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Domestic Protests and Trump Inauguration both Threaten Iran’s Relations with Russia

On Wednesday, Voice of America News published an article detailing some of the protests that were seen in Iran on the occasion of the state-organized funeral of former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Various slogans were heard to be shouted as part of those protests, and Iranian state media muted the television broadcast of the funeral as a result. These included calls for the release of political prisoners including the Green Movement leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. But the funeral also served as an outlet for critical sentiments about the Iranian regime’s relationship with Russia and the associated interventions in the Syrian Civil War.

Iran: Military Budget Increases by 70 Percent During Rouhani's "Moderate" Presidency

By INU Staff 

INU - Military spending in Iran has skyrocketed during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani, the so-called moderate President of the Islamic Republic. Economic analysts say that the 2017/18 budget bill that is presently being reviewed by Iranian parliament is a military-security budget.

Iran’s annual budget is separated in two. The larger part is to do with government organisations, banks and public companies. Revenues and outgoings are only spent in this section. The other part of the budget – the public budget – determines policies. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) report that 371 thousand billion tomans (or 92 billion and 750million dollars) will be spent here. Some of this will be spent on security-repressive and terrorist organisations.

Former CIA chief: Trump’s focus should be to weaken Iran

 

James Woolsey, former CIA Director from 1993-1995, says a focal point of foreign policy for President-elect Trump should be weakening Iran.  Woolsey said that although both the U.S. and Iran seek to defeat the Islamic State, Trump should make the “tactical” decision and work to dismantle Iran’s power in the Middle East.

The Blaze reports that when speaking on CNN, Woolsey said that leaders must sometimes become temporary friends with one enemy to defeat another.

Listen to What Iran Says: "Death to America" still reverberates in Tehran

The new administration will no doubt be tested by Iran regime soon after Mr. Trump takes office on January 20. Although we’re not sure what form that test will take, the danger is that the foreign policy establishment in Washington will fail to see it coming and mistakenly interpret it once it occurs. 

FrontPage Mag published an article on December 8 by Kenneth R. Timmerman in which he warns, “It could come the very day of his inauguration with an enormous (if superficial) head-fake, and as they gave President Reagan by releasing our U.S. diplomat-hostages the very minute he swore the oath of office. Or it could come later, in a less benign form.”

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