Iranians close down Parliament, and whole markets in Tehran, cries of “DEATH TO PALESTINE” on the streets

UPDATE: Please see the comments under this post for a LOT of updated and additional videos from this monumental event

The required editorialization this requires would take more time than I have. But I trust the comments will give this the gravitas it deserves.

On a partial point form, where is the Western press on this genuine grass roots secular revolution against the tyrannical Islamic regime? The fact that tens of THOUSANDS of MUSLIM Iranians are on the streets chanting “DEATH TO PALESTINE” in defiance of the Iranian regime, mean Trudeau has to now declare most Iranian citizens are “islamophobes”?

This post will be updated with more videos as they arrive. Shabnam, a Canadian originally from Iran, has confirmed the translation of the chants, and explained how the Parliament and many large markets are closed due to massive protests in the streets.

This is major and important. As is the lack of press on it.


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54 Replies to “Iranians close down Parliament, and whole markets in Tehran, cries of “DEATH TO PALESTINE” on the streets”

  1. Things are going to get interesting in Iran, if this popular revolt succeeds the entire political structure of the Middle East will change.

    • Since January, Trump has been indicating his support for the Iranian people. This is no coincidence. I mentioned it quite a few times. Organizers infiltrated the country, probably Saudi-trained.

      There have been many spontaneous demonstrations every week throughout the country since January, thus there are other forces at work.

      Another thread to follow is Heshmat Alavi@HeshmatAlavi. He’s also there on the ground downloading video clips with translation.

        • The Iranian gov may be finished, not the country or its people of course.

          I think the majority of the population has wanted a regime change for a long time, at least for 15 years. There have been protests before, whic where crushed with the IRGC’s / Hezbollah’s expected ruthlessnes.

          • Yeah, if we had invaded Iraq at the time we planned the Iranian people probably would have turned their protests into a full revolution. Instead we delayed to give Tony Blair cover and the protests were crushed.

            • … if we had invaded Iraq at the time we planned the Iranian people probably would have turned their protests into a full revolution. Instead we delayed to give Tony Blair cover and the protests were crushed.

              It is my understanding that launching the Iraqi theater of Operation Enduring Freedom was totally compromised from the get-go. Evidently Turkey interfered with our timely use of Incirlik Air Base which crippled deploying a vital northern flank of the pincer movement that was meant to contain hostile forces and … oh, let’s just say … Maybe could’a caught that convoy of semi-trucks headed into Syria loaded down with Saddam’s cache of chemical and bio-weapons.

              Which WMDs, it would appear, may now have fallen into the hands of Hezbollah (quel surprise!). And seem to be turning up in Syria but, like they say, “Don’t take the world Syriasly…” [rimshot]

              Please remember that there is a much larger pattern at play, here. Killing Infidels is just icing on the cake compared to “resolving” the baked-in, sectarian, perpetual, and internecine strife of Islam itself.

              It is absolutely crucial that Western military strategists (at least, any of them that actually want to “win) begin taking into account this self-immolating, Pyrrhic, tendency of Islam to continually purge its own ranks of the less-pious or horribly unclean beer-drinking Muslims.

              The lessons of Incirlik Air Base ought to have entrenched a global perception that, as usual, one Muslim brother-nation plays pantomime, “button-button-who’s-got-the-button”, diplomatic charades with whatever threatening outside (i.e., Infidel) forces, whilst the shielded ones—be they nations like Pakistan, Iraq, Syria [remember “Operation Outside the Box”?], or, most recently, Iran (centrifuges? What centrifuges?), vicious killers like Khomeini and Saddam, or just some semi-retarded, sexually frustrated, madrassa-excreta with a death wish—scarper off with whatever material evidence of supreme evil that causes these psychotic rectal cavities to squirt at night.

        • NR- More.
          I’ve been writing for several months now about the Omniscient Twitterati™ phenomenon because it’s increasingly entering American conservative discourse.

          For a few years I’ve seen examples of whoppers tagged for fun on sites of regional interest: Kurdish blogs, IDF, Brian of London, South Korean think-tank affiliated blogs, Fikra Forum. People with expertise in specialized, regional disciplines.

          The giggle-worthy is coming here as straight news, and I’m appalled. So here’s my take.
          Every inch of every conflict everywhere reinforces a theme that is in fact a conspiracy theory. One packaged by PR masters working for the Trump administration. A masterpiece of salesmanship. I’ll just tackle the Mideast piece of it, though it’s evident in other theaters I know less intimately.

