US media lies about Iran protests — just like in 1953

Who are today's "Icy Ramadans" and "Brainless Shabans"?

Shaban Jafari, a.k.a. Shaban Beemokh (Brainless), was an important figure in Iranian contemporary history. For more than half a century he has been commonly known as a thug who led his men against opponents of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, notably during the 1953 coup. His spiritual and political descendants are still committing CIA-funded treason in Iran.

By Kevin Barrett, VT Editor

“Stop the presses! Spontaneous protests, driven by economic woes and anti-leadership wrath, are about to bring down Iran’s government!”

That’s what the Mockingbird media told us in August 1953. They rehashed the story in 2009. And now they’re singing the same old tired refrain.

It worked in 1953. In those days, the Iranian people were naive. They let the CIA’s fabrications destroy their democracy.

The “spontaneous protests” of 1953 were anything but. As documented in The Coup by Ervand Abrahamian, the CIA hired the two biggest gangsters of the South Tehran ghetto,  “Icy Ramadan” and “Brainless Shaban,” to mobilize rent-a-mobs. That’s right, the two leading “Iranian anti-government protest organizers” of 1953 were CIA-sponsored hoodlums named Icy and Brainless. They were the icy, brainless brains behind protests scripted by the CIA to show that the people of Iran hated Mosaddegh.

In fact, most of the Iranian people liked Mossadegh. They never forgave the US for destroying their democratically-elected government. In 1979, they overthrew the US-Zionist puppet regime headed by the CIA’s torturer-in-chief, the Shah. Iran has been a democratic, independent, Islamic, socialist country ever since.

The US media lied through its teeth in 1953. Abrahamian’s book shows that American correspondents in Tehran were rolling on the floor laughing at the absurdity of the claims of popular support for the CIA’s anti-Mossadegh movement led by Icy & Brainless. But they dutifully reported the scripted lies about the people of Iran supposedly rising up against their government. If they didn’t, America’s biggest newspapers and TV networks just rewrote the stories to match the CIA script.

The same scenario played out again in 2009. The CIA and its Soros-funded allies hired slightly more genteel rent-a-mobs to try to do to the populist Ahmadinejad—who had just won a fair and honest election—what they had done to Mossadegh. The result this time was very different. Most of the Iranian people made it clear that they had no use for the latest CIA attempt at a Color Revolution.

And now Trump is trying again. And the Western media is lying just as outrageously as it did in 1953.

The New York Times, one of the worst liars of 1953, is rehashing the same script, saying that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (like Mossadegh in 1953) “has been a target of the protesters.” The whole Western Zionist-dominated MSM is casting the protests as aimed at overthrowing the Islamic Republic. This is complete nonsense – but it is in the CIA script, so I guess they have to keep saying it.

Turnout at the nationwide pro-government rallies held in more than 1200 cities was estimated in the low millions: a mountain compared to the foothills of anti-austerity protests, and the molehills of CIA-sponsored anti-Revolution sedition and rioting.

In fact, the relatively modest numbers of anti-government protestors have been mainly pro-Ahmadinejad populists who are unhappy about current president Rouhani’s mild rollback of socialism. Some of these protests have been hijacked with violence and sedition by small numbers of Icy Ramadans and Brainless Shabans. The Western media has relentlessly focussed on the messages of the CIA-Mossad provocateurs, even though they represent a tiny fraction of the anti-government (i.e. anti-Rouhani) protestors, who themselves are vastly outnumbered by the pro-government demonstrations that have followed.

So the truth about the protests in Iran, somewhat simplified, is this:

*Very large numbers of people are in the streets supporting their system of government, the Islamic Republic, and to a lesser extent certain leaders currently in power under that system.

*Modest but significant numbers of people, beginning with Ahmedinejad supporters and other populists, have been protesting economic stagnation and “austerity” (Rouhani’s mild rollback of socialism).

*Small numbers of people, led by today’s versions of Icy & Brainless, have been smashing things up, burning things down, insulting the Supreme Leader, and calling for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic.

If the 2018 versions of Icy & Brainless (and their CIA-Mossad backers) have their way, Iran will go the way of Libya and Syria: to hell in a proverbial handbasket. Trump’s BS about “regime change” for the alleged benefit of the Iranian people is just as mendacious as Obama’s and Hillary’s claims that they were helping the Libyan and Syrian peoples by destroying their governments and societies—and before that, Bush’s claim that he was “liberating” the people of Iraq by destroying that country.

