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November 19, 2019

There Are Riots In Iran And The Usual Suspects Are On It

There are a few riots in Iran and Amnesty International is on it:

Amnesty International @amnesty - 15:50 UTC · Nov 19, 2019

At least 106 protesters in 21 cities have been killed in #Iran, according to reports we have received. Verified video footage, eyewitness testimony & information gathered from activists outside Iran reveal a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings by Iranian security forces.

".. eyewitness testimony .. gathered from activists outside Iran ..."


The Iranian government decided to increase Iran's super low gasoline prices. The new price will only apply to the amount of gas that exceeds a subsidized 60 liter per family per month. The additionally money will be distributed to the poor.

The move makes economic sense. It had previously been recommended by the IMF.

The usual suspects have used the announcement to launch protests and riots in several Iranian cities. Some banks were set on fire and security personal were attacked. The CIA and the MEK cult are certainly trying to push for additional disturbances. The Iranian government cut internet access to prevent that.

As long as I can remember such protests and riots have happened in Iran every other year or so. They usually die down within a week. I am confident that the same will happen this time.

But that of course does not stop the "regime changers" and their claquers from raising the usual nonsense. So we get "eyewitness testimony" from "activists" who are not in Iran on events that allegedly happen within Iran.

It is interesting that they don't even try anymore to make sense.

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Excuse me -- the sentence as b quoted it is therefore correct . . .

Posted by: AntiSpin | Nov 21 2019 2:27 utc | 101

United snakes is the one who claims to 'save the world from communism', how does it work out ?

Economic hitmen,
blood for oil,
perpetual wars for profit,
AQ, ISIS, .....
Biowarfare [SARS, bird flu, swine flu....]


Your aint supposed to come here to advertise for yourself.
Anyway I for one wont be visiting your site.
That canard of 'Mao the globalist man' has been peddled here ad nauseam....sorry, no buyers.


Posted by: denk | Nov 21 2019 2:45 utc | 102

The above is for king lear.

Posted by: denk | Nov 21 2019 2:47 utc | 103

re:AntiSpin | Nov 21 2019 2:13 utc | 103
It would be more than a drag if this site turned into a bolthole for pedants but I thought I would include a part from another site which considers english usage on the subject of the oxford or serial comma:

The Oxford (or serial) comma is the final comma in a list of things. For example:

Please bring me a pencil, eraser, and notebook.

The Oxford comma comes right after eraser.

Use of the Oxford comma is stylistic, meaning that some style guides demand its use while others don’t. AP Style—the style guide that newspaper reporters adhere to—does not require the use of the Oxford comma. The sentence above written in AP style would look like this:

Please bring me a pencil, eraser and notebook.

Unless you’re writing for a particular publication or drafting an essay for school, whether or not you use the Oxford comma is generally up to you. However, omitting it can sometimes cause some strange misunderstandings.

I love my parents, Lady Gaga and Humpty Dumpty.

Without the Oxford comma, the sentence above could be interpreted as stating that you love your parents, and your parents are Lady Gaga and Humpty Dumpty. Here’s the same sentence with the Oxford comma:

I love my parents, Lady Gaga, and Humpty Dumpty.

IMO b does a great job communicating in a language that isn't native to him, something he has worked hard at and I feel the same now as I always did when types (and I'm not including you in this Anti-Spin) try to pull him up on some particularly arcane piece of usage - they are small minds whose objection to what b has written is an emotional response, consequently they are unable to offer a rational argument & prefer the nonsense world of english grammar, a world that ended half a century ago because modern usage has concluded there are no rules other than "does it communicate what the writer/speaker means it to?"

Posted by: A User | Nov 21 2019 2:49 utc | 104

"Carrier transits Strait of Hormuz for the first time since deployment in April."

Sorry I need to get something off my chest here and will list some observations I have made.

Why would the Abraham Lincoln enter the Gulf just before it was supposed to be relieved by the Truman that was supposedly having 'technical issues' for the past couple of weeks? The domestic tensions in Iran triggered likely by CIA ops are serving as justification but in reality are completely baseless, else the US would need to deploy a carrier in front of Venezuela too or Lebanon or.....

12/12/2019 the numbers align for several reasons and even if we are all strategists here and don't believe in numerology we know who was behind the September 11 attacks and that these people certainly do follow numbers. And it will be exactly 6,666 days since September 11 on 12/12/2019. Also Abraham Lincoln belongs to the carrier strike group 12! The numbers of 2019 also equal 12.

The UK elections being placed on that day after dragging their feet for years on Brexit and on an early election for months and now it had to be an election on the 12th of December, the first one in that month since 1923. Do you think this date was just chosen randomly?

The whole impeachment farce that will go nowhere and is another massive distraction campaign, why were the hearings started this week?

NATO summit just a week before December 12 in the UK, which Trump will attend and where he will also be meeting the Queen again.

