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Did Dr. Fauci Say There Was a 'Reason' Other Than Racism for President Trump's Travel Ban?
"Go ahead Build time When you diminish your stop or block travel from a particular country there's a reason for that Really Now there's a reason for it when Trump did it with racism A ladies and gentlemen would we not be so far better off in every respect in this country If Trump were in the Oval Office and Biden were still in his basement Tell me the truth Tell me the truth I mean I understand Bill cristal has a head injury these days I think he does And I understand the guys who resign from Fox right before they got kicked in the ass out the door I'm told I understand that their profoundly More righteous than Than anybody else But nonetheless is there any question when it comes to China or Russia When it comes to Iran or the Middle East when it comes to energy independence and the economy securing the border support for the police support for the is there any question whatsoever Trump wasn't sabotaging the country He loves the country Loves it Let's go back go ahead Time to do things So don't let this rambling on about your buffoon What are you rambling on about Hey does he sound like a scientist to you Yeah mad
Get to Know Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie
"For those who are not familiar with your service in the Trump administration, your background. In multiple uniform services, rising to under Secretary of Defense, tell our millions of listers and viewers across the nation a little bit about your background where you came from and how you got to do what you do. Well, it's a very simple. I am the son grandson, great grandson of combat soldiers. I spent my youth at fort sill fort Bragg, and also, as you know, at the royal school of artillery, in lark hill, England. My father was a senior officer in the 82nd airborne division when I was in high school. So my calling was to serve the nation in national defense. My military service has been modest compared to that of my ancestors, but I will say that a formative moment in my life was when the hostages were taken in Tehran. Two things. One, outside of fort Bragg on Bragg boulevard a place you know well, a massive billboard went up that said Iran let our people go. And I had to pass that billboard every day on the way to school and as I got older, I thought, that's what we had become. Under mister Carter, a mendicant, begging the theocratic fanatics and Tehran to let our soldiers and diplomats go. And then the second experience was in my neighborhood. The day the hostage rescue desert one collapsed. And the MPs closed off our neighborhood. They took the name signs off of our homes, and they surrounded colonel Charles beckwith's home. He was the commander on the ground. And president Carter came on that day. And said this was all my fault. I'm the one responsible. That's quite a contrast to what we had in Afghanistan a few months
UN nuclear watchdog chief presses for more access in Iran
"The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog meets with Iranian officials to press for greater sites access on the eve of diplomatic talks restarting over the nuclear deal with Tehran Rafael Mariano grossi yet again faces tightrope style talks with Iran as his inspectors remain unable to access surveillance footage I'm face greater challenges in trying to monitor to Ron's rapidly growing uranium stockpile Iran now in which is a small amounts of uranium up to sixty percent purity its highest ever and close to weapons grade levels of ninety percent the US under president Joe Biden says it's willing to return to the twenty fifty nuclear deal but
US defense chief vows to counter Iran in visit to Bahrain
"America's top defense official vowed Saturday to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and a counter its use of suicide drones defense secretary Lloyd Austin's comments in Bahrain at the annual Manomet dialogue appeared aimed at reassuring America's Gulf Arab allies as the Biden administration tries to revive the nuclear deal which limited Iran's enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions United States remains committed to preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon and we remain committed to a diplomatic outcome of the nuclear issue but if I'm wrong is unwilling to engage seriously then we will look at all the options necessary to keep the United States securities I'm Julie Walker
Iran-backed hackers accused of targeting critical US sectors
"The FBI and other security agencies are warning companies that hackers linked to the Iranian government have stepped up their ransomware and other malicious cyber activities the advisory warns that in recent months a run has exploited computer vulnerabilities to target entities in transportation health care and public health Microsoft says it observed one of the groups trying to build a rapport with his intended victims before targeting them with spear phishing campaigns the
Husband of woman detained in Iran ends 21-day hunger strike
"The husband of Nazanin cigar Radcliffe the British Iranian woman detained in Iran and says twenty one day hunger strike Richard Ratcliffe thank supporters as he ends his protest outside Britain's foreign office after a long three weeks he continues to fight for his wife's freedom more than five years and she was detained and to run Rackley began his demonstration last month after his wife lost her latest appeal in Iran he hopes his hunger striker Sean a greater spotlight on his wife's case and added pressure on both the British and Iranian governments Naomi shot in London
Iran begins annual war games ahead of nuke talks with West
"Iran's ministry has begun its annual war games in the coastal area of the Gulf of Oman the military drill comes less than a month before upcoming nuclear talks with western nations Iran's navy Air Force and ground units with taking part in an area of the the three hundred and eighty thousand square miles the exercises are taking place at the time when Iranian US relations around the nose the US pulled out of the nuclear deal with Iran under the trump administration the Nikkei deal promises a run economic incentives in exchange for limits on its nuclear program its purpose was to prevent to Han from developing a nuclear bomb I'm Karen Thomas
Iran marks anniversary of 1979 takeover of US Embassy
"Of Iranians took to the streets of Tehran to mark the anniversary of the seizure of the US embassy in nineteen seventy nine many could be heard chanting death to America death to prison untested sense of style the embassy takeover target of four hundred and forty four day hostage crisis and then ends in diplomatic relations that continues to this day the head of Iran's paramilitary revolutionary guards general Hossein salami gave a speech to the crowd financing what he described as American aggression long
Biden, Europeans take up Iran nuclear program in Rome talks
"As well as leaders meeting ran for the G. twenty summit president Joe Biden will discuss with European allies how best to deal with Iran president that he thought you needed a minute ago if you arrived at the summit Bijan will sit with the leaders of Germany France and Britain to discuss strategy with Iran hopes are on a diplomatic resolution however plans will be discussed on what to do if Iran declines to return to the negotiating table by Dan is trying to revive the twenty fifteen nuclear deal so that Iran holds itself it's towards building a potential nuclear weapon unlike with the previous US administration this time the US and Europeans all have a similar outlook compute point on how best to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions I'm Karen Thomas
Israel Reportedly Ready to Strike Iran in a Year
"Let's go to the news. It is going on, which is the announcement that Iran is expected back at the partying table, which is the worst possible announcement because that means team Biden is ready to cave. Well, if it's based on a remark made by a deputy minister, I don't know how much grief that you can lend to that. But we have to be prepared for everything. I think it's more importantly that it is ray leaders have been around the world today. Prime minister Bennet is in Switzerland and the message is always that Israel can not coexist with Iran that has a threshold capacity and is relaxed. Now, the Israeli press has been putting out a notices from the IDF, saying that there's now intensive training. So the Israel will be ready to strike within one year. Within one year, I'm not closer we have one year. Thank you. I think that's being very optimistic and, you know, I wonder what the purpose of those reports
What Did Trump Accomplish? Benny Johnson's New Video Tells Us
"That Benny Johnson we believe from newsmax and turning point USA, he put together a little video. He's sitting at a desk with a bunch of thought bubbles over Trump's accomplishments. As Terry mcauliffe and Joe Biden and all of them try to advance the narrative that Trump was somehow a terrible president in the midst of a terrible presidency and a country seemingly coming apart at the seams. This video was put out that was so good and so spot on listing all the accomplishments of the Trump presidency, foreign policy, domestic policy, the economy, jobs, the border. It's a great, great video that Benny put and it's just well done, real creative, all those kids over their turning point are so good. And so so impactful, Charlie Kirk's organization is continuing to win hearts and minds and getting a whole lot of young people on the right track. So if you want to see that video showing Benny pointing to these thought bubbles talking about showing the embassy in Jerusalem and criminal justice reform and tearing up the Paris climate accord and canceling the Iran deal and three Supreme Court Justices and energy independence and the wall and people millions of people off food stamps just text the keyword video to one 806 5 5 mic and we'll send you back that video clip that you're really going to appreciate. It's a great video. It's really well done. It's about a minute long just text video to one 806 5 5 6 four 5 three and we'll send you back that video. We offer that as a public service, and we do it with support from our pal Mike lindell and
President Trump Did a Lot of Good for Our Country
"That's the truth And he did a hell of a lot for this country Securing the borders reviving the economy did a lot for minorities in this country In minority communities and so forth He recognized that China was the enemy As in many respects in a box as a result of the things he did and they were scared the hell out of them Same with Russia Same with a rain Iran was on the verge of collapse now Iran is back Because Biden and the Democrats are giving them sustenance Even on the inbred and North Korea was pretty much in a box he wasn't firing missiles off And nobody said he could do it but Trump made a deal with Mexico With a Mexican army was stopping illegal immigrants on its southern border before they could even get to our wall And our wall for the most part the extent it was built over 500 miles but the Democrats blocked the rest Was working and it certainly would have worked if it had been completed So many positives he pushed the vaccines through with operation warp speed He was getting a lot of red tape from Fauci and the FDA and the CDC He pushed it through his only he can Therapeutics very very important He pushed those through There's so much when you think about it He destroyed ISIS I mean I'm just sitting here thinking about
In Taiwan War Game, Few Good Options for U.S. To Deter China
"Washington Post this morning 5 a.m. Dan lamothe in Taiwan war game few good options for you as to deter China. The center for a new American strategy ran a war game involving the dung shoe island. I'd probably mispronouncing that. Didn't go well. It didn't go well. And in fact, they're even worried about bigger scenarios than that. I'm not surprised that you surprised admiral. No, I'm not. I've participated in several of those war games over the years. U.S. indo Pacific command runs those on a regular basis. And they're increasingly reflecting the reality that China has many more ships much more capability in their aircraft, longer land based ballistic and tactical missiles. That's been on the upswing for a decade and more and it's starting to really bleed into the results of these war games in a negative way. In the end, the article says the best advice is that warn the Chinese ahead of time of the consequences they would face if they moved on any of the islands, including Taiwan, with Japan playing a significant role. Haven't we already done that didn't President Biden sort of accidentally do that in the town hall last week where he said we would defend Taiwan? Well, he certainly said that we would defend Iran and we have a commitment to do so. But then within 24 hours you saw both The White House spokesperson gen sasaki and The Pentagon in Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, kind of returned to this former policy. It's called strategic ambiguity of not telling China exactly what we're going to do. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, my own view is that a, we should, in fact, assist Taiwan aggressively if they are attacked. And B, it's time to tell China that we are going to do that. And I think there is a growing sense of that in the public conversation about this.
