Donald Trump’s hypocrisy on Iran demonstrations

This video from the USA says about itself:

Glenn Greenwald on Iran Protests: Trump Tweets “Time for Change” While Backing Dictators Worldwide

5 January 2018

At least 22 people are dead and hundreds have been arrested, as Iranian authorities move to quell the largest anti-government protests since 2009. President Donald Trump responded to the protests on Monday in one of his first tweets of the new year, writing ”TIME FOR CHANGE!” “This is the same president who, not more than three months ago, announced a ban on Iranians from coming to the United States”, says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Glenn Greenwald. “He’s somebody who has aligned with the world’s worst, most savage dictators.”

Iran Hawks Embrace Protest Movement But Show Little Concern for Iranian Lives: here.

Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About: here.

By E.P. Milligan in the USA:

Trump “defends” the right to protest in Iran, criminalizes protest in Washington

8 January 2018

US President Donald Trump last week published a series of tweets denouncing the Iranian government’s crackdown on protests against austerity and social inequality that shook the bourgeois-clerical regime. The protests, which heralded the entry of the Iranian working class into struggle against the right-wing nationalist regime, left over 20 dead in clashes with government forces and hundreds more arrested.

Trump began a day after the first protests, calling on the Iranian government to “respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching!”

Having done his best to starve the Iranian population by means of economic sanctions, repeatedly threatened it with war, and banned Iranians from entering the US, Trump offered crocodile tears to the “great Iranian people,” who “have little food, big inflation and no human rights.”

Over the ensuing days, he issued a barrage of tweets decrying “human rights violations” by the regime, at one point criticizing it because it had “closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate”. Last Wednesday, Trump tweeted a veiled threat of direct US intervention, promising the Iranian people, “You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”

As a historically oppressed country, Iran must be defended against imperialist bullying and aggression. This does not, however, imply any political support for the Iranian government, which is a capitalist regime representing the interests of the clerical establishment, the bazaar merchants and big business. Behind the smokescreen of anti-US rhetoric it carries out a policy of brutal austerity against the working class while seeking to curry the favor of European imperialism by opening up Iran to foreign investment and exploitation. The task of settling accounts with the regime and the Iranian bourgeoisie as a whole is that of the Iranian working class, not US imperialism and its reactionary allies in the region such as Israel and the Gulf monarchies.

Trump’s self-righteous claims to defend the right to protest in Iran are sheer hypocrisy. There is no greater violator of human rights on the planet than the United States. Trump himself is the most deeply anti-democratic and authoritarian figure ever to assume the US presidency.

Even as he was bloviating about democratic rights, his government was carrying out a political trial against peaceful protesters in a brazen attack on the freedom of speech and assembly guaranteed by the US Constitution. The first act of his administration was to collaborate in a police crackdown and launch a legal witch-hunt against people who protested his inauguration on January 20 of last year. The “Disrupt J20” protests were legitimate, democratic expressions of opposition to Trump’s pro-corporate, xenophobic and war-mongering policies.

Washington DC police “kettled” protesters, employed indiscriminate violence and arrested hundreds. They fired on the crowd with chemical agents, pepper spray, rubber bullets and crowd control grenades. Protesters claim the police sexually assaulted detainees. An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit currently underway against the DC police alleges that officers knocked a ten-year-old boy to the ground and pepper-sprayed his mother.

A document obtained by Democracy In Crisis and The Real News Network through a Freedom of Information Act request shows that police deployed weapons on at least 191 occasions over the course of the day. Police fired 74 sting ball grenades, a type of “non-lethal” explosive that ejects rubber balls in a radius surrounding the device’s point of impact. A total of 230 people were arrested.

The police crackdown occurred under the purview of the outgoing Obama administration, and the new Trump administration wasted no time attempting to make an example of the protesters. Prosecutors initially charged 214 of the arrested with “felony rioting,” a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. In April, a grand jury issued additional charges.

So far, 20 people have pleaded guilty. The first round of trials involving six defendants collapsed late last year, with the jury acquitting all of the defendants. One hundred and eighty-eight defendants still await trial, many facing up to 50 years in prison.

Under Trump, every effort has been made to stack the courts against the accused. DC Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz, chosen to oversee the trials, has a long anti-protestor record and is notorious for her authoritarian views. The prosecution has made clear it intends to seek the maximum sentence for any and all defendants who are convicted.

