Protesting Mahsa Amini’s Tragic Death in Iran

9 Oct

[Prefatory Note: The following post consists of questions put by Daniel Falcone and responses by Richard Falk, published on October 7, 2022 in CounterPunch

Protest in Iran: Historical and International Contexts: Q&A with Richard Falk

By Daniel Falcone

Mahsa Amini’s tragic experience produced a spontaneous reaction concentrated among women, youth, and the urban poor who had been suffering for decades from the lethal mixture of abuses of state power and external pressures undermining their security and wellbeing.

In this interview international relations scholar Richard Falk addresses the events surrounding Mahsa Amini’s September 13th detention and reported death three days llater as well as the meaning of her Kurdish identity. Falk reminds the reader of the 2010 arrest of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia to highlight how the actions of the “morality police” can create massive reactions after they target largely unknown individuals. Falk remarks that the political significance and staying power of the protests in Iran are essentially impossible to assess at this stage, but based on historical analysis, some patterns and historical parallels have emerged thus far. Context is often decisive in such interactions between an enraged opposition and the political leadership and orientation that finds itself under fire from its own public, Falk argues. There are also many other contextual factors that may prove relevant in Iran, including the organizational skill of the protesters, their access to funds and even weapons, and the firefighting skill and ingenuity of the government.  

Daniel Falcone: Could you briefly contextualize the protests in Iran that have been taking place since September 16, 2022, as well as the Iranian response?

Richard Falk: I am immediately reminded by these protests in Iran following Mahsa Amini’s arrest, detention, and death by the Iranian ‘morality police’ of the uprisings in Tunisia back in late 2010 that started after police abuses leading to the suicide of a vegetable street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, in a remote Tunisian city. The circumstances in these two instances, and nature of the abuse and the character of the regime were vastly different, but what unites these two events distant from one another in time and place is that single incidents involving a previously obscure individual sparked a massive reaction in the streets of the two countries. 

This suggests to me that both incidents exploded politically because a preexisting revolutionary mood existed in the country that was receptive to being activated. In the Tunisian case the anti-government momentum proved strong enough to topple an authoritarian and corrupt regime led by the dictatorial Zine  Ben Ali, long in control of the country, and what is more stimulated parallel anti-government events throughout the Arab world. Yet as these seemingly transformative events unfolded, they give rise to a counter-revolutionary backlash that proved strong enough to restore either repressive governance to these Arab countries or to induce prolonged strife and chaos. This countercurrent has taken longer to unfold in Tunisia, than in, say, Egypt, but occurred throughout the region. Making the Arab Spring celebrations of a decade ago now seem occasions of disappointment that led to even more pronounced disempowerment of the citizenry.

The political weight and durability of these protests in Iran is impossible to assess at this stage. They could be nothing more than an interlude in the long experience of repression or represent an historic turning point toward more liberal theocratic rule or, on the contrary, result in a more draconian version of the violent repression unleashed by the government response to the protests that followed Amini’s tragic death. Iran has experienced periodic protests in the last decade, and earlier, suggesting both a restive public and an inflexible governing process unwilling to make compromises or reforms yet resilient enough to weather such political storms. 

The Arab Spring initially targeted governments friendly to the West, content with the Israeli status quo, and accepting of the economic hardships imposed on their impoverished masses in exchange for making national elites wealthy by facilitating the predatory tendencies of neoliberal globalization. In contrast, the Iranian protests are directed at a government long and deeply at odds with the United States and Israel since overthrowing the Shah’s dynastic rule in 1979 after mobilizing a nonviolent mass movement that overcame violent oppressive tactics of the regime, tactics publicly endorsed at the time by the presidency of Jimmy Carter to the lasting embitterment of anti-Shah Iranians. 