Iran: US should lift sanctions to prove it wants talks
"Hi Mike Rossi you're reporting Iran wants the United States to lift sanctions to prove it once stalled nuclear talks to proceed Iran's president said Monday the United States should lift sanctions on Iran to prove it is serious about restarting stalled nuclear talks in Vienna Ebrahim Raisi made his comments in an interview with Iranian state TV but in Washington at a state department briefing spokesman that price we will continue to enforce them together with our allies and partners around the world until and unless a run chooses a path of diplomacy talks between Iran and the European signatories of the twenty fifty nuclear deal alongside Russia and China have been stalled since June president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the accord in twenty eighteen Mike
Biden Special Envoy Warns US Must 'Prepare' for Fully Nuclear Iran
"States. Doctor oran, welcome back great to talk to you again, sir. Good to talk to you. Big story coming from the Washington free Beacon. I know that this is something that's gotten a lot of attention in Israel has gotten next to none here in the United States. Adam credo reporting yesterday that U.S. Iran envoy Robert malley, whose name is very familiar to those of us who follow these things, says that the Biden administration is preparing for, quote, a world where Iran doesn't have constraints on its nuclear program. Comments that show how little progress has been made in negotiation with Tehran regarding a return to the JCPOA the 2015 Barack Obama ran deal. Doctor Oren, I mean, if that deal had remained in place, we'd still be dealing with in Iran didn't have any constraints on its nuclear weapons program. I mean, I think that that's one thing that should be said right off the bat. That deal wasn't going to prevent Iran from creating nuclear weapons. It only it only had a ten year pause in it, maybe. And that's only if you believed Iran was complying with it. Yes, that's true. It was ultimately going to his line was ultimately going to have an unlimited nuclear program. The big difference was that while it restrained itself somewhat, and some aspects of the program, just on the nuclear enrichment, not a missile development, not on the development of advanced centrifuges, not on developer warheads, didn't do anything about any of that. But when I was going to get paid a 100 billions of dollars that it wasn't going to spend on schools and hospitals, you can believe that. I think the major thing that rob valley is saying, believe it or not is the truth and the truth that has been around for a long time. I've been talking about on these really news. And that is the United States is willing to coexist with an Iran that has threshold capacity. I mean, the ability is created a bomb within a matter of weeks, because you've been a matter of days. Among the professionals, if referred to as Japan like capabilities, there's Japan has that capability, but of course, you can't threaten to wipe anybody off the map or is not supporting financial payers. Big
A Digital Paradigm Shift Through the Lens of Finance - Greg Cross Co-founder of Soul Machines on Virtual Humans and Interactive Animation - Voicebot Podcast Ep 230 - burst 11
"I think of banking and finance is a good way includes the will becoming more transactional. Yeah when when. I grew up my mom and dad to go into the bank of reweight. Bank the patriot. Yo by that used to have to go to the bank every week. Get cash Yet this year that's long gone as many generations of technology that that have come along but is the bank managing you every single one of the customers by nice again Over time your so. We go through numerous now to the point where we'll right now and it what's happened in the code will in many parts of the world was young pool with you know seeing some of our big banking clients on a regular devices and people thought that pre cover that they had pretty high penetration rights of iran on smartphones. But guess what they went through the roof last year could banks because all of a sudden the banking completely Spliced retail bank The the the that that evolving competitive sh- paradigm shift between the banks and the digital banks and the traditional banks. We saw we actually is to become a stop become one So net will you. People have stopped yemen. This was something. I your head really thought about to be honest but i still into co own australian bank couple of weeks ago and Cash handling has plummeted one of the big reasons to have a retail retail branch which is cash handling a type of people. Don't wanna handle keishi anymore aside. We've move money as become eletronic Yeah and look. I obviously haven't traveled use the last twelve months. I mean in the in the us. Yo you can't go anywhere without a dollar bill but but literally The amount of cash physical cash in circulation this changing so these signs of some of the macro trends that again to emerge for of banking for retailing The consumer good as we stopped move forward into the future. I think of the rise of e-trade is an interesting example. Here before e-trade came up no one would think about buying stocks without a broker with. They had a personal relationship with charles. Schwab was popular. But you would call somebody place the order for you and what we see now is stock trading. There is no human behind it made if we look. Robin hood is sorta z. A perfect example of the next phase of that but you know obviously two generations past banking since then obviously with the kick in the pants from ed even accelerated that process which has been underway for twenty years. But i think you're drawing an interesting thesis here that every industry is going towards that same evolution. It's just the question is how far behind banking are they. Are they right behind banking and that they're going to this more high transactional relationship versus high relational interaction or are they. Are they a few years. Do they have a little time before. That really takes. Hold look I think every industry is every industry is having to think in in the in the world we live in today is having to figure out how mun digital impacts every aspect of business. Today i mean with me ultimately. We are in enterprise software. We sell solutions to begin prize. But i've got a. I've got a lad sales organization in the us and that that now selling to Yeah the now selling to Your c. level executives in big corporations Your enterprise selling young for my whole career has been about face to face interaction and building a relationship of this was a huge paradigm shift for you know for the industry And even in a business to business sick that the implications of digital the will we live in a having a real life impact on a day-to-day vice already You will learn about the efficiencies of being able to conduct more business. A and more meetings and digitally So y- is actually invading becoming an integral part of your the data. Dave way we would. We can now live Anywhere in the world and do jobs.
EXPLAINER: Why do Iraq's elections matter to the world?
