In a “historic turning point” in relations between the two countries, the Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman has just been welcomed to the White House by US President Donald Trump.
The meeting on Tuesday incurred moments of tension and a difference of opinions, but the next day issues were on the way to being resolved. In a statement, a senior advisor to the Prince said that on the first day of meetings “relations had undergone a period of difference of opinion” but the following day issues were “on the right track, and marked a significant shift in relations, across all political, military, security and economic fields”.
At a roundtable discussion “Women in Leadership, the Experience of the Iranian Resistance”, Mrs Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), spoke about the struggle for freedom and equality for Iranian women.
She emphasised that women in Iran are rising up against the misogyny and tyranny they are faced with. She said that since the 1979 overthrow of the Shah, women leapt forward and started to participate in street demonstrations. Women, and the wider society, was looking forward for ways to progress. However, the ruling regime was looking the other way and was trying to pull the country backwards.
Expressing his fear of youth protests on the Fire Festivals, Tehran Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Sajedinia resorted to threats, saying that “after coordination, Tehran Prosecutor has personally written a letter to me, authorizing police to, in case of disturbances, seriously deal with norm-breakers and hold them in police custody till the end of New Year’s holidays.”
He imploringly asked the families to avoid using any firecrackers as far as possible, and take the opportunity to get together and hold family soirees. And if their children are willing to attend passages, make sure that they only attend the alley where they live, as police won’t allow any streets, even side ones, to be blocked.
As tensions rise between Iran and the international community, the people of Iran are taking to the streets to protest the situation at home. Domestic unrest is on the rise.
Teachers in more than 20 cities across the country protested in the streets and urged the authorities to listen to their demands.
They participated in sit-ins in front of ministry of education buildings and chanted about the plundering policies of the regime and the repression and suppression they face. They held placards saying “No to prison”, “Detained teachers must be freed”, etc.
Iran has continued with its pattern of provoking other countries. One such example is when Iranian vessels approached a US Navy vessel at the beginning of the month. Then it did the same thing a few days later. The body responsible for these provocations is Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Since the sanctions relief, the IRGC has grown emboldened and became further empowered faced with the inaction of the international community.
It carries out these kinds of provocations to show its regional supremacy and to flaunt its military power.
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