Also, highly relevant for the new leadership in Iran were memories of 1953 when a CIA-backed coup drove the democratically elected government of Mohammed Mossadegh into exile, restoring the autocracy of the Pahlavi Dynasty to power.  It was clear that these earlier pivotal events were primarily motivated by Mossadegh’s provocative form of economic nationalism during the Cold War, especially his bold decision to nationalize the Iranian oil industry that at the time was largely dominated by British companies. Although the U.S. denied culpability for these events, the allegations were widely believed to be accurate by Iranians and later confirmed conclusively by Western investigative journalists. This background remained very much in the minds of those who led the Iranian popular movement in 1978-79. It is notable that the earlier Western intervention was directed at a radical nationalist government in Iran while the post-1979 encounters are partly in reaction to the Islamic character of the regime, but better understood as reflecting antagonistic regional geopolitics involving Israel and Saudi Arabia. 

It is too early to evaluate with any precision how this historically relevant international context conditions both protest activity and government reactions in Iran. Even at this stage we observe that the Iranian protests are uniformly treated favorably in the West, reported as outbursts led by women against the harshness of Islamic theocratic rule, which policies clash directly with central ideas of secularism and gender equality in the West. In this setting, the uprisings are fully compatible with preexisting regional and global geopolitics, which has long imposed sanctions on Iran, as well as rather openly sponsored destabilizing acts of sabotage and assassinations within Iran. Also relevant was the fact that Iran and Israel/U.S. were aligned on opposite sides in such notable regional conflict situations as ongoing in Occupied Palestine (especially Gaza), Yemen, Syria, and Libya.[1]

Beyond this, many educated Iranians with middle class roots chose exile decades ago rather than living in a theocratically governed Iran, which has meant the presence of an anti-regime middle- and upper-class diaspora that exerts considerable influence in the capitals of the West. Not surprisingly, Iranian expatriates have been cheerleading the protests following Amini’s seeming murder while under official detention and hoping to encourage these episodic protests to be an anti-regime movement with a secularizing agenda. The extreme gender bias of the Iranian theocracy provides international opponents with ‘a wedge issue’ but their real agenda is not reformist, but a return to secular governance. This means monarchy for Iranian conservatives, and social democracy for progressives among Iranian exiles. This does not mean that diaspora Iranians favored coercive intervention in Iran, which was generally opposed except by pro-Shah forces dedicated to a second restoration of Pahlavi rule. 

At the same time the Islamic Republic of Iran has demonstrated its durability as compared to popular movements in the Arab World, which posed democratizing threats to the powerful Gulf monarchies and Israel from their outset. With memories of 1953 still fresh in the mind of Ayatollah Khomeini and other leaders of the revolution, the need to safeguard the political gains against internal and external enemies led both to understandable vigilance and regrettable, perhaps paranoid and vindictive repression of dissent and diversity by the new rulers.

A final contextual observation. Enthusiasts for political change often exaggerate the strength and durability of protests and count on the provocative reliance by the established order on excessive force and a generally unimaginative pattern of governmental response. I was in Turkey during the 2013 Gezi Park protests that seemed for a brief time to be sweeping the country and exhibiting the worst tendencies toward violence of an autocratic state, leading to police killing of unarmed demonstrators. 

Secular Turks believed, and fervently hoped, this was the beginning of the end of Erdogan era of governance. Perhaps, learning from the experience in the Arab world, Erdogan essentially gave into the basic demands of the protests to leave Gezi Park free from ‘urban renewal’ plans, met with protest leaders and listened to their grievances. These government moves went virtually unreported in Europe and North America. Theu had the effect of quietly ending the anti-government protests. Naturally, this disappointed the secular opposition long sidelined in Turkish politics, but rather than learn from the experience, the opposition resumed its identity as the legitimate guardian of secularism and modernity, that is, upholding the near sacred legacy of Kemal Ataturk, offering the Turkish people a strong dose of nootallgia

rather than an alternative democratizing vision of Turkey’s future. 

Daniel Falcone: What is the social and political significance of Amini’s identity (Kurdish Iranian) in the region? 