"Iraq's elections on Sunday come with enormous challenges Iraq's economy has been battered by years of conflict endemic corruption and more recently the corona virus pandemic state institutions are failing while the country's infrastructure crumbles as well powerful paramilitary groups increasingly threaten the authority of the state and hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced from the years of war while few Iraqis can expect meaningful change in their day to day lives the parliament elections will shape the direction of Iraq's foreign policy as a key time in the Middle East including as a rock is mediating between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia I'm Charles de Ledesma
Why an Israeli Military Option Against Iran Is Possible
"Good morning. michael how are you. I'm good goodhew. Good to be back with you as always thank you yesterday. Jake sullivan the national security adviser to the president. Who is your friend. Robert o'brien speaks very highly of a met with national security council chairman. Y'all who lot who. I do not knowing have not heard of before as the us. Israel's strategic consulting group and international interagency bilateral forum met to discuss iran. What do you think they talked about in the think. Actually that this group of american presidents and advisers would ever strike against iran in a meaningful way alongside of israel. Well let me put it. Let me couch it as hope. Okay i don't know what they talk about i. I hope they talked about That jake sullivan. Usa today highest relevant told his israeli counterpart at the united states and tends to go back to the talks with the launch and And maybe they're optimistic about getting the jcp. A renewed in which case united states x. y. And the to enhances real security which means understanding. That's the united states understands that. He's iran violate the agreement. If he ron Starts moving ahead to enrich iranian more. Create a warhead or to. Put that warhead on top of ballistic missiles. The united states you consider that a violation and we'll acts accordingly either by itself oversupply by supporting israeli acted but also capability United states has military capabilities. That israel does not have. I don't wanna surprise anybody who does not have strategic bombers And the united states could land lease sale some of these capabilities to israel in the sand. I think very profound message to iran. you know. Don't don't mess with us
"iran" Discussed on Today in Focus
"Goal of eliminating israel that is a factor within the nuclear discussions as well the. Us sunday joe biden is to dissuade around from doing so by by freeing up billions of dollars which is being frozen or or people that are put under sanctions and giving them incentive not to continue with a nuclear enrichment program or an iranian enrichment program and to instead focus on building tenants of the economy. It's it's a very big gamble. According to the israelis and it's a fundamental point of difference between both allies. Who do see tackling this in very different ways. So if you look at these incidents on the sea mysterious sabotage of vessels at tanka going up in flames and sinking hijackings drone attacks. Do you think they're partly a kind of sabre-rattling by both iran and israel to try and affect the talks. I think very much that there's some saber rattling going on in this negotiating strategy that both sides do have and the iranians are holding out for a as good a deal as they can possibly get But the fact remains they came for this deal. They do want it to happen. At the very highest levels of the administration through their senior officials and through their proxies in the region it is known as fact that iranians do want to conclude something with the americans and they think they can probably get that done. Well the consequences now in a brit has died. What does it mean for those huge tankers now trying to sat around the gulf with these targets on them. What is a very dangerous time for or freighters on the waters of the region. There is no question that tensions are as high as i have been in the last two and a half years and the huskies drama doesn't look like dying down at any point soon they will likely be some sort of retaliation from the israelis in coming days or weeks and i can't see it stopping there. It would be very much iranians. Take ned turn to ensure that. I don't look weak until humiliated and end to strike back. So what you're saying is that the shadow will will continue to heat up and we can expect a lot more of this. The shutter war is by no means. Either it will continue on the waters of the red sea. The mediterranean the indian ocean and the arabian gulf many months. If not years to come as ever in brinkmanship such as this there is the danger of miscalculation in it does appear that we are not too far away from such a miscalculation taking place and a more broader conflict of description. Not necessarily war breaking out. Martin thank you very much. you're welcome..
"iran" Discussed on Altamar - Navigating the High Seas of Global Politics
"So what is the view from the youth in iran. That's here from town. How tech savvy. Young iranians are shaping the political conversation and influencing the outcome of the deal and of the upcoming election this task steak and i'm ted ivanovich. Iran's youth opposition has been really well known for a long time. When he and iran's us have been politically active since nineteen fifty-three three ouster of prime minister. Most the death of three students in those protests against vice president nixon's nineteen fifty-three visit. It's still a national holiday today. And the young were also key players in the nineteen seventy nine revolution and today their strength is also a numbers. It's important to note that a baby boom after the nineteen seventy nine revolution almost double the population and iran is right now. One of the youngest societies in the world and that's skewing politics economy and social pressures. Iran's demographics are probably the biggest threat to the religious establishment status quo with over half of iran's eighty two million people under the age of thirty young people are the de facto opposition to the islamist regime. And today's youth may be willing to sacrifice moore to bring about change or continue the tradition of leaving iran for better economic opportunities and personal freedom and despite basically electric curtain on the internet..
"iran" Discussed on PRI's The World
"Coats standing beside a set of centrifuges. Some of them held photos of colleagues who were assassinated in recent years by sunday though. This celebration was over and this breaking new. Cnn learning more about an incident which caused a blackout iranian nuclear facility. According to iran's atomic energy organisation the incident was a quote terrorist action a mysterious explosion and caused a massive power failure at the natanz facility which is considered the centerpiece of iran's enrichment program. Looks as there is no possibility now we need to enrich revenue. Sima shine is a former head of research at the mossad. Israel's national intelligence agency. she now leads. That iran program at the institute for national security studies in tel aviv is correct. It's a huge huge damage. Israel is suspected of carrying out the attack. Which will neither confirm nor deny the country wants to roll back. Advancements iran made since the us abandoned the twenty-fifty nuclear deal. This is just the latest incident that further heighten tensions between the two countries in recent years. They've been engaged in shadow conflict across the middle east. Iran's responses to israeli strikes though have been limited so far but those attacks are becoming more frequent from every few months. Now there every few days and with targets getting more strategic and developed secrecy. Pretty much gone. Things could quickly change. I think israeli iran our in the last week's or relationship collision.
"iran" Discussed on American Scandal
"It's february ninth. Nineteen eighty seven. Eleven pm robert bud mcfarlane the former national security advisor to president. Reagan was locked in his home office in bethesda maryland. A suburban community on the edge of washington. Dc furiously typing away. Bud's wife john to has already gone upstairs to bed but bud can't sleep. He has a lot on his mind for weeks he's been mired in political scandal. That's rocked the reagan administration to its core. A scandal threatens to take down the president and everyone around it involves backroom deals shady arms dealers offshore bank accounts in the cayman islands and illegal covert operations. They're calling it. The iran contra affair bodies known for being tightly controlled even intense would all day long. He's been feeling unhinged as he hears voices of newscasters swirling through his head. Evening some officials here are calling it the worst scandal of the reagan presidency and costing him a top adviser. The president was still maintaining today. That is iranian arms. Deal was not a mistake. The attorney general said later former national security adviser mcfarlane had also been aware of the escape. A major turning point was a few weeks. Back during reagan's state of the union address but hasn't been able to get out of his mind. I took a risk with regard to our action in iran. It did not work. And for that i assume full responsibility the goals were worthy. We did not achieve what we wished and serious mistakes were made in trying to do some serious mistakes with buds. Name all over them his misdeeds her public knowledge now and people in congress want to exact their pound of flesh in just a few hours but is scheduled to appear before the tower commission and investigative body appointed by congress to look into the iran. Contra scandal he'll be forced to answer difficult questions about his activities potentially illegal activities during his time in the white house but is a marine marines are trained to fight not navigate a swamp of scrutiny partisan politics his entire life. All he wanted to do was serve his country now he feels like he's failed and if he does go down all his ideas for international relations will never be heard so he types and types deep into the morning essays covering everything from arms control with russia to diplomatic relations in the middle east recommendations for his former boss. President reagan who didn't to listen even when bud had his ear. Maybe he'll listen now but something else. To handwritten notes was wife john. The woman with whom he spent the last thirty three years of his life asking for her understanding and forgiveness. He gets up from his desk walks to the kitchen and puts a stack of papers on the counter with the letter to his wife on todd then he pours himself. A glass of red wine reaches in his pocket. Pulls out a bottle of pills valium he puts one in his mouth and uses the wind to wash it down and then another and another methodically until every pill in the bottle is gone in all bud. Swallows thirty tablets. you bows. His head says a quick prayer before heading upstairs when he climbs into bed. Jonah is still awake. She can send something. That's different but what's wrong. Nothing but reaches over and takes her by the hand. I just wanna hold you for the good night. good night. John kisses him on the cheek. It's all part of their nightly routine but denied but knows in might be the last turns off the light plus is is weights.
"iran" Discussed on Today in Focus
"This is an inflamed situation with tensions on the streets of Iran as suggestions by people at Boris Johnson. The new Iran nuclear deal should be negotiated. President trump is a great deal by any content and and many others. Let's let's work together to replace the JCP get the trump deal instead can. How is this playing out for Donald Trump? Well you know other than the fact that one hundred seventy six innocent people killed which is something. That is incredibly terrific On a cold strategic level. You'd have to say that this is not going to badly for Donald Trump. You know Iran has lost a significant military military leader. Someone responsible for many American deaths. He was touted as a possible future president of Iran. She was the king of the roadside bombs. Great percentages of people don't have legs and arms because of this of the Iranian government has been exposed as having lied to its population. It's less credibility and now a wedge is being and driven between Iran and Europe which has so far opposed many American policies on Iran on the other hand the killing of Customs Slimani was a major event and the strikes that we store in Iraq. Last week will not be the end of Iran's revenge so what happens now what we don't expect to see any more military action in for example the missile strikes we saw last week. But you might remember that. Last year there was this wave of of suspicious attacks across the region said there were these drones and missile no strikes on Saudi oil facilities. I'm oil tankers in the Gulf suddenly started to Have Holes appear in their holes and found themselves mysteriously early disabled and they couldn't quite say with precision. Who had done it? This is the kind of proxy of quiet attacks that Iran specializes in. And for Ron. It's about making a point. It's about saying if we can't export oil The no one can and we're going to make difficult for the entire oil industry in the Middle East Nice to operate we can also expect another violent. He in in Iraq coming out of these Iran backed militias. Who who are in Iraq were loyal to custom awesome Sulejmani? He had helped to set them up. Help US supply and fund them. We don't expect that they will take his killing aligned down and so It's going to be another year of instability and danger in Iraq but also across the broader Middle East. What will this will mean for the Iranian Indian people.
