Category: Non-violence

Leaked Iranian intelligence report reveals fratricide and corruption

A leaked classified report by Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi reveals intense fratricide at the highest levels of the Islamic Republic, as well as staggering levels of official corruption. The report, made public by a reformist dissident news organization inside Iran, has received little publicity in the outside world. The reformist news group, GreenCorrespondents.com, provides a full context and commentary...

Crooked mullahs: Khamenei places his son in control of Iran’s oil

It’s a classic case of an isolated elite in a dying regime, fighting over the spoils of the nation’s wealth. Iran’s petrodollars are now under the direct personal control of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, his son, and his most trusted inner circle. The Khamenei family has taken control of every aspect of Iran’s oil and gas industry, keeping all contracts,...

Serbian student leader draws parallels between Iran’s protests and movement that ousted Milosevic

A leader of the opposition movement that overthrew the Serbian regime of Slobodan Milosevic has been a friend of the Iranian freedom cause and sees many parallels between the two struggles for freedom. [From IranChannel.org] Ivan Marovic (pictured) is a leader of the Otpor nonviolent resistance movement, and has been a champion of using nonviolence against dictatorships. He traveled to...

Rapping to the death throes of Iran’s Islamic republic

When a regime is too inflexible to cope with the cultural rebellion of the young people under its domination, the system cannot be expected to survive for long. In a youthful country like Iran, we are seeing signs that the dictatorship of the Islamic Republic is on its last legs. Especially because this youthful cultural rebellion, thanks to the Internet,...

The musical threat to Iran’s regime

How can we take down Iran’s soon-to-be-nuclear-armed regime without firing a shot? There are a number of ways, but the Islamic Republic has been openly betraying its greatest fears: music. Not just the rock, punk, rap and hip-hop cultures that the regime is trying to repress, but all music. Eric Felten writes about it in the Wall Street Journal. In...

Iranian university students protest Ahmadinejad

[Video deleted by YouTube.] Iranian students launched a sudden, apparently spontaneous protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on May 10, launching an outpouring of bitter invective against the authoritarian leader. The surprise nature of the protest is important, as Ahmadinejad’s planned presence was not announced and the Basij militia was not on the scene to smash the demonstrators. The incident took...

Introduction to dismantling a secret police state

Ilan Berman of the American Foreign Policy Council and J. Michael Waller edited a series of articles on the legacies of totalitarian secret police systems. Those articles were published in August, 2004, in Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. Berman and Waller co-wrote the following introduction to the series: When a totalitarian group seizes power, whether by parliamentary maneuver or by...