Richard Falk: The fact that Mahsa Amini was Kurdish has been stressed in some Western media accounts of the protests from the beginning. Her Kurdish identity may help explain why unlike previous protests this one spread so quickly from its Tehran origins, and relevantly, particularly in regions where the Kurdish minority was strong. It probably also explains why the repressive response of the government was so intense and violent in cities and towns with majority Turkish populuations.

At the same time, it is my impression that the protesters themselves emphasize gender and political freedom issues, making scant reference to questions of ethnic identity. Unlike other countries in the region, such as Turkey and Iraq, there have not been comparable strife between the majority Iranian ethnic identity and Kurdish discontent, although allegations of anti-Kurdish discrimination are certainly present in Iran and have a long lineage that stretches back before the present system of government took over control of the country almost 45 years ago.

Daniel Falcone: Recently, Anthropologist Janet Amighi and Historian Lawrence Davidsoncommented on the increasingly isolated Iranian protestors and the difficulty to follow the story after Amini’s arrest by Morality Police for dress code violations (hair). Amighi argues that the Asia Times includes some of the better coverage overall on the matter, as the western press continues to reduce itself to a series of competing propaganda outlets. Some western outlets are indicating that more than half of Iran’s 31 provinces have erupted in mass protest. Can you give insight on what is happening on the ground in Iran in terms of resistance?

Richard Falk: I think this is an exaggeration, or if you prefer, an outburst of ‘wishful thinking’ on the part of ‘secular commentators.’ The more careful accounts of the protests suggest relatively small numbers, and a prevalence of women and young people. Of course, this could prefigure a more robust political phenomenon in the weeks ahead. Some commentators in Iran and elsewhere believe that the protests are at least the beginning of a durable ‘women’s movement’ in Iran that is guided by its inspirational slogan: “women, life, freedom.” The emphasis of the most militant activists has so far been on women and human rights, and not on a political agenda demanding systemic change as much as many on the outside and an incalculable number on the inside may be hoping for, supposing that they are witnessing the dawn of a new revolutionary movement in Iran.

The most obvious question of the moment is whether the Iranian regime is flexible enough to give ground on the narrow agenda of gender equality and freedom, and whether that will bring to a temporary end the current phase of protest activism. Or more depressingly, the hardline Raisi government will succeed in the reimposition of theocratic discipline that is harsh and effective enough to quell the unrest.[2]

Daniel Falcone: As usual, the US media treatment of the uprisings deserves scrutiny. Are there any salient features to focus on within agenda setting coverage?

Richard Falk: What I find most disturbing about the main media approach in the West is its total failure to discuss the protests within their historical and international context. It is to be expected that a government that has been denied normalcy from day one of its existence would view protest activity as glorified by Western media and possibly funded or at least given encouragement by Iran’s external adversaries as threatening its internal security. Already the protests have had the effect of delaying, and quite possibly ending, prospects for the renewal of the 2015 Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Program (JCPOA). After Trump’s 2018 withdrawal in the face of Iran’s compliance shattered what little trust underpinned Iran’s relations with the West strengthening the hard-line factions in Tehran. In this sense, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, which vigorously opposed renewing JCPOA have their own reasons to feel grateful for the protests, while once again the U.S. is lured deeper into the darkest of caves, that of nuclear danger. 

Daniel Falcone: What do Americans need to know about the protests? How does social class and economic precariousness factor as root causes to the demonstrations? 

Richard Falk: These are difficult issues to interpret under any circumstances. Sustained hardship and a tightening of theocratic discipline in Iran likely hit the urban middle classes most directly.[3] There is every reason to think that the reaction to Mahsa Amini’s tragic experience produced a spontaneous reaction concentrated among women, youth, and the urban poor who had been suffering for decades from the lethal mixture of encroachments on personal freedom of state power and external pressures undermining their security and wellbeing.