"iran" Discussed on Today in Focus
"Much of that instability stems from very tough economic sanctions that the US has imposed on Iran since they withdrew from the nuclear agreement in two thousand eighteen seen him on his death. Destabilize the agreement t think while the agreement has already been in the in the process of collapsing for at least six months every sixty days have been taking an extra step away from it in as a way to pressure the rest of the people who are still in the agreement so primarily the European powers Germany Britain France to find a way to relieve. US sanctions on Iran. Because Iran is really suffering I mean the cost of for example may last year became a fifty seven percent more expensive that puts it out of reach of many poor families more than one point. Six million Iranians have fallen into poverty since the American sanctions will reimpose. I mean these sanctions are designed to make the Iranian people. Suffer as a way to put pressure on the Lakers and so in the aftermath of the Sulejmani killing killing Iran took. It's latest step away from the nuclear deal. It said that it would no longer abide by the restrictions of the agreement when it came to sort of what it can and Kant enrich essentially. The deal is now in in free fall. I mean feels incredibly worrying. How has the international community responded to this will this week? Britain France and Germany triggered a dispute resolution mechanism within the nuclear deal which means formally complained that Iran is no longer in in compliance with the agreement and they sought talks to try to find a way to bring it back in the end point of this process. That was started this week. Is that the deal. Dealers formerly scrapped. The very tough international sanctions not just the US sanctions but the UN sanctions on Iran before the deal would be reimposed if this process is followed through namely the dispute resolution mechanism is not rainbows sanction. I think it has to be clear. Objective is therefore to find solutions and return to full compliance. What's going going to happen now? Is that Iran and the parties to the nuclear deal will sit around a table. They'll mediate. They'll try and find some way to resolve this. But of course the elephant in the room he is the US which says that it will not sign a new agreement that relieves sanctions on Iran unless Iran agrees raised to a whole raft of new things. So curbs on its some sponsorship of proxies in the Middle East on missile development in Iran has not given any indication that it wants to do that. And what have we had from the Iranian president. Hassan Mahoney well look. It's been a tough week for Asandra honey and this strain appeared to show show in a cabinet meeting that he presided over a couple of days ago Joe Brown. He seemed angry and he made an unusually angry threat. He said was was that the American soldier is not secured today tomorrow. Maybe the European soldier will not be secure. Let us address this insecurity. Their European troops in Bahrain Madaba in Afghanistan and That's the first time he's made a direct threat against Europeans since the The nuclear deal began to collapse around eighteen months ago. He struck that same combative tone on Thursday when he said that Iran was now enriching more uranium than than it did before the nuclear deal and why that is is it all goes towards reducing. What's cold Iran's breakout time? which is the amount of time? It will take Iran to produce twenty five kilograms of weapons-grade uranium. And that's enough. Vote one nuclear bomb..
"iran" Discussed on Today in Focus
"Well people started to fill the streets of Iran within hours. If this announcement this was A kind of moment that symbolized a a lot of what Iranians do not like about the government which is the secrecy the incompetence the seeming lack of care the the lives of their citizens it was within these protests that the UK ambassador to Iran was arrested what happened. It's often said that some the last place that Britain is global superpower is in the minds of Iran's ruling class so many in Iran remains suspicious officious of the UK as a kind of petit amid la in Iranian affairs which dates back to the colonial era when the UK certainly was a middle Iranian affairs. The British Ambassador to Tehran found himself caught up in this wealth. Macaire was accused of attending an illegal gathering a charge. He denies the ambassador. Bassett was quickly released but summoned today to the foreign ministry. It's a propaganda opportunity for the for the government. Many within the regime hotlines have have called for him to be expelled. They've burned his effigy. The whole episode is much more likely to have just been a mistake then something something deliberate but the Iranians not missing the opportunity to play it up to two maximum impact and in the last few days Michael how have the Iranian authorities been responding to these protests will. They've been responding forcefully so in Tehran tear. Gas was fired rubber bullets fide. We've seen videos show sidewalk stained with blood. Thankfully we haven't seen the kind mind of mass killing that we know took place in November after the much larger protests in this case it appears that the Iranian government government has taken a more careful approach haven't been reports of any deaths the having shut down the Internet for example which is interesting to note that this it's time they feel under more pressure. They feel that they have less leverage to respond violently and indeed paps less need to respond violently because the protests we've seen so far have been relatively tiddly small they haven't been the mass broad-based demonstrations that we saw November. That probably would have worried the government a lot more and I spoke to you last year about those protests. Michael which was about a few rise you get a sense a tool that the anger away saying from people in Iran now has has is built partially on the anger. That was was present. Then I mean I think I think Iran over the past few years we've seen the scale and the intensity of protests protests gross there was significant protests in twenty seventeen in twenty eighteen of AC- last year and then we've seen these see begin in a way that is just I mean a horror start for the government they had a top general assassinated. They had an opportunity to kind of ride a wave of nationalism. After that and have totally bungled it it just contributes to a sense of instability to sense of insecurity inside the.
"iran" Discussed on Today in Focus
"Michael it was last. It's Wednesday morning just hours after Iran had attacked US airbases in Iraq. That we I had a passenger plane had crashed in Iran. Jim Number but when you first heard about it remember. I saw it pop up on twitter. Michael Safi is an international correspondent for the Guardian based in the Middle East. And I mean you must remember. This came at a time when we were awaiting possible American reprisals trying to figure out if anyone had died in this attack and amongst all of this chaos I remember seeing a very brief snap at about seven. Am Iran time now. Those reports suggested was a Boeing seven. Thirty seven and early indications from Iran state TV say. It was likely brought down by mechanical issues but they didn't explain that point any further The Iranians very quick cooling at a technical issue. I think at the time we will willing to believe. Leave that because the idea that it wasn't was just far too complicated on an already very complicated morning. But then as I started to kind of do a bit of research I found for example. The plane had been serviced on a few days before that. This model of plane has a very good safety record so there was this kind of building sense throughout the day of like CODAN second. What are the chances? Do you think this may have been shut down deliberately or accidentally and the next day my colleague Peter Beaumont and I began to pour loyd these forums where pilots official pilots can discuss what is often very arcane and technical elements of flight. But they had to thread on this forum where they were discussing this particular crash and I started flipping through it and found myself thrown into this like rabbit hole guys looking at it in such intricate detail. They'll they will pointing to the fact that they will holes in the fuselage that appears to have been made by shrapnel. They talked about the fact that in a pilot would not turn right for safety because Tehran Iran is ringed by mountains on that side. In fact he would turn left where it was much clearer and then most suspiciously. There was these photos that were emerging of what looked like missile debris from a russian-made missile. That had been sold to Iran's revolutionary God's about a decade ago and then by evening on Thursday stay Iran time the government story appeared to crumble. We're following breaking news. The United States and key allies now seem convinced that Iran I shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane came out new video obtained by CNN. Purportedly shows the moment of impact showing what looked to be some kind of projectile flying towards the plane hitting it it appears to have been on fire and then the plane V is out of the camera's frame and you hear an explosion Asian some of that footage that has come out subsequently is actually very difficult to watch. It's such a tiny speck of light in the dark of the sky. But when you think that as over one hundred people on board it's it's it's very scary to watch. What do we know about? He was traveling on it. Yeah I mean we kind of get used to it after these sorts of tragedies saying these like composite pictures of dozens dozens of people who have been killed but of course behind every one of them is a family. That won't be the same again and people who are living through probably the west periods of their lives the planing planing -cluded huge numbers of Iranian. Joel nationals that people who are also part of the Iranian diaspora in Canada in Germany and Sweden. UK candidate in particular had citizens citizens aboard and some of these stories have emerged since the crash including a young couple pins gorge in Arash puts a Robbie who flew to Iran to be married on the first of January in front of their families they will returning to the to the University of Alberta in Canada. Where both of them were studying computer science and so they were newlyweds and mm tragically? They died together on that flight. You Know David all our close friends. It's so sad. I'm on peaceful the world. That's it. When did you finally get some clarity on? What actually they happened to the plane ole at once on Saturday the Iranian government came out with an admission saying actually this was us one of our members fired at a missile and they said it was an unforgivable error? This was a horrific tragedy and that a bicycle were to blame. Do we know anything about the person he shot the plane down. But we don't know a name or anything just yet. But the Revolutionary God's Aerospace Chafe man called Ali Hedges Ida made a very frank speech. Sean Saturday a crash had explained. You know what was going through this guy's head when he shot the plane down on angel unfortunately absolutely because of a hasty decision of one person. This great disaster happened was all. He said that they had been told that the airspace had been cleared. This man who was operating the defense system was under the impression that the Americans had fired cruise missile and he sees this object checked traveling from about a distance of nineteen kilometers away and he said that the ordinary procedure is that. When you lock onto a target you seek approval from some of your superiors to shoot it down? Then he says for some reason maybe it was jammed. Maybe the line was busy. This guy was unable to seek that approval. So he's sitting in there alone he knows cruise missiles are coming. He said he had about ten seconds to choose whether he shoots this or not. Now that's their side of the story. But that that's the best account that we have and the Iranian judiciary have said seven arrests have been made over the crash. That's right on Tuesday. Iran announced that they had made some arrests in connection with this missile attack and we heard the same day that one of those arrested may have been the person who actually filmed the video now. I've been in touch with the Iranian activist who actually leaked that video now. Hey maintains that person hasn't been arrested. He says that he's source. Who describes as a hero? I is safe but certainly it appears that this person is now a marksman. The revolutionary gods have shining unprecedented level of contrition about this. It was in the west of the country following completion of missile strikes against the US. Bases Yorker I heard the heart wrenching. News of the Ukrainian airline's flight crashed. Confirmed into what happened. I wished I could die myself. Delayed is have said that they wish they had died on the plane. I mean all of that is very rare for an organization. That's it's usually very aggressive. Very hotline operates largely in secrecy from the rainy in public. It's been interesting to see how it's played out. That response is very interesting. Why do you think it's played out like that? Is it because of international pressure. I think it's more likely to because of domestic pressure I think that it will show that even the revolutionary volition. God's understand what an awful mistake this was an admit that they had done it and Be Humble and seek forgiveness from people and hope that that will come public anger. I mean that didn't happen and this week we've heard about some extraordinary expressions of anger an upset towards the Iranian regime in some cases from very prominent figures. It's been very interesting. I mean Iran is a place where descent is not uncommon. People do voice their anger with the government but it often capes within very strict boundaries. What we've seen in the last week? Correct as one of Iran's most popular female actors Tornado do st come out with a scathing message. Instagram saying that Iranians are not citizens John's but captives. We've had several anchors of state. TV News programs quit one of them said that. I'm sorry for having lied to you all for thirteen years. I mean this is a major blow to the government's credibility to the credibility of the state media has been this like nationwide feeling of revulsion and in disgust that is sort of rare in its vehemence and Iranians have been protesting to.