As Gen. Clark told us, 9/11 was staged to trigger the destruction of “seven countries in five years.” Iran is the biggest target on that list. But so far the Iranian people and their elected representatives (a category that includes the Supreme Leader, who is elected by an advisory council that is itself elected by the people) have been smart enough to ward off destruction while remaining independent—and continuing to support Palestine.

It’s no coincidence that the “Iranian unrest” immediately followed Trump’s move on Jerusalem. Israel is trying to finish the job it started on 9/11: The destruction of every independent country in the region. It is using the American government it captured on 9/11 to pursue the total destruction of the Middle East on behalf of Israel.

Will Islamic Iran, a key player in the emerging multipolar world, defeat the Zionist war on the Muslim East…perhaps with behind-the-scenes help from Russia, China, and other players who are fed up with the unipolar Anglo-Zionist Empire?

2018 is already shaping up as a very interesting year.









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  1. Nelu Roman, “Iran is ranked the second one, just behind China, when it is about people arrested and executed on diverse charges, including those connected with freedoms and liberties no any human being in the world should be deprived of.”

    And what Washington based stink-tank sets those standards? The reason Israel sees Iran as a threat, according to Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, it’s “Because the Iranians are sophisticated, they are a higher form of civilization, they have a nice academic infrastructure, nice industry, good scientists, many talented young people.”

    • The reason America sees Iran as a threat is because the government is completely beholden to the Israel lobby after accepting their financial support. Trump whole heartedly adopted nonsensical Israeli propaganda during his sales pitch to AIPAC and promised them he would increase American tensions with Iran. It was probably an Israeli who wrote his speech for f@ck sakes. It benefits nobody, except Israel. Not unlike every war in the Middle East throughout the last 17 years.

  2. If the foreign state sponsored violence in Iran continues, I hope Iran fights with everything they have to cut at least one of the heads off the snake. They know exactly who is behind all this and what’s at stake. They also know what kind of danger their enemies represent. On their own battleground and without the use of nukes, Iran will kick the ever-loving $h!t out of it’s sworn enemy. If the US jump in, it’s likely that Russia and China will too and it will be the end of the “mother of harlots” and “the beast” she’s risen from the pits of hell to do her dirty work.

    • After failing to overthrow the leadership in Syria, moving on with the plan to take down Iran is suicidal. Does anyone think that Israel and America will remained unscathed if they keep pushing? Bombs will drop on Israeli and American cities, be sure of it. Quite frankly, it will be hard to find sympathy. How many people can these two criminal nations kill all over the world, before the battle comes to their own back yard? Iran knows the stakes and will be fighting for it’s survival, whereas the nations stoking the fire and causing chaos are fighting for greed and lust. Iran has more to lose. The combined age and history of the two nations pushing for this war, do not even equal 1/10th the age and history of Iran. It’s time America and Israel overthrow their psychotic leaders, before they get everyone killed.

  3. Kevin has contributed valuable historical insight with the parallel to 1953. Yet another dimension of the current “protests” that should not be ignored is the involvement of hardliners (reactionary ayatollahs). A piece that addresses this is from Al Masdar News
    This is the parallel of 1979, where the CIA engineered a takeover of a democratic revolution by their asset Khomeini. They couldn’t stop the revolution, but they could neutralize it by steering it into sectarianism, where it would be isolated from the rest of the world — even from most of the Islamic world using the artificial Sunna-Shia divide. See Tarpley in 9/11 Synthetic Terror, p. 456 (5th ed.)
    So with modern Iran we have half a loaf, we have an axis of resistance, but weakened by sectarian theology. This is the great risk for the Zionist axis now, that Rouhani and the moderates will free Iran from the spell and really let the Persian genius out of the bottle.
    That’s also why the evil empire is using a combination of fundamentalist extremists and “democrat” yuppies, as they did in Syria and Libya.

    • The concept of “hardliner” in Iran is pretty ambiguous. Ahmadinejad is economically a hardline populist socialist, and internationally a hardline truth and justice seeker, but he wants to end mandatory hijab, so he’s a revolutionary “anti-hardliner” in that sense. It was his people who spearheaded the protest demonstrations, which targeted Rouhani. Then the CIA sent its people in to riot etc. etc.

      Rouhani and the “reformists” want to roll back socialism a little bit, protect Iranian millionaires, and make nice with the Zionists and the West. But unlike Ahmadinejad Rouhani does not want to end mandatory hijab. So who’s the hardliner?

      What the Empire really hates is Iranian socialism – they’re less worried about the religious trappings. But for propaganda purposes they play on Islamophobia and target the Islamic Republic (which is essentially a socialist regime that came to socialism through religious principles – see: ). They want to end the Islamic Republic and install a puppet regime to save Zionism and sell Iran to Western banks and corporations. Good luck with that. The Iranian people are not fools, nor are they cowards.