          It’s all intended to fashion an image for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, convincing enough to make him the “Strong Horse”. That’s the term used in Arab cultures to describe the perception of leadership. That’s what was proposed as an hypothesis for image repair, an alternative to the MB as early as 2011, when the “Arab Spring” package exploded in the region.

          This package is for the American consumer. That is, the Trump supporter, because the other side is not accessible. They’re not reading the same alternative media, not following the same blogs or social media sources that are so influential among the conservative voter base.

          The propaganda that’s directed at us is a Crown Prince who’s everything we want him to be. He’s a young guy, he’s trying to follow our script here, and it’s looking good.

          A different version is told elsewhere, but the point is to make this young Prince look like our dream come true. We have to believe it all originates from him and it’s in the interests of his people. Other levers are working over there: this is an audacious gamble with many other moving parts we don’t see.

          Why is the play to Americans so important?
          The importance of image cannot be overestimated. If Americans are seen to believe this confection, people in the region will suspend disbelief long enough to create conditions for stability.

          If we’re lucky.
          For a while, anyway.

          Another part of the package is to re-define the people – the Saudis, the Arab Sunnis, the entire Middle East – to meet our needs as well. It’s simply bizarre for anybody who knows anything about the texture of language and peoples. Yet I’m watching a whole-cloth fantasy taken as factual reporting here, there, and everywhere.

          The method is to shape every story to match the narrative. The device is a magical army of the Gulf Cooperation Council. An indigenous force that been serving the Forces of Light for years, doing the hard work of the Good Guys in secret.

          Everything everywhere can be explained by double-triple secret agent infiltrators, supermen with moral integrity [Western values] – a people for a Prince worthy of our absolute support. (If not adoration. I’m reading gaga, sappy comments about this sexy guy and his noble brethren.)

          There’s a tendency in those precarious, hierarchical cultures for support to turn on a dime at perception of weakness. When Sec. of State Tillerson was seen to have been humiliated publicly in Lebanon, he had to be fired immediately. It was a set-up, but he was finished in the Middle East, fired by PT that very same weekend.

          The U.S. – the collective – is portrayed in the Mideast in the person of the Executive, we ARE PTrump, the losers of the previous Administration have lost “face”, become irrelevant. If we buy it, the people there are likely to follow. Iranians as well as factions in the Gulf that are inherently opposed to Our Boy.

          It just might work…

          • Every inch of every conflict everywhere reinforces a theme that is in fact a conspiracy theory.

            Oh, Holy Guacamole, you obviously know the half of it, yucki.

            As ever, I refuse to attribute to Conspiracy™, that which can be more properly attributed to ectual STUPIDITY.

            All the same and, be that as it may, things are getting dicey and so OOC (Out Of Control) that I’m beginning to believe that if only Karen Carpenter had eaten the ham sandwich that Mama Cass Elliot choked to death on, they might both be alive today!!!

            That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

            • That’s really funny NR.

              Yucki, to this cowpoke your insights are a little mind bending. The adaptation of PR into the electronic age isn’t surprising–it’s always been a hyper-sophisticated field–but how its rubber meets the real road will always be surprising by its subtly and sophistication. It tells me that blogs like VTB have a definite utility if they permit themselves to be utilized, and that the commentators become equally or more important than the blog creator to maintain a vigilance to objectivity if the blog is to retain integrity. After all he or she are usually only one or two people. If the blog is successful you’ve got yourself a tiger by the tail vulnerable to trolls, human rights lawyers, and any number of malcontent hostile lunatics.

              I understand the rationale to cultivate characters for acceptance using propaganda. –If you don’t do it someone else does it for you and against you so you get out in front. Then, if I gather from you correctly, you cultivate said characters for, in this instance, foreign policy consumption at home and regionally abroad. An understanding by modern PR that I see is that while MSM has its diminishing place, the new frontier is the Twitter and blogosphere et al, because the numbers are massive. Impacting there requires a deft touch with feet “on the ground” and knowing your target intimately. But it’s always been “intimate” to millions when it has been effective, hasn’t it? Make the message “personal” and that twisted rag-head (a most endearing expression) region is your oyster.

              Then one must ask: do I agree with that foreign policy and do I accept my President’s “guy” even with my eyes wide open?