We do not know on balance whether the successful defense of national security in the face of constant external destabilizing challenges earned the government a measure of loyalty from more established sectors of Iranian society. There are so far no visible signs that this latest wave of protests is a ‘front’ for a return of the Pahlavi dynasty, and yet there seems present a more generalized democratizing set of goals at play than the narrow agenda of gender freedom suggests. It may be possible that a secularizing movement with a liberal/progressive social agenda will spiral out of this protest activity with its seemingly narrow focus on women, the hijab, and theocratic harshness.

[1] Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press. President Andrzej Duda of Poland — on Ukraine’s doorstep — stressed in his speech that “we mustn’t show any ‘war fatigue’” regarding the conflict. But he also noted that a recent trip to Africa left him pondering how the West has treated other conflicts. “Were we equally resolute during the tragedies of Syria, Libya, Yemen?” he asked himself, and the assembly. And didn’t the West return to “business as usual” after wars in Congo and the Horn of Africa? 

[2] Amighi has indicated that Iran’s leadership and authoritative technique is to clamp down hard on protesters then negotiate with them. 

[3] Most of the protestors have demonstrated in and near Tehran. 

24 Responses to “Protesting Mahsa Amini’s Tragic Death in Iran”

  1. Ray Joseph Cormier October 10, 2022 at 2:26 pm #

    Richard, while Mahsa Amini’s Death is tragic, what I find most disturbing about the main media approach in the West is its total failure to discuss Shireen Abu Aqleh killed by a ‘seemingly well-aimed’ Israeli bullet.
    Review finds Al Jazeera journalist was not hit by firing from Palestinians, as was initially claimed by Israel.

    Shireen Abu Aqleh was clearly marked as PRESS when an IDF sniper shot her.

    Why does Israel get a free pass from Western Press for all it’s indignities to Palestinians with it’s shoot to kill policy?

    • Richard Falk October 10, 2022 at 10:18 pm #

      Hi Ray: You and I both know the answer, and I should have noted the hypocrisy involved. Human rights have
      become a geopolitical policy tool with which to whip enemies and spare friends.

  2. Beau Oolayforos October 10, 2022 at 3:21 pm #

    Dear Professor Falk,

    As we wish the Iranian protesters well, in their pursuit of equality and freedom, facing cruel reprisals, it should be an occasion for people to remember the equal or greater brutality of our (no, the Beltway’s) good friends, like (, e.g.) the Mohammeds “Bone Saw” and Sisi. These men, clearly, simply murder their political opponents. For that, they earn friendly fist-bumps from our Commander-in-Chief and shipments of advanced weaponry to further their noble ambitions.

    Is it not past time for the US government to abandon its hypocrisy, and devote itself to human rights and peaceful reconciliation, regardless of imaginary geopolitical paranoia? As you say, these inverted (, PERverted) ethics are drawing us into the “dark cave of nuclearism”.

    • Richard Falk October 10, 2022 at 10:20 pm #

      As usual, Beau, on facets of these issues we agree. And ‘perverted’ is the better choice. Greetings. Richard

