How Rice and USA in 2006 invested in potentially bringing about the current election chaos in Iran

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Just Rescued! (NewsRescue) Now popularly referred to in Iran as- ‘The Gucci bag revolution‘, this article by the Boston Globe in 2006 gives a full and detailed report on a plan and program that very well brought on the current series of turbulent events in Iran. Story also in- NYTimes; CBSNews; CFR.org

Condoleezza Rice testified on aiding Iran democracy efforts yesterday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Condoleezza Rice testifies (Carol T. Powers/ Bloomberg News)

*Related: Riots in Iran; terrorist bomb blast at most holy mausoleum; ‘Thousands from Israel twittering as Iranians’

Rice wants funds for democracy initiative in Iran

By Farah Stockman, Globe Staff  | February 16, 2006 Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asked Congress yesterday to fund a sweeping initiative to promote democracy inside Iran that would expand satellite broadcasts to enable Washington to ”engage” directly with the Iranian people. The initiative also would lift US restrictions to allow US funding for Iranian trade unions, political dissidents, and nongovernmental organizations.

The new request, which was made yesterday at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Bush’s foreign affairs budget, would increase spending on democracy programs for Iran this year from $10 million to $85 million.

Rice announced the initiative as Washington steps up pressure on the hard-line regime in Tehran over its nuclear program, which Washington suspects is geared toward producing a nuclear weapon.

Violent protests the day after elections in Iran {Image: Aljazeera}

Violent protests by Mousavi youth the day after elections {Aljazeera}

”We find it in our interest now . . . to see if we can’t engage the Iranian population,” Rice told the senators. ”In some ways, you could argue that they need it even more now because they are being isolated by their own regime.”

Senators did not respond to the request, but both Republicans and Democrats peppered Rice with tough questions about the administration’s policy of supporting democracy at a time when Islamic hardliners have won elections across the Middle East.

The initiative could be a boon to a New Haven human rights group, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, which last year received about one-third of the $3.5 million that the State Department spent on promoting democracy in Iran.

Yesterday, a senior State Department official briefing the press on the new effort acknowledged that it will be dangerous for Iranian groups to accept funding from the United States and that activists could be killed or imprisoned for doing so.

The official said the lion’s share of the democracy money would therefore go to groups outside Iran that maintain discreet contacts inside the country, but that the State Department was prepared to have direct contact and funding links with eligible groups inside Iran. She said much of the work would go on in secret to protect the identities of Iranian activists.

”We don’t have blinders on,” she said. ”We don’t want to hurt the people we are trying to help.”

State Department officials at yesterday’s briefing stopped short of calling for regime change in Iran, but talked of a desire to foment internal drives for massive political change, similar to movements in Ukraine and the former Soviet republic of Georgia, where US funds paid for media and civil society outreach. But they said they would not support opposition groups, a limitation that would disqualify many Iranian exile organizations.

Women praised as the face of these deadly riots, were the repulsed face of the cartoon riots not long ago

Ramesh Setehrrad, president of the National Committee of Women for a Democratic Iran, an advocacy group in Washington, said the administration would have a hard time finding organizations to fund if it rejected the political opposition in exile, most of which is associated with the Mujaheddeen Khalq, which the State Department considers a terrorist organization, or with monarchists associated with the late shah, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.

”There is nothing left as far as the opposition is concerned,” Setehrrad said. She called the move a ”step in the right direction,” but said it would be inadequate until Washington decided to openly support the political opposition. Rice’s initiative by itself ”will not bring the regime down and will not weaken the regime’s grip on power,” she said.

Rice’s initiative also met skepticism from regional specialists who said that the US democracy initiative could cause some in Iran to feel the United States is meddling in its internal affairs, and inflame nationalist feelings that are already bolstering popular support for Tehran’s nuclear program.

”I don’t think it will help democracy, and I don’t think it will solve the Iran issue,” said Ray Takeyh, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Rice’s package for democracy would provide an extra$50 million to broadcast programming into Iran in the hopes that a significant number of Iranians will be able to get it via satellite dishes, which are common despite being banned.