The prosecution is basing itself on the concept of collective punishment: anyone present at the Disrupt J20 protest is criminally liable. In the words of Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff, “A person can be convicted of rioting without breaking a window. It is the group who is the danger, the group who is providing the elements.”

This case, made by the prosecution with Trump’s blessing, stands in direct violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which prohibits “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The government’s case is also in violation of international law. The concept of collective punishment is characterized as a war crime under the 1949 Geneva Convention.

The first round of trials underscored the alliance of the police with fascistic elements. The prosecution presented doctored video footage from known far-right extremist groups such as Project Veritas and the Oath Keepers militia. It also has become clear that police infiltrators attended Disrupt J20 meetings prior to the day of the protest. Investigators have since begun spying on social media accounts of individuals who “liked,” interacted with, or even visited the Disrupt J20 Facebook page.

Were such a travesty of democracy to occur in Iran, North Korea, Russia or China, Trump and the mainstream press would be quick to denounce it in the harshest terms.

From the outset of his administration, Trump has time and time again expressed his utter contempt for the right to freedom of expression. He has on numerous occasions threatened to ban individual reporters and even entire news organizations that published material presenting him in an unfavorable light. Last September, he called on the National Football League to fire any “son of a bitch” who kneeled in protest of police violence and racism during the pledge of allegiance.

In July of last year, Trump told police and immigration agents in Long Island, New York that he loved watching criminal suspects “get thrown into the back of a paddy wagon”. He urged them to rough up people being detained, saying, “Please don’t be too nice.”

Equally hypocritical is Trump’s feigning sympathy for the plight of the Iranian working class. The demonstrations in Iran stem from working class anger over the rising cost of living, mass unemployment, austerity measures, deepening social inequality and political repression. These are the same basic problems, exacerbated by Trump’s massive tax cut for the rich and deregulation of big business, confronting the American working class.

Trump’s phony support for Iran’s popular protests: here.

Trump vows to renew all-out economic war on Iran: here.

COMMUNIST and workers’ parties have declared solidarity with the Iranian people who are facing brutal repression after taking to the streets against the theocratic government: here.

President Donald Trump, who recently said he would announce the “MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR,” has been awarded the title of the world’s most oppressive leader toward press freedom by the Committee to Protect Journalists: here.


Donald Trump’s war in Africa, war on Iran?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Decertifying Iran Deal, Trump Escalates His War

13 October 2017

President Trump’s de-certification of the Iran nuclear deal and targeting of the Revolutionary Guard is a dangerous escalation, says Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American Council.

Why is the US at war in West Africa? The October 4 killings of four US Green Berets in Niger has provided a rare glimpse into far-reaching American military operations which have been conducted almost entirely in secret: here.

US President Donald Trump vowed Friday that he will use his presidential powers to blow up the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran unless it is amended to Washington’s satisfaction: here.

Trump’s aggressive course of action against Iran has provoked a strong reaction in Berlin, where German politicians and media figures are openly discussing a break with the US: here.

Trump raises danger of war after move on Iran nuclear deal, Germany warns. ‘My big concern is that what is happening in Iran, or with Iran from the US perspective, will not remain an Iranian issue,’ says German foreign minister: here.

President Donald Trump’s declaration Friday that he stands ready to pull the plug on the Iran nuclear deal if it is not renegotiated to Washington’s liking has aggravated tensions between Washington and its ostensible European allies, and also been met with domestic criticism: here.

Trump, Iran and the US drive for world hegemony: here.

US threatens Iran after fall of ISIS “capital” of Raqqa: here.

Iran doesn’t have a nuclear weapons program. Why do media keep saying it does? Here.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CNN’s “State of the Union” that US diplomatic efforts to end the dangerous confrontation with North Korea would continue “until the first bomb drops.” Far from offering any reassurance of a peaceful solution, Tillerson’s remarks underscore the advanced state of US preparations for, in Trump’s words, the “total destruction” of North Korea, a country of 25 million people: here.

The resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, announced Saturday in Riyadh over Saudi state media, marks a further escalation of the US, Saudi and Israeli preparations for military confrontation with Iran: here.