  3. Sari October 11, 2022 at 10:38 pm #

    Dear Prof. Falk,
    Your analysis does not represent the facts on the ground. First of all, Mahsa Amini was not hit by the Iranian security forces and was not killed by them either. Israel is killing and bombing every single day and it is not even reported, if they do, then the ‘politicians’ at the center of power parroting: “Israel has a right to defend itself”, when is proven Israel has killed the Journalists, then the stooges at the center of power deny and try to bury the crime. Mahsa Amini died of cerebral hypoxia according to Autopsy Report. Masah’s brain was operated on several years ago and she was under supervision and care at the time of her death.
    Second: please consult the following link for better understanding of the situation and how countries like US -Israel-UK, axis of evil, are trying to topple the government using propaganda lies like in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Sudan and other countries they have toppled the government through color revolution or coup.
    Third: The wars in the region mainly are waged based on LIES for the interest of Israel. The axis of evil is trying to redraw the map to benefit the apartheid entity, like in WWI where Israel was constructed by force (Balfore). Now, they use Oded Yinon to make Israel ‘bigger’ on the expense of other countries in the region. Many zionist activists deliberately referring to Mahsa Amini as ‘kurd’ and ‘minority’ not an Iranian citizen, expressing their contempt for Iran where is not going to be forgotten. I warn these ignorant people that Iran is not going to be smaller, rather many FAKE countries in the region created by the European imperialism, are part of Iran and should come back to their motherland. Iran has a historical claim to Bahrain and Bahrain was part of Iran until 1970s where UK forced the Shah, a puppet, let Bahrain goes for the interest of the Evil empire. So the FAKE republic of Baku, where was stolen by the Czar of Russia in mid 19th century.
    Iran never allows the axis of evil steal one inch of its territory and all the zionist liars should know that. The illegal sanctions must be removed and the Israelis’ nuclear bomb industry must be taken under control and force Israel to sign NPT. There should be a worldwide condemnation of Israel for its crimes against humanity, including its criminal assassinations of the Iranian, Iraqi, Egyptian, Syrian’s scientists and its war against Muslim countries and killing and bombing of Palestinians and Syria on a DAILY basis. Israel was erected for the interest of the American, European and Russian, the WEST (Russia always was part of the west until now) against the interest of the people in the region, mainly Muslims. Now, the zionists are using the western military power to inject their Oded Yinon plot on the region where every single person is against it, except the terrorist kurdish groups and the corrupt Barzani family who has benefited the most from so the called ‘federation’ which is nothing but partition for the interest of Israel. The kurdish terrorist groups are US/Israel proxy who are trained, armed, and funded by Israel/US and the west, like what they did in WWI for the erection of an apartheid entity. Israel is using Oded Yinon for implementation of its EXPANSIONIST policy, threaten the whole region
    The zionists are not satisfied with Palestine alone, now they want to get much bigger by stealing other territories TARGETING IRANIAN CIVILIZATION and its territorial integrity. That is NOT going to happen. Iranian people support the Iranian government’s foreign policy 100% and do anything necessary to defeat its enemies.
    The following letter is written by Mahsa’s father describing his difficult situation due to Mahsa sickness where she has to travel to Tibriz for medical care every month, therefore, he was asking the Governor to transfer him to Saghiz city to make life easier for him and his family. Apparently they transferred him to Saghiz, the city where he and his family live.

    • Richard Falk October 13, 2022 at 9:18 am #

      Sari: Sorry for the delay in posting your valuable corrective comment. I am considering writing a followup in which I more fully address the fuller context, including the role of Iisrael and U.S.. Thanks for taking the time to write.

  4. Sari October 12, 2022 at 12:41 pm #

    Where is my comment?

    • Richard Falk October 13, 2022 at 9:19 am #

      It is now posted. The delay was my fault.

  5. darius October 13, 2022 at 8:34 pm #

    Alinezad is a CIA/Mossad agent and her job is to foment riots in Iran through propaganda in order to topple the Iranian government. She is hired for the destabilization of Iran. she is known as TRAITOR among Iranians inside and abroad. She is a US citizen.

    Oct 9
    The role of the US, Israel, and the self-proclaimed leader of Iranian protesters,
    in recent riots in Iran.

    In the following video, Alinejad an agent of CIA/Mossad is crying and begging the protesters not to leave the streets. She says she is tired, she cannot continue her mission anymore. She says if we don’t do it now (meaning regime change for US/Israel) we never able to do it and we go nowhere. The time in NOW she says.