Some of the money would go to expand the Persian-language service of Radio Farda, a joint venture between Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Radio Liberty, which now runs only four hours per day.

State Department officials have traveled to Los Angeles, home to a large Iranian community and nearly two dozen Persian-language television stations, to vet other groups that could broadcast in Persian, officials said yesterday.

Riot arrests are common- (USA) Reverend Al Sharpton and Sean Bells fiancee were arrested in New York during a protest of the not guilty verdict of police that killed Sean Bell in cold blood. {image: MahoganyGirl}

Riot arrests are not unusual- (USA) Reverend Al Sharpton, murdered Sean Bell’s fiancee and about 200 others arrested in New York during a protest of the ‘not guilty’ verdict of police that killed Bell in cold blood. {image: MahoganyGirl}

An additional $15 million in funds would go to US organizations that would support Iranian labor unions and civic activities, and to fund Iranian groups.

Another $5 million would expand educational exchanges with Iranian students, and $5 million more would expand efforts to reach out to Iranians with the Internet and instant messaging.

The money represents a significant jump from last year, when the State Department set aside only $3.5 million for democracy promotion in Iran, a small portion of the $48 million that the administration earmarked for its democracy fund. Of that, $1 million went to support the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center.

That center was formed to help create a historical record of human rights abuses in Iran since the 1979 revolution. The group’s board of directors includes Owen Fiss, a Yale University professor, and Reza Afshari, a history professor at Pace University in New York.

The new proposal for Iran is far more ambitious, but its impact may be unclear.

Alireza Morovati, CEO of KRSI, a Persian-language radio station, said it is impossible to know how many listeners he has in Iran.

Morovati also said that many of the Persian-language television and radio stations are being jammed by the Iranian

Condoleeza defends $85 Million request {Img: CBS}

Condoleeza defends $85 Million request {Img: CBS}

regime. He said his station has never received, and has never asked for, US funding in its 17 years of existence.

Yesterday, both Republican and Democratic senators alike grilled Rice on the administration’s track record of promoting democracy in the Middle East, after the election of Islamic extremists in Egypt, Iran, and the Palestinian territories.

Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California, had a testy exchange with Rice in which she asked:

”Do you agree that nations throughout the world are electing more negative candidates who run against America?”

”I don’t see, Madame Secretary, how things are getting better,” said Senator Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican.

”I think things are getting worse. I think they’re getting worse in Iraq. I think they’re getting worse in Iran.”
© Copyright 2006 Globe Newspaper Company. source- Boston Globe

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*Commentary-

 

Comic from one of our contributors

 

Ingredients for stirring up an uprising:

  1. $85 million+/year in direct propaganda, mud slinging and hypnotizing broadcasts.
  2. Crushing economic sanctions that make life unbearable for the ambitious…which he blames on his leaders.
  3. JayZ, Beyonce and Kanye’s music and the lust for Bling and Gucci Bags
  4. Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and western media fanning the flames and blowing up accidental deaths.

…and you get an uprising any day.

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Police chasing peaceful demonstrators in Boca, Florida USA, March 2008

US police run after peaceful housing demonstrators in Boca

US police with batons run after peaceful housing demonstrators in Boca, 2008. Several were injured. {Img: TimeInc}

FreeRepublic: BOCA RATON — A crowd of more than 500 people waiting for hours this morning for housing voucher applications were dispersed by police in riot gear at the Boca Raton Housing Authority when the applications ran out sooner than expected.

The action prompted complaints that officers used excessive tactics and housing authority officials were incompetent in their planning.

Two people were arrested and six to eight people hospitalized for exhaustion during the ordeal.

Hundreds of people, mostly mothers who had spent more than eight hours in line, were forced to leave the property at 2333 W. Glades Road by 30 Boca Raton Police officers, including SWAT team members, who walked toward the crowd in unison holding their police shields up about 10:30 a.m.