"iran" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"My now talk about the recklessness and I think like also hinted at this before this all started because of kind of trump's racists obsession with undoing everything that Obama did and withdrawing from the Iran deal which really was kind the offramp between the historic path confrontation between these two nations and You Know Biden for I agree. He's been he's been hawkish at various points on Iran but he played an an instrumental role in kind of ramming the Iran deal through Congress. But it was just kind of extraordinary to see to see even with the caveats about awesome. Some sort of money being a murderer and all this stuff that people like Bob Menendez who is as close to the Israel lobby as it gets in the Democratic Party. People like like Eliot Engel the head of the Foreign Relations Committee in the House to see these people come out and oppose trump's actions and say that he was reckless and vowed a kind of boost congress's war powers hours. It was actually a fairly remarkable show of unity on some of the you know not every detail and not the perfect statements but on on many of the kind of larger political points. Yeah I tend to agree. I don't have much to add to that. I mean I think you can. You can definitely criticize elements of the responses. But at this point I mean I I just sort of I just want something different from what we have coming out of the White House and the administration and so when I hear that even if it's from Mike Lee I'm pleased one point. Is that the Iran deal the historic off ramp is actually not totally dead. It's on on life support. But the Iranian said we're going to reduce compliance to the lowest level. It still leaving a window open for future administration to reenter the deal. Because they need the sanctions chains. Relief ultimately say every democratic candidate acids debate said they would re enter the deal and so also is very booker for cory booker. This is longer Canada. Yeah this is one of the few times I would say almost unequivocally that literally any of these guys would be a huge improvement over. We have right now. I would offer Tulsi Gabbard. We're really do not like think she's definitely better. Than Don Trump on this issue and people Menendez others. It's just it's shocking. Reader was at the beginning shocking talking development to assassinate a foreign government official and whether he's a bad guy or not is kind of the bad guys in governments including the US government government in. Everyone should recall from that because if we don't establish a new norm which will be extremely dangerous in the coming decades. You know the only the people who remember from tonight is that you said I'll vote together. Not What about Andrew Gang. Give a thousand dollars every Iranians thousand dollars to every Iranian every month. Solve the forty year old crisis. I'm going to descend a little bit from the desert Elliott. I think the Democrats response is better than I thought it be. But it's not enough to prevent a crisis coming down the track and I look at some of the budget came out on the Dan said as a former intelligence person. I want to know what intelligence was behind all this crap response to illegal. Assassination of a foreign government official. Based on lies Biden did come out and condemn it strongly but then I don't know if you saw the addy put out a couple of days ago it could have been a rudy. Giuliani or John Bolton add crowds in black shouting screaming death to America and standing on a flag. And they're like you need a man you got the movie Guy Saying he's the guy with the experience. Yeah the wrong experience of invading Iraq. So that hawkish is not helpful. Bernie was the only only guy who came out with a very comprehensive statement calling not just calling assassination but as but as Ali pointed out the key part of the statement was not even the assassination nation was. He didn't do the throat clearing of he's a murderer and took American lives and no one will weep for him which is all true and no one here. Let's be clear Hossam Tila money. You did kill lots of innocent people in his long career in the Middle East as a general in the Iranian special forces. And you don't have to defend his record but the point is when a president commits a reckless act. act like that illegal. Perhaps in defense of the Constitution and natural law maybe setting off a war. You have to come out strong and condemn it you and saying. Oh he was a bad guy. Does it help demand anyway this morning. Trump tweeted a picture of Nancy Pelosi and a head scarf Chuck Schumer in a turban. Accusing them of being supported of the Democrats saying any kind of threatening won't stop them. Being Accused of being pro terrorist wants being socialists. There's no point playing that game of trying to appease the Republicans or a piece Fox News or waving a flag before you do. That's why Bernie any state more so strong I need. I wish other Democrats would speak out so strongly. The problem you have right now is on the Iran debate. And we're GONNA do it just to make one last point to report what we said at the beginning. which which is you have this history of bad blood? You have these misunderstandings. You have grievances. On both sides. Democrats Democratic leaders need to be able to address that they need to go back. That can say you know what we need to start from scratch. It's not just enough to have a nuclear deal which Obama did which was good but we need to look at the whole thing again. Why are we in this Cold War? Why do we quote unquote in each other? Why for forty years wrecked out to countries in this point? What do we have against each other? There has to be a complete reassessment of the ratio between us and Iran. And I don't see any democratic figures apart from probably Bernie Sanders. WHO's willing to do that right now? And that's a problem if we're GONNA avoid a war down the light all right. Let's let's hear it for our panel. Final.
