The Nuclear Deal is 50 Shades of F*CKED
There is a lot of confusion and spin being deployed in the mainstream media this week about the integrity of the nuclear agreement and why people are protesting in Iran. There is a public declassified version of the nuclear agreement, a still classified version, and a translated Persian draft of the agreement that is not a direct translation. Perhaps the classified version should be released to reduce confusion.
As it stands now, the economic realities of the agreement have made themselves very plain to the people of Iran today who support the new sanctions in an attempt to weaken the Islamic regime. To see why the people of Iran did not see a direct improvement in their economic situation after the nuclear agreement was signed in 2015 and why the #FreeIran2018 protest movement in Iran has begun, one needs to understand the financial structure at work inside the country.
The extra-constitutional entities in Iran have the clout of both companies and agencies… These extra constitutional organizations have developed a vast network of business throughout the country. Doing business in capital incentive activities such as imports/exports, building infrastructure, and developing ports and airports would, inevitably, require banking services by traditional banks. These organizations, in the absence of a traditional banking system, or in order to expand their economic activities to yet another sector, engaged in the banking business, or quasi banking activities. …As a result of their association with organizations such as the IRGC, and through a systematic financial modus operandi, these corporate entities have organized a virtual and high volume banking operation within Iran.
The nuclear agreement did not really reform the financial system inside Iran. In effect, the nuclear agreement places foreign investment in the Iranian regime itself. The two become commingled by international agreements. As long as private wealth is concentrated in the affiliates of Iran’s Supreme Leader and the IRGC, the people of Iran effectively do not have the privilege of a true private sector. This is why even after the signing of the nuclear agreement, the Iranian people were cut out of the economic growth in Iran, and their economic situation continued to deteriorate even in the absence of sanctions.
The Boeing Aircraft deal, which should of benefited the people, instead was twisted to benefit the government. Upon Mahan Air’s receipt of the jets they were then deployed for defense purposes in Syria instead of becoming commercial passenger jets.Much of the post sanctions investment in Iran has been used in Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen conflicts. This is one of the reasons protesters in Iran have been shouting against the Iranian government’s participation in these conflicts while suffering continued economic declines at home. Protesters have also criticized foreign agreements such as the Crimean deal with Russia that allocated Iranian territory to the Russian Federation.
Iranians Chant for Reza Pahlavi
In order to overcome the immense power of the IRGC, its extra constitutional and criminal networks inside the country and in the region, the protesters beginning in December of 2017 have called on the support of the United Nations, the US, and other governments that will promote their liberation. Iran’s underground culture including armed Kurdish resistance is not assuaged up on the Coup of 1953 of Prime Minister Mossadegh, and in fact have called for the return of a constitutional monarchy and the Pahlavi dynasty. Reza Pahlavi has consented to assist with the transition out of the Islamic Republic to a secular democracy. The Iranian youth of today want reconciliation with the west.
For Iranian protesters many of whom were born after the 1979 Revolution, the Pahlavi reign is synonymous with economic advancement, openness, and globalization. In the 1960s, the Tehran Stock Exchange began trading signifying Iran’s economic leadership in the regions of Asia and the Middle East in the post WWII global economy. Some Iranian bazaaris were transforming themselves from local and regional traders during this time into industrial tycoons.
The Islamic republic has brought economic isolation and ideological alignments with other countries that have not brought economic benefit to the Iranian people. Instead, the Iranian regime has opened Iran up to further colonization by Russia and China, sentiments expressed in the themes and motifs of the popular protests. Iranian protesters realize the economic potential of the country and resent the regime’s poor negotiations and follow-through on economic empowerment in the lives of the middle and lower classes. The middle classes have almost entirely disappeared as the classes have been split between the economic billionaire oligarchs of the regime and the extreme poverty and unemployment among even educated Iranians.
A Thousand and One Terrorists Active in Iran Amongst the 80m Innocents
One of the biggest obstacles to Iran’s ability to reconcile with the west is the regime’s ongoing engagement with terror networks. After Iran’s participation in 9/11, which is well documented in the 9/11 commission, the IRGC have served as agents to al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Currently the IRGC are protecting in Iran approximately 100 senior and mid-level al Qaeda commanders and up to 500 al Qaeda are said to have fled to Iran after Operation Enduring Freedom including Said bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s son and successor and al Qaeda’s senior strategist and third in command, Saif al-Adel. “[Saif al-Adel] has written numerous strategy documents from Iran, including a seven phase plan to conquer the world by 2020.” In cooperation with the IRGC, Iran is training the next al Qaeda leaders. Recently, Bahrain’s interior minister accused Iran of harboring 160 Bahrainis convicted of terrorism and stripped of their citizenship. Iran’s reach has established terror connection from Somalia to Nigeria in coordinated efforts in Africa and in Central and South America and through drug trafficking inside the US.
The Cyrus Cylinder and the Ancient Codes of Conduct
The FreeIran2018 Movement has initiated a cultural attempt to rescue the international integrity of Iran’s good name in the global sphere rejecting the ideological pathos of the ruling regime. The Iranian diaspora dispersed globally and Iranians inside the country have worked tirelessly to revive their pre Islamic historical origins in associated cultural and educational efforts internationally.
This has followed deliberate actions on the part of Iran’s regimes to neglect or destroy archeological ruins of ancient Iran’s pre Islamic history as a global superpower in the ancient world from which Persian nationalism aspires. Demonstrations have been held outside Iran during the last 40 years honoring the Cyrus Cylinder as one of the earliest documentation of human rights in world history, something deeply ingrained in the Persian national psyche and pride.
These demonstrations have occurred in the face of the Iranian regime’s unashamed display of human rights violations including the execution of minors, marriage sacrifices of children, and the use of children in warfare. During the Iran-Iraq War, child martyrs were marched over landmines to clear the ground of explosives in order for the army to advance on Iraqi soldiers. The boys were given plastic keys to enter paradise, or heaven.
International Human Rights Efforts Thwarted by Powerful Lobbies
Human rights organizations over the last 40 years have been established by Iranians all over the world in their fight to reclaim the most basic codes of honor long established by the Iranian civilization. Organizations like the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center and the Human Rights Documentation Center in the US have been engaged with Washington D.C. since the early 1980s and also with established organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. These efforts have attempted to increase pressure on the Iranian government through increased sanctions, diplomatic dialogue, and even some economic incentives such as the removal of sanctions on medical products.
However, efforts by non-profit human rights organizations have been long been drowned out by lobbies of big business in oil and other industries. These international lobbying efforts in the US and Europe have driven legal wedges between human rights and terror victims and the criminal profits of Iran’s regime. Iran’s lobbying efforts in the US and Europe have also given way to mainstream media influence to protect international financial engagements. Human rights concerns have also been expressed in a multitude of artistic media including film and photography, fiction prose and poetry, and performing arts, but these create truth seekers have not been met with reciprocating action by superpowers in their negotiations with Iran’s regime.
This has caused many of Iran’s protesters today to feel isolated and cut off without hope from the international community and the processes of international law. This is the viewpoint of protesters in Iran who have accused the west of working with the iranian regime instead of acknowledging their rights to equality, free speech, due process in courts, and political representation by elected officials.
The opposition movement in Iran demands foreign support to counter the military advantage of the IRGC Army, Navy, Airforce, and Cyber forces. The Kurds represent a number of opposition groups in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and other countries and are currently seeking foreign backing to combat the suppression of the IRGC in Iran and other strongholds of the Iran regime in the region.