“Leave or face arrest,” police officers shouted at the crowd as they urged them out of the housing authority parking lot. People were made to leave the vicinity altogether, with officers forcing them to cross the street and move toward their cars.

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    Paul I. Adujie 20 June, 2009 at 20:45 Reply

    Iran Televised Revolution Postponed

    Written by Paul I. Adujie

    [email protected]

    New York, United States

    Human behavior is too often illogical and this is extraordinarily so, in international politics.

    Recent post elections uproar in Iran witnessed internal and external manipulations. I wholeheartedly supported and still support Iranians who seek a better society and a better country.

    However, I will be remiss if I fail to mention the outside hand and outside influence that was so palpable in the entire process. I take the view that the election outcome in Iran, which Iranians want, should engender our support, and election results that suit Lebanon, should be the one we all support. Election results should never be the dictates of what outside powers demand and prefer, over and above the desires of the local electorates. Why I would I want a puppet in Iran that can be manipulated by people outside of Iran?

    I believe in democracy, freedom and liberty without pre-conditions. And this is best for all countries, not just Iran. We are entitled to have the same or similar expectations of every country, and in particular, countries in the Middle East or so-called Arab World. Those who pretend otherwise are doing so, for purposes other than in the best interest of the peoples of the countries in question. There is no democracy of any description in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dubai, Brunei, Egypt etc Why then is this fixations on Iran? Mr. Mousavi. the opponent of Mr. Ahmadinajad, is part of the old brigade in Iran! Mr. Mousavi is by no means a hero of democracy.

    It does appear as if the focus on Iran is motivated other than by the recent elections. Iran's nuclear ambitions is written all over the spate of criticisms from the outside.

    Why are we in the United States not showing similar concerns for democracy, freedom and liberty in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dubai, Egypt etc where there are NO elections at all and none scheduled

    Countries where women are still treated like furniture and things? Where women are not allowed to drive.

    The current fixation on Iran is informed, not by Iran and Iranians' best interests, but, rather, an agenda which is driven by the interests of others and outsiders! And why was there this predominance and prevalence of protest signs written in English? Could this be an indication that there is some outsourcing and external engineering, orchestration and choreography in what the world just witnessed in Iran? Why so many posters in English? Whatever happened to Farsi and Arabic? Who were the Iranians talking to? Oh, the international community? I thought this was an internal issues for Iranians?

    Why are some showering this disproportionate attention on Iran? If democracy is so good for Iran, it is equally good and desirable in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Dubai, Brunei, Egypt etc

    History is my witness, expediency, as substitute for a sound and fair foreign policy does not work, it is fraught with chickens coming home to roost, as we see in the short sightedness of arming Mujahideen in Afghanistan in the1980s and funding and propping Saddam as proxy warrior against Iran (Iraq versus Iraq war) millions dead and maimed, and Saddam became expendable! No condition is permanent, Saddam.

    A consistent foreign policy will actually engender respect for American preachment of ideals of democracy, freedom and liberty etc ; Whereas, a policy which is selective in its application, a haphazard application based on expediency, is hollow and open to ridicule…disdain and is seen for what it is, hypocrisy.

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    Iranian 21 June, 2009 at 21:38 Reply

    June 16th at 3:50PM

    U.S. Government Asked Twitter to Postpone Scheduled Maintenance

    POSTED BY: Dennis DiClaudio

    Apparently, Twitter needed the U.S. State Department to step in and tell them that maybe it wasn't such a good idea to shut down their website right in the middle of one of the biggest citizen-uprisings in recent history…

    The U.S. State Department contacted the social networking service Twitter over the weekend to urge it to delay a planned upgrade that could have cut daytime service to Iranians, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

    So, on the plus side, Iranian citizens got to tell each

    U.S. State Department speaks to Twitter over Iran

    Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:26pm EDT

    By Sue Pleming

    Reuters

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it had contacted the social networking service Twitter to urge it to delay a planned upgrade that would have cut daytime service to Iranians who are disputing their election.

