Who or What Is Feeding the Unrest in Iran?

There are two general theories about the protests that are taking place in Iran.

One, unfavorable to the Iranian government and establishment, is that the widespread discontent and rioting is over mismanagement of the economy that has particularly hurt poorer Iranians.

The other is that we are seeing a contemporary replay of 1953 Iran and the downfall of Mohammad Mossadegh, which was orchestrated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the British MI-6.

The Iranian public’s expectation that the nuclear deal would lead to improvements in their lives were wrecked by Donald Trump’s decertification of the agreement and expectations that the pact would be wrecked by America’s renewing sanctions on Iran later this month.

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Newsgate: The News Media’s Unseemly Relationships with Government and Political Actors

Regardless of who is your chosen – or least favorite – presidential candidate, independent minds should be concerned about the latest revelations in the news media’s unseemly relationships with government and political actors.

While there are many responsible journalists working today, inside documents and leaks have exposed serious lapses constituting the most far-reaching scandal our industry has known.

It’s our very own Newsgate.

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Compromised reporting has always existed as a result of covert collaborations between reporters and political officials—Democrats and Republicans alike.

For example, in my new book out next year, The Smear, I’ll report on instances of improper collusion that surfaced during the Bush administration.

The most recent available evidence is heavy on Democrat-ties due to the nature of the available documents and leaks.

It can be argued that some individual accounts can be rationalized and are not serious breaches of ethics.

But taken as a whole, it’s easy to see how we as journalists have done a poor job protecting ourselves from being co-opted by organized interests, often ones that are paid and politically-motivated.

Whether we realize it or not, they’ve figured out how to exploit the media and use us to publish their propaganda.

It implies a broad and growing trend that has seriously undermined the credibility of the news industry.

Opinion reporters and those who work for obviously ideological news groups are entitled to publish party propaganda.

It’s one matter to provide viewpoint journalism.

But it’s quite another for us to act as a tool of any interest, publishing narratives or talking points upon suggestion or demand, without disclosing we’ve done just that.

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Pakistani Minister Requests non-Muslim Police Escort

Posted by By Pamela Geller on November 16, 2017
Rana Sanaullah knows what Islam is all about. He knows that if Muslims believe that he has offended Islam, he could be killed, even by those who are supposed to be protecting him.
So he has requested a non-Muslim security detail.
If a politician did that in the West, he would be excoriated as an “Islamophobe.”
Remember that last February in the Netherlands, a Muslim security agent was suspended: he was accused of leaking details of Geert Wilders’ locations to a jihad group.
But why was he on Wilders’ security team in the first place?

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri to Fly to Paris Within 48 Hours

Published by Reuters on 16-November-2017
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours, before flying home to Beirut to officially submit his resignation as Lebanese prime minister, a source close to Hariri told Reuters on Thursday.
Hariri announced his resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4, and has not yet returned to Lebanon.
He said on Wednesday he would return soon.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun tweeted on Thursday that he hoped the country’s political crisis was over following Hariri’s acceptance of the French invitation.

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Saudi Crackdown Raises Specter of Wider Dissent

Posted by Dr. James M. Dorsey with the same title on November 6, 2017 at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies BESA Center

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Saudi Princes, Former Government Ministers Arrested

Posted by By Isobel Frodsham and Gareth Davies on November 5, 2017 (updated November 6, 2017) Daily MailOnline U.K. Could London’s Savoy become Saudi Arabian government

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2016: The Worst Year for Your Privacy

In a post title ‘2016 Year in Review: The Worst Year for Your Privacy, ever‘, a review of the top

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