4 B-52s had been flying training sessions in Europe this year, just headed back to the US a few days ago.

The Lincoln is old and expandable, all other carriers are out of reach from any potential counter-strike. The additional troops deployed to Saudi-Arabia and the few troops remaining in Syria are sacrificial lambs too to justify a strong response.

Pompeo is said to be on his way out because of the impeachment, same as Bolton earlier this year. I heard the US had a habit of letting go of senior ministers before a major conflict, as they were involved in its preparation but not sure if this is true.

Anyway, sorry for listing my observations like this but I fear the worst and hope to be wrong of course.

Slaughter, Captain of the Lincoln asked the crew and family members to be patient as they work on getting a date they can expect to return to the U.S.
"I know it's tough, but realize it's for a very good reason," he said. "Our presence here is making a difference, and we're going to have to keep making that difference for just a little bit longer, so please stay strong with us."

Posted by: Alexander P | Nov 21 2019 5:17 utc | 105

thanks for the grammar lessons. It is clear that our dear b juggled with words, to turn a meaningless and stupid Amnesty International tweet into a scoop, probably because there was no other 'news' or scandal available at the moment. And the crowd applauded without thinking or reflecting. I find this unacceptable. It doesn't reflect the high standard that this website has shown since years. But we all do missteps from time to time, and it's not a big deal. The main message of b's piece is correct. Only the method was unjust and simply wrong. Real friendship demands also criticism, that's why I'm so persistent to make my point clear.

While it is also clear that Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Médecins Sans Frontières, WWF, even the Red Cross, are victims and sometimes collaborators to directives from the rich and NATO. I know I don't have to explain this to you, but just to make my point perfectly clear: it is only logical that the rich try to infiltrate every capillary of resistance. To defeat an enemy, they must control the opposition.

It would just make sense if we could at least try to keep some level of authenticity and journalistic integrity. Which distinguishes this website from the Western mass media. This website is of great value worldwide, and rather unique. Which also means, we have a bit of responsibility towards the people, the world. Our emotions and thoughts have a much greater impact than we think, but that's another topic. Let's just let it be for journalistic integrity. That's already very much. Thank you all, you're great.

Posted by: Phil | Nov 21 2019 5:52 utc | 106

Alexander P @108:

12/12/2019 ... exactly 6,666 days since September 11 ...... UK elections ... impeachment farce ... NATO summit ...

Impeachment Circus - A Distraction From Iran War Plans?

Over a month ago I was speculating at moa that Ukrainegate was a distraction from USA being on brink of war with Iran then it occurred to me that by taking on Biden, Trump was (deliberately?) boosting him as the opponent that Trump fears. Biden has made several remarks to that effect. But it could be BOTH: a distraction from war preparations -AND- a boost to Biden.


Posted by: Jackrabbit | Nov 21 2019 6:15 utc | 107

Fomenting internal dissent in Iran, with the aim of regime change, will result in war. Furthermore, there is danger of confrontation between the US and a Sino-Russian alliance. Both these countries have vital interests in bolstering Tehran. History shows when Great Powers clash over interests the result is catastrophic – world war.

Posted by: peter mcloughlin | Nov 21 2019 12:40 utc | 108

@ : Alexander P | Nov 21 2019 5:17 utc | 108 And> #110 Jackrabbit

I agree. I am these days often reminded of Tacitus' words (if I remember correctly) "In the beginning of the Imperial Period, Rome followed the forms of the Republic."

The legalistic claims made for the job on Iraq may be worth they'll use similar claims, one expects.

www.hrcr [dot org ]/hottopics/Iraq.html

But much more deeply is an old essay by an obscure law professor, Ali Kahn, at Washburn in Kansas.

Title> Above and Beyond International Law: George W. Bush as the Austinian Sovereign. JURIST, January 24, 2003. It's hard to find, but it's there. I have a good copy.

The point is that the beginning of the Imperial Period for us is now over, has been over since about 2000, as "they" no longer follow even the forms of the Republic.

That's probably because those forms can't provide what "they" desire. Anyway a big defeat of Imperial Forces is liable to result in, ah, bad actions. They'll panic in fear (Phobos/Deimos, the lesser gods of war)

Posted by: Walter | Nov 21 2019 13:58 utc | 109

Both Amnesty Imperialism...sorry...Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch ultimately manipulate "human rights" as a propaganda weapon against those nations that oppose the American Empire ... while tacitly and explicitly endorsing American-backed coup d'etats and the repressive pro-America regimes that the USA places in power after such coups.

Here's but one example:

Human Rights Watch supports US-backed far-right coup in Bolivia, whitewashes massacre of indigenous protesters

Thanks to America and its "Free World" crime partners, Democracy, Freedom, Human Rights have now become the modern day version of the Western Civilizing Mission.

Posted by: AK74 | Nov 21 2019 15:17 utc | 110

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says its inspectors had 'detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the agency.' And just like that you have a casus belli...