"iran" Discussed on Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
"That trump authorized the assassination of Sulejmani in June. Twenty nine thousand. That is seven months ago so if you authorize the killing of someone on and they get killed seven months later that is not imminent right. I know he likes to invent words like Kaffee and and fostering but Imminent has its own meaning and these people have butchered the meaning of the word imminent. I will say in fairness though it was under the Obama Administration that got a Justice Department. White Paper was leaked showing that in fact the Obama White House had come up with this incredibly insane news of imminence to basically be anybody who's ever done anything bad in the past represents an ongoing imminent threat so I mean there's a lot we can pile on trump but I do think it's important particularly because it's an election year that we understand that there was an opportunity for eight years of Obama to who rain in some of these executive authorities to put rules in place before Obama left office he he trump utilized the one two punch that Obama Obama perfected for him which is used the drone do a so called targeted strike and then claim that imminence means whatever we want it to mean. He handed a This mango Mussolini a loaded gun and he has to take responsibility for that Murtaza. I think it's important because there is a lot of misinformation and and the remember sea monkeys as a kid you pour this powder into into the water and then you get these little sea creatures. That's kind of like the expert class. Now everybody he is an instant expert on everything and I think we've seen that certainly with the simple question of who is Qasim Sulamani where all of a sudden you have a million experts on it. You have gone through through secret. Iranian intelligence files detailing years of Iranian work inside of Iraq in the aftermath of the US invasion Asian and occupation that were published as part of the Iran cable series but just give us an overview of some of the important facts that we should know about who Qasim awesome. Sulejmani was extremely. Thanks over coming out for those. Who Don't know Qassem Suleimani was the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard? Records could force which is the name of its external operations force. He Ran Iranian backed militias throughout the Middle East and he played a major role in the proxy. Wars of the past. Sixteen seventeen years he was a nemesis to US officials like David portrayals and so forth now Mr Sulamani the why why to kill him for a very long time and in fairness he's a combatant he takes part in wars. He's not someone who's just an activist or something. Having said that the killing of costumes Mamani Johnny by an American drone attack which is claimed by the United States publicly indirectly was what I found to be absolutely chilling escalation of the nature of the drone program. We've been told for so many years. Drones and assassinations were target non-state actors. These are people who theoretically were outside of the state system and this violence was deemed legally illegitimate. I have lot contentions. Would that rationale but okay. That was the rationale used for X.. Number of years now all of a sudden one day extremely reckless president kills a major official in a foreign governments and not to covertly does not do through proxies proxies indirectly cousins a proxy warrior. And so he may die. In a proxy war he assassinated him brazenly claimed responsibility and said that it was justified underplay previous legal authorities which had never been used to kill foreign government officials. Now in theory this could be used to target. All sorts of people can use to be killed officers the P. L. A. The Chinese People's Liberation Army could be used to kill officers of the Pakistani. Isi Been Fighting a proxy war against the United States Johnston and it's not as people combatants. But you've essentially arrogated power to donald trump in any future president to carry out assassinations of foreign officials. That's within their legal purview. Mr Sumani in those documents you mentioned there's a lot of information about him and I think what our reporting contrbute with some black and white facts because there's so much conjecture I think a lot of people didn't know cousins on my was until last week and our commenting about him essentially gnaws big enough to be an angel. He's fighting fighting award the same way you generals for proxy war in Iraq the armed militias who in many cases carried out atrocities those documents show that those militias hang out trustees in Iraq. The Moya's which is the agency from which documents came with somewhat of a rival to the Revolutionary Guards. They're critical of Mr Soman Souleymane his role and yet you know to be killed directly an act of war by the United States which is deemed not to be war assassination has become something in closer to US government policies. Very chilling degradation of the laws of war such as still exists Boswell in the aftermath of silly my knees killing There there were some interesting competing narratives to what he was actually doing when he got to Iraq he was. He took a flight from Damascus to Baghdad and according to the versions versions put forward by. US officials it was something like he was going there. In pursuance of these imminent plots that he was going to be participating in but auto Abdul Mahdi. The Prime Minister of Iraq actually said that the reason that slowly money was in Baghdad. Aghdad's at that particular moment was because he was delivering a response to Saudi Arabia. That was using using Iraq as a mediator to go between Iran and Saudi Arabia in their own proxy wars. Who Do you believe in this? This is a very intense. Just just people are saying what what the Prime Minister of Iraq is saying. Essentially is that solely money was there as part of a peace process and the United States which which is occupying parts of Iraq and refuses to leave even though Iraq has told them to go assassinated him while he was on what was what they were characterized as a peace mission Chen or part of a negotiation. Right there's a very intense information war as you alluded to is made different narratives going on around what took place. I think it's become clear. Clean out the trump administration's narrative is completely spurious keeps changing day by day imminent attack plots against embassies retracting all that the next day. It's very possible. He was on this peace mission that the Iraqi prime minister said he was on. I think that it's very possible. Because he's also Iran's verse Roy to Iraq more or less and he was delegated roles far beyond just military commanding figure player politically in the region. I think thing then fortunately will never have any transparency at least in the immediate future about what the US rationales for killing him. But I will note that. It was reported Mike. POMPEO did not want to retire secretary of state until until he killed Qassams Lemani so this was his chance. But that's so when we say Vanessa was the main editor on the Iran cable series a lot of people throw around the phrase proxy war or proxy militias and talk about iranian-backed groups in in Iraq. And I think it's it's important to always keep in mind that this was A. US made reality when when the United States decided to invade and occupy Iraq and shatter any semblance of civilian society in in Iraq. But what are the facts about Iran's role role in actual fighting in Iraq and support for armed groups and is it is it just by default illegitimate because is the US says so or does Iran is Iran operating with a bigger strategy in its support for armed factions inside of Iraq. Thanks thanks everybody for being here. Yeah I mean I think it's a really interesting question you know. It's Iran Lives there in that neighborhood and has a long and complicated complicated relationship with Iraq and with those other countries in its neighbourhood and so the idea that it would be involved in backing certain groups to support genuine long-term foreign policy objectives in its immediate sphere of influence. Just not shocking at all. I mean one thing that we didn't talk about and what the documents that we wrote about focus on enlarge part is a period of time when Iraq and the US and and Iran were collaborating to fight Isis. And so one thing that that's not been talked about as much in the wake of Sulaymaniyah killing is that you know yes there. There's a lot of criticism in the documents of the way that Selma needs a Shiite militias Dealt with Sunnis in Iraq and the kind of sectarian damage. That was done there. But those shows actually weren't targeting Americans for the most part so when when Donald Trump and others talk about the hundreds words of Americans who were killed by Iranian proxies. What they're mostly talking about is deaths between two thousand three and two thousand eight during the height of the Iraq Iraq war That were caused by this particular kind of improvised explosive device. That Iran was helping certain militias to you mean is believed to have been helping certain militias to To make so you know in the period after the US withdrawal from Iraq in twenty eleven. It seems to me. There's a lot of suggests that Sulejmani and others who are running around Paulson. He was really sort of the lead person on around policy in Iraq. Really trying to not attack attack Americans and because they wanted the Americans to leave so the idea that planning more attacks. I think they're smart enough to know that that would draw the US in further and that was not their objective. You know it's interesting also that In all this discussion about militias and sectarian warfare and violence in Iraq Iraq. I don't recall hearing any time in the past week since this crisis started to intensify of the fact that the United States created created its own militias in Iraq that the United States particularly under General David portraying his tenure in Iraq began wh- what. US officials referred to as the Salvador option referring to the dirty wars in Central America or the US essentially localized. It's imperialism by trying to build up death squads and that was the US policy for years following the two thousand three invasion and occupation. I just think it's it's important always to remember this that if we were to refer to this country's X Y and Z we would have a different discussion but as soon as you say. Iran Iran is backing militias. There it's meant to sound dark devious devious but Iran is literally right next door to Iraq. Have they shared a million deaths during the Iran Iraq war and the US funded mm did an armed both sides during that war. There's context here that is so seldom discussed in the in the broader media context. And on that note I'll agree with the protests that are happening right now in Iran. I think that you see some media. Figures really salivating at the notion that this is is it. This is going to be the overthrow of the regime. there's highlighting of protesters who say they want Khomeini to resign and that they want the Iranian the government to be brought down. I know we can't say what to what to the Iranian people. Think but give us a sense of some of the political landscape right now in Iran in the aftermath of the downing of this flight the stampede took place at the funeral and the way that Iran responded in a apparently a coordinated way with the trump administration when it launched missiles at the US based on bar that killed no one. Oh yeah thanks Jeremy in thanks. I'm also also grateful to everybody for being here It's your your question about the thing that we can't say that what what are people in Iran thinking is is exactly right. I mean they're just no one is willing to look at this country and think about it in a way. That is not a monolith everybody kind of wants to make these sweeping generalizations about out whatever protest means. And you know we've seen over the past two and a half months two months a raft of different protests about different things. We had the protest in November that were Iranians in the streets against the cutting of of gasoline subsidies which are really important for a lot of people in a tight economy. That's being squeezed by sanctions. And these were massive protests that were kind of a cross class groups and people in the streets of cities and towns sounds that never come out and protested before weren't part of the green movement the kind of pro reformist protests of two thousand nine and it was a completely different demographic getting to the street and there's longer on Republic responded by shutting off the Internet and the most deadly crackdown to the with the toll of some hundreds of dead protesters uh since the Shah's regime and then you know this was followed pretty quickly by just last week with the by the strikes against Qassem Soleimani and that put a whole new group of people in the street that you could refer to his Persian..