    Confirmation that the U.S. government had contacted Twitter came as the Obama administration sought to avoid suggestions it was meddling in Iran's internal affairs as the Islamic Republic battled to control deadly street protests over the election result.

    Twitter and Facebook have been used as a tool by many young people to coordinate protests over the election's outcome.

    President Barack Obama said earlier on Tuesday he believed "people's voices should be heard and not suppressed" in Iran.

    Obama, who has sought direct engagement with Iran, also said he did not want to be seen as "meddling" in Iranian internal affairs, given the two countries' rocky history.

    But his spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama has "deplored and condemned the violence that we've seen, and underscored that the world is seeing in Iran a yearning for change."

    Twitter Inc said in a blog post it delayed a planned upgrade because of its role as an "important communication tool in Iran." The hour-long maintenance was put back to 5 p.m. EDT/2100 GMT, which corresponds to 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday in Iran.

    The upgrade originally had been planned for Monday night in the United States, which would have cut daytime service in Iran on Tuesday.

    The State Department declined to give immediate details of the contact with Twitter, which has been used particularly by young urban Iranians who are disputing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election last Friday.

    "We highlighted to them that this was an important form of communication," said a State Department official of the conversation the department had with Twitter officials.

    Any sign of U.S. involvement in the actions of Twitter or any other social networking service could be seized on by Iran as U.S. interference in the electoral process.

    Iranian officials declared that Ahmadinejad defeated his more moderate challenger, former prime minister Mirhossein Mousavi, in last Friday's election, triggering massive street protests by Iranians questioning the election's legitimacy.

    State Department spokesman Ian Kelly strongly rejected that contacts to Twitter amounted to meddling in Iranian internal affairs.

    "This is about giving their voices a chance to be heard. One of the ways that their voices are heard are through new media," Kelly told reporters.

    He said there were contacts with Twitter over the weekend.

    (Additional reporting by Deborah Charles and Ross Colvin; Editing by Will Dunham)

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    Anonymous 22 June, 2009 at 16:34 Reply

    I wonder why CNN never had such pathetic images during the recent Israel bombardment of Gaza. I guess the Gaza'ns didn't get injured and die so pathetically…

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    Anonymous 23 June, 2009 at 00:24 Reply

    The Greatest New Commandment and the New 10 Commandments!

    1. Thou shalt have democracy. Thou shalt wish for democracy. Democracy shalt be thy way, thy truth, thy life and thy death. And this is the greatest new commandment! And oh people, a democracy is not democracy unless of course, the Lord America sanctions the winner, and the winner loves the Lord in return.

    2. Thou shalt seek freedom, and thou even being free art not trully free till thy foundeth freedom. Thou shalt depart from being rich, poor, bound or free in search of freedom. America shalt give thee freedom. America knowest freedom, thou knowest not, so seek thee freedom, only unto America!

    3. Do not join partners with America, oh people. America is a jealous lord. Seek yee America, then all good things will come unto you.

    4. Do not burn the American flag.

    5. Love America as you love your self, and if you wish to see the kingdom on earth, then love America more than you love your Nation. For in the love of America is freedom, longevity and peace. Yes, I really mean it.

    and the remaining 5

    6. Do not watch Al jazeera

    7. Do not say- 'Israel has Nukes'.

    8. Do not riot, except the Angels of the Lord- twitter, facebook, youtube, BBC, VOA and CNN tells you to.

    9. Do not sleep with your neighbors wife, except if you are on American reality TV.

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    Michael 25 June, 2009 at 22:54 Reply

    Hey, have you seen this news article?

    <a>New details about Michael Jackson's Death Emerge

    I was wondering if you were going to blog about this…

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    Phil from Canada 28 June, 2009 at 20:59 Reply

    The Iranian administration should be congratulated on their evenhanded approach to this crisis in their country, which could have resulted in a far worse outcome. The western regimes have inadvertantly raised the prestige of Iran in the eyes of many other countries around the world.

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