              When Zerohedge started it was modeled on the movie Fight Club. The idea was that no-hold-barred discussion on economics would get closer to truth. It worked for a while and was viciously entertaining for professional, and by professional traders. Then the wheels fell off when everything turned into jew hating. I certainly don’t remember it being that way in the beginning. The moral being that once just one critical eye is closed a blog will–not can– be consumed by echo chamber propagandists.

              The Law of the Jungle applies more in info wars than perhaps it does even in the jungle.

              Correct me if I’m out to lunch anywhere.

              • If you think in terms of “information battlespace” it all comes together pretty well. We, the classical liberals, have lost that war in that space for the moment. Proof is that Jeffersonian radio talk show hosts call far left wing extremists and postmodernists, ‘liberals’, which they are anything but. And of course a hundred other examples of how the left forced us to use their terms. but there IS an information battlespace and it is where the current civilization level conflict is actually being fought for the moment.

              • It’s in full-swing right now, right here, and we’re in it. It just seems important to be aware of the mechanics, to be alert as tactics evolve.

                J.E. Dyer objects to the loaded pejorative “conspiracy”. She suggests thinking in terms of a series of “campaigns”.

                The concept is the ‘campaign,’ as in marketing (propaganda), and in traditional military usage, operations toward an objective in war.

      • “Saudi-training” still means Americans and Brits training mercs from outside the Gulf. While UAE officers strut, non-citizens are doing the fighting.

        Saudi-GCC fantasy army jazzed with Israeli magic is a _packaged theme_. It’s distributed to social media “influencers” who use it to explain everything that happens everywhere. Always secret infiltrators.

        Top-secret: only Trump-friendly Twitteratti get to share the details. From North Korea to Gaza to Iran to Las Vegas, there’s always the dashing army of splendid young MbS.

        The selling of the new, improved Arab – Our Boy – the brave and generous and trustworthy miracle-man -that’s a PR creation. Manufactured for our side, PTrump’s base.

        • Do you know where this GCC idea came from, and who buys it? I’ve only seen it on Thomas Wictor’s twitter threads. He seems to think that Israel is creating superweapons and selling them to Saudi Arabia, which is using them to arm a coalition army of rebels. It seems astonishing to me that anyone could possibly believe this.

          In general, Thomas Wictor seems willing to find incontrovertible proof for the most outlandish claims on the basis of fragments of youtube videos. I’ve seen him deduce the velocity of a missile from two frames of a video (quite impossible), and conclude that the videos of the Jordanian pilot being burned to death were faked because he could not locate camera B from the video of camera A over a few seconds in which he expected it to be there.

            • Well, he finds lots of videos I’d never find myself. It makes him useful, even valuable. But one must take great pains to distinguish between facts he has found and his own interpretations of them. You need a pair of tweezers to eat profitably from this dish.

              As for his sincerity… well, I’ve not been following him for a long time, so I have no grounds to question his sincerity. But deluded men abound, and they are all quite sincere.

                • The evidence: can you recognize a Kurd that Wictor says is Saudi?
                  A gun, a vehicle, that he’s indicated with a red arrow? One set of ruins looks much like another, 1000 kms away.

          • People buy all his stories because he’s credible on domestic politics. He’s a purveyor of “theme-packaged” news – a trend that’s not confined to the left.

            He confuses the three Kims. Uses pix even after they’ve been flagged as fake. It’s another package theme glossed with his personal, irrelevant family history. Hey, he’s baring his soul! Trust him! The psychology projected on this Kim is Western fodder. (A biography riddled with factual errors.)

            The Mideast stuff is his own riff on a packaged narrative, a PR confection to sell us on our new foreign policy. His sources, the “locals” are few and as dubious as the White Helmets. If you check them out, you’ll spot their sponsors. Govt or GONGOs (govt-organized “non-govt’ orgs.)

            Much of it is just plain wrong. He says he’s been following the Mideast since 2015, that he wants to move to Saudi Arabia.

            Real thin gruel. He knows none of the regional languages: map names are transliterated confusion. Turkish villages in Iraq, Syrian deserts in hilly farmland.

            Tribes ARE the Middle East. They’ve inbred for 1000 years, have distinctive physical traits – identifiable to anybody who’s spent time in the region. He hasn’t, and neither have his followers.

            Pictures of Kurdish women trained by Israelis become Saudi women in disguise. An “infiltrator” in Syria is obviously a Druze. The “Yemenis” are not and never have been a single people. This war is another iteration of a long history of warring tribes, proxies for major powers.