  6. darius October 13, 2022 at 8:54 pm #

    Masoumeh “Masih” Alinejad-Ghomi is FAKE ‘leader’
    Meet Masih Alinejad, Washington’s weapon of choice for flaring up the largest color revolution attempt in Iran today.
    “I’m leading this movement,” Alinejad, 46, told The New Yorker on Saturday. “The Iranian regime will be brought down by women. I believe this.”
    Operating from an FBI safehouse, Alinejad has been living in the US for the past decade working as a full-timer for VOA Persia – or, Voice of America, Persia – Washington’s propaganda mouthpiece funded directly by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a soft power arm of the empire fully funded by US Congress, made to capitalize on harmful narratives in favor of Washington’s corporatocracy.
    Alinejad deliberately spread the lie that Amini was killed by police.
    One of the first to accuse the police of beating Amini was Maziar Bahari-founded IranWire. Bahari is an anti-Tehran Iranian exile who has admitted to “covering illegal demonstrations” and “helped promote color revolutions” in Iran. An empire asset.
    The second Twitter post which propagated the false narrative was from Babak Taghvaee, a double-agent exile accused of disseminating sensitive information to the CIA and Mossad; a military contributor to Israel Hayom, Pentagon research reports, and US State Department-funded Radio Free Asia/Radio Liberty, which is also on a BBG payroll.

    • Kata Fisher October 14, 2022 at 11:54 pm #

      One more note:

      If you take a look at them – you are not certain what you are looking at. They certainly do appear to be residents of the hell – and only fight with each other … but the only one thing they are united about is the killing of the international citizens, and that by any means that they can.

      Obnoxious lay people are not asset to the empire, and they are actually a liability for them – but obviously the empire is so deceived (and accursed – yes, for sure they are) that they actually do not know that.

      They certainly can be accursed and deceived. And yes, they can be let to be accursed

      That is why so many ancient-Nation-Israel shakes off their mind from them and walks away, and they will never be like them. No one denies faith rights to the Jews world-wide – but they will walk away from accursed terrorist-state of Zionism that took its origin and roots in Abuse of the Church Order and pre and post Azusa Street Abuse of the Church order and their satanic confirmations.

      I do know that she could be just pathological actor – but maybe not, and just one Americanized-barbarian (whatever that means). She is not one representative sample of cultured Iranian female.

      Thise who are in satanic seals are “psychotically active” – they just move in evil that is within them – and are “passively insane”. They certainly kind of look and act normal – but are not … even Jordan Peterson can’t figure them out – but he is really good wondering about it.

      Even just being around them, in communion with them is one satanic evil for a person in natural human conscience – one needs to understand what Jordan Peterson is trying to explain.

      Hopefully, the truth and progress with Jordan Peterson.

  7. darius October 14, 2022 at 11:04 am #

    Lessons Learnt in Iran, By Hamid Shahrabi

    [It is not a secret that imperialist sanctions are meant to bring mass unrest among the masses of people in the sanctioned countries, with the ultimate aim to overthrow the governments of such nations. That has been admitted on several occasions by US government officials from both Democrat as well as Republican parties. With that fact on the ground, the most sure path to confront sanctions is to strengthen ties among the government and people in the sanctioned country.
    To press their victims of sanctions to give in to imperialist demands and submit to hegemonic objectives, the imperialists also use diplomacy or better said “gunboat” or “shotgun” diplomacy. The European imperialists used those tactics during the second half of the eighteenth through the end of the nineteenth century, and the US has been using the same during the process and ever since it became the dominant world power. That is how the imperialists, as oppressors, use negotiations as a tool to facilitate their domination of the oppressed nations.
    Then, there are others, even some with progressive political backgrounds who advocate the policy of least resistance. Their basic argument is that considering the “power theory” —a thesis highly praised in academic circles under the influence of capitalism— there shall be a limit to challenging the world hegemonic system! And what is that limit? They respond: Do not question the foundation of such a system and do not provide active support to liberation movements. Despite rhetoric, their remedy is simple: bring down the tensions— as if resistance movements have been the cause of or the source of those tensions, as if it is not the imperialist system that has constantly imposed all sorts of tensions on human society. They have other solutions as well among the same line of passivity: retreat wherever and whenever the imperialist pressures are dangerously high. The advocates for such policy totally ignore the fatality of trusting and retreating against imperialist aggression. They prefer not to look at the recent experiences in Iraq, Libya or Egypt when the governments in those countries put their trust in imperialists and retreated under their undue pressures.
    To be sure, passivity and least resistance pave the way for futility of just movements, including the fight against sanctions.]

