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17th January 2018 – Newsy

What We Can Learn From Listening To Iran’s Protest Slogans

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In just a few weeks, protests have swept across Iran. Some in the streets chant death to the country's president and, perhaps more surprisingly, to its supreme leader. The words are important. Listen, and they reveal what the protests are about and what the people want. So we scoured dozens of videos from the protests' first three days to translate and analyze those chants — to see to what the words reveal. more...

12th January 2018 – Quoted by Carol Morello and Anne Gearan - The Washington Post

Trump warns he will withdraw U.S. from Iran nuclear deal if fixes not made

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Trump on Friday kept alive the Iran nuclear deal he detests by waiving sanctions for the third time, but he said he will not grant another reprieve unless the agreement is amended to permanently block a potential pathway for Iran to build nuclear weapons. more...

11th January 2018 – Quoted by Elise Knutsen - Arab News

Europe sees ‘no alternative’ to Iran nuclear deal as Trump decision looms

Behnam Ben Taleblu

European leaders vowed to stand by the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday as US President Donald Trump weighs bringing back sanctions against Tehran. more...

11th January 2018 – Quoted by Cherry Mae - The Media Express

Recent Iranian Protests Reveal Weakness of the Mullahs’ Regime

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As 2017 drew to a close, the discontent of the #Iranian people boiled over in mass protests throughout the country. Over 130 cities had protests, with many Iranians from rural areas demonstrating their displeasure with the #regime. more...

11th January 2018 – Quoted by Zeeshan Aleem - Vox

Trump could kill the Iran nuclear deal on Friday — but he probably won’t

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Trump had his best chance to kill the Iran nuclear deal that he’s been attacking for nearly two years — and it looks like he’s going to let it live. more...

11th January 2018 – Quoted by Rich Edson - Fox News

New deadlines nearing as Trump, Congress ponder fate of Iran deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Trump can withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear agreement over the next week, though sources close to the process say he'll likely keep the U.S. in the deal for now, essentially holding together an agreement he says he loathes. more...

10th January 2018 – Quoted by Nick Ashdown - Ahval News

What is behind Erdoğan’s strong support for Tehran?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the largest anti-government protests in Iran in nearly a decade wind down, its neighbour Turkey has voiced support for the Iranian government. more...

9th January 2018 – Quoted by Asa Fitch - The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Khamenei Recognizes Protesters’ Grievances

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday said citizens had the right to voice their legitimate concerns, acknowledging for the first time the grievances of protesters taking part in the biggest wave of demonstrations in the country this decade. more...

9th January 2018 – Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Iran’s leader blames U.S. for unrest but says public demands ‘must be answered’

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that people have genuine grievances that should be addressed by the government, even as he blamed foreign powers for a wave of protests that hit Iran in recent weeks. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

What’s Next for Iran After Protests? 4 Elements to Watch

Behnam Ben Taleblu

After backing the protesters standing up to the Iranian dictatorship, President Donald Trump will decide next week on whether to again waive sanctions—part of the Obama-era nuclear deal he has long criticized. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

How Iranian protesters are skirting the government’s tech clampdown to continue their fight

Behnam Ben Taleblu

While the already repressive Iranian government works to further shut down social media that helps fuel communications among thousands of protestors, the predominantly young, college-aged crowds in the street are scrambling to stay ahead with a variety of counter-censorship maneuvers. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - Jewish News Service

Experts debate whether protests can change Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Amid the continued popular protests throughout Iran, what will the future hold for the country’s terror-funding Shi’a regime? more...

4th January 2018 – Quoted by Jake Godin - Newsy

Geography Of Iran Protests Reveals An Unprecedented Uprising

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Modern Iran has never seen protests this widespread. The protests started in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad. From there, they spread across the country. They've gone on more than a week. more...

4th January 2018 – Iran Focus

How Can the US Support the Iranian Protesters?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The anti-regime protests in Iran are now in their second week and the US is currently deciding on the best way to support the demonstrators. more...

4th January 2018 – Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

How the U.S. Can Support Iran’s Anti-Regime Protests

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As Iranian authorities brace for a second week of antigovernment protests, the Trump administration is weighing measures to lend support to the demonstrators. more...

3rd January 2018 – Quoted by Erin Cunningham and Brian Murphy - The Washington Post

Working-class anger in Iran shows government’s vulnerability

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The working-class anger behind a week of unrest in Iran will pose an increasingly potent challenge to Tehran’s ruling clerics as economic and social pressures mount, even if the current protests peter out, analysts said Wednesday. more...

2nd January 2018 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Why the ‘working poor’ uprising in Iran may have the power to topple hard-line regime

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The wave of violent protests churning across Iran differs dramatically from the last major uprising that rocked the country in 2009 and could spiral out of control if the regime moves too quickly toward military-style tactics to crush the unrest. more...

2nd January 2018 – Quoted by Jordan Fabian and Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Trump ratchets up support for demonstrators in Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration on Tuesday ramped up its support for the protests gripping Iran and urged other nations to take a stand against Tehran’s violent crackdown on demonstrators. more...

2nd January 2018 – Quoted by Zachary Cohen - CNN

Iran deal deadlines loom as Trump weighs sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Donald Trump has used Iranian anti-government protests as an opportunity to slam the Iran nuclear deal ahead of key legal deadlines looming this month, actions that may foreshadow how he plans to proceed. more...

1st January 2018 – Quoted by Michael Lipin and Setareh Derakhshesh - Voice of America

White House ‘Very Concerned’ About Iran Blocking Social Media

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration says it is "very concerned" about Tehran blocking Iranians from communicating via social media platforms in a bid to dampen several days of nationwide anti-government protests. more...