  4. I’m not Iranian, but I’ve chatted to people from there and they are generally very intelligent and cultured. In fact, Iranians are very much like the vast majority of humans on this planet. Like me, they would rather live in a society that is neither a theocracy nor a military-industrial-informational dicatatorship.

  5. The Mafia Chief and his handlers in Israel now seek to rub salt into the wounds of Palestine and use more force to induce them to continue more worthless talks between lying thugs for their freedom and their State. They told liar cheater con artist Trump to shove it. Good for them. Trump has been disingenuously seeking to shaft them all along since his is an Israel lover and likely a converted Jew himself in order to get along in Jew York which is run by them as everybody knows. Trump is a deceitful piece of garbage con artist bully draft dodger. This bottom of the barrel scum is all the fools in America can put in any office in this sorry excuse of a land, gang raping its own Constitution daily. Get up off your lazy butts Congress and put this worthless liar out of office before he Nukes the planet! In fact, all of you should be tried for Treason for supporting Israel of the U.S. Our whole government has been bought and paid for by thug Israel with billions of dollars we give them every year. How sick is that?
    By the way, Israel, not Muslims, did 9/11:
    • “Larry Silverstein – is a Jewish American businessman from New York. Silverstein obtained a 99 year lease on the entire world trade center complex on 24 July, 2001. [3] The towers were in fact close to worthless, being filled with asbestos, [4]

  6. While it is usually the case that religion is used to take over a state, in this case, it may be target.
    Strict controls are not really a trend right now, and both Iran and KSA are taking steps to loosen. KSA may be doing it to disturb Iran for their “new” friend. They both had concerts, and now the people want more.
    That can be exploited. If the US is muscle for hire, is it fair to say Saudi’s are the operatives for hire, that would be ideal for this “mission” using the Israeli tech ? Or did the ceremony of the “sphere” cast a spell ?

  7. Thank you Kevin for documenting the U.S. Government to be a gang of liars and cheaters especially the secret criminal organization CIA. Another top investigative reporter also with the same family name as Kevin, the late Wayne Barrett, documented Trump to be a lying cheating con artist bully in New York for over 30 years. Almost every word which comes out of his lying mouth is a lie. He even lied about priceless artifacts of the former building replaced by his ugly Tower as documented in a Wikipedia article Trump Tower. The U.S. Government today is nothing but a gang of lying unindicted thug criminals under control of the band of lying criminals in the cesspool Israel. Trump has allegiance to Israel not America. Therefore he violated his oath and is a Traitor who must be removed from office immediately. Get off your rear ends Congress and remove this piece of lying garbage now today. This is a national emergency before moron Trump starts WWIII and gets the U.S. Nuked instead. Israel also did 9/11 but sought to blame it on Muslims:
    • “Larry Silverstein – is a Jewish American businessman from New York. Silverstein obtained a 99 year lease on the entire world trade center complex on 24 July, 2001. [3] The towers were in fact close to worthless, being filled with asbestos, [4] yet Silverstein “felt a compelling urge to own them”. Silverstein had breakfast in “Windows on the World” restaurant (located in North Tower ..

    • . Israel also did 9/11 but sought to blame it on Muslims:
      • “Larry Silverstein – is a Jewish American businessman from New York. Silverstein obtained a 99 year lease on the entire world trade center complex on 24 July, 2001. [3] The towers were in fact close to worthless, being filled with asbestos, [4] yet Silverstein “felt a compelling urge to own them”. Silverstein had breakfast in “Windows on the World” restaurant (located in North Tower 107th Floor) every morning. [5] but broke this routine on the morning of 11 September 2001. Silverstein’s two children, who also worked in the WTC, were also absent from work that day. Larry Silverstein was paid a little over $4.5 Billion in insurance money as a result of the destruction of the WTC complex. [6] Silverstein was on personal friendship terms with Zionist media-magnate Rupert Murdoch, former Israeli president Ariel Sharon, as well as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Silverstein was such good friends with Netanyahu that, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz he would speak with him on the phone every sunday. [7]
      • Video – Where was Larry Silverstein on 9/11?”
      Secrecy is the enemy of the truth. Secret criminal organizations like the despicable CIA and others make the U.S. virtually the same outlaw government as the one in Germany we fought WWII to eliminate run by Adolf Hitler. Obviously we learned nothing from history. Abolish all secret criminal organizations.

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