"iran" Discussed on The Thinking Atheist
"To see that right here our conversation about iran ron continues if we're talking about an islamic theocracy is it a martyr culture i mean are they are the people making the decisions thinking all right all bets are off and we don't care if we die because we're going to meet allah or do you think they're literally scared of dying oh no they're definitely any sort of okay so if iranian government so here's the thing the way that theocracies work and other authoritarian government work is that they spread this idea idea that oh you did you guys go die for a good cause but the people at the top they don't they don't wanna die and they don't want to lose any of their power and if if you look at the iranian government they have if so they the groups that are suicidal like that they don't last lau right like if your entire ideology is like we're all gonna die like isis they're here for a while and they they they get wiped out right died geology is that it lasts as long as the islamic republic of iran had there are a lot more strategic and they have been they have been very good at you know did the tactics and maneuvering they have been doing their animals they have outmaneuvered united states in the middle east they have add maneuvered israel in the middle east and and they are they are definitely outmaneuvered saudi arabia and the middle east like these people are not just about survival there about increasing their power power and they have been with the limited resources that they have compared to the all the powers around him they have done a very good job unfortunately right so oh we can't underestimate them these people are not like you know let's just you know go go down in no like they pretend that that they're like that but they're all about increasing their power so they're powerful people will send the ponds off to die but they themselves do you think they're having an oh shit that moment do you think the idea that we took sulejmani out and we have a made that capability or that that tactic we put it on on the table do you think the higher ups in iran right now or you know looking up going hey i don't wanna be next to you think it's given them a moment of pause it might have benefitted benefits in a bizarre way and i didn't know but to tell you how it has benefited them i need to also give a little bit more background about the different end ideologies in iran okay do when school so when i when when i grew up at any when i was a kid our our understanding of iranian people was very binary binary right there was just you know we had this understanding that the iranian people are added ida group a or group b and group a group was the group that i grew up in are these people that are either non religious or hate islam salaam edited care about islam march or absolutely hate as lomb or even if they consider themselves muslim they hate us because they don't really do my my religious stuff they hate the islamic republic they think they're the worst thing that has happened to their country and and they're very nationalistic there they love the pre they keep romanticizing the persian empire depre- islamic lawmakers iran the glorious kings and zoroastrians they go to their home they have zoroastrian symbols necklaces nicklaus's and stuff like that and you know again to different degrees you know some of them more some of them less this you know if you go to parties reason stuff they drink alcohol and swear at the mola's and they make sure they make jokes about and that's one camp and the camp is the more religious day these they pray some of them pray all the time some of them only remember that they're muslim grandmaison and they've only amazon and forget again but they have some allegiance today stomach stomach republic those were against a simplistic view but that's the binary understanding yeah we had we had religious loyal to the government and the nationalist nationalist that think and the nationals were hated the arabization of the iran and all of that right so do but then as i think as time went by either we we realized that things look a little bit there's a little bit of gray area in between i don't know if it was always like this or the gray area m- that we're noticing the new thing or we were just too stupid not to see it when i was a kid right but what is what is dangerous thing that is happening is that and this government is also getting more mature sure in the past forty years to realize this is that there's something there's something between these two groups that unites them what is what are things the united states there's two things one is their hatred for arabs okay so iranians a lot of again a lot of iranians will hate me me saying thing this but this is fact iran is extremely racist and number one race that they hate the most and if you look at the religious she has in iran their narrative for their anti arab anti arabism especially golfer ups right maybe maybe not like syrian arabs or lebanon lebanese arab gulf arabs is that she has cursed him for being sony rather than shia like that's their that's s. their source of hatred and the nationalists the they they hate them for being arab they're just the race especially because they think it was their fault they bought this disease to iran which is called islam dave lend our glorious persian empire the arabs came and they attack you on and iran has never been the same percents right they they want to go back to the sauce innate empire back before data invasion right so that's something unites them so and another thing that unites in stem is that they both want glory and power and increasing the size of the persian the nationalist will say the persian empire and the religious people see the shia brotherhood or whatever and religious nonsense that they call it and the interesting thing is that if you look get all the places in the middle east that is mostly shia rather than sunny and if you look at the places that the senate empire was ruling over before the arab invasion they match perfectly right so to a lot of these nationalists that either hate islam or don't care about islam day a secret they some of them secretly a narrow more recently some of them were openly kind of enjoying these these there's lung republic public becoming more powerful or showing a little bit more of an influence and some of them are now openly saying we're willing to look past past the fact that these guys are muslim or religious because like we're kicking butts right this is great and they are willing to hitch their wagon to a religious ideology that may they may not like for the greater purpose of seeing a solidified more powerful iran on exactly exactly and they are they are more this this new group of people is growing faster than ever which is amazing because because these these are people that really hate islam- and yet they're supporting public well let me let me stop you i mean what's the attitude about the united states among the common i and every day person in iran do they hate us do they are i mean what inch lady that gives you an answer today the by the people they're talking out of their ass right because i know because because there is there's many different views on this right we can at at least start by saying it's not a unified hatred of the united states there are those sympathetic i've seen people are people are saying trump please come new tehran on because the rest of us were at least not we could live with that damola they say we prefer like like if there are people that are that are begging trump to come attack iran there are people that hate trump there are people that say like you know what we hate islamic republic and we want this to them to fall by it has to be done by the people without any foreign intervention so there's there's all kinds of attitues among uranium people write all kinds of us and every the interesting thinking is that all of these people claim that they're the majority right so but but there is no reliable polling there is no reliable polling so anybody that tells you that this is the majority view dad they're just making it up because nobody can tell what the majority of us right now and you can't go by twitter polls because like people keep putting two hundred because every time there's a twitter poll the the people that are following that twitter account count are going to be mostly in line with his or her ideology right so if you're an islamic like so again that's not a scientific way of polling and they hasn't in any scientific way of polling right but i can tell you that most people exaggerate the people on their side so the people that are they that they weren't to the islamic republic public public to fall they think like the muller's have this than one person support zero zero close zero like the ones that are supporting them they just need the money because they're poor everybody is against islamic republic and there's people that do support the republic they said like oh no these protesters yesterday against islamic republic they're just a bunch of hooligans they're presented most of the country so but how many is actual number nobody knows but you can take away from that that it's a splintered topic and opinions varied tell me how oppressed the iranian people are i mean i i've been reading about the uprising ryan right got hundreds dead we got thousands wounded we've got even more thousands imprisoned what's going on over there man and so again this is so drilling how prestige alert of two who rate so dear will they're a person of that they can't say openly states off against the government trade like published against the government they can't i can't go out in the street okay you may be if there's a lot of people out there then i have the safety of numbers but if i if i go out and publish a book say combination would be removed from the government i get a death sentence so like for example even give you an example there was this teacher schoolteacher in iran de eh he came out and told his class that prophet yunus unison english was the prophet prophet there was swallowed by a fish georgina unison arabic better let's tell the story with unicef from now on uh-huh i'm sorry go ahead go ahead the profit prophet yunus he's holding class that he doesn't think that this story is real that maybe a symbolic lake or whatever but he doesn't think he's israel so this is a man that didn't tell his class like fuck muhaamad or anything like that.
"iran" Discussed on The Current
"They said very clearly that if the United States takes any further action Iran will respond accordingly and we will respond in a very harsh the proportionately we did not start this process of escalation. The United States has to come to its senses they should stop listening to clowns a sound from video of onlookers to one of the Iranian missile attacks in Iraq and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif staking his position afterwards the US Iran tit for tat reached another level last night. Iran launched more than twenty missiles at two military bases in Iraq were. US troops are stationed response. It said to the US killing of Iranian General Israel Customs Sulejmani was ref- adding that his country was not escalating or looking for war. There are no reports of American or Iraqi casualties and the chief of the defence staff. Jonathan Vance has said that all Canadian troops are safe. pesha McGee is a freelance journalist based in Baghdad. Pesha good morning you're in Baghdad as these attacks were happening last night. What were you hearing in the capital? After the attacks took place we did hear a fair amount of helicopter and actively Baghdad coming from the Green Zone. What do we know about how much damage these missile strikes caused? It's very likely that caused damage to at the very least you know equipment on the basis particularly the Assad military base in western Iraq which is one of the biggest military bases Chirac why these bases the US has a presence throughout Iraq. But why were these basis targeted do you think the. US is hosted on Iraqi military bases but these two in particular have a fairly large USO troupe present in the u the Assad military base in western Iraq is known for having the largest amount on a US troops in Iraq. So you know. I think the goal was to aim at US personnel and he was interested in rocks. Is your sense that the Iraqi leadership knew that these attacks were coming well. They just said that they knew the acting. Prime Minister of the method just released a statement saying but Iran alerted him to the fact that they were going to launch missiles and he in turn Let the United States no to You Know Essentially Watch out. He also has not come outright and condemned the attacks. What does that tell you? I think it tells us that. The Iraqi government has a fairly close relationship with Iran Mathie with originally brought to power by a coalition that has Iranian backing And prior to all of this happening met the cell the the money several times You know it shows a clear difference in rhetoric at the same time you know we have to look at the damage caused by these strikes Eh She's like. Nobody was killed in missile strikes. The thrust of the statements coming from the Iraqi prime minister if you take them in its totality seemed to suggest that the Iraqi leadership wants the heat to be turned down. The prime minister has called on all sides to practice self restraint adhere to international agreements. Respect the Iraqi state And is concerned about a devastating all at war in Iraq the region and the world. What do you think the leadership wants from from the two uh-huh forces that that that have put Iraq in the middle of this conflict? I think of course. They don't want to be trapped in the middle of a proxy war Iraq. You know has just gotten out of several years of conflict And I think the you know the prospect effect of being plunged into another war between two states that you know are fighting battles that have nothing near truly to do with Iraq. It's something and that is terrifying too many Iraqis and I know that Iraqi leadership. It's very much against the possibility Iraq being plunged into violence into chaos again. Told me more about that. In terms of how Iraqi citizens feel you tweeted as you said that that in many ways they feel trapped between The United added states in Iran. Yeah I mean we also have to look at kind of the local context in Iraq.
