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Nikki Haley calls on U.N. to address Iran’s treatment of protesters

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Nikki Haley calls on UN to address Irans treatment of protesters

Reports say at least 21 people have been killed during the Iranian protests. Now, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley is calling on the United Nations to hold multiple emergency sessions, citing the “people of Iran” who “are calling out for freedom.”

The protests, which are approaching a full week of activity and showing no signs of slowing down or being successfully quashed by the government, In 2009, protests in Iran were easily suppressed by the government because the international community failed to stand with the protesters, according to Haley. She implored the United Nations to not make the same mistake in 2018.

“One way or the other, we will have a meeting on what is happening in Iran with the protests and their fight for freedom,” she said.

The people have been under the rule of an oppressive Muslim theocracy since the overthrow of the Pahlavi dynasty in 1979. The new protests are focused on economic hardships imposed on the people by a regime that is flush with cash yet determined to focus on fueling terrorism rather than helping the people.

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An Iranian Revolution of National Dignity – Commentary Magazine

https://www.commentarymagazine.com/foreign-policy/middle-east/iran/iranian-revolution-national-dignity/Iran is convulsing with the largest mass uprising since the 2009 Green Movement. Demonstrations that began last week in the city of Mashhad, home to the shrine of the eighth Shiite imam, have now spread to dozens of cities. And while the slogans initially addressed inflation, joblessness, and graft, they soon morphed into outright opposition to the mullahs. As we write, the authorities have blocked access to popular social-media sites and closed off subway stations in the capital, Tehran, to prevent crowd sizes from growing. At least 12 people have been killed in clashes with security forces.

Ep. 80 – The Shah 2018: Make Iran Great Again

https://www.dailywire.com/podcasts/25302/ep-80-shah-2018-make-iran-great-againOn the ninth day of Christmas, Iran may give to me death to Ayatollah Khamenei! Mideast analyst Josh Yasmeh joins to analyze what the Iran riots mean for the United States and the world order. Then, Amanda Prestigiacomo and Amber Athey join the Panel of Deplorables to talk Huma, Comey, and the Deep State DOJ; the first abortion clinic-free state in the union; and the widespread that a YouTube star known only for smashing dinner plates on the Internet has turned out to be somewhat gauche.

Iran’s Spending on Foreign Conflicts Raises Protesters’ Ire

https://www.wsj.com/articles/irans-spending-on-foreign-proxies-raises-protesters-ire-1514920398Iran’s costly efforts to project power beyond its borders in the wider Middle East are now exacting a political price at home.

In a six-day flurry of antigovernment demonstrations, a focal point of protester anger has been the billions of dollars Iran has spent on foreign conflicts at a time when domestic inflation and unemployment are in double digits. Crowds chanting “Leave Syria, think of us!” are seeking to force Tehran to reassess a cornerstone of its foreign policy: the use of proxies to spread its influence and to…

Israeli Military Chief Sees Increased Iranian Spending on Foreign Wars

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/01/02/israeli-military-chief-sees-increased-iranian-spending-on-foreign-wars/IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot (center, holding binoculars). Photo: IDF via Wikimedia Commons.

Iran spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually to help allies fighting elsewhere in the Middle East and this outlay appears to be rising, Israel’s armed forces chief said on Tuesday.

Lieutenant-General Gadi Eizenkot’s remarks coincided with almost a week of Iranian street protests that initially focused on economic hardships but have turned overtly political — though he did not comment directly on that unrest.

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J.J. McCullough tells the grim truth about Saudi Arabia

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JJ McCollough tells the grim truth about Saudi Arabia

America needs Saudi Arabia just as Saudi Arabia needs America. Few can argue that the symbiotic relationship is based solely on need and not any genuine goodwill towards each other. Quietly, they think we’re evil and that we meddle too much in other nations’ affairs. A little less quietly, we think their traditions are antiquated and their human rights violations are only tolerable because of the source.

We both see each other as evils. The problem is we both know we’re each other’s necessary evils.

I would contend that the relationship, as fruitful as it has been for decades, is so wrought with contention today that it can no longer be viewed as necessary.

