Iran's revolutionary guard says anti-government protests are over

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According to VOA News, the Iranian government took cues from the Arab Uprising of 2011 in responding to the worst anti-government protests in the country since 2009. It marked the third day of such demonstrations.

Iranian protesters chant slogans at a rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. It faces several near-intractable challenges, including a drop in oil prices, severe water shortages, chronic double-digit inflation, rampant unemployment and corruption.

In addition, more lower-class and rural Iranians have taken part in these protests, as opposed to the more affluent protesters in 2009, indicating that unrest is even more widespread now.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has reportedly told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that the protests will be over in few days. Mike Pence has been sending out his own signals, essentially in keeping with Trump's comments, and he's clearly keeping his hand in the game. Fortunately, the Trump administration has made several statements supporting the Iranian people, without lending credence to the ridiculous claims about the demonstrations' foreign origins. That analysis could be too sanguine.

Trump's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the US would seek emergency UN talks on the situation.

The fact is that the Iranian people's patience and endurance has been sorely tested for nearly four decades.

He also said that Iran was determined to deepen ties with Turkey, adding: "Tehran-Ankara cooperation and their active cooperation in Sochi and Astana negotiations contribute to the development of regional security and this trend will continue until we reach full security and stability in the region".

Six died in the town of Qahderijan, in the central province of Isfahan, where protesters had tried to storm a police station, the state broadcaster reports.

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The company said in an online support document that it has recently added security protections to MacOS and iOS designed to prevent one series of attacks, known as Meltdown, and is working to update Safari to prevent against another type of attack, dubbed Spectre. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also never seemed to embrace the notion-put forward by reformists-that Iran's economy would benefit from integration with the global economy. The United States should do nothing to hinder that momentum. "With the help of God", he said, "their defeat is definite".

The Iranian government is well aware of this risk. "The enemy is always looking for an opportunity & any crevice to infiltrate &strike the Iranian nation". What is going on in the theocracy?

Iran and Assad have relied on Hezbollah for some of the toughest missions in Syria. Prudent policy and sober thinking on Iran today has to take these discordant realities into account. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I recognized the lack of action for what it was: an abdication of American leadership. Dozens have already been killed.

The majority of protesters so far are poor Iranians. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari.

An Iranian government spokesman, lashing out at U.S. support for the protesters, insisted that Iranian citizens enjoyed the right to free speech and assembly unlike in other Middle Eastern countries allied with Washington.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday called for maintaining dialogue with Iran, warning that bellicose statements by the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia towards Tehran could have severe consequences. If these protests have legs and there's a real possibility of significant movement, you might catch him pulling some strings for the President.

In a world that is not short of conflict and crises, attention is now focused on the nationwide protests which have been rattling Iran's clerical leadership for the past week.

"In recent events, enemies of #Iran have allied & used the various means they possess, including money, weapons, politics &intelligence services, to trouble the Islamic Republic", he said on Twitter.