"iran" Discussed on PRI's The World
"Are we at a point in this crisis that it could lead to war? I don't think the United States or Iran wants a prolonged every day. There are strikes by each side against the other side kind of war. I think instead, what we're likely to see is a series of tit for tat measures taken back and forth between Washington Dan on perhaps involving military assets in places like the Persian Gulf, or Iraq or Syria, or even Lebanon, which for the United States is problem itself as destabilising. So the real question is, how to open up a reliable channel of communication to ensure that any step, the Americans take in terms of the short sharp military strike, is accompanied by a message to Iran, which says we want to do this, but we don't want to do more here are steps you need to take an here steps. We are willing to take. You mentioned that a short strategic military, strike is probably one option that the Trump administration may be considering at least discussing a possibility if you were a betting man. How would you rate the odds of a US military retaliation at this point? Well, I'm not a betting man. So I don't want to give you odds. I think that the Iranians are absolutely testing the edge of the American envelope. There probably is going to be time when they do go over an American Redline, especially if they kill an American service member or frankly, I think even if they were to kill American civilians in some kind of terror attack somewhere, but they're testing our red lines in so sooner or later, I think they are trying to provoke Americans. It's, it's a difficult undertaking to clearly identified the other side's red lines. We too need to understand the Iranian Red lines. Why, why is their own trying to provoke the US? Two reasons. Number one, they believe that they have a certain place in the Middle East itself, for historic cultural reasons, etc. I think the Americans are trying to deny them back place and second, the American sanctions have caused real pain inside Iran. And what better way to rally support among a larger proportion of the population, then to be confronting a big nasty outside enemy enjoy the underdog. So they have a domestic political reason, and they have a historic geopolitical geostrategic reason. Robert Ford is a former US diplomat who served as Basseterre to Syria and JIRA. He's now a senior fellow at the Middle East institute and a professor of global fares at Yale. Thanks so much for speaking with us. It's my pleasure. As I mentioned earlier, the US accuses Iran of shooting down the American drone in international airspace Tehran claims the aircraft violated its airspace. Iranian officials are painting Washington as the aggressor here, and they argue that President Trump's aggressive stance only stiffens the resolve of the Iranian people would have done is that he is United, the Ryan population more than I've ever seen in the last three decades that side Mohammad Marandi in Iran's capital. He's a professor at the university of Tehran downing the drone Iran is protecting its sovereignty if it wasn't Iranian drone flying over US territory. I think that the United States would be utterly outraged. So the United States thinks that it has special privileges that it can violate the sovereignty of other countries and get away with it. And if countries defend themselves, then they're behaving outrageously if thrown enter the running airspace, that is inactive. Russian in Iran will defend itself, especially when the United States repeatedly says, all options are on the table. Well to the baby of an empire again, the US central command, they did confirm that the drone was shot down, but they said it was an international airspace..
"iran" Discussed on KCRW
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"iran" Discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria
"I was the under secretary general for political affairs prior to that I was a US foreign service officer, including being says, the secretary of state for near eastern affairs from two thousand nine to two thousand twelve and I was US Abacha to Lebanon from two thousand four to two thousand eight. Iran was a revolutionary regime and Iran's appeal in its immediate neighborhood was somewhat limited. It was limited in Iraq because of Saddam Hussein's control of the population. Even though Iraq is Shia majority population, certainly Saudi Arabia and Bahrain with their significant populations had significant control that Iran was not able to really exploit any grievances. That the Shia might have had in Bahrain or Saudi Arabia, and because of this the Shia flavor of Iran's Islamic revolution. There's only so far they could go in the Sunni world, the Sooners looked at them as heretics so Lebanon must have looked as though it had a spotlight on it. When the around leaders looked across the region to see where could they show that they're revolution their their methods could not only work in Iran, but they could work more universally. Iran was looking for places with a could assert. The type of narrative that they were the rising power of Lom that they were the center of gravity in this Lum. And the fact that the she in Lebanon had been so abused by their own government, but their own leaders and by the Israelis that was the opportunity. More on Lebanon and Israel in a moment. But first Bruce ridell also talks about how the Iranian revolution helped to intensify the sectarian conflict between soon and she is. By dell. In fact, describes a long trajectory of SUNY. Shia rivalry that he says was always there and how it plays out today across the Middle East and places like Iraq and Yemen. They made it much much more sectarian the Saudis supported Sunni extremism and the Iranian supported Shia extremists. There was very little room for them to cooperate with each other and the firestorm of sectarianism that we see can Gulf ING the Middle East today really hose, it's hard back to this period. Sonny's and she have always been historical rivals. But what we're seeing in our time is an intensification of that into violence that we really haven't seen in the twenty th century. And unfortunately, it's getting worse and worse, this sooner Shia rivalry. Now bronze across the Middle East. You have it in Iraq. We've had it in Iraq for some time. So he she violence against each other. We have it in Syria only hear her no, she is their allies, which are an obscure form of Islam that Sony's regard is she is and props worse. You have it in Yemen. Where about half the population? She is again, they're not the same kind of. She is as in Iran. We don't need to go into the intricacies of the differences. But they do see themselves as she is. And the Saudis are supporting the Sunnis. The Iranians was supporting the she is. And we've ended up with the worst humanitarian. Catastrophe of our time literally millions of Yemenis malnourished. Hundreds of thousands of them poised on the edge of starvation now, sectarian differences, aren't the only reason there's a civil war there. But they're one of the most important reasons, and they're one of the reasons that pushes this conflict to it's kind of nightmarish quality. The suny. Shia rivalry and other factors served to blunt Tehran's ability to export its revolution worldwide, much, less regionally..
"iran" Discussed on FP's The Editor's Roundtable (The E.R.)
"Iran had been a shockingly positive one. So this news came as a real slack to those hopes resign was set free after five hundred and forty four days. He has written a memoir about his experiences called prisoner here with us now to share the story. What started the beginning? Actually, how did you come to Iran? I I went to Iran in two thousand in one. My dad was born and raised in Iran, but moved to the United States in the late nineteen fifties to go to college met, my mom, she's American from the mid west. They got married. They had my brother, and I raised us in San Francisco Bay area. But you know, as time went on and politics between the US Niran shifted many members of his immediate and extended family relocated to the bay area. So we lived in this large predominantly Iranian family. And so that was a huge part of my growing up, and these people were very different than the Iranians that I saw on the news, you know, burning flags and chanting death to America, all that sort of stuff. So it was something that I was always fascinated it. And as I as I grew up in college and became more and more interested. International affairs, and and the possibility of going into journalism. I was also travelling quite a bit as many young Americans were able to do for the first time in the late nineteen ninety s you know, our dollar was strong, and we were going many choices and my desire to see. And no Iran just grew and grew I out out of my own curiosities based on my my origins, but also based on reading history of that country about the civilization there. I just knew it would be a fascinating place. And when I was finally able to visit in two thousand one realized yeah, you know, this is an incredible place with an incredible story. That's not very well told or understood, and how am I gonna figure out how to help tell that story so fast forward, you're exploring Ron Louis working on you know, I was writing a lot of cultural stories about people and trying. To add nuance to the coverage of Iran, and I was freelancing for a lot of different organizations, including this one include foreign policy, but in two thousand twelve when I was offered the Washington Post job, it was, you know, a big opportunity, but also an open canvas this is a country of eighty million people. That's woefully misunderstood no matter where you stand on the US relations with Iran or the Slavic Republic or what it does to its people or what it does regionally. No, one can make the argument that Iran is well understood in the west, and so I set out to try and make sense of it for myself and in doing that make sense of it for American readers a few days before July second, fourteen your emails hacked, the phishing scam. So I received an Email. Mail from what looked to be Email address of a friend of mine. Someone who I I worked with from time to time in Iran. And I, you know, in retrospect realized that I clicked on a link, and I wasn't supposed to and via that DR see agency who. The Iran revolutionary guard corps who are the kind of maybe the main power in Iran right now, but you know, a competing power center with the executive branch with Rodney's government. You know, these are people who have their own beliefs and ideals and their main mandate is to protect the system at all costs. And they're the ones that have been generally responsible for the arrest detention of dual nationals foreign nationals hostages that have been taken and leveraged like me even times of Stengel reform. And yeah, I would argue that they have ramp those up to fuse or undercut any attempts. I dunno. If reform is the right word, but of opening up to the rest of the world. So you know, they they had access our emails and also are. Social media accounts. And so that was a day or so before we were arrested, and it was caused for concern. But I went to the authorities and Tehran who oversee press relations who have a very close relationship with ministry of intelligence who are the traditionally the the force that overseas..
"iran" Discussed on REAL 92.3
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