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi is getting journalists such as National Review’s J.J. McCullough to speak out against the Kingdom.

Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance & Saudi Arabian Society’s Immaturity

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/saudi-arabia-jamal-khashoggi-disappearance/The sad reality is that Saudi Arabia will remain a U.S. ally regardless of how deep and disturbing Riyadh’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is ultimately revealed to be. As Matthew Continetti recently emphasized, there are certain geopolitical realities — in particular the cold war with Iran — that make the Saudi–American alliance a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy, no matter how appalling the Saudi human-rights record gets.

What the alleged murder of Khashoggi does do, however, is rapidly eliminate any possibility that the Saudi alliance could be seen as something defensible and positive on its own terms, rather than a necessary evil.

Our long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia is like a favorite old chair that’s tattered and starting to smell bad. It’s time to get our butts off it and push it to the curb.

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White House plan to kick Iran from Syria leaked

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White House plan to kick Iran from Syria leaked

Syria has been in a state of disarray for nearly a decade now. Ever since the infamous “red line” that President Obama failed to enforce, the Middle Eastern nation has been suffering through war, poverty, and occupation by hostile forces ranging from the Islamic State to Russia and Iran.

The Islamic State may no longer be an occupying threat in Syria, but Iran and Russia are. The White House has a plan to push them out of the country. It does not involve military engagement, though U.S. military personnel may engage if they feel threatened. Instead, the plan is to offer aid to the Syrians wherever they need help, except where Iran and Russia have a presence.

This represents a huge chunk of the crumbling nation.

Trump administration has new plan to drive Iran out of Syria

“There’s a real opportunity for the U.S. and its allies to make the Iranian regime pay for its continued occupation of Syria,” said Mark Dubowitz, chief executive at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank strongly opposed to the Iranian regime.

Driving Iran out of Syria would be one prong in an approach that would also involve continuing to destroy remaining pockets of Islamic State fighters and finding a political transition after the exit of both ISIS and Iran that does not call for Syrian President Bashar al Assad to step aside.

My Take

Any measure that does not put Americans in harms way is worth pursuing. As long as Syria is as vulnerable as it is, there are risks to both American and Israeli interests in the region. The war-torn nation needs help rebuilding so they can rightly remove Iran’s and Russia’s presence.

Perhaps more importantly is the need to rejuvenate a homeland for millions of refugees. They are already causing major problems in countries throughout Europe and Asia. If we can expedite the renewal of their homeland, it will prompt many to return.

We have no business fighting battles in Syria. The White House plan would use diplomacy and economic pressure to rid Syria of their occupying forces. It’s a long shot, but it’s better than further military conflicts.

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President dispatches Pompeo after talking to Saudi King

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President dispatches Pompeo after talking to Saudi King

President Trump is sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia to discuss the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkey claims to have ample evidence that the Saudis murdered Khashoggi at their consulate in Istanbul.

The situation is tense as pressure mounts for actions to be taken against Saudi Arabia. The Saudis fired back with threats of their own if such actions are taken. All of this is happening against a backdrop of increased engagement between Saudi Arabia and the United States as they work to put together a Middle East peace agreement.

Turkey claims to have a recording of Khashoggi’s murder captured on his Apple Watch. They also have the identities of a 15-man “kill team” that was allegedly sent to the consulate to capture and torture Khashoggi. Video shows him going into the consulate with his fiancee remaining outside, but no footage has been released of him leaving the consulate and his fiancee hasn’t seen him since. Turkey claims Saudi Arabia has sufficient surveillance cameras at the consulate that could prove he left, but the Saudis claim the equipment was not recording during his visit.

My Take

The White House is trying to sweep this under the rug. As obtuse as the Saudi government has been for decades, their strategic and economic importance to the United States is great. The last thing the White House wants is to be forced to choose between their close ally and public outcry, most of which is demanding repercussions in light of the alleged evidence.

Turkey has been adamant that their theory is correct.

At some point, we’re going to have to cut ties with Saudi Arabia unless drastic changes are made. Changes are underway, but they seem too slow to compensate for the backwards nature of the country. It’s time to just cut them loose now.

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