@ 110
Well, it is of course beyond the reach of our knowledge to know all their schemes. But if indeed something big happens on the 12th of December we can safely say that the entire Brexit charade was aligned so that people would be distracted until this very election, while Trump himself was entertaining the masses across the Atlantic. I have wondered for a while now why all relevant domestic politics in the US has literally disappeared besides scandals and collusion and Trump's wall. (Under Obama there were at least a few issues being debated in public such as Medicare). In such a scenario the election would become a side-show.

Thank you for your elaborations, the imperial age ending yes, the question will be how and at what cost. Some people may have had similar discussions in the 1910s where the socialist movement took hold. Here is a quote that relates to what you wrote earlier:

"The Runaway Train, a society whose continuing function depends on constant growth (cf. Frederick Jackson Turner's Frontier Thesis): This type of society, based almost exclusively on acquisition (e.g., pillage or exploitation), cannot be sustained indefinitely. The Assyrian, Roman and Mongol Empires, for example, both fractured and collapsed when no new conquests could be achieved."

I too think the US has entered this stage, sometime in the early 00s when it became clear that its invasion in Iraq did not yield higher returns than the cost of the invasion itself. The root cause goes much deeper of course and is based on our capitalist monetary system, which they will try to supplant with a technocratic, totalitarian environmentalist system.

Sorry for going off topic here but I do believe it very much relates to what is happening in Iran right now and what will likely transpire in the coming weeks.

Posted by: Alexander P | Nov 21 2019 18:03 utc | 111

If only Iranian rulers seen the light and joined RBWO (rule* based world order, * rules decided in DC), then the economy would run smoothly and the population would be happy. Every week gives another example:

By The Associated Press, Nov. 21, 2019, BOGOTA, Colombia
Colombians angry with President Iván Duque and hoping to channel Latin America’s wave of discontent took the streets by the tens of thousands on Thursday in one of the biggest protests in the nation’s recent history. [...] Police estimated 207,000 people took part. [...] government deployed 170,000 officers, closed border crossings and deported 24 Venezuelans accused of entering the country to instigate unrest.

So if only Iván did not start unnecessary conflict with Maduro, these 24 scoundrels would stay home and the trouble would be avoided. Oh wait, I got confused

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Nov 22 2019 14:43 utc | 112

Press TV reports more threats from Pompeo

TelesUR reports on the Colombia riots:
"Colombia's Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo on Friday admitted that three people died and 122 civilians were injured during the nationwide strike against President Ivan Duque held on Thursday, when some 622 massive marches, rallies or other forms of protest were held in 350 municipalities.

"He also acknowledged that 53 raids were made, 98 citizens were arrested and another 207 protesters were "taken" to police stations."

Posted by: bevin | Nov 22 2019 18:00 utc | 113

@ Circe:

The Ilhan Ilhan and OG AOC were nice enough to agree with the extension of the Patriot Act.
If a hypothetical terror event were to take place in the coming few months that would be
such an unhappy coincidence. I hope the dark horses do not come out of their stables.

Posted by: Mishko | Nov 22 2019 18:37 utc | 114

The spooks enjoy using (abusing) Amnasty, HRW and MSF as a mouthpiece and cover.
ALL NGO's are suspect and controlled, without exemption.

Posted by: Mishko | Nov 22 2019 18:42 utc | 115

The Duran --- Why your Western hit job on Iran?

Because of inhuman sanctions that are fully supported by all Western nations, Iran will soon run out of gasoline unless the public is motivated to reduce consumption. So, because Iran has the most moral democracy on earth, and to move the economy more toward equality, cost of gas has been increased to $.24 a liter, less than $1 a gallon and all of the increased profit given to the working-poor.

"Fuel price hike in Iran opens the door for regime change agents (Video)"

Comes now The Duran to publish the above video, an imperial hit job, surely junk propaganda containing most of the fake news that corporate media is using to put all the blame on Iran's government for the new riots.

EXAMPLE: "Iran is not a true democracy as it has a hybrid authoritarian government." Problem is, all Western nations allow the 50% of society most wealthy to hoard all the land and wealth, thereby enslaving the 50% working poor. Truth is, Iran has the most moral democracy on earth because Iranian society desires a harmless morality, which the West calls "authoritarian" as a smokescreen to hide their fake morality. For Western promiscuity thinks it proper upbringing to have teenage boys drooling over the curve and shape of every woman's buttocks in the neighborhood.

EXAMPLE: "Iran is extremely poor at managing it's economy." Question is, with The Duran being based in the UK, with the UK being the most in support of U.S. sanctions on Iran, with the UK selling war materials to Middle-East dictators at a rate second only to USA, why is The Duran so saturated with hypocrisy as to not say a word in the video about their government doing nothing to ease the misery imposed upon the people of Iran? For not even will UK sell medical supplies to Iran.

Posted by: John Ellis | Nov 24 2019 23:17 utc | 116

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