The lifestyle police are portraying fashionable clothes and haircuts as the first step on the road to revolution (against the religious dictatorship). The
government is targeting the children of the middle class which,
historically, is a source of serious danger to unpopular Iranian tyrants.
In addition to the affluent families, students (high school
and university) are picking up on this and becoming more outspoken in
their opposition to the government. This is bad news for the religious leaders, as the economy does not function without the educated specialists coming out of the universities. And increasingly, there are not enough qualified people to do the complex jobs. The kids graduate from college, then flee the country.
apparently military personnel, have been spotted in Eritrea. Here,
for over a year, Iran has been supplying money, weapons and other equipment for Somali Islamic radicals who have taken refuge in
Eritrea (which shelters them
because the Somali radicals advocate annexing parts of Ethiopia, a long time enemy of
continues to restrain its support for Shia Islamic terrorists in Iraq. Partly it's because of better border security on the Iraqi side, but mainly it's a continued decision to halt vigorous support
for pro-Iranian Iraqi Shia radicals.
There is still some support,
indicating that, long term, Iran still plans to use terror in Iraq to support its interests (the
eventual annexation of southern Iraq,
for the oil and Shia religious shrines.).
Anti-Iranian attitudes are growing in the Arab world. Iran contributes to this by ordering up violent demonstrations against Arab diplomats in Iran for the
slightest of reasons. Arab nations have become more outspoken in their hostility towards Iranian policies (like trying to take over the leadership of the Moslem world). The Arab states are hostile to Iran getting nuclear weapons, but cannot agree with Western nations on how to use sanctions
and diplomacy to keep Iran away from a nuclear weapons capability. The U.S., and a few Western nations, are continuing to move ahead on their own use of financial sanctions. This has been going on for years, and involves tracking down where Iran is using the banking system to finance terrorist and nuclear weapons development operations. When the Iranian banking activities are
found, they are shut down by being cut off from the international banking system.
is denying that its state run airline is
being used to smuggle missile components from Iran to Syria. Many people in
the region do not believe the denials.
government is running out of money. The price of oil has collapsed, providing
only about a quarter of the cash that
was generated six months ago. The government
is cutting expenses as rapidly as it can, and creating much additional anti-government activity in
tried to generate a lot of Islamic unity against Israel, because of the recent Israeli efforts
to stop Hamas rocket attacks on Israel,
have not succeeded. Many Arabs now hate and fear Iran more than Israel. Iran also has to worry about its creature, Lebanese terror group Hezbollah,
going after Israel as it did in 2006. Israel has been planning on how to handle a rematch for
the last two years. Iran fears that
Hezbollah will get hammered even worse the second time around, and has many high ranking
intelligence, security and diplomatic personnel in Hezbollah headquarters, with orders to keep a lid on it.
2008: A suicide bomber attack in southern Iran left three dead and ten wounded. The object of the attack
was a police station, and Sunni radical group Jundallah took credit for it.
2008: An explosion in a munitions plant in central Iran left eight people dead.
The cause was not announced, or is not known.