            Mercs from Colombia are GCC-commandos passing as Farsi-speaking Persians. Insignia of “commando specialties” are identical to those available cheap at the online IDF-surplus store.

        • The selling of the new, improved Arab – Our Boy – the brave and generous and trustworthy miracle-man -that’s a PR creation. Manufactured for our side, PTrump’s base.

          Dearest yucki,

          Would you please, oh please, consider scribbling out an essay about this farcical West Asian, Saudi-style, Kabuki fest?

          However much MbS seems to be an Islamic reinvention of Gorbachev—with that neo-Russian perestroika and glasnost—and, equally much as with today’s Russia, it’s just too fü¢king late, you centrally planned idiot morons.

          This is an essay topic I’ve been diddling with for umpteenth months, now. It regards Islam and the “Digital Divide”: As in, a rapidly emerging and socioeconomically (divisive or defining) stratification which delineates (one of many technological) “bottlenecks” that over a billion Muslims (much less ALL THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES) currently face.

          The Islamic ummah (and these Third World populations) will need advanced high-tech skills and innovative abilities which currently are a rare exception, instead of any pretense at whatever rule within supposedly “modern” Muslim societies (thank goodness!). Smarter Muslims are the very last thing that this world needs at present.

          Ossified Arab-Islamic power structures actively prohibit and interfere with genuine intellectual progress among its political and religious ruling classes, much less its unwashed masses (over which all control must be iron-clad). See: “Closing the Gates of Ijtihad”, for a fuller understanding of why this one single decision forever entrenched the Hyper-Patriarchal, male chauvinist, currently “familiar” superstructure, without any opportunity or socially acceptable ability to contest its determined extinguishing Islam’s once stellar lamp of knowledge.

          I’ll even go out on a limb here and speculate about the existence of an “Islamic Deep State” (not at the highest echelons mind you but, rather) embedded within the “servant-class” such that—as with Middle Ages scribes who were literate, even when their kings were not—we’re looking at PG Wodehouse’s ‘Jeeves and Bertie Wooster’ (“and it’s not often that I say this, Jeeves!”), wherein the servants are ever-so-much smarter than their masters.

          For a more up-to-date version of this classic trope, I’ll refer readers to any of the superb, “Wallace and Gromit”, Claymation Classics™, with episodes like, “A Grand Day Out”, “The Wrong Trousers”, and “A Close Shave” (this last short a splendid send-up of the entire “Terminator” genre).

          As with Wodehouse, Gromit, the dog, is far more erudite (just like Jeeves) than his ersatz, babbling, vacuous, upper-class-twit, inventor and master, “Charles ‘Chook’ Wallace” (or Bertie Wooster for that matter).

          Back to business, emkay?: A recent Oxford University study predicts that some 40% of ordinary jobs will disappear in just the next decade or two. While that paper cites “Artificial Intelligence” to be in play, it is really just the routine automation of everything from burger-flipping and pizza making (already happening), to entry-point store kiosks that walk you through 50%–90% of your inquiry or purchase, without a single moment of human interaction.

          When every MENA (Middle East North Africa) region is confronted with the undeniable fact that vast percentages of their populations are, essentially, Obsolete Farm Equipment, just wait for the sparks to fly.

          The demands, threats squealing for UBI (Universal Basic Income)—essentially, global welfare for even the most incompetent sluggards—will be sure to ignite some truly incendiary protests from the tax-producers who’re going to be expected to unprotestingly cough up this massive amount of unearned-wealth for UBI. Oh, F A R K I N G joy!

          All of this EU tommyrot about needing more, illiterate, untrained, and (intentionally sullen) service labor—in First World societies that are rapidly and inexorably shifting over towards driverless vehicles and minimally staffed service facilities—makes about the same sense as screen doors on a submarine.

          This has, “Happy Ending”, written all over it. Eh?

          • =>Important series of articles<=
            J.E. Dyer
            Seeding the news: We need a new word for the phenomenon of creating media echo chambers

            Lee Smith
            Fusion GPS Illuminates the Brave New World of Manufactured News for Hire
            Follow the links in the articles.

            We conservatives don’t have the establishment media infrastructure, but we’re NOT immune to manipulated narratives. Especially in coverage of regions most people can’t find on a map, where the language barriers are the highest, where the cultures are alien.

