Democracy North: Iranian Protests and US warhawks

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE AXIS OF EVIL PT. 1 – Iranian Protests and US warhawks

After years of interference in Iranian affairs, the USA, under George Bush Jr. characterized Iraq, Iran and North Korea an axis of evil. We all know what happened to Iraq, and on next week’s podcast we examine North Korea coinciding with Vancouver hosting an international foreign ministers’ summit on Korean issues.  (Left: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland)

Today we examine recent protests by Iranians in the context of decades of US meddling and isolating of the people and government of Iran.  So, what is the significance of these current Iranian protests? And what happens when US President Donald Trump promotes regime change and backtracks on the nuclear deal and promotes sanctions contributing to Iran’s stagnant economy?

“Thousands of people have flooded the streets of Iran’s second-largest city to show support for the nation’s leadership following a week of protests that sparked unrest throughout the country. The anti-government demonstrations, which began in the city of Mashhad on 28 December, were reportedly due to widespread dissatisfaction with Iran’s economic policy. Some Iranians blame reformist President Hassan Rouhani for Iran’s woes, saying he’s failed to deliver the jobs and foreign investment promised by the 2015 nuclear deal, which relaxed international sanctions. Rouhani’s critics have also lambasted his 2018 budget proposal, which calls for additional austerity measures. The president, meanwhile, has pointed the finger toward state-funded religious institutions, alleging that the substantial entitlements they receive have severely hurt Iran’s economy.”

6:30 What caused protests to flare up in Iran?

Al Jazeera’s The Stream program focuses on the root causes of Iran’s protests. Pro-government demonstrators march in Iran after protests against economic insecurity sparked unrest throughout the country.  Speakers are: Hossein Derakhshan @h0d3r Media analyst, Negar Mortazavi @NegarMortazavi, Iranian- American journalist and commentator, and Hamed Mousavi @hamedmousaviUT,  Professor, University of Tehran  Articles: Protests in Iran from Al Jazeera online; discrediting uprising on Al Jazeera.

13:00 Interview with Ehsan Hamidi

Canadian and Ontario government statements on Iran – are they helping or hurting? Ehsan Hamidi talks about the solidarity rally that has been held in Toronto, and responds to provocative comments by Reza Moridi, an Ontario MPP. Moridi publicly called for death of another sovereign nation state’s president.

Ehsan is a recent graduate student of the University of Toronto, and former student activist of Tehran Polytechnic University.



24:00 US threatens to back out of Iran Nuclear Deal

29:00 Trump’s Call for Regime Change Could Sabotage Iran Protests

Can Iranian protesters achieve their demands while President Trump capitalizes on them to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal and push regime change? (Former Vancouver resident) Aaron Mate of  The Real News interviews Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and Dr. Eskandar Sadeghi of the University of Oxford.


Trita Parsi was born in Iran and grew up in Sweden. He earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations at Uppsala University, a second Master’s Degree in Economics at Stockholm School of Economics and a PhD in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University SAIS. He has served as an adviser to Congressman Bob Ney (R-OH18) on Middle East issues and is a co-founder and current President of the National Iranian American Council ( Dr. Parsi is the author of A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama�s Diplomacy with Iran, Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States, and most recently, Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy. He has followed Middle East politics for more than a decade, both through work in the field, and through extensive experience on Capitol Hill and the United Nations.

Dr. Eskandar Sadeghi is a historian of modern Iran. Dr. Sadeghi is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. He is also the Series Editor of Radical Histories of the Middle East.

50:30 Interview: Sarah Sagaii

Sara is an Iranian student at SFU and a Political activist. She is involved in struggles for housing and migrant justice in the lower mainland, as well as Iran-related discussions and protests.









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