    • Kata Fisher October 17, 2022 at 7:48 pm #

      Its passive terrorism. It is terrorism. One has to learn about terrorism in order to apply its tactics. Also, you have to learn, and apply antiterrorism – or you have to have it be investigated, and legally prosecuted. Terrorism can be legally prosecuted, and regardless of if it is passive or active.

      With that in mind, can they shut down illegal access to the satellites/receptors, and establish legal, civilly and ecclesiastically legal form of Communication (in Iran, for Iran, specifically and (short termed). Possibly Mosques announcement in this time of national emergency? Its application of eugenics, and that illegally, and it can be or become terrorism.

      They need to quiet down, and not listen to those who are in satanic seal, and turn to the prayer’s intentions, instead.

      I find the truth to be that modesty reinforcement is not the problem in Iran, for Iran – but establishing the fact how much modesty is necessary in the existential/cultural conditions for the women.

      For example, wearing a tight jeans/denim is good for women because it prevents possibility that rapes happen to them.

      Elderly can certainly do the decrement for the women – if the women do not have awareness of existential dangers that are to them.

      In all times – we do use, apply both the Faith, and solid discerning (human conscience)


  8. Kata Fisher October 14, 2022 at 10:50 pm #

    A Note: Someone is responsible for her death, and when this is resolved I do hope that everything will be resolved that is not. I was thinking about her today.

    • sara October 15, 2022 at 6:03 am #

      [A Note: Someone is responsible for her death,]

      What do you mean by that? Every one with more than two brain cell knows that she died of OVER DOSE DRUG. She was an addict. Are you telling me you don’t know? It is better to do some research before posting.

      • Richard Falk October 17, 2022 at 12:31 am #

        sara: your anger will not help having a useful dialogue. I may have been a victim of media-relayed
        state propaganda, but finding reality in this sort of situation is challenging. It depends on trust and
        knowledge, and a bit of luck. With blessings to you as I sense you are justly outraged by the manipulations
        present with regard to Mahsa Amini.

      • Kata Fisher October 17, 2022 at 7:27 pm #


        Is she ok?

        On the good days, I don’t miss two brain cells at all, and on the bad days – I am sure that I am missing them pretty bad.

        Traumatic Injury can cause death (short-term) – or indefinite.

        Also, there is real difference between tragic death, and dying tragically.

        There is also such thing as tragedy, and it can be personal – and it can be national. Tragedies can solve any existing problems – but it certainly it can make them much worse.

        There is such thing as “stealing, destroying and killing” (to the human) and that can be interpreted as tragedy.

        What happened to both women is a national tragedy, and I do know that she was not an addicted person. She certainly was not born like that. There was nothing wrong with her to the day she died. But it was something that had real evil and lethal strong holding of her, and with that I do not know what you want me to believe. I do not believe in eugenics applied on human species, especially when it is applied on mind and spirit / altering of a person/human – it is evil.

        You just have to accept for what it is (unaltered in its form) – otherwise, it gets extremely and existentially evil for everyone.

        If you want the research that is real for the brain cells – here it is:

        Also, Thank you.


    • Sara October 16, 2022 at 4:00 am #

      I have sent a comment replying to this piece of propaganda, yet has not been posted. Should I write another one?

  9. Ray Joseph Cormier October 18, 2022 at 3:53 pm #

    Another hard hitting piece by Jonathan Cook on Western hypocrisy and duplicity,

    ‘Westerners live in denial, convinced they’re the good guys’
    No one took responsibility for the explosion over the weekend that ripped through a section of the Kerch Bridge that links Russia to Crimea and was built by Moscow after it annexed the peninsula back in 2014.

