Thursday, January 4, 2018

John Feffer — Trump and the Iran Protests

Good article about the political situation in Iran.

Here is an aside.
“The policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has said. “I don’t see how anyone can say America can be safe as long as you have in power a theocratic despotism.”
Of course, this ignores US support of Wahabi and Salafi Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and UAE, which are far more repressive theocratic dictatorships than Iran's. Then, there is Israel, an apartheid state that is in effect a theocracy.
Trump is already facing something similar. After all, the president is now undeniably a member of the political elite. He’s the one implementing economic reforms that don’t benefit the vast majority. He’s the one making gobs of money off of the system. And, as in Iran, he’s the one backed by powerful religious fanatics.
But this is an aside. Read the post for the analysis. It's one of the better ones I've encountered. It bears out what I have been saying, but he doesn't say that a big issue in the protest is the result of President Rouhani's neoliberal policy that is hurting workers and other have-nots. In other words, Rouhani is really following the policy that Western neoliberals prescribe, with the predictable result social and hence politically.


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