US stops short of calling for Iran regime change as death toll rises

The White House is expressing support for protesters demonstrating against the Iranian government, but is stopping short of calling for regime change. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday called the protests an “organic popular uprising organized by brave Iranian citizens.” She says the international community “cannot sit silent” as those demonstrating are met with […]

Iran’s protests “are the result of distrust between the state and the people”, analysts say

Opponents of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani might have been secretly pleased when protestors in the northeast Iranian city of Mashad took to the streets last Thursday against rising prices and worsening living conditions. But what began as peaceful demonstrations have gradually turned into a violent uprising sweeping the whole of Iran, raging not just at […]

Time for change in Iran, Trump says

President Donald Trump on Monday morning continued his daily tweets on the deadly protests in Iran, calling for change to an autocratic system there that he says is rife with repression and corruption. “Iran is failing at every level despite the terrible deal made with them by the Obama Administration,” Trump wrote. “The great Iranian […]

Iran treads cautiously as 10 killed in mass protests

Iranian authorities are treading cautiously in the face of mass protests, eager to take control but worried a crackdown could plunge the country into a crisis similar to the pro-reform unrest of 2009. In June that year as Iranians seethed across the nation, a video showing protester Neda Agha-Soltan’s last moments after being shot in […]

Here’s why the Iran protests are significant

By Phil Gast and Dakin Andone The largest public display of discontent in Iran since the 2009 Green Movement has brought about a series of tweets from US President Donald Trump, pushback from the Iranian government and a scene that might have been unfathomable a decade ago — protesters challenging the rule of Supreme Leader […]

Iran: Violence on third day as protesters demand end to the clerical rule

Some anti-establishment protests happening in Iranian cities have turned violent, video footage shows. They began three days ago – initially in protest at falling living standards – and are the biggest show of dissent since huge pro-reform rallies in 2009. Demonstrators have ignored a warning by Iran’s interior minister to avoid “illegal gatherings”. Two demonstrators […]

Iranians protest over living conditions, shout “Death to High Prices”

Protests erupted in several Iranian cities on December 28, 2017, as citizens peacefully spoke out against the rising cost of living. In Mashhad, Iran’s second most populated city, police confronted the demonstrators with water cannons and tear gas. An eyewitness in Neishabour told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that the protests against […]

Azerbaijan Wrestles with Rising Iranian Influence

Azerbaijan’s government is growing increasingly concerned about what it sees as growing Iranian manipulation of the country’s Shia Muslim believers.  Azerbaijan’s security services recently presented senior government officials with a report describing how Iran has “increased its capabilities in Azerbaijan’s regions,” one analyst close to the government told “Many more people are now under […]