            PR firms create packages for our new “friends” – Kim-3, MbS, and others. We get stories and pictures, all pushing a narrative designed to appeal to us as consumers. Make these people popular, “likable”, and we’ll endorse any given foreign policy direction. Even defend it enthusiastically, with our blood and treasure.

            In fact, policies have already been determined by geostrategic factors we know little about. As we try to learn more, we’ve got to be aware that echo-chambers are not exclusive to leftists.

            We might just choose to “Trust Trump!” and blow off the fantasies spun by social media “influencers”.
            That’s a reasonable choice. Enjoy the spin, the human interest angles for their entertainment value, the communal speculation.

            Beware of “inside info” that claims to reveal synchronized, top-secret commandos across battlefields, complete with videos and maps as proof. Speculation is exciting, but don’t bet the farm.

            Those who talk don’t know.
            Those who know don’t talk.

            Remain skeptical ESPECIALLY if –
            • it’s consistent with all our hopes and dreams;
            • it convinces us we’re always winning;
            • and that we’re uniquely moral.

    • It was Bolton…

      I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you!

      In fact, I’m so astounded (scandalized even to say it!) that I refuse to provide the complimentary Captain Louis Renault video clip from “Casablanca” out of sheer, obstinate, bullheaded, spitefulness—if nothing else. (Let’s all thank goodness that THIS has NEVER happened before.) What a relief, eh?

      Well, what are all of you lingering about and hoping to see?!? Move along now and stop clogging up the walkways! Nothing to be had here. Shuffle off to Buffalo and be done with it! Eh?

      Or need we tell to you to go onto hit Toronto pronto, Tonto?

      (Hat Tip: Perfectchild)

  2. Game of Peacock Thrones
    The days of the Islamic Republic of Iran may be drawing to a close. What next?

    Make no mistake: The process could take years. The exact shape of events is impossible to foresee. Even so, American policy must prepare for the possibility. The end of Islamist rule in Iran would be a world-historical event and an unalloyed good for the country and its neighbors, marking a return to normalcy four decades after the Ayatollah Khomeini founded his regime.…

    But what exactly is that normal? Some in the West hope that events in Iran today will revive the spirit of 1989. A liberal flowering in Iran would redeem the Arab Spring, the rise of populists in Central and Eastern Europe, and America’s own Trumpian turn, among other recent disappointments. What better proof that history tends toward liberalism than the land of the scowling ayatollahs going liberal democratic?

    Such velvety dreams are unlikely to materialize, however. Policymakers in Washington and other Western capitals would be wise to gird themselves for the more realistic outcomes for an Iran after the mullahs.…

    …The key to Iran’s political future lies in the tension between the ineluctability of estebdad [arbitrary rule] and the longing for continuity. If the Islamic Republic is to give way to a decent order, sooner rather than later, Iranians must resolve the dilemmas that have brought them to this point. This requires honesty and a willingness to read Iranian history as it really is.

    First, Iranian political culture demands a living source of authority to embody the will of the nation and stand above a fractious and ethnically heterogenous society. Put another way, Iranians need a “shah” of some sort.…

    Second, Iranian political culture demands a source of continuity with Persian history.…

    When protestors chant “We Will Die to Get Iran Back,” “Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, My Life Only for Iran,” and “Let Syria Be, Do Something for Me,” they are expressing a positive vision of Iranian nationhood: No longer do they wish to pay the price for the regime’s Shiite hegemonic ambitions.…

    Nationalism, after all, is a much stronger force, and the longing for historical continuity runs much deeper in Iran than liberal-democratic aspiration. Westerners who wish to see a replay of Central and Eastern Europe in 1989 in today’s Iran will find the lessons of Iranian history hard and distasteful, but Iranians and their friends who wish to see past the Islamic Republic must pay heed.

    • Bringing back Son-of-Shah is a reasonable option.
      MEK, the opposition underground and in exile who are sending all these great videos to us, is unlikely to build a stable, sustainable government.

      • Yeah given their history a Constitutional Monarchy would probably be best but it is questionable if this form of Government would get enough support from the world powers to succeed.

        • Constitutional – or not – Monarchy of some sort, probably. Autocracy is what they know; anything else is up to them.
          The “world powers” will fold to whatever looks stable enough to let them make a buck.

          • The “world powers” will fold to whatever looks stable enough to let them make a buck.

            You wicked, cynical woman! How dare you be so Machiavellian? As if we don’t have enough of that in our modern world … well, ectually, WE DON’T! So, there!!!

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