Trump threatens nuclear war, reactions

This video from the USA says about itself:

Economist Jeff Sachs: Americans Who Don’t Want War with Iran Must Speak Out Now

21 September 2017

President Trump’s comments at the United Nations General Assembly urging the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal sounded familiar to our guest, Jeffrey Sachs. “The last time we had this kind of rhetoric was George W. Bush with the axis of evil,” Sachs said. “It was immediately followed by the Iraq War, which was the most disastrous single step of American military action and ‘diplomacy,’ or anti-diplomacy, in modern times. So this is a setup, again, for war, for conflict. And it is extraordinarily ignorant and dangerous. Iran is in compliance with the agreement that was reached.”

Fears of nuclear war grow after Trump’s threat to annihilate North Korea: here.

Just two days after using the UN General Assembly as platform for a fascistic tirade, threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea, US President Donald Trump yesterday unveiled new sanctions threatening punitive penalties on countries and companies accused of having trade-related financial relations with Pyongyang: here.

The US corporate media has responded with what amounts to a collective yawn to the fascistic tirade by President Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Trump’s speech, delivered to an international body with institutional roots in the Nuremberg trials of the leaders of Germany’s Third Reich and ostensibly dedicated to eliminating the scourge of war, was that of an unabashed war criminal: here.

The bulk of the Australian political and media establishment has endorsed—either explicitly or implicitly by their silence—the fascistic rant delivered by US President Donald Trump to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday: here.

US initiates plan to blow-up Iran nuclear deal: here.

Bernie Sanders launches passionate defence of Iran Deal and attacks Trump’s threat to scrap it. ‘We must protect this agreement,’ Mr Sanders said: here.

Bernie Sanders, one Republican, against anti-Russia anti-Iran warmongering

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul Buck Party Consensus on Russia and Iran Sanctions

15 June 2017

Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal explains that these sanctions punish Russia and Iran unnecessarily and intensifies the conflict between the US and these countries.

Germany issues stinging rebuke of US sanctions against Russia: here.

Trump and Israel Blasted an Iranian Missile Launch That Didn’t Happen. Iran released footage from ‘a successful launch over the weekend’, and President Trump and Israel’s defense minister were quick to comment on it. Actually it was a failed test from eight months ago: here.

United States racist murders Indian ‘in Trump’s war on Iran’

This 26 February 2017 video from the USA is called Hundreds march in support of Olathe shooting victims, attend prayer vigil.

From the BBC today:

Olathe, Kansas, shooting suspect ‘said he killed Iranians

A man arrested last week for shooting two Indians at a Kansas bar allegedly told a barmaid he had just opened fire on some “Iranian people“.

Adam Purinton, 51, fled the scene of the attack at a pub in Olathe and went to a restaurant where he confided in a staff member, police say.

He was arraigned in court on Monday with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The accused wore a safety smock to prevent him from harming himself.

Police say he shot and killed Srinivas Kuchibholta at a pub on Wednesday evening.

In a 911 call, a bartender, Sam Suida, told the police dispatcher a man had come into the bar and said he’d done something “really bad” and that he was on the run.

“He asked if he could stay with me and my husband, and he wouldn’t tell me what he did,” she says on a recording of the call.

“I kept asking him, and he said that he would tell me if I agreed to let him stay with me.

“Well, I finally got him to tell me and he said, like, that he shot and killed two Iranian people in Olathe.” …

Witnesses said the suspect shouted “get out of my country” before shots rang out.

Mr Madasani told the BBC the gunman had demanded to know if they were in the country legally.

The suspect is being held in the Johnson County Jail on a bond of $2m (£1.6m).

His next court appearance is on 9 March.

White House adviser: Trump won’t ‘overly discuss’ hate crimes by whites for fear he’ll ’cause a fire’: here.

United States wrestlers welcome in Iran after all

This video, from the Olympics in Brazil last year, is called J’den Cox (USA) wins the bronze medal in men’s freestyle wrestling at 86 kg.

In about ten days time, there will be World Cup wrestling in Iran. Then came United States President Donald Trump’s decree banning people from seven countries, including Iran.

As a retaliation, the Foreign Affairs Department of Iran banned the United States wrestling team from coming to the World Cup tournament.

However, then a federal judge (by the way, a Republican, a George W Bush nominee) decided that Trump’s travel ban was illegal. A federal appeals court confirmed that decision.

As a reaction, the Iranian Foreign Affairs Department has reversed its earlier decision. The United States wrestlers are welcome to participate after all.