    But it was not just Kyiv’s gleeful celebrations that indicated the main suspect. Within hours, the Ukrainian authorities had released a set of commemorative stamps depicting the destruction.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin was under no illusions either. On Monday, he struck out with a torrent of missiles that hit major Ukrainian cities such as Kyiv and Lviv. It was a pale, Slavic echo of Israel’s intermittent bombardments of Gaza, which are expressly intended to send the Palestinian enclave “back to the Stone Age”.

    If the scenes looked familiar – an attack by one party, followed by a massive retaliatory strike from the other – the mood and language that greeted the Ukrainian attack and the Russian counter-attack felt noticeably different from what passes for normal western commentary about Israel and Palestine.

    The blast on the Kerch Bridge was welcomed with barely concealed excitement from western journalists, politicians and analysts, while Moscow’s strikes on Kyiv were uniformly denounced as Russian brutality and state terrorism. That is not the way things work when Israel and Palestinian factions engage in their own rounds of fighting.

    Had the Palestinians openly celebrated blowing up a bridge in East Jerusalem, a territory illegally annexed by Israel in the 1960s, and killed Israeli civilians as collateral damage in the process, who can really imagine western media reports being similarly supportive?

    Nor would western academics have lined up, as they did for Ukraine, to explain in detail why destroying a bridge was a proportionate act and fully in accordance with the rights in international law of a people under belligerent occupation to resist.

    Instead, there would have been thunderous denunciations of Palestinian savagery and “terrorism”………………………………

    • Richard Falk October 19, 2022 at 1:06 am #

      As usual, Ray, totally agree. Western hypocrisy facilitated by complicity of Western ‘trusted’
      media platforms enables state propaganda to operate throughout the planet whether in Biden’s ideological terms the particular state is classified as ‘democratic’ or ‘autocratic.’

      • Ray Joseph Cormier October 19, 2022 at 4:04 am #

        The MSM is the 5th Horseman of the Apocalypse

    • Kata Fisher October 19, 2022 at 8:52 am #

      A Note:

      2 Corinthians 10:5 – The importance of this is that it does two things: spiritual warfare, and human order.

      This is what I was thinking on:

      They are applying psychological warfare and passive terrorism on civil population – to achieve their goals, and their narratives. That is exactly what they are doing.

      If anyone in comes either in human reason, or actual Faith – or even just good faith/questioning of what they are doing (common to human in natural conscience) they get waxed and whipped.

      Yes, there is actual point in time when even Journalism ceases to exist to be journalism and becomes passive terrorism.

      There is such thing as cult-Leaders who got their congregation to commit mass-suicides. Also, there is such thing as cult leaders who get their congregations to fund their indulgent and evil lifestyles – while they, their congregations commit self-destruction and self-curse.

      Also, Application of “terrorist” term on Palestinian children-hostages and imprisonments needs to have deep analysis.

      If I were to handle Israelis lawlessness; I would start right, and right there.

      Not to mention the fact that they are also committing passive terrorism against entire Jewish population – the fact that they are just misplacing them ecclesiastically can be defined as terrorism. It can also be defined as “ecclesiastical human trafficking”.

      Also, there in Israel can be 1 Family that they have forced back to Israel and should be there – but there could be other 100 families around that Family that it should not be there, at all. These are some real human instances.

      What exactly they are doing needs to be examined – with the more wise and slick approach and the eyes then what wise-Satan, and those who are in satanic seals are and have.


  10. Ray Joseph Cormier October 21, 2022 at 11:37 am #

    Richard, good article in Counter Punch today.

    In June 1963, Kennedy uttered the essential truth that can keep us alive today: “Above all, while defending our own vital interests, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to a choice of either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war. To adopt that kind of course in the nuclear age would be evidence only of the bankruptcy of our policy–or of a collective death-wish for the world.”

    The US position as I see it is to bring Russia to a choice of either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war.

    • Richard Falk October 22, 2022 at 2:51 am #

      Ray: Whether intended or not, this seems to be the objective trajectory. Highly relevant JFK quote.

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