as the Soviet Union. It is also an explanation for the regime's hatefulness and brutality - the torture and murder of political dissidents, persecution of minorities, Stalinist-inspired show trials, assassinations, forced confessions and mass executions. These things are all done in the name of Islam by the regime, but has only brought disgrace to the nation and to the religion.

There has been poor coverage of the protest movement in Western media and little support from the political class.

Incidentally this week is the anniversary of two assassinations - the last pre-revolution Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar and popular singer Fereydoun Farrokhzad.
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This is what's happening in Iran right now. They're writing on the wall for the return of the monarchy, and the writing is on the wall for the Islamist tyranny that terrorises the people.

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https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/status/1027947095238602752

Security forces in Iran have beaten up football fans in Tehran. Such is Iranians' love of football, that it is inevitable that football games become a rallying point for regime opponents.
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The regime is in effect trying to give up control of the Caspian Sea - which Iran has long had a dominant role in since ancient times - to Russia!

https://www.facebook.com/Renaissance.Iran/photos/a.1146577798760640.1073741828.711094985642259/2133658706719206/?type=3&theater
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Iran has been the subject of many Western "progressive" myths. The unholy alliance of Western Leftists and Islamists goes back a long time:

https://twitter.com/MehdiMMJ/status/1028323910587166721
https://twitter.com/patrickestarian/status/1028150601371119617

What do we have here? Someone who really hates her own country this much, which is the British, American and Australian Left in a nutshell...
https://twitter.com/BanafshehZand/status/1028297556495949824
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In Sydney this weekend:

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https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1362831/10-reasons-why-rouhani-signed-bad-russian-document

The regime in Iran claims it is defending the country from foreign interference (yeah right!), yet it is effectively selling out the country's precious Caspian Sea rights to Russia. Russia's hegemonic plans depend on the Baltic, Caspian and Black seas, and this is a terrible idea for any country to assent to.

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https://thenectarine.ca/politics/as-the-poor-starve-and-corruption-skyrockets-iran-stands-on-the-brink-of-a-new-revolution/

Unlike most regime change cases in the Middle East, the path for Iran is clear because there is a viable alternative through a well-organised opposition movement. Iran is a nation with a strong sense of deeply rooted national identity.

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If you ever needed a timely reminder that Jeremy Corbyn doesn't care about the regime's gross violations of human rights:
https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/01/the-truth-about-iran-is-now-of-little-importance-to-jeremy-corbyn/
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How the message gets out in Iran:

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Iranians protest outside parliament against the Caspian Sea sell-out to Russia. It also increases anti-Russian sentiment among regime opponents.

https://twitter.com/potkazar/status/1029392918702841856

This is from before the Revolution, where Iranian leftists in Paris were agitating for the fall of the Shah. Now we see what happened to secular liberals and leftists who collaborated with Islamists, only to find that they would be on the receiving end of the Islamist regime's brutal persecution. Today's Left in the West are no different.

https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1030207287384788992

Mike Pompeo announces his strategy, which appears to replicate the strategy used to effect the Soviet Union's collapse.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/iranians-want-our-country-back-1534373854

What form of government Iran will assume will be decided by Iranians themselves. History shows that a highly motivated and ideologically-oriented current can impose itself in the right circumstances. Iranian monarchists appear well-placed to do so.
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https://twitter.com/Persogladiat/status/1031236757617037313

Iranians are indignant about the lies the BBC promotes. Of course, much of the anti-West narrative of the regime is recycled ad infinitum by media outlets without offering ever so much a contrary opinion. The honour of the Imperial Family must be defended, the BBC has shown itself a malign force.
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https://twitter.com/TaheriKaveh/status/1032156030002769920

The Iranian regime's hatefulness is being covered up by CNN. And you wonder why Americans distrust the media so much!
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https://kayhanlife.com/views/opinion-28-mordad-the-myth-that-haunts-iran/

Amir Taheri discusses the mythology of Mohammad Mossadegh, which is basically part of anti-Western folklore. I find it interesting those bringing up his name and legacy fail to mention what happened to his supporters after the Revolution. I'm glad that Taheri can set the record state and defend the honour of the monarchy here.
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