Protests are growing in Iran
A reformist Iranian political analyst believes: “Tensions are likely to reoccur due to economic problems created by sanctions, but the only way out of the existing crisis and bridging the gap between the people and the government is to accept that the problem exists and make some reforms from inside the system.”
Possibility of new protests in Iran still exists
A Professor of Economics in Tehran believes: “If the government continues to pursue its misguided policies, add to that the economic pressures of the sanctions, and a possibility of new protests erupting in Iran in 2019 still exists.”
Iranians are not after regime change
A professor of sociology at Tehran University believes: “With increased levels of knowledge in society, Iranians understand the present situation under sanctions and will not protest as a reaction to the economic pressures; but they will show a conditional behavior against the political system.
Protests can change the gov’t in Iran but not the establishment
An Iranian Moderate conservative political theorist believes: “If economic pressures become too unbearable for the low-income social class, a new wave of protests will be possible; however, it will not lead to a regime change but will oust the government.”
Unrests in Iran – One year later
One year has passed since the unrests in the cities of Iran in 2017. On 28 December last year, a series of unguided protests began in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city, and a number of other cities of Khorasan Razavi, northeastern Iran. The protests began as a “No to rising cost of living” on social media, but gradually leaned towards anti-establishment slogans and opposition to Iran’s political system.
Supreme Leader warns against possible US plots for next year
Iran’s Supreme Leader has said: “Despite the irrelevant analyses of certain misled supporters of the West, the Islamic Republic is still strong and owes its strength to the spirituality, wisdom and endeavors of its devout youth and those of the families of the wartime martyrs.
Trump does not have world support on Iran
The Trump administration will not succeed in unifying the world around its Iran policy.
Zarif: Twitter shuts accounts of real Iranians
Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has tweeted the following to the CEO of Twitter about shutting down the accounts of real Iranians: “Hello @Jack. Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, incl TV presenters & students, for supposedly being part of an 'influence op'. How about looking at actual bots in Tirana used to prop up 'regime change' propaganda spewed out of DC? #YouAreBots.”
Trump's Iran conflict will distract from domestic pressure
In an interview with Persia Digest, Paul Pillar, Georgetown University Professor, has said that that ‘Trump, under increasing domestic political and legal pressure, might come to see a military conflict [with Iran] as a useful distraction and a means for rallying support for his presidency.
Zarif reaction to 1953 coup anniversary: "Never again"
On the anniversary of the UK-US led coup against the democratically elected government of the Prime Minister of Iran, Dr Mohammad Mossadegh, on 19 August 1953, 65 years ago, Iran’s top diplomat pointed to the formation of the Iran Action Group for post-nuclear deal policy by the US, reiterating that a coup will never again take place in Iran.