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FDD Analysis on the Protests in Iran

Iranian citizens have taken to the streets throughout the country to demonstrate their opposition to the Islamic Republic’s foreign and domestic policies. Beginning as an economic protest that quickly turned political, these demonstrations signal the Iranian people’s discontent with the ruling regime in Tehran and its failing ideology. FDD experts offer their research, analysis and commentary on the Iran protests and the significance and impact on U.S. policy.

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Protests have been shaking the Islamic Republic of Iran. Foreign Podicy host Cliff May is joined by FDD senior fellow, Reuel Marc Gerecht, and FDD senior Iran analyst, Behnam Ben Taleblu, to discuss what this upheaval means, where it could lead, and how the U.S. and its Western counterparts should respond.

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Forcing the EU to snap out of its cowardice on Iran
Benjamin Weinthal, Saba Farzan
New York Daily News
January 8, 2018

To understand Europe’s misguided policy toward the hundreds of thousands of brave Iranians who have blanketed cities across their country to demand the end of the nearly 40-year-old mullah-led regime, it is worth recalling the words of Dan Schueftan, chairman of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa: “Whenever you don’t know what to do, ask the Europeans. Then do the opposite.”

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How Canada should respond to the Iranian protests
Sheryl Saperia
The Hill Times
January 4, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are protesting in cities across the country. At the time of writing, Iranian security forces have killed at least 21 protesters, and hundreds have been arrested. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has now been deployed, which is bad news for the dissidents. The IRGC’s role is to “safeguard the revolution and its achievements,” which essentially authorizes this unconventional army to interpret any opposition to the regime as a counterrevolutionary act deserving of a violent response. 

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The Crack-up of Theocracy
Reuel Marc Gerecht
The Weekly Standard
January 4, 2018

It is odd to hear Westerners, hopelessly permeated with Marxism, dissect the nationwide Iranian protests as primarily an economic eruption, the suggestion being that the demonstrators are not that dyspeptic about the nature of the Islamic Republic.

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The Secular Republic of Iran
Reuel Marc Gerecht
The Wall Street Journal
January 4, 2018

Coverage of the recent tumult in the Islamic Republic of Iran has focused on how economic frustration is affecting the country’s politics. But in a theocracy, any political upheaval will inevitably affect the faith. Westerners following the recent wave of protests should also consider a series of important religious questions. Is the Islamic Republic’s religious identity in transition? Is Islam in Iran losing its appeal as a unifying political force? Is secularism rising? Are Iranian clerics finished as intermediaries between God and man?

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The Worst Thing for Iran's Protestors? U.S. Silence
Reuel Marc Gerecht
The New York Times
January 2, 2018

We are now six days into the Iran protests, and the questions that seized Washington during the 2009 pro-democracy movement have now once again come to the fore. Should the United States try to help Iran’s protesters? Can we help them?

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What Washington can do to support Iran's protesters
Richard Goldberg
The New York Post
January 2, 2017

Even before the widespread anticlerical protests in Iran, President Trump made clear what he thinks of the regime. In recent days, he has even gone so far as to support those Iranians protesting the regime, in stark contrast to President Barack Obama’s desperate attempt in 2009 to curry favor with their oppressors.

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Eruption in Iran
Clifford May
The Washington Times
January 2, 2018

The revolution that transformed Iran in 1979 was a grand experiment. From that moment on, Iran would be ruled by an ayatollah, a man with deep knowledge of sharia, Islamic law. He would be the “supreme leader,” a euphemism for dictator.

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Iran's Theocracy Is on the Brink
Mark Dubowitz
The Wall Street Journal
January 1, 2018

Iran has a peculiar habit of surprising Americans. It has done so again with the protests engulfing its major cities. The demonstrations began over economic grievances and quickly transformed into a rejection of theocracy.

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Where We Can Agree on Iran
Mark Dubowitz
Politico
January 1, 2018

Imagine a free, democratic, independent and wealthy Iran giving full expression to the beauty of Persian culture and the brains and spirit of its people. Imagine a political, clerical and military elite that doesn’t steal its country’s patrimony while brutally repressing its own people and terrorizing its neighbors.

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FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins CBC to discuss the crisis in Iran.

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FDD's Behnman Ben Taleblu joins CTV News to discuss the protests in Iran.

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FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins CBSN to discuss the ongoing turmoil there.

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FDD's Clifford May joins Rebel Media to discuss how the protests in Iran reflect a failed Iran deal.

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FDD's John Hannah talks about the Iran protests on Fox Business' Countdown to the Closing Bell.

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FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins Newsy to discuss the georgraphy of the recent Iran protests.

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FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the protests taking place in Iran and the Trump administration's response. 

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FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins Justice & Drew on KTLK to discuss terror and protests in Iran. 

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FDD's Behnman Ben Taleblu joins The Joe Piscopo Show to discuss the protests in Iran.

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FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins The Mark Davis Show to discuss the recent Iran protests. 

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