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Iran Sees 'Islamic Awakening' In Arab World Uprisings

Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during Friday Prayers in Tehran on February 4.
Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during Friday Prayers in Tehran on February 4.
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On Friday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei described the uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, and other Arab countries as an Islamic awakening. Khamenei said the uprisings, if successful, would lead to the failure of U.S. policies in the region.

The Iranian leader praised the protesters in Egypt and called President Hosni Mubaraka a traitor and America’s servant. Khamenei accused the United States of backing corrupt leaders in the region in order to protect its own interests.

Khamenei said the 1979 revolution that led to the fall of the shah served as a model for the Arab revolt. He said, however, that the 2009 protests in Iran against the disputed reelection of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad were planned by foreign countries.

"I’ve said many times the planner, organizer, and the executive producer was and is outside of these borders," he said. "Inside the country some cooperated with them -- some intentionally, other unknowingly.”

Iranian officials have linked the protests in Egypt and other Arab countries to the 1979 revolution in Iran that led to the fall of the shah. Others, including members of Iran’s opposition movement, see similarities with the 2009 unrest that shook the Iranian establishment.

In Washington, the White House reacted to Khamenei’s comments by pointing to the 2009 street protests in Iran.

"It is remarkable that Iran would make a statement given their actions when it came to their people exercising the same rights that people are exercising now in Cairo," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on February 4.

Many comparisons have been made between the methods Tehran used to crush the Green Movement and the tactics Egypt has used to silence the protest movement, including shutting down the Internet and SMS services.

Some Iranian opposition activists who took part in the mass protests in Tehran and other cities have said the Iranian crackdown was tougher.

One Iranian journalist who was jailed in the postelection crackdown and released on bail wrote on Facebook: "While in Egypt journalists are being attacked and detained a week after the anti-Mubarak protests, in Iran journalists were targeted from Day One.”

Iranian officials, who were silent when pro-government forces attacked activists who took part in the street protests, are now saying they’re concerned about the violence against anti-Mubarak protesters.

Among them is parliament speaker Ali Larijani, who earlier this week (February 3) blamed the United States for the violence, saying: "If you’re after real democracy, you shouldn’t have ordered horses and camels to attack the demonstrators so violently. This is a Camel Democracy.”

Larijani added that targeting the Internet does not stop dissent.

“Today’s youth are aware of political issues," he said. "Shutting down the Internet does not solve anything.”

Larijani has a point. The draconian Internet censorship in Iran has also not stopped young people from expressing dissent and accessing tens of thousands of blocked websites through antifiltering software.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Sharon from: U.S.
February 05, 2011 19:17
e.g. Genesis 12:2, when God promises Abraham that his descendants will form a goy gadol ("great nation"); Hebrew Bible uses goy to describe the Israelites.

Gentile really means: I am not a [foreigner] gentile.
Goy really means: I am an Israelite [goy], I am NOT a Jew.

There is a prophecy that the brother in the west is overwhelmed by the evil that is at the top and the brother from the east comes to his aid to overcome the evil ones. I am wondering if these are Israelites and Ishmaelites.


by: JEONG CHUN PHUOC from: SOUTH KOREA
February 20, 2011 09:58
"RISE OF PEOPLE POWER AND THE CLASH OF CIVILISATIONS BETWEEN CIVILIAN DEMOCRACY AND MILITARY DESPOTISM: RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL RAMIFICATIONS"
PART I

INTRODUCTION
Since time immemorial, the visible force fo military has always played a pivotal role in the formation of early civilisation,
peace, war and destruction. From early bibilical times and Quranic period until the civilisation of the 21st century.
Tahrir revolution is just the beginning of a new domino effect of the people's rise above instituted injustice and
despotic militarism: Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain,etc.

THE PEOPLE'S ARMY OR THE PUPPET OF ARISTOCRACY?
The sanctity of military rule remains questionable.

THE CROMWELLIAN LESSON AND FRENCH REVOLUTION
The French revolution by civilian demanding radicla change was acheived through militarism
when the sanctity of the military under autocratic partnership was questioned. This led to the capitulation of the Monarch in France and the cromwellian episode.

LESSONS FROM U.S. CIVIL WAR
The Civil War in the US was a result of autocratic interference into civilian democracy.
In a war between civilian supreme democracy and monarchy aided by the military, the latter ultimately falls.
The US COnstitution and its founding amendments are stark reminders to the military that they too, are not infallible.
The dream of Martin Luther KIng remains elusive notwithstanding the achievement by Barrack Obama.

TREATMENT OF BLACK AND ETHNIC MUSLIMS
Blacks in the U.S continues to face the same collective discrimnation and neglect. In a situation or state of emergency, whites are preferred over blacks.
Treatment of muslim in the U.S before and after September 11 remains the same, if not worse off before Septemebr 11.
Post September 11 events shows a marked increase in stringent search and ethnic profiling by intelligence branches/units on black muslims
in the U.S and elsewhere.


ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY
In ancient Arabia, militarism was subjected to civilian rule under the Prophet Muhammad who led with exemplary measures, and in his dying moments have proclaimed again and again
the interest of the 'Ummah' over militarism.

Present day militarism has never found favour with the public civilians. The authocratic and despotic rule in many regions and continents
are supported at all material times by militarism to the disadvantage of true democracy.

MILITARISM IN ASEAN/ASIA
In Asian region, militarism remains supreme. The case of Myanmar and the Aung Sang Yi's conundrum is a clear example and a thorn in ASEAN's cohesiveness.

ISLAM AND AFRICANISM
In the African continents, despotic rulers continued to relied on militarism base to pursue a policy of anti-civilian democracy.

TWISTED TEACHINGS OF ISLAM IN THE ARAB WORLD
In the Arab World, rule by destinies persist to the contrary of the teachings of the Hadith and SUnnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w).
who in his lifetiem strives hard to dismantle the wall of despotic rule and religious extremism.

ISLAM AND MODERN-DAY CRUSADES
In the later part of the Holy Crusade initiated from the 11th, 12th and 13th century campaigns, it was the muslim rulers who favoured the Jews and grant themn protection from
the blood-thirsty crusaders and the convoluted Holy War contrary to the teachings advocated by Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible.

ISLAM AND ISRAELISM
The CrusadeRs prime goal was to recapture Jerusalem and the Holy Land from Muslim rule. But it turned out to be a persecution of the Jews and
a totally anti-Christ 'Scorched-earth, Jews and muslims' Policy characterisitics of war crime.




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Jeong Chun phuoc
Lecturer-in-Law
An advocate in Strategic Environment and Taxation Intelligence(SETI)
and a Reader in Islamic Comparative Studies
He can be contacted at Jeongphu@yahoo.com






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