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The Latest: IS supports Iranian anti-government protests

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday Dec. 12 2017. Freeland's office issued a statement today expressing concern about deaths followi

The idea was to obtain information and "to feed that into our sanctions designation machinery", noting that the Trump administration already had robust authority to target individuals or organizations for human rights abuses, censorship or for preventing the free assembly of protesters. People were also chanting, "Death to Rouhani", "Shame on you Khamenei, step down from power", "Death to the Dictator" and "Death to the Islamic Republic".

The pro-government protests reflect the comfortable re-election of moderate President Rouhani but also the voices of those who don't want to see continued upheaval in Iran. President Donald Trump and his UN envoy, Nikki Haley, have openly encouraged protest, yet the White House has stopped just short of demanding regime change. That general dissatisfaction meant that protests rapidly turned from inflation or egg prices to broader complaints about the system that has allowed the economy to stall and corruption to flourish.

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, described the unrest as a "proxy war against the Iranian people" and said online accounts in the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia were encouraging demonstrations.

The decision to do so came after the Iranian government shut off access to Instagram as well as Telegram, a popular messaging app used by activists to organize demonstrations. But they've taken vastly different approaches of how to engage with the upheaval.

Many officials have nonetheless recognized the genuine economic grievances of many Iranians, particularly a jobless rate at close to 30 percent for young people. Given such ideological inclinations, the hardliners are utterly contemptuous of democratic accountability and are unconcerned about their loss of popularity and widespread dissatisfaction with theocratic rule.

In the early hours and days of the current round of Iranian protests, much of the focus was on why most mainstream media outlets weren't really covering them. The sanctions would be in response to any human-rights violations.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News.

Rouhani, a long-time functionary of the regime, ran a cynical and subversive presidential campaign in 2017.

It was the biggest opposition movement to hit Iran since the Green Revolution of 2009, when millions of Iranians protested the reelection of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And with lightning speed, numerous slogans against Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei began to spread through the social networks. In the meantime, "luxury shopping malls have mushroomed all over Tehran" and "the poor man is regarded as a failure and burden". The protest movement had the blessing of the most powerful man in the province - at least at first. Israel has fought a series of wars against Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas, both backed by Iran, and has carried out strikes against suspected Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah. But many sites have been blocked, possibly obscuring the true extent of the protests.

Among the working class, the rate of short-term and irregular employment tops 90 percent, writes Khosravi. For the moment, the revolutionary guards are staying in their barracks, said a Pasdaran spokesman on Monday evening.

Keep an eye on the Veep's twitter account in the coming days. The common thread, however, is blaming foreigners for all the country's ills. What we need is a regional strategy which consists in finding ways to limit Iran's influence in the Middle East."He indirectly warned the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia against shutting down all dialogue with Iran during his New Year's address to the press yesterday.Mr Macron also said he would visit Iran as planned if there was a "return to calm", and if the government made good on its promise to respect fundamental rights and freedoms".

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