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DavidV

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https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1021234525626609666

Donald Trump has not minced words here. He has made it clear he won't tolerate the behaviour of the Iranian regime. The regime is not going to last as the brave Iranian people are gaining momentum.

What the Iranian people will do next is entirely up to them and nobody else. Trump is not going to impose on them, but he has all but given the green light and the resistance movement is growing in confidence.

I find it interesting that neither China nor Russia have spoken much about what goes on inside Iran. Both have interests in the Middle East and appear open to dealing with both Israel and the Arab states. This may be why they are unlikely to prevent regime change and know that doing so will backfire on them.

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https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/donald-trump-and-mike-pompeo-slam-mafia-like-iran-1.753037

Trump and Pompeo are doing more for the aspirations of Iranians than most Western leaders dare do.

 Current trends on social media:
#IranProtests
#IranRegimeChange
#WeStandWithPahlavi
#IslamicRegimeMustGo

The last one has taken off since Pompeo's address.

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A sobering fact of how far Iran has fallen behind other regional powers economically over the last 40 years:
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1343571

Persecution of minorities is par for the course, in fact, anyone who doesn't agree with regime policy (notice the virtue-signalling "whataboutery" from SJWs):
https://twitter.com/StateDept/status/1022259198963277824
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Meanwhile, monarchy is clearly the preferred choice of the protest movement:
https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/07/25/newly-formed-dissident-youth-coalition-in-iran-urges-us-support-for-regime-change/
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http://www.bamazadi.org/2018/07/the-last-report-on-mr-boroujerdis.html

A harrowing account of the impact of the ill-treatment of dissidents in Iran. In this case, Ayatollah Sayyid Hossein Kazameini Boroujerdi, a cleric who vocally opposes the regime. His is far from the only example of the regime's savagery against its opponents.

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https://twitter.com/DGinPersian/status/1022552426895888384

Nostalgia for the Pahlavi Shahs exists not only among Iranians abroad but large numbers of Iranians within Iran. That Iranians are able to do so within Iran is a sign that they are losing fear of the regime, knowing the consequences of defying the regime so brazenly include imprisonment, torture, show trials, forced confessions and executions. These are the typically Stalinist methods the regime uses to control the country.
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http://www.arabnews.com/node/1349006/middle-east

The protests continue. Iranians chant against the regime's support for terrorists in Gaza and Lebanon. The regime doesn't care at all for the people of Gaza or Lebanon any more than its own, as it is a purely ideological project.

https://english.alarabiya.net/en/blog/2018/07/31/Khamenei-s-universities-Exporting-Islamic-Revolution-through-soft-power.html

Questions must be asked about Germany and its relationship with the regime going back decades.
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In Isfahan, protesters continue their defiance:



Meanwhile, the son of Shapour Bakhtiar (last Prime Minister under the monarchy who was killed by regime agents in France in 1991) voices his support for the uprising:

https://twitter.com/patishou/status/1021610584381386752
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From Shiraz today. Even the use of force by regime security forces is not going to stop Iranians who are protesting:



The loyalty of security forces, specifically the conventional armed forces (Artesh) as opposed to the IRGC (or Sepah, more like an Iranian SS), is just one of many X-factors. The fate of them plus civil servants and politicians associated with the regime, and the loyalty of many clerics, is yet another.
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Footage from Karaj shows that protests have continued and occur now every day:


This is from Mashhad, one of Iran's biggest cities:


The continuing theme of chants include:
- opposition to clerical rule and demanding its overthrow
- support for the Pahlavi royals and demand for their return
- repudiation of the Islamic Revolution
- poverty, corruption, environmental damage
- squandering of resources on IRGC deep state apparatus, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, etc
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https://facebook.com/Iranncorg/videos/2058124017582372/

The protests continue with Qom, centre of religious power in Iran being the latest.

https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee/status/1025721433899638785

in Estehard, protesters stormed a clerical seminary. This is hardly surprising as religious power in Iran is increasingly resented by the populace. Clerical rule has been a failure and damaging for the image of the Shiite ulema in Iran, who have abused their position and lost prestige and respect.

The traditional Islamic position has been one of quietism, where clerics do not intervene in political matters in a temporal state. This is generally the case in most Muslim countries. In fact, this is being promoted now and is much easier to promote when a contrasting example is shown in Iran.



Amazing. They're now saying "Death to Hezbollah" openly in their chants.
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Could a tipping point be near?
The pro-Shah sentiments seem to be clear enough to wish for that being the right and proper outcome.

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Mike Pompeo addresses reports that violence is now being used by security forces against protesters:

https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1026274926964170752
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https://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2018/08/06/Iran-protests-resume-for-6th-day-amid-violent-clashes-with-security-forces.html#.W2g1l33F11o.twitter

Popular protests are now a daily occurrence in Iran, and escalating with the regime more desperate and security forces cracking down more viciously. It is clear that these aren't merely protests but a national uprising.
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https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1000022/Donald-Trump-latest-news-Iran-news-EU-warning

Trump has lambasted the European establishment once more. And frankly they deserve it. Iranian protests are continuing and will continue until the regime falls. European governments have shamed themselves completely by failing to recognise the true nature of the regime. Its fate rests with Iranians themselves, and they have clearly made up their mind.
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