The protests in Iran began because of the high prices of food and other necessities, but as protests grew anger was directed toward President Rouhani and his government’s inability to revive Iran’s struggling economy, create jobs, and combat alleged corruption. The Iranian Deal that the Obama Administration approved awarded Iran with $100 billion for their economy; but instead this money was used to fund terrorism around the world, not help the struggling Iranian economy. This radical regime puts terrorism and violence before its own people, which may explain why they’re revolting. Subscribe to the podcast.
For many years the radical Iranian regime has oppressed the Iranian people, starving them and withholding basic human rights. The Iranian people are chanting slogans against the Ayatollah including “death to the dictator,” and “the leader lives like God while the people live like beggars.” The radical Iranian regime has responded to these protests violently. They stated that anyone who takes part in these protests will be labeled as an enemy of the state and be sentenced to death. The government has also blocked all access to social media in an attempt to stop the spreading of the news of the unrest.
Co-hosts Jennifer Breedon and Missy Crutchfield are both engaged in Middle East politics. They work with women throughout the region on human rights issues. Sgt. Betsy Smith has worked in the law enforcement community for over two decades and understands oppression and human rights. What are the protesters demands? Should we expect a regime change soon? Is